1. What is your connection to the ward? Do you live in Ward 8? Work in Ward 8? Grow up in Ward 8?
When my family first came to London 24 years ago, we visited the French first language school Marie-Curie. The principal and VP took us on a tour and shared their vision and were so welcoming that my parents decided this was going to be the new school for my young brothers. This was our first connection to the ward.
Now, I am proud to call Ward 8 my home. I live in a neighbourhood where I can count on my neighbours and they on me for help. Whether it’s keeping an eye out for their home when they are out of town, or helping me clear my driveway when I get snowed in again by the city snow plough, which happens from time to time if I don’t leave early enough before it comes by.
As for work, I am a Program Coordinator with The Sunshine Foundation of Canada – A local charity that fulfills dreams across Canada for children across Canada, living with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses
Our office is located downtown, which I really enjoy. Especially in the summertime where I can walk to Victoria Park and enjoy all the festivals on my lunch break.
2. What would you like Londoners to know about you?
I would like Londoners to know that I am committed to working with them to build a brighter and better future for our city. London welcomed my family 24 years ago and since then has given us the opportunity to thrive and to call it our home. I’m always looking for ways to give back to my community by volunteering and supporting local events. If elected city councillor I look forward to continuing this work city-wide.
3. What most influenced your decision to run?
I’ve always believed in giving back to my community and with our long-time ward councillor stepping down I wanted to make sure that we continued having a strong voice on city council, which is what I hope to bring. Knowing that I had the support of my family, friends, neighbours and colleagues who I look up to and respect made the decision much easier.
4. What do you think is the most urgent issue the City is facing?
Although BRT is dominating discussion lately, I believe the most urgent issue in our city at the moment is the opioid and HIV crises we are facing. London has always come together to help those among us who are most vulnerable and important work is already underway aimed at saving lives. I am confident that if we continue to build on this work, we can create real and lasting change for our community.
5. What experience do you bring to your role?
I bring a wide breadth of experience from working in the finance, not-for profit and health-care fields. I’ve also actively volunteered and supported a number of causes important to our community over the years. By being engaged with my community and hearing about the issues that matter most, I believe I can help bring the voice of the people to city council, as the representative for Ward 8.
6. What is your vision for the ward you wish to represent?
I want to see Ward 8 continue to thrive. As we grow, I envision vibrant neighbourhoods with measures in place for traffic control and safety. It’s clear that we need improved public transit services to underserved areas and better infrastructure as we’ve outgrown our roads. Commuting to work, school or leisure activities has become an odyssey – especially at peak travel times – for everyone whether they drive, take the bus or ride their bikes.
7. How do you balance the challenges of your ward while addressing the priorities of the City as a whole?
The key to balance is having open and ongoing communication with constituents and council colleagues. Although we live in Ward 8, many of us work and play around the city, so decisions made in council chambers impact all constituents, regardless of their ward designation.
8. How would you bridge divides between Londoners?
I think this is going to be a team effort. I look forward to working in partnership with our new council, community leaders and advocates to promote a strong sense of community. We may come from different places around the world, we may speak different languages and cheer for different teams, but at the end of the day we are all Londoners and together we can move London forward and create a Forest City that is strong, safe and inclusive – a community where great friendships are forged, minds are trained, businesses blossom, and innovation is encouraged.
9. Organizations aims to promote the importance of equal representation of women in the political arena. Could you share your perspective on this issue?
I believe equal representation of women in leadership, and particularly in politics, is vital to ensuring decision making is inclusive and informed. Encouraging more women to run for office and supporting them along the way will benefit everyone and help create policies at the municipal level which are representative of all Londoners.
10. What should London be like in 10 years?
London should be celebrated for being a vibrant and welcoming city where people and businesses thrive. We should be a model of how a community comes together to support the most vulnerable and tackles the challenges of opioid addiction and HIV crisis while building the infrastructure that will carry us towards a bright future.