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Candidate in the 2011 St. Vital Council Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2011 Winnipeg by-election?
St. Vital Ward is home to almost 60 000 people. For too long, persons running for councillor have operated under the belief that the job of representing this community involves showing up for a couple of meetings a week and afterwards focus on the running of their private business. A good councillor is one who realizes that mere attendance at meetings is only the tip of the proverbial job iceberg. A good councillor is one who knows that they have to be personally available to the public to listen to their concerns and voice them within committees, meetings and in council. A good councillor is one who dedicates their full attention to what is going on both within city hall and within the communities they represent. Greg would argue that the number of people the councillor for St. Vital will represent, along with the complexity of being a councillor in Winnipeg today, means the public needs to have someone who will dedicate their time to them first and always over anything else.
What experience will you bring to compliment your role as Councillor?
Greg has worked for many years in the Hospitality Industry including managing several restaurants in Winnipeg & Toronto. Greg’s constant attention to efficiency and cost controls, balanced against customer service and quality, has ensured each and every one of these restaurants were a successful endeavor during his tenure as their manager. For the past 12 years he has held the position of Sales and Service Representative with a large coffee and vending company.
Sports are a big part of Greg’s life. Since the mid 90’s, Greg has been a very active member in the amateur sporting community in the St. Vital area of Winnipeg, especially through his development of the Bonivital Soccer Club. In the course of his community involvement, Greg Nordman has received six volunteer of the year awards from four different community associations.
Greg has also been involved in both the improvement of existing, and development of new, sports infrastructure in Winnipeg. This includes the construction of the new indoor soccer facility at the University of Manitoba and the Memorial Park Soccer complex in St. Vital.
Greg’s broad background makes him an excellent candidate to represent and service the citizens of St. Vital Ward as their full-time city councillor.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
A SAFE ST. VITAL
- Will support results focused policing
- Create Community Forums on Crime Prevention
- Establish the St. Vital Youth Advisory Committee
FAST TRACK ST. MARY’S
- Extra lane to speed up your rush hour commute
- Pave gravel back lanes on an expedited basis
- Continue with traffic light synchronization
ACTIVE LIVING & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
- Increase active living programs for older adults
- Maintain & expand recreation programs & facilities for persons of all ages
- Quarterly meetings at seniors residences
A GREEN ST. VITAL
- Support introduction of composting & organic collection
- Develop plans for bike paths separated from roadways
- Support Rapid Transit
YOUR FULL TIME CITY COUNCILLOR
- Greg will dedicate his full attention to his duties at City Hall. He will not run a business or maintain a professional practice while he is your councillor.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in our city? In your ward?
a) in your ward? With only two major river crossings to the inner city, Greg would like to improve the flow of traffic, particularly at rush hours, on St. Mary’s Road north of St. Anne’s.
b) in the city? Greg believes that any new sporting facilities built in Winnipeg need to be designed to support multi-use, and multi-age, activities. This will get the maximum use out of these facilities at a reduced cost as compared to utilizing multiple single purpose sites. Having better multi-use facilities will also help, indirectly, reduce youth crime by providing a centre for sporting activities for youth.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
Greg will dedicate his full attention to his duties at City Hall. He will not run a business or maintain a professional practice while he is your councillor. Greg will be your full-time city councillor.
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