I have been a member of City Council for 15 years. I have a BPhysEd & BEd from MUN & a MA in Sport Admin. from the Univ. of Alberta. I have been elected to City Council 4 times. I am retired from the Govt. of NL as a Marketing Specialist. I have a long track record of giving back to the community and have served on many sport related committees and associations including the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee and the NL Volleyball Association. I have also been very active in youth sports having served as a coach in various sports for more than 38 years. I was awarded the 125 Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal for service to sport and have been very involved in the education system. I am married to Karen and have three children – Alex, Meredith & Rebecca.
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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 at large councillors...
Without a ward responsibility, at-large councilors have more space to focus on specific issues. Do you have one issue you would like to prioritize?
Have you been out canvassing? If so, what are the priorities you’re hearing most loudly?
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?
In your opinion, what are the three worst decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
Quick response questions! In 100 characters or less, what is your position on...
Very pro. Absolute necessity.
Amalgamation with surrounding municipalities
Not as high on this as I used to be but I know it would be better for St John’s in the long run.
Making City Council a full-time job
Don’t agree. We are too small and we want to attract candidates from all walks of life.
The mail-in ballot system
Time to move into on-line balloting with mail-in as a back-up for those that aren’t comfortable with on-line.
The new Municipal Plan
Delighted with it. It took far too long but it is time to move forward with it.
Grants to community and arts organizations
A high priority for me. Always has been. Probably the best money we spend and we should put in a lot more.
City employee salaries
They are very well compensated. I agreed with negotiating the pension plan out but we gave too much.
Creating more bicycle infrastructure
A high priority with me.
Increasing public transit service
This is complex and exteremely expensive. MUN UPass is the key.
Corporate and union donations to candidates
I don’t know how candidates could afford to run without this.
How often do you use the following ways to get to work or errands?
Riding the bus: Never
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).
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?