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Greg Littlejohn is one of the four candidates running for city council in the Mynarski Ward.
Born in Kenora, Ont., Littlejohn, 65, and his family moved to Winnipeg when he was three years old. As a student, he’s worked for the City of Winnipeg’s road, sidewalk and sewer construction. He has a bachelor of arts from the University of Winnipeg and a law degree from the University of Manitoba. He has worked as a lawyer in the North End for 19 years and calls St. John’s home.
Inspired by his wife, Littlejohn became highly involved with the community and the difficulties Ralph Brown Community Centre faced in 2006 made him decide to run for city council. He worked as the centre’s general manager while still working at his law office and managed to finish off getting the basketball court and the hockey rink installed there.
This is the fourth time he’s running for council and said it’s a job he’s always wanted.
"I’d be very excited for the opportunity to represent Mynarski," he said.
"The most important has been to restore pride in the North End. That flows out of the community centre and my work in the community."
Littlejohn, said having a legal background working at City Hall is something that can certainly help in the position. Property developments, permits, dealing with police force are all things where legal experience can be useful, he added.
Littlejohn is the founding member of the North Winnipeg Commuter and along with his wife used to run the North End Riding Girls and say the girls have become like daughters to them.
One of the lawyer’s hobbies is photography, and he shares his skills with Meet Me at the Bell Tower, taking photos for them.
"Restoring pride in the North End also includes making sure we get our fair share of resources from city hall. I get the impression that our streets are worse than anywhere else in the city, I might be wrong on that," he continued.
"People are struggling very much, particularly in the southern half of this ward. They have a great difficulty making ends meet, have great difficulty in getting representation for them to accomplish anything in the community. It’s a diversity of the North End that makes it so unique."
Running for council is a way to further his advocacy for the community, Littlejohn said.
"A lot is being done through the activists in the North End. Many of them are working to develop a sense of community, and they’ve done a very good job," he said, adding he will use his influence to support the organization that has been struggling to do their jobs in the North End.
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Community journalist — The Times
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Updated on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:18 AM CDT: Typo fixed.