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Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) still has some things he wants to achieve.
Mayes, 56, is running for re-election as St. Vital city councillor in the Oct. 24 civic election. He was first elected in 2011 in a byelection.
Reflecting on the last four years in office, the incumbent councillor — who lives in St. Vital with his wife Dr. Alison Marshall and their two young sons — said it’s been "a very productive term" and if re-elected, is looking forward to serving the people of St. Vital and the city for another term. He said one of his priorities is to try and get Handi-Transit to serve all areas of the city, as the service doesn’t stretch to some outlying areas, such as south St. Vital.
Looking back at what he considers to be some of the significant legacy projects he’s been involved with in the last four years, Mayes ranks the development and evolution of the Murray Field project at Dakota Collegiate as a massive asset for the community, and a good example of what can be achieved through collaboration, and was down to the hard work of numerous organizations and individuals, both in the public and private sectors.
He is also proud of the extensive renovations at St. Vital Library, which officially reopened in May, and the St. Vital Outdoor Pool, which officially reopened in June 2016.
On a citywide level, Mayes was one of the driving forces behind an innovative program called Youth United@Winnipeg. Created in partnership with the City of Winnipeg and designed at the University of Winnipeg, the experimental learning program is based on the principles in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and involves students from diverse backgrounds.
"I’m very proud of this program," Mayes said.
Noting that he is energized by the fact that the changing of the ward boundaries gives him new areas in southeast Winnipeg to represent, such as Bonavista and Sage Creek, Mayes said there can be "a misconception about the affluent suburbs at City Hall" and that there is a lot of social, cultural, and economic diversity in St. Vital.
"On the doorsteps, roads are the number one issue, but transit is being mentioned more than seven years ago, as lots of people have transit needs," he said.
"I think I’ve worked very hard for the people of St. Vital, and there’s still more I want to do."
Go online at www.mayes2018.com for more information.
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