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Entrepreneur running for office

Welechenko touts ‘business perspective’ if elected to council

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Wally Welechenko is running for city council for Transcona in the Oct. 24 civic election.
While Welechenko, 51, was born in Kenora, Ont., he moved to the Park City at the age of four and has been here ever since.
"Transcona’s a great place to live," said Welechenko, a father of two adult daughters, who recently became a grandfather for the first time. "I’m glad I grew up here and my kids live here. It just needs maintenance, like anywhere."
An entrepreneur, Welechenko said he would bring a "business perspective" to City Hall if elected to council.
"When it comes to running a city, as soon as the city starts taking money from people, you need to look at it from a business perspective. You have to cater to what works best in what area. You have to look at how to make the machine work most efficiently."
Welechenko would like to see the City improve its approach to rapid transit and crime.
"The system isn’t working," he said. "We’ve all known people who’ve had their cars broken into, things stolen from their property, stuff like that."
He also said that the City’s approach to maintaining its roads was "embarrassing."
"I would like to see something done in that aspect. You might not have more money to spend, but maybe we can spend it more wisely."
Welechenko drew on his experience teaching Ukrainian dance with the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble to offer some alternatives for potentially wayward youth.
"I believe if you can put a little wind in a person’s sails, it can go a long way," Welechenko said. "You just give that little bit of self-confidence, and it goes a long way. Not just kids, people in general."
Overall, Welechenko believes the City of Winnipeg is moving in a good direction. If elected, he said he would work to address the concerns of Transcona’s citizens, while keeping the City on track.
"It takes a lot of people to make the machine work," he said. "You’re never going to please everybody, but that’s just how it’s going to be."

 

Wally Welechenko is running to represent Transcona on city council in the Oct. 24 civic election. (SHELDON BIRNIE/CANSTAR/THE HERALD)

SHELDON BIRNIE

Wally Welechenko is running to represent Transcona on city council in the Oct. 24 civic election. (SHELDON BIRNIE/CANSTAR/THE HERALD)

Wally Welechenko is running for city council for Transcona in the Oct. 24 civic election.

While Welechenko, 51, was born in Kenora, Ont., he moved to the Park City at the age of four and has been here ever since.

"Transcona’s a great place to live," said Welechenko, a father of two adult daughters, who recently became a grandfather for the first time. "I’m glad I grew up here and my kids live here. It just needs maintenance, like anywhere."

Transcona’s a great place to live. It just needs maintenance, like anywhere.

An entrepreneur, Welechenko said he would bring a "business perspective" to City Hall if elected to council.

"When it comes to running a city, as soon as the city starts taking money from people, you need to look at it from a business perspective. You have to cater to what works best in what area. You have to look at how to make the machine work most efficiently."

Welechenko said that the City’s approach to maintaining its roads was "embarrassing."

"I would like to see something done in that aspect. You might not have more money to spend, but maybe we can spend it more wisely."

He also would like to see the City improve its approach to rapid transit and crime.

"The system isn’t working," he said. "We’ve all known people who’ve had their cars broken into, things stolen from their property, stuff like that."

Welechenko drew on his experience teaching Ukrainian dance with the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble to offer some alternatives for potentially wayward youth.

"I believe if you can put a little wind in a person’s sails, it can go a long way," Welechenko said. "You just give that little bit of self-confidence, and it goes a long way. Not just kids, people in general."Overall, Welechenko believes the City of Winnipeg is moving in a good direction. If elected, he said he would work to address the concerns of Transcona’s citizens, while keeping the City on track.

"It takes a lot of people to make the machine work," he said. "You’re never going to please everybody, but that’s just how it’s going to be."

Sheldon Birnie

Sheldon Birnie
Community journalist — The Herald

Sheldon Birnie is the community journalist for The Herald Email him at sheldon.birnie@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7112

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Ward Councillor for Transcona

Shawn NASON

36.97%5,247 votes

Other

63.03%8,946 votes

Wally WELECHENKO: 16.52% - 2345 votes
Alex ALLARD: 15.38% - 2183 votes
Steven LIPISCHAK: 14.12% - 2004 votes
Basil EVAN: 8.03% - 1139 votes
Raymond ULASY: 3.74% - 531 votes
Shane GESCHIERE: 3.42% - 486 votes
Sandeep SHARMA: 1.82% - 258 votes

Last Updated: 9:25 PM 24/10/2018)
Eligible Voters: 33718 | Total Ballots Cast: 14502 | Turnout: 43.01%| Tabulators: 46/46

Transcona

Transcona features a wide-open race of nine candidates vying for the seat by vacated by longtime councillor Russ Wyatt.

The candidates include registered nurse Basil Evan, automotive dealership marketing director Stephen Lipischak, lawyer Chad Panting, business owner and former mayoral candidate Wally Welechenko, Shawn Nason, who is the constituency manager for federal MP Lawrence Toet, Shane Geschiere, who has a background in emergency services and health care, retired police officer Alex Allard, former council candidate Raymond Ulasy, who was convicted of a firearms offence in 2016, and Sandeep Kumar Sharma.

The neighbourhoods of Dugald, Southland Park, St. Boniface Industrial Park, and Symington Yards were moved from the St. Boniface ward to Transcona.

The Free Press invited all council and mayoral candidates to fill out a questionnaire about themselves, their platforms and what they hope to achieve in office. Read their responses below.

Candidates

Chad Panting

No response given

Raymond Ulasy

No response given

Wally Welechenko

No response given

Sandeep Sharma

No response given

Shawn Nason

My wife and I have made Transcona our home for 15 years to raise our two young and vibrant children.

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Steven Lipischak

I am very involved in our community, serving on a several boards as well as belonging to the Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club of Transcona, Transcona Legion. I also am active in many charities, not only in Transcona but across the city. My wife and I live and love Transcona.

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Shane Geschiere

I am a fourth generation Transconian. I was born at Concordia hospital and grew up by Margaret Underhill School, which is where I started kindergarten. I was active in sports and played hockey for a few seasons at Oxford Heights. I also attended Radisson, and finally Joseph Teres. While there I was active in Park City West playing baseball. I attended John Gunn and then Transcona Collegiate. After high school I worked at the Safeway on Kildare Ave. for 7 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts and Science and certification as a Primary Care Paramedic. After Safeway I worked as a Paramedic both in emergency and non-emergency settings. I also worked with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service as a 911 Communicator. Above all of this, I consider my three children aged 8, 6 and 1, my greatest accomplishments. Both sets of my Grandparents still live in Transcona to this day.

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Basil Evan

No response given

Alex Allard

My name is Alex Allard. My wife Cathy and I have proudly called Transcona home for over 35 years. Together we have raised our 6 children here and fortunately for us, we also have 13 grandchildren, 9 of which still call Transcona home.

 

 

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