I’m a lifelong resident of the Goulds; my family have been residents of Kilbride and the Goulds for generations. I’ve been an active community volunteer for over a decade with the Goulds Lions Club where I have served in a variety of leadership roles including President. My education includes a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History and minor in Geography which I received from Memorial University in 2007. I returned to Memorial to complete a Bachelor of Education degree in 2011 and I have worked in the education field as a teacher ever since. I have grown up in Ward 5 and I have seen it change and grow. I am looking forward to hearing residents concerns and hope to work together to make it a better place to live now and into the future.
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Survey ResponsesWhat is your full name?
What role are you running for? If it's a ward councillor position, please specify which ward.
If you are currently on council, or have served previously, how many years in total have you served?
Why did you decide to run for office?
What do you think makes St. John's unique or special?
If you were elected, do you plan to hold another paid job while serving on Council? If so, what would it be and how will you divide your time?
What changes or initiatives would you advocate for at Council?
What, to you, is the most important kind of decision City Council makes?
Questions for ward councillors...
If you had a whole day off to spend in your ward relaxing, what would you do?
What could Council do to make your ward a better place?
2) Sidewalks – This is an area of concern that has been raised by a number of people through conversations I have had, especially in school zones and areas that are frequently used by youth.
3) Improvement in fire service to make sure that as the ward grows response time will be at an acceptable level.
4) Traffic control has also been a major concern in a number of areas of Ward 5.
5) Many residents would like to see traffic calming measures implemented. Council needs to do a better job engaging with the citizens of Ward 5 and putting their input into action.
Have you been out canvassing in the ward? If so, what are the priorities you’re hearing most loudly?
Increasing density and mixed uses are priorities in the new municipal plan. Where would you like to see more density in your ward?
How do you think your ward will change during the next Council term?
What would you like to see included in the new Regional Plan?
What, if anything, would you want done to establish better communications between citizens and developers before development is proposed?
How would you use the Engage! process and system?
In your opinion, what are the three best decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
2) The improvements to Bowering, Bannerman and Victoria parks as well as work on recreation facilities like the Paul Reynolds Centre.
3)The efforts to be more engaging with city’s residents though Engage St.John’s.
In your opinion, what are the three worst decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
2)Taking away bulk garbage pick up. Not everyone has the ability to get to the dump or even if they do, many can’t make it based on the hours of operation. I’m glad to see that Council has reconsidered this decision.
3)Handling of heritage properties such as the Richmond and Baird Cottages.
Quick response questions! In 100 characters or less, what is your position on...
Would allow for communities to pool resources and create a development plan for the region.
Amalgamation with surrounding municipalities
I’m open to the idea only if beneficial to the parties involved and is a financially sound decision.
Making City Council a full-time job
Council is my #1 one priority. I would substitute teach when I could as I enjoy working with youth.
The mail-in ballot system
Needs to be improved upon to make sure that all citizens have an equal opportunity to vote.
The new Municipal Plan
Long overdue. It should hopefully put the city’s future development on track.
Grants to community and arts organizations
They are indispensable parts of our city and should be supported in a fiscally responsible way.
City employee salaries
Should be fair and competitive so we get value for tax dollars. Oversight for unneeded increases.
Creating more bicycle infrastructure
Would help foster an active lifestyle. Needs to be economically responsible in its implementation.
Increasing public transit service
Needs to be functional, needs increased ridership to make this happen. More Park and Ride options.
Corporate and union donations to candidates
I do not think that candidates should be able to accept donations from corporations or unions.
How often do you use the following ways to get to work or errands?
Riding the bus: Never
Biking: Once a week
Driving: Almost everyday
Please rank the level of attention you think council should pay to each of these transportation modes in the coming term (1 = most important, 5 = least).
Other: All of these systems need a great deal of attention but of the four systems I feel like public transit and cycling need the most improvement. It is hard to do justice to these topics with a ranking system.
What could the City government do to make St. John’s a healthier place to live?
What changes need to happen to have more diversity in age, gender, race, and life experience on Council?