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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?
I have been present and serving St. Vital residents in public service, community organizations and business for over 27 years. My family has served St. Vital as well, including my father Gerry, Uncle Albert and Grandfather Louis. I was raised in St. Vital and attended Windsor School & Glenlawn Collegiate. We know the community of St. Vital very well and the people of St. Vital even better.
This election provided the opportunity to serve in a more prominent role and do more for St. Vital by bringing strong experienced representation to City Hall. I and my family before felt that we should always give back to the community.
What experience will you bring to compliment your role as Councillor?
I have tremendous experience serving the community beginning with 29 years at Ducharme Agencies Ltd. Nine years as a trustee of the Louis Riel School Board and was Board Chair in 2005-2006. On your school board I was also vice chair, chair of finance, and chair of negotiations. I served on the LRSD Policy, Building Maintenance & Transportation, Education, and Lunch Program Review committees.
Right out of juniors at the St. Vital Curling Club I began coaching and coached in four provincial junior championships. I served on the club executive and was President in 1999-2000. I started with St. Boniface/St. Vital Rotary in 1993. I have worked on charitable events for St. Amant Centre and began working with Jocelyn House Inc. from the time they opened their doors in 1984. In the late 1990’s I developed the Live Out Loud wall climb for Jocelyn House.
This exciting event brought together diverse groups such as Vertical Adventures, the Alpine Club of Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op at St. Vital Centre to raise over $50,000 for a very worthwhile local organization.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
After four elections in 13 months St. Vital is looking for an experienced voice to engage the public after losing a long term councillor. St. Vital is Winnipeg’s largest ward with issues as diverse as this incredible community.
During my campaign at the doors the public has raised concerns around our community centres & public green spaces, public safety, local improvements & infrastructure, and traffic & transportation.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in our city? In your ward?
With the size of St. Vital, it will take a candidate with deep roots and knowledge of the community to tackle the many diverse issues that St. Vital presents. I understand the concerns of residents of Elm Park having grown up on Kingston Crescent and am committed to preserving the Canoe Club green space.
I have heard the concerns of the Dakota community. St. Vital is Winnipeg’s largest ward and must have a local police presence. The recent closure of the Dakota Community Police office is short sighted and I will work hard with the community to restore this service to St. Vital.
Traffic and infrastructure are long term issues that require hard work, an understanding of public finance and long term thinking to resolve. I commit to meeting with the community to review the existing strategic plan, listen to what you have to say and advance proposals that make sense for St. Vital.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
I have worked hard to ensure that St. Vital is served by Winnipeg’s leading school division. I have worked hard to ensure that Ducharme Agencies Ltd. offers the best service and value to residents. I have worked hard to ensure that we are all served by strong vibrant community organizations that place the needs of St. Vital first.
With your kind support I hope to bring this record of service to City Hall as your new councillor on November 26.
For more information about my campaign and background go to my website at: www.voteducharme.blogspot.com
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