For over 10 years our family has lived in Brooklin, 5 of those years we operated a retail store in the heart of our downtown. I have volunteered with several local organizations including The Optimist Club of Brooklin, Brooklin Youth Room and Community Centre, Scouts and was the President of the Brooklin Downtown Business Association. I helped organize and participated in The Apsley Cup, an all day sports event that raised over $10,000.00 for our local Youth Room. I have a strong sense of what affects residents and business owners alike and I know I can represent you on Council.
Our goal is to attract career opportunities to the region that will see less commuting, keeping spending dollars local and families closer together. We want to improve the quality of life by improving the quality of options.
- Job growth, working with the Region to attract strong employment opportunities into the area by creating an economic plan to generate interest for companies to expand into Whitby(Currently, over 80% of Whitbys taxes are generated through residents, higher than most other Towns and Cities in Durham). This will reduce the tax burden on residents.
- Establish Downtown Brooklin as a retail destination. Developing a strategic marketing plan to unify the businesses currently established, and to entice those looking to join our community we can achieve this. A key element to this success is preserving the long standing heritage of the Village of Brooklin.
- Ensure that commercial development doesn’t detract from the community and keep traffic conditions safe for residents.
- Find ways to divert heavy highway traffic from our downtown via alternate routes.
- Improve communication from the town to local businesses and residents. Make sure that everyone is fully informed about local developments, construction and other events that may interrupt regular daily activities.
- Create a Community driven Action Plan to address the needs for a new recreational facility in the North Ward that would include a pool, track and other accessible features.
- Work with youth organizers in the community to encourage participation from all ages and create programs that are engaging to the ever changing needs of our young. Address the needs of parents to have strong educational and physical programs to help in the development of their children.