Markus Chambers believes it’s time to take the next step in serving his community.
The 54-year-old River Park South resident, who has two sons with his wife, Judith, is the manager of a provincial nominee/employer engagement program.
"I’m very passionate about our city and our community, and for many years I’ve been engaged with volunteering my time or coaching sports with kids," Chambers said, adding he has served on a variety of boards.
"With the skills I have, I feel I can help the community become an even more attractive place for our kids and our families."
A big believer in economic growth, Chambers’ job helps employers in the province recruit international workers, and his role involves liaising with Canadian embassies and visa offices around the world.
"The program is one of the most successful programs of its kind in Canada, and we’re actively bringing in skilled workers into Manitoba, who are helping the economy and contributing skills and talents to ensure our businesses thrive. I’m committing to supporting all small, medium and large local businesses," Chambers said.
In terms of local issues, Chambers said each part of the St. Norbert-Seine River ward has "a variety of issues, all depending on which area of the ward it is."
"Some people in St. Norbert, for example, might not feel as connected to the city because it’s outside the Perimeter, and I want to make the community feel more included. In Fort Richmond, student housing is a concern for some area residents who don’t want their property values to deteriorate. In some cases, you might have up to 10 students living in a house designed for up to four or five people, so this brings up a number of safety issues, and if there is a fire, there could be a loss of life. And I know some people in River Park South are concerned about vandalism and destruction of public property, so I think it’s important to mobilize the community and look at the roots causes of why this is happening."
Chambers added that transit also an issue in some neighbourhoods in the ward that are not fully serviced.
"In some areas, we need more frequent routes and direct routes, where people don’t need to transfer. In some cases, passenger journeys are taking up to two hours for relatively short distances," Chambers said.
"I’ve lived here for 25 years, raised both of my sons here, volunteered lots of my time in the community, and built many connections with families and businesses. I want to serve my community to the best of my ability and be an effective voice at City Hall."
Go online at www.markuschambers.ca for more information.
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