A St. John’s native, I have been a dedicated, energetic and active voice supporting our community for decades. I was honoured to be the recipient of this year’s CMHA-NL’s Pottle Award for Outstanding Volunteerism with mental health and sat as board member with NAACAP, CMHA-NL, St. John’s Clean & Beautiful, Irish Newfoundland Association, St. John’s Native Friendship Centre, and Equal Voice NL to name a few. I sit as liaison to the Environmental Advisory Committee and am active on all standing committees of City Council. In business, volunteer and council work, I work towards a leadership style that encourages a collaborative, consultative, and enthusiastic approach to solving problems.
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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?
2) The creation of a Heritage Experts Panel who are working diligently to identify and designate our valuable built heritage structures so we can protect and preserve our heritage while we continue to grow a modern city.
3) For more than six years, I advocated for tree development regulations for the City of St. John’s – and with the support and advocacy of the Environmental Advisory Committee, we now have regulations that require every new residential lot to have a tree planted as part of the landscaping requirements. Urban forest development and protection promotes sustainability and is imperative for healthy neighbourhoods, beautification and most importantly, flood mitigation.
In your opinion, what are the three worst decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
2) to repeatedly vote to demolish historically significant built heritage structures and to do little to address this ongoing issue in our city, North America’s oldest city.
3) the increase of transit fees which seemed insignificant to some of our more privileged decision makers. Even the slightest increase in Metrobus fees adversely affects many people for whom the bus is the only commuting option. This is a system that needs vast improvements and downloading it onto our most needy citizens seem unfair to me; this is why I voted against our recent budget based upon this decision.
Quick response questions! In 100 characters or less, what is your position on...
Regional transport, emergency services, and environmental cooperation saves money and resource.
Amalgamation with surrounding municipalities
Regional cooperation is my priority.
Making City Council a full-time job
It’s been my choice to do so.
The mail-in ballot system
It’s important to have voting options. Keep mail-in and expand to online so even more will vote.
The new Municipal Plan
Let’s have the new council review it, make it and stick to it!
Grants to community and arts organizations
Culture is our city’s personality. It must be supported, financially and otherwise.
City employee salaries
City employees do important work. Pay their worth while addressing efficiencies.
Creating more bicycle infrastructure
It’s vital to do this. I’d combine it with increased safety education for drivers and bicyclists.
Increasing public transit service
Transit is a must in the modern city. Let’s find workable solutions for our lack of density.
Corporate and union donations to candidates
Those who have access to corporate money have an advantage. Capping donations is important.
How often do you use the following ways to get to work or errands?
Riding the bus: Once a week
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).
2. Public transit
5. Other: Taxi service
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?