My family and I have lived in Ward 2 since we moved to Ajax in 2006. This 2018 election with the new Ajax Ward boundaries, I find myself now living in Ward 1, although I have not moved...lol. I'm sure many of us find ourselves in this situation! Regardless of the current new Ward boundaries, I will be running in Ward 2 as I have done previously. Ward 2 is what I know, what I have always been part of since moving to Ajax.
My political history goes back a few years ago when the pedestrian walkway on my street Twigg Drive at the time was a gathering point for large groups of high school kids and this led to major security concerns for our community. I decided to take action to have the walkway closed. With the help of the community, I chaired a committee that worked with Ward 2 Councilor Joe Dickson and Regional Councilor Scott Crawford to achieve this goal. This was a successful journey as after two years of working diligently on this, the walkway was closed. It was a great feeling of success and I felt like I had found my niche; working to make my community a safer and better place to live.
After the walkway closure, it then occurred to me that we needed a Neighbourhood Watch Program in our community. I decided to pursue this idea with the Durham Regional Police. Soon after, Fishlock Park North Neighbourhood Watch was born. I was named Chair Person of this Watch and love how successful this Watch had become.
My next community project, "Stop the 15-storey" apartment condominium from being constructed at the corner of Harwood and Rossland, as this building was not being well received by residents in the area.
In 2010 I entered the election for the first time, I gained 39% of the votes, 540 votes less than the returning incumbent. Having gone door-to-door during my campaign, I discovered many issues that residents were concerned about and I logged them all on my web-site. I realized after the election I needed to embrace the issues that I noted during my campaign and that there was no reason to not proceed to be the voice of those who put their confidence in me at the polls. Since the 2010 election, I've worked behind the scenes in our community on such things as, parking issues, youth crime, helping those in need, fundraising, requesting traffic reports be done to see the need for new traffic lights/stop signs and more.
After spending the past 12 years advocating for residential causes within my community/ward, and volunteering on many boards and NGO. I have decided that I can do more good for my community at Regional Council level.
In this 2018 election I want to be your voice #AVoiceForThePeople of Ward 2, Ajax!
Lets do this together!