The PDRC invited the people running for city councillor and school board trustee to write about their background, values, goals if elected, and vision for North Point Douglas.
So far only one candidate for councillor (Ross Eadie) and one candidate for trustee (Allan Beach) have submitted their thoughts. Here they are.
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Ross Eadie - 54 years old - deep roots in the North End
City Councillor for the Mynarski Ward 2010 to 2014
For the Ross Record and more go to www.rosseadie.ca
Worked on the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre’s (NPDWC) neighbourhood safety plan, and did a lot with the Austin Street Festival.
Worked with the Powerline volunteers getting the message out and assisting where needed with difficult situations.
Participated in many activities and meetings in the area including the Point Douglas Resident’s Committee.
Helped to get a bit of City funding for Neechi Commons.
Spent many hours trying to get the neighbourhood cleaned up including derelict buildings.
Prioritized Sutherland Avenue road renewal from Higgins to a block past the old railway track that was wrecking people’s motor vehicles.
Led a group of volunteers to plant the Main Street planters, and strongly advocated for new planters that are now planted by the city of Winnipeg.
Provided $3,000.00 or more per year for the NPDWC bus ticket loan program.
Secured funding for the community oven in Michele Jean Park.
Directed city money for badly needed repairs to the Norquay C.C. and satellite.
Provided small grants to Norquay School to support the kids. (Still need to get some traffic calming measures on Euclid.)
If re-elected, I will continue my strong support for North Point Douglas. There are some needed efforts to straighten out the rooming house issues. There is still a lot to do with all the participating organizations on the North Point Douglas Neighbourhood safety plan. I will continue participating in the various events that happen in the Point. I love the Austin Street Festival! Hallet is prioritized for 2015 road renewal. Re-elected or not, I will continue doing my grocery shopping at Neechi Commons.
Vote Allan Beach for School Trustee in Ward 7
I believe all students have a right to a quality public education that will provide them with the best range of choices upon graduation. I have lived in the area for 18 years (my home is in Glenelm), and I have the experience and ability to effectively represent Ward 7’s families on the Winnipeg School Board.
My strong advocacy, problem solving, and communication skills were developed in various roles including Executive Director of SAFE Workers of Tomorrow, as a member of the Apprenticeship Board and other volunteer boards. I have a comprehensive understanding of education systems, and the art of good governance. I have earned the endorsement of the Winnipeg Labour Council, and the support of many individuals in our community and school system.
My priorities include:
Developing a meaningful two-way communication partnership between our community and the school board.
Demonstrating leadership in education policy and delivery.
Exploring the role that our schools can play in helping address the wide ranging needs of children, youth and parents in our community.
Building on the “3Rs” by ensuring that our school system contributes more broadly to the local community, the city and the province.
Creating a more transparent and accountable school board.
My vision for North Point Douglas is for Norquay School to play a key role in the community, being a place of learning, recreation, health, art and safety for the families in the area. North Point Douglas is a vibrant community with many caring and involved residents who have worked to build the neighbourhood in the face of some trying socio-economic issues, including lower than average income levels, employment rates and educational attainment. If there are more ways for the school to assist North Point Douglas in its community development journey, I would support residents in advocating for those measures.
Although there are several distinct neighbourhoods in the new Ward 7, my belief is that they share more in common than they have differences. The process of education and its outcomes affects us all regardless of what street we may find ourselves living on, and I can say without reservation that I will work hard to make sure your voices are heard at the school board.
If you want to meet with me, please drop me a line and I would be pleased to stop by for a chat! I hope I can count on your support.
Phone: (204) 781-5720