MALL PROGRAMS

MEETING OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS A 
CORPORATE CITIZEN OF OUR COMMUNITY

The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is proud to do whatever we can to be of assistance to schools, churches, organizations and community groups of all kinds. We feel it is important for us to be actively involved in our community, not just as a retail centre, but moreover as a responsible corporate citizen. The descriptions that follow over the next two pages will give you a good idea of how we are meeting our citizenship objectives as a mall.

Robert Kirwan
Manager of Marketing & Public Relations
Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre

  

    

MALL WALKING PROGRAM

    
Mall Walking...One of The Fastest Growing Exercise Programs Among All Age Groups

The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is much more than just a place to go for groceries or to pick up your retail supplies. It is one of the largest indoor walking trails in the Greater Sudbury District. Better yet, it is open seven days a week from as early as 8 a.m. in the morning. Bring your favourite walking shoes any time of the day and enjoy a leisurely walk around the mall. Stay as long as you wish

Mall Walking is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. Where else can you walk up to eight kilometers in an hour, enjoying friendly conversation with your spouse or friends, listening to the lively music being played over the mall public address system and then follow it all up with a relaxing cup of coffee, juice or even a full healthy breakfast? Walking is becoming recognized by fitness experts as one of the best forms of exercise which can be enjoyed in groups or simply by yourself. The Mall Walkers at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre love the atmosphere and will all tell you that this is one of the best places to get in that hour or more of daily exercise. As a matter of fact, there are many regulars in our Mall Walking Club who come at different times of the day to do their walking. Some prefer the quiet in the morning and others enjoy walking among the crowds and seeing the activity once the stores are open for the day. Whatever your preference, we invite you to work the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre into your fitness routine this winter. Now you don’t have to let the cold and snow put a hold on your health. Drive over to the mall and walk for an hour or two in climate controlled comfort. Take a break whenever you want in one of our comfortable sitting areas and have some refreshments from time to time. This could be the year when you actually keep those New Year Resolutions.

   

MALL WALKING HOURS

   
You are welcome to come to walk the mall during any of the following times:
   
Weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  
LETTER OF APPRECIATION
I think a word of thanks should be given to Val Mazzuca for the opportunity to exercise in the mall. Val has always given to people in need. His shopping centre is also a credit for shopping and the rest areas make it nice to sit and catch up on news which people pass along while they can rest and talk with their friends. On behalf of the entire community I would like to express our appreciation to Val for the many ways he makes it a pleasure to go to the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Thank you, Val. 
Peter Wagner
     

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARDS

SPECIAL INVITATION TO COMMUNITY GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS

 

Robert Kirwan
Manager of Marketing & Public Relations
Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre

The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is truly a community centre in all aspects of the word. It is one of the top indoor shopping centres in the City of Greater Sudbury. We have a wide variety of merchants and professionals who provide local residents with all of the goods and services they will ever need. And, most of all, we are always willing to lend a helping hand to groups and organizations who need to use our facilities to increase public awareness about their particular activities.

Working towards our common goals of enhancing the quality of life in Valley East and Capreol, I am pleased to extend a special invitation to all groups, organizations, schools, churches, etc., to allow us to post appropriate information for you on the special community bulletin board space that is now available in the mall. 

There are 256 square feet of bulletin board under glass and locked for security. All you have to do to have information about your group or activity is bring the material to the Mall Office (just past the hallway section) and leave it for Robert Kirwan. The material will be posted until the end of your event. This is an excellent way to let the general public know about your organization and to give recognition to your fellow volunteers. 

Many people recognize the value of these bulletin boards in keeping up with the events and activities that are around town. As a result, they make it a point to visit the bulletin board area every time they are in the mall. 

We look forward to helping your group in the months to come.

  

USE OF MALL BY COMMUNITY GROUPS

The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is truly a community centre in all aspects of the word. It is one of the top two or three indoor shopping centres in the City of Greater Sudbury. We have a wide variety of merchants and professionals who provide local residents with all of the goods and services they will ever need. And, most of all, we are always willing to lend a helping hand to groups and organizations who need to use our facilities for fund-raising or public awareness campaigns.  We have provided assistance to Church groups, schools, sports teams, service groups, etc.  Our goal is to have some sort of activity or event going on every week at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre so that local residents will make it a point to stop by and check us out. The more successful we are at achieving this goal, the more successful groups and organizations will be when they set up and sponsor their events during the coming year. We are particularly interested in speaking to groups which are interested in hosting events such as penny sales; raffles; bake sales; or simply hobby displays to encourage people to join your organizations. If you feel you would like to benefit from the thousands of people who come through the mall every week, simply call 969-7215 and ask to speak to Robert Kirwan, the Manager of Marketing & Public Relations for the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. 
First Annual Yellow Brick Road Held In The Mall Is A Huge Success For Kin Club of Valley East

   The Kin Club of Valley East held a Yellow Brick Road fund raiser to raise awareness and money for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. 
 
  
Coordinator, Manon Bolger, shown 2nd from the right in the photo, is a Service Director with the District C.F. Foundation as well as a member of the Kin Club of Valley East.  In addition to Manon, District C.F. & Service Director Randy Cruickshank from Newcastle , Ontario and Deputy Governor Kathy Alexander from Keswick , Ontario came up to spend the day with the group and help out.
 
  
According to Manon the event turned out to be huge success.  Three tables were set up in the mall, one for the selling of the foot prints, one with Cystic Fibrosis awareness materials and one representing the Kinsmen & Kinette Clubs of Canada as the District Membership Director with information on the organization.  
 
  
The one day event raised $817.92 for Cystic Fibrosis with the sale of the foot prints and silent auction.
 
  
The picture for the silent action, which is shown in the group photo, was donated to us by ALL INK located in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre and the winner was Jean Proulx of Kapuskasing!
 
  
Manon expressed appreciation to everyone who supported the event, “We want to extend a very special thank you to Bob Kirwan, the management and staff of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre and all who purchased a footprint on our yellow brick road helping us to get "one step" closer to finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.”
 
      Josee and Natasha Trottier are shown in the photo below planning their foot prints on the floor in the mall.

  
1st Valley East Scouts Greet Shoppers On Annual Apple Day

 

   The 1st Valley East Scouts were out in full force during the Annual Apple Day fund-raising drive for this popular youth organization. Here they are shown at their station in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on Thanksgiving Saturday.
  
   Kneeling in the front is Cub Leader, Enrico Casati. Standing behind him are Karen Luoma (Cub Leader); Justin Vautour (Scout); Bradley Pailing (Beaver); Zach Thorne (Cub); Emily Vautour (Cub) and Deanna Bourdeau (Scout).
  
   There are about 40 young boys and girls in the 1st Valley East Scout group this year. They meet from September to May at Ecole Secondaire Hanmer every Tuesday from
6:30 to 8:00 p.m. where they take part in numerous skill- and character-building activities.
  
   If you are interested in registering your child, or if you would like to find out more about becoming a leader, you can contact Debbie Christianson at 969-7095.

   

FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has become a popular location for fund-raising activities conducted by local groups and organizations. We provide our outside space as well as our indoor facilities for these purposes free of charge.    
LOCAL GROUPS RAISE MONEY THROUGH WEEKEND CAR WASH PROGRAM AT THE MALL

Local community groups and organizations are welcome to take advantage of the warm summer weekends to raise some extra cash by sponsoring car washes on the property beside the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. There is no charge to the group for this service. All you have to provide is the material, the hose and the labour. The most popular day for car washes is Saturday, so if your group is interested in booking one or two weekends during the summer, it is suggested that you call 969-7215 and book well in advance.
  
Annual Valentine's Penny Table Raises Valuable Funds For Valley East Community Theatre
Sandra Desjardins, Secretary of the Valley East Community Theatre, puts the finishing touches to the Annual Valentine's Penny Table at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on February 8. Each year at this time the group organizes a huge penny table sale to help raise much-needed funds for the theatre group. Shown examining the array of prizes is Marcel Legault, a trustee with the French Catholic School Board and someone who has always had an interest in the development of young artistic talent.

The next performance by the Valley East Community Theatre will be popular musical, "Leader of The Pack". It will be held on April 24, 25, 26 and May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10. Each show will begin at 7 p.m. at Hanmer Secondary School.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. 

You can pick up your tickets at M & R Grill (Capreol), Valley Plaza Pharmasave; Paulette's Variety; Val Caron Rexall Drug Store; and Caisse Populaire St-Jacques de Hanmer.

   
CERCLE MISSIONNAIRE de la VALLEE Holds Successful Fund-Raising Event At the Mall

   Giselle Charette wanted to do something different this spring to help raise money for Circle Missionnaire de la Vallee. So she discussed an idea with several of her co-volunteers at Circle Missionnaire and before long she found herself in charge of a penny table, raffle and silent auction on the weekend of April 12, 13 and 14.
 
   “The entire weekend was just amazing,” Giselle commented when everything was over. “We had so many gifts donated and the volunteers were just so cooperative. This has been one of our most successful events of this kind we’ve ever had. And we met so many people at the mall during the weekend. It was fabulous!”

   Indeed, the group has already booked their spot for 2009 and will return the weekend after Easter, April 17 to 19, 2009 .
 
   CERCLE MISSIONNAIRE de la VALLEE is an organization that was created in the early 1990’s to provide assistance to Sister Therese Lamoreux m.c.r. of the order of the Missionary of Christ the King. Sister Therese was originally from Chelmsford . When Sister Therese set up a mission at Sigueneau , Haiti , she discovered a tremendous degree of poverty and hopelessness among the people. Thus, Georgette Bergeron, President, and a number of volunteers from St. Margeurite d'Youville Parish set out to do what they could to help out.
 
   Today, CERCLE MISSIONNAIRE de la VALLEE collects over 60 tons of goods and medical supplies from local donors and ships the lot twice a year to Sister Therese. Besides providing assistance to
Haiti , CERCLE MISSIONNAIRE also sends material to Moosonee and has a working relationship with the other two food banks in Valley East , Good Neighbours and St. Vincent de Paul.
 
   When donations come in, the volunteers check them out thoroughly to make sure that any repairs are completed before packing them in boxes, ready for shipping. With the permission of donors, some of the items are put up for sale in the impressive flea market section of the building. This is to raise money which is then used to purchase medical supplies and help pay the expenses of the building operation.
 
   Georgette tries to get into schools as often as she can to create awareness of the poverty in
Haiti . She also speaks to CWL, Confirmation Groups and other community minded organizations. Most of the donations come to the group via word of mouth. Georgette will also accept cash donations and indicated that all donations of $20 or more will be given a tax receipt.
 
   CERCLE MISSIONNAIRE de la VALLEE originally ran out of the old Our Lady of Fatima school building on Percy Street in Blezard Valley . In January 2004, the organization moved to their new, much larger location at the former public works building on Desmarais Road in Val Therese. The space is much larger and enables the volunteers to have enough space to display items for their weekly flea market and do their packing for the next shipment to Haiti .
 
   Every Wednesday, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. CERCLE MISSIONNAIRE de la VALLEE opens up their building for one of the largest a flea markets you can find in the entire district to help raise money to purchase supplies for the next shipment to Haiti.
 
   If you have any items to donate or would like to make a financial donation, just drop in to their new home in the old Public Works building on Desmarais road any Wednesday afternoon from 12 noon to 4 p.m. or call 969-2192 for more information.
 
   In the photo below, Georgette Bergeron is shown on the left, with Jacqueline Cormier, selling tickets to the penny table.

  

SUPPORTING LOCAL EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is pleased to be able to help out our education institutions whenever we can. The mall is often used by post-secondary school students to conduct surveys and do projects that are part of their program of study.
Laurentian University Students Conduct Survey Of Residents of In

   Two new residents of Valley East who moved here from Marathon , Rene and Diane Brunelle, shown on the right in the photo, were more than happy to give up a few minutes of their time recently to help out a group of Laurentian University students with one of their projects.

   The students, from the left: Melissa Kirkey, Danielle Roy and Courtney Conaty, are all in the 2nd Year of a four-year Bachelor of Commerce Program. One of their major assignments for the year is the development of a new product that could be brought to market. In order to determine the viability of their product they are required to conduct interviews with potential customers to gather information that will be beneficial in their marketing efforts. They decided to conduct their survey at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.
   The product created by the group was a “pack of greeting cards designated to a particular person and containing all the cards that would be needed for the occasions throughout the year”.

   Two other members of the group, Justin Sawicz and Michelle Goneen were present for the photo. The entire group will be appearing on The Learning Clinic, a local education radio talk show on CKLU 96.7 FM on Monday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. to share their thoughts about the Commerce Program at Laurentian. Any secondary school student who might be interested in enrolling in this program in the future should listen to the show or pick it up on their computer off the web site at www.cklu.ca .

   
Laurentian University Nursing Students Conduct Vital Signs Clinic
As part of their program, students enrolled in the Laurentian University Nursing Programs are required to spend a number of hours in community and clinical settings. On February 11, 2008, seven of the students, under the supervision of Lynn Aubuchon, third from the right in the photo, conducted a Vital Signs Clinic at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. 

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are: Carrie-Ann Castilloux, Marie Rose, Dominique Leroux, Renee Bertrand, Nathalie Lebeau, Lynn Aubuchon, Charlene Quesnel, and Fatima Sankoh.

The girls are all part of the 4 year French language nursing program at the school.

   

MINOR SPORTS REGISTRATION

The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is pleased to offer space for Minor Sports organizations to conduct their annual registrations. Our mall is open seven days a week and closes at 9 p.m. every weeknight, providing a level of convenience which is unavailable at most venues. For more information about setting up your registration tables, contact Robert Kirwan, Manager of Marketing & Public Relations at 969-7215.
Valley East Minor Soccer Registrations Remind Everyone That Summer Is Just Around The Corner
Registration was scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday March 23, 2007, but the people begin lining up almost a half hour early to sign up for the 2007 soccer season with the Valley East Minor Soccer Club. Registrations will continue on Friday, March 30 (5 to 8); Saturday, March 31 (10 to 4); and Saturday, March 7 (10 to 4).

Once all of the registrations are taken and the teams formed, play is scheduled to begin the week of May 29, 2007. All games are played Monday through Thursday with the adults playing on Sunday evening as well. Make-up games are played on Fridays.

The Valley East Soccer Tournament is scheduled for the weekend of June 22, 23 and 24.

Playoffs are tentatively scheduled for August 7 to 12 inclusive with final playoff games occuring during the weekend of August 10 to 12.

If you require any further information contact the Soccer Line and leave a message at 969-8497.

  
Good Start For Toronto Blue Jays Means Increased Registrations for Minor Ball

  Registration totals for minor baseball in Ontario always increase whenever the Toronto Blue Jays do well in spring training and early in the season, so it was no surprise to Debbie St. Jean, President of the Valley East Minor Baseball Association to see positive numbers during their first two weekends of registration. Debbie is shown in the middle of the photo taking one of the many registrations that came in during her time at the mall. Sitting to her left is Joy Jokinen, Director of Operations for VEMBA, and to her right is Dan Beaudry, Vice President.
 
   “Our provincial association tells us that registrations are directly related to the success of the Blue Jays, so we were glad to see them off to a good start,” Debbie explained. “Our numbers have been going up steadily for the past couple of seasons and we expect more of the same this year.”

   When the first pitch is thrown the first week of June, there will be over 200 boys and girls from 4 to 20 years of age playing baseball on fields throughout Valley East .
 
  Debbie went on to give an overview of the season.  “We begin the season the first week of June and end around the middle of August. Each team plays two games a week plus we hold a house league fun tournament the weekend of June 27 and 28. Many of our divisions have traveling teams which play in tournaments throughout the summer. We will be hosting a bantam tournament on July 11 and there will be some double headers from time to time. Most of our house league teams play against teams from the Valley only, but a couple of divisions in the older age categories play in a loop with some
Sudbury area clubs.”

   With 12 to 13 players on a team, it is certain that everyone will get plenty of playing time during the summer season. This is important since the VEMBA prides itself on being a developmental organization, with the top priority being to help young players develop the skills necessary to better enjoy the game. It’s all about fun at the house league level. Another popular event, the Blue Jays Clinic will be held during the summer, featuring trainers from the Toronto Blue Jays working with young players from the Valley East Minor Baseball Association.

   The final weekend for registrations will be held at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. each day. All boys and girls wishing to play baseball this summer should make sure to register on those days.

   For more information you can always go to the web site that you can access at www.vemba.ca or you can call the main office line at 897-5959.

     

HISTORY OF VALLEY EAST

CENTENNIAL QUILT NOW ON DISPLAY IN THE NORTH WING OF THE SHOPPING CENTRE
Fern Legault has lived in Valley East all her life. So it is not surprising that she wanted to do something special to celebrate our Centennial Year in 2004. Her project, however, will live on forever in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre in a huge display case which will provide thousands of visitors with pleasant memories. Fern, who has resided in the same house in Val Therese for the past 33 years, began working on the quilt in July of 2004. She put in over 2500 hours for the next five months, painstakingly cutting and gluing and sewing pieces of fabric on to the 30 square foot quilt. By the time she finished, a total of 48 different key sites in Valley East were mounted on the quilt. Fern and her husband, Paul, will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on June 19, 2005. They raised three children during that time: Nicole (33), Paul Jr. (35), and Suzanne (39). Many people will remember Fern by her maiden name of Blais, since her father operated Blais Body Shop on Radar Road for many years. As a matter of fact, with the exception of the body shop, and the old Woodland Hotel, all other 46 sites on the quilt are still in existence and still going strong today. Once Fern collected the photos she would use for the quilt, her and Paul had to make a trip to Cambridge to purchase the proper material in colours which would match the photos. It was a labour of love that will provide many wonderful memories for visitors to the shopping centre. We all thank Fern for this magnificent gift.
  

CUSTOMER  APPRECIATION  CONTESTS

 

Popular Customer Appreciation Contests Are Organized By Merchants At Various Times of The Year 

      

Customer Appreciation Contests are always popular among the shoppers who visit the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Shoppers are usually encouraged to enter by filling out a ballot and leaving it in the drums which are generally located just outside the entrance to Food Basics, Hanmer Home Hardware and Valley Plaza Pharmacy at the northwest corner of the mall.  The other drum, shown below, is usually just outside Billie Jeans. The prize packages consist of hundreds of dollars of gift certificates or merchandise donated by mall merchants. 

    

EDUCATION WEEK PROGRAM

  
EDUCATION WEEK DISPLAYS AT THE MALL WILL SHOWCASE STUDENT WORK AND REMIND US HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ENCOURAGE LEARNING

Education Week is a time set aside each year to take a few moments to recognize the important place learning has in our life. It is also a chance for us to recognize the accomplishments and achievements of our youth. This year, many schools from Valley East will set up displays of student work at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.  It is important for our children to see that we are interested in their school work, so we should all spend some time visiting the mall to look at the displays. Even if your own child’s school is not participating, you should comment on how nice it is to see the work of other children. It will be a motivation for your child to try harder in his own situation. We should also, as adults, take a few minutes to reflect upon our own "learning program". Learning is a life long process. You never stop learning. So what are you doing to make sure that your learning is helping you become a better person. Go to the library. Pick up that book you got for Christmas. Spend some time surfing the internet on interesting topics. Do it now!

 Julien Mailloux, a Grade One student at Val Caron's Notre Dame de L'Esperance, and his brother, Justin, Grade 4, take time to look over the display put up by their school at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre during Education Week. Local schools have been invited to set up displays all year long in the mall in order to provide more public awareness about the accomplishments and achievements of our young citizens.
  

SANTA CLAUS COMES TO TOWN!

 

The chair at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre will be filled by Santa Claus every weekend in December. 

HOURS OF SANTA'S VISITS

Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

FINAL WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS

During the final week before Christmas, Santa will be in the mall for some additional hours in order to give parents a chance to visit with their children.

BRING YOUR OWN CAMERA

Each year, instead of bringing in a professional photographer to take pictures and sell them to parents, the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has decided to allow parents and grandparents to bring their own cameras and take as many photos as you would like. We know that it it nice to have a group photo with mom and dad along with Santa as well, so this means that you can end up with some great memories that will last a lifetime and not have to worry about paying the $15 or $20 for a professional photo.

Taking Own Photos With Santa Claus Is An Idea That Is Much Appreciated By Local Parents
An unidentified young boy enjoying his candy cane sits patiently with Santa Claus while his parents take several photos in an effort to get the perfect picture to save forever. This is the second year that the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has instituted a policy which allows parents and grandparents to take their own photos with Santa. It was done in an effort to save money for parents who normally must purchase expensive packages from professional photographers in most malls. Judging by the positive feedback, this is a policy which is likely to remain in place at the mall for some time to come.
  

FREE GIFT WRAPPING JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS IS APPRECIATED BY SHOPPERS

Every year, just before Christmas, The Valleyview Community Church sets up in the mall to provide free gift wrapping for shoppers. This is a much-appreciated service.
Valleyview Community Church Once Again Brings Out The Free Gift Wrapping For Local Shoppers
Lou Dotto, to the left in the foreground, spent a busy few days at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre wrapping holiday gifts for local shoppers. This was about the fifth year that the Valleyview Community Church has organized this free service for local residents. It is much appreciated by the busy, last-minute shopper. The gift wrapping is free, but many people donated an item of food for the needy to say thank you for the service.
Here, Lou is shown with his wife Bernadette during a quiet moment.
Karen Stenbraaten, on the left, and Kimberly Irving were also two of the volunteers from the Church who took part in the gift wrapping activity.
  

CENTRAL DEPOT FOR FOOD BANKS

The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre is pleased to provide space as a drop-off depot for the local Food Banks. Being open seven days a week makes this a convenient location for residents wishing to donate to the needy.
Food Bank Depot Will Remain Up For Donations All Year Long To Help Those In Need

The Good Neighbours Food Bank in Hanmer, run by Anne Unwin and her hard-working group of volunteers, have had a challenging time recently keeping up with the demand for food from needy families. Where they usually fed approximately 50 families per month, they are now seeing up to 90. In order to provide a convenient place for local residents to donate food and supplies, the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has decided to keep the Food Bank Depot in place all year long. Anyone who wishes to drop off food or gifts for the Good Neighbours Food Bank is asked to simply leave the items in the Food Bank Depot which will be located at the entrance just outside Food Basics. If you wish to donate money, just leave it with the one of the sales clerks at Valley Plaza Pharmasave.
  

COMMUNITY EVENT LOCATION

From time to time the mall is used as a central place for residents of the community to meet with celebrities, These events are usually sports related or are sponsored by the municipal organizations.
Hundreds of Local Residents Meet Half of the Famous Staal Brothers At Desjardins' Food Basics Autograph Session

Marc Staal, Captain of the Sudbury Wolves and destined to join his other two brothers, Eric and Jordan in the NHL for the 2007-2008 season, is shown at the end of an "exhausting" autograph session with his younger brother, Jared on the right. The two talented players had just finished an hour of continuously signing posters, jerseys, hats, sticks, etc. as fans of all ages spent a few brief moments that they will be able to talk about for the rest of their lives.

Blaine Smith, Vice-President of Hockey Operations, is standing on the far left in the photo. Blaine Smith, who is a graduate of the Sports Administration program at Laurentian University, has served in just about every role possible on the staff and is currently celebrating his 25th year with the Sudbury Wolves.   

Beside Blaine is Bill Nurmi, Territory Development Manager for Campbell Soup Company Ltd., one of the corporate sponsors of the Sudbury Wolves. 

The third gentleman in the back row is Ken Desjardins’ owner of Desjardins’ Food Basics, who along with Gary Doyle, owner of Doyle's Food Basics, has been a major corporate sponsor of the Sudbury Wolves for three years and is the team's Official Grocer. 

Marc Staal, on the left, was born on January 13, 1987. The 20 year old who wears #14 stands in at a solid 6' 4" and 205 pounds, making him a sure bet for a contract with the New York Rangers in the fall of 2007. The Rangers drafted Marc 12th overall in 2005 after the Sudbury Wolves picked him in the 1st round of the midget entry draft in 2003. He is a left-hand shooting defenseman who has the frame to battle with the tough stars of the NHL. Marc has already had a story-book hockey career, winning two gold medals with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships and received the top defenseman award in 2006.

Jared, on the right in the photo, was born on September 21, 1990 and hails from Thunder Bay. The 16-year old is in his first season with the Wolves and already stands in at 6' 2" and 180 pounds. He now plays right wing, shoots right and wears #27. Jared was a first round pick by the Wolves in the midget entry draft of 2006, playing last year with the Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA. He is eligible for the 2008 NHL draft and is expected to see a lot of playing time during the 2007-2008 season.

The crowd, partly shown in the photo below, began lining up forty minutes before the autograph session was scheduled to begin and gave the Staal brothers a hearty ovation when they arrived.

 
Valley East's John Rodriguez Enters The Race For Mayor of The City of Greater Sudbury

"Good morning citizens, friends, and members of the media. Thank you for coming to the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre this morning to witness my decision to declare my candidacy for Mayor of this great city of ours."

With those words, on Thursday, July 27, 2006, one of the most colourful political leaders to ever come from the Sudbury region announced that his name would be on the ballot in the November 13, 2006 municipal election. 

Rodriguez began his political career in 1967 - a career which includes acting as the Member of Parliament for the federal Nickel Belt Riding from 1972 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1993. During his time in federal politics, John established a strong network of contacts in both Ottawa and Toronto. His knowledge of how the political system operates at the upper levels will serve as one of his strongest assets as leader of the City of Greater Sudbury.

"It is an understatement to say that there is a mood of dissatisfaction about how our city functions," he added. "I sense a collective disillusionment by many citizens over unfulfilled promises made at the time of amalgamation. As a result large numbers of citizens, primarily from outside the core city, feel excluded and alienated within the City of Greater Sudbury. This is one of the major concerns that has persuaded me to make today's decision. I have tremendous optimism and hope for our city and I believe that I have positive ideas that will inspire our communities and our neighbourhoods to work together in developing a sense of inclusivity in the City of Greater Sudbury."

As part of his opening address to dozens of onlookers, Rodriguez emphasized the following, "I believe that municipal government must also concern itself with the quality of life for its citizens. Therefore, I will ensure that the recreational needs and cultural aspirations of our citizens receive paramount attention in my term of office. As Mayor, I will support economic development, led by the private sector and supported by the City. As Mayor, I will work with city Council, city staff, provincial and federal parliaments to build and expand our community's strengths in mining, education, tourism and health care. Council will have a role, along with our community groups and the business community to see that money committed to economic development is spent fairly and wisely to benefit all parts of our city and in full view of our citizens."

Members of the media welcomed John Rodriguez's candor and openness, firing all kinds of questions during the scrum that followed his announcement. Once again he reiterated his commitment to "work to ensure that citizens, no matter where they live in the City of Greater Sudbury, feel included. There will be no "area specific" service charges."
  

COIN COLLECTOR EXHIBIT EVERY MONTH

Many local residents have taken up coin collecting as a hobby. The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre provides space for John Brown to set up his display and meet with these collectors every month.
Collecting Coins Is An Excellent And Potentially Rewarding Hobby For All Ages
John Brown, owner of "The Connoisseur", otherwise known among these circles as "The Coin Guy", can be found every month at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre with his display of coins and memorabilia. Coin enthusiasts from around the area, and as far away as North Bay, regularly visit with John to talk, trade and buy collectors' items of all kinds.

Young William Gagne, an eleven year old collector, was one of the visitors to John's exhibit recently. 

William, who is a Grade 5 student at Ecole Notre Dame in Hanmer, has been collecting coins all his life, an interest that was started by his grandfather.

 

John will spend hours talking to visitors about coins.

"Besides learning so much about the history of different countries, this can be a great long-term investment for anyone," he explained while holding up some bills that were worth thousands of dollars. The two 1937 $50 bills in his hand are valued at over $2250 because of their mint condition and the fact that they contain two consecutive serial numbers. "You can imagine how hard it would be to find two bills in mint condition with consecutive serial numbers. The value of these bills will just keep climbing every year, so even if a person buys it now for $2250, you know you will make your money back and much more when you sell it some time in the future."

John mentioned that some people have sold their complete coin set and made enough money to buy a house. This is especially the case for people who start collecting when they are very young, like William.

"The value of coins and bills depends a lot on their condition," he explained. "Many people think the older a coin is the more valuable it is, but that isn't always the case. Coins that are misprints or during years when there were very few of them produced are more valuable. And the better the condition, the more valuable they become."

Many coin collectors explain that they were started on the hobby at a very young age and just kept at it, accumulating interesting coins from different countries and different sets over the years. 

"You would be amazed at how much money has slipped through your pockets over the years," John explained. "Coin collectors get into the habit of examining all of the coins they receive to see if there is anything special about them or if they have any dates that are missing in their collection. Some go to the bank every week to buy rolls of coins and then check the coins to see if they can find any that they can use. Quite often a very valuable penny will be mixed in with the rest and instead of paying hundreds of dollars from a coin collector, you can pick it up at face value from the bank. If you have a set of every single penny that was produced by Canada in the 20th century, you can imagine how valuable that would be to some collectors. And you may be able to build that set simply by checking pennies from rolls you buy at the bank."

Check out the Calendar of Events schedule for the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre to find out when John will be back in the Valley with more coins and stories to tell.

  
SITTING AREAS LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE MALL FOR CUSTOMERS TO MEET FRIENDS
The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre wants all local residents to consider us to be their "community centre". We have set up comfortable sitting areas throughout the mall for the convenience of our shoppers and we encourage them to meet their friends during the day for a coffee or a chat. The Centre Court is our most popular meeting place.
Centre Court At the Mall Is The Place To Be Every Afternoon To Discuss Politics of The Day
The first Mayor of Valley East, Mr. Raymond Plourde, second from the right, is shown having a conversation with several of his friends during one of the "Afternoon Council Sessions" that are held daily in the Centre Court Sitting Area at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. The gentlemen enjoy their afternoon conversations with friends and acquaintances as they discuss everything under the sun. The mall has developed a very community-friendly image over the past couple of years, making this a true community centre for young and old alike.
 
 
Welcome to my Election 2022 Web Site
 

Let me explain why I am running for re-election.
The next Municipal Election for City Council and School Boards will take place on October 24, 2022.
 
I have worked hard during the last 8 years to help position the City of Greater Sudbury for an amazing future. I have been an ardent supporter of the KED, but I have also been a strong supporter of the downtown library / art gallery, Place des Arts, and all of the other cultural developments in the downtown. My concern is for the City of Greater Sudbury as a whole, not just with one particular segment.

Unfortunately, there are some people who only think of promoting development in the downtown core. This coordinated media obsession with the downtown core has created a lot of negativity towards the downtown by people who live in the outlying areas. I want to be part of the next City Council so that I can help erase much of this negativity and so we can continue to develop the entire City, including the downtown.

The following section is a complete overview of why I feel confident that I have the experience and ability to continue to represent my constituents of Ward 5 as well as the residents in all parts of the entire City of Greater Sudbury.

 
Change is not always good !
Don't be fooled with that kind of rehetoric



As residents of the City of Greater Sudbury, you are going to have to decide who you want to represent your Ward and also who you want as your Mayor. Keep in mind that "change is not always good", so anyone who is asking for you to support them because it is time for a change should be examined carefully. You need to know why the candidate thinks that change is necessary and also ask what the candidate thinks that he/she can change.

I am sure that once you read all of the initiatives that I have been involved in during the past 8 years, and all of the activities that I am currently taking part in, you will see that change is definitely not in the best interests of the residents of Ward 5.

Each Councillor has only one vote

City Council consists of a Mayor and 12 Ward Councillors. We each have one vote and we are basically all "mayors" of our own Wards. So, what goes on at City Council and committee meetings is important, but that is not where your Ward Councillor is the most valuable to you, an individual citizen. Your Councillor needs the support of six other members of Council in order to put forward an item on the agenda. So, an individual Councillor doesn't have much impact. Anyone who is running because he/she thinks we need to change members of Council so that different policy decisions will be made really doesn't know much about how City Council functions.

Committed to a minimum of 12 years serving the public

When I was first elected to City Council in 2014, I made a commitment to serve my Ward for a minimum of 12 years, so I will definitely be running again in October 2022 and most likely again in October of 2026.

The importance of experience cannot be understated


From the beginning I understood the importance experience played in order to provide effective and efficient guidance and advocacy for constituents when they contact me with individual concerns. It took me the better part of two years to become knowledgeable and comfortable with the complex municipal organizational structure and to know who to contact to get things accomplished.

Now, after eight years of experience, it would not be fair to the residents of Ward 5 to abandon them and leave them with someone new and inexperienced who would have to learn all over again.  When and if I decide it is time for me to turn my responsibilities to another person, I will make sure my successor is well-prepared to take over. But for now, I am planning on staying for at least four more years. A new representative with no experience will not be able to effectively serve my constituents, and so I look forward to continuing in this role for the next four years.

Demonstrated competency and knowledge outweights promises

 


As I said above, City Council and committee meetings are different. You simply need the wisdom and career/life experiences to make objective, informed, evidence-based decisions that are in the best interests of your Ward and the City as a whole. So, anyone who is running for a position as a Ward Councillor should have demonstrated competency and a knowledge of the history of the community.  It is not enough to promise you will do things for the community. You must have demonstrated that you have been doing a lot for the community.

Full time commitment Is necessary to be most effective as Councillor

You need to have the time to study reports, do your own research, and talk to people who are experts in their field in order to be well-informed at the time that decisions are made at Council. It takes an enormous amount of time to be prepared, and you can definitely see the Councillors who do not do their homework.

I will continue to devote full time to this position

I am fortunate because being on Council is my full-time job. I knew the time commitment when I ran the first time. I also knew that I could never have done this job while I was working as a full-time teacher and my children were younger. Therefore, when it comes to choosing a Ward Councillor who will serve you well on Council and be better prepared when decisions are being made, you need to determine if that person has the time to devote to that part of the job. As mentioned above, you can rest assured that since I am devoting full-time to my job as Councillor of Ward 5, I am available every day at any time of day or night. If you have a concern you just need to email me or phone me.

I am available when you need me

To provide effective advice and direction to individual constituents and organizations, and to advocate for them so that they are treated fairly and consistently takes the kind of experience you only get from spending time in office. This is the second, and most important part of being a City Councillor. It is being available when called upon by your constituents.

Helping individual constituents immediately is my greatest strength

My greatest strength at this time is my ability to use the experience I have gained to be of greatest help to my individual constituents and organizations when they reach out to me. Once again, since I am devoting full-time to my position as Councillor, I am able to be available when they need me. They don't need to wait for answers. And since I now have over seven years of experience under my belt, I know where to turn for answers and am able to provide the kind of guidance and advocacy that they need. When they call their City Councillor, they want to speak to someone with experience who will be able to fight for them.

I will commit myself to at least another four years as Councillor for Ward 5

I will continue for at least another term if my constituents give me another vote of confidence on October 24, 2022. There is a lot of work that I would like to see completed in the next five years, but one of the main reasons I am running again is because I do not feel it would be fair for me to ignore the experience I have gained and abandon the residents of Ward 5. I promised to be at your service for at least 12 years and that is what I intend to do.

    
Let me provide you with a list of my experience on committees as Councillor of Ward 5 during the past eight years.
    
  
Who is Robert Kirwan?
Warren, Robert, Marty, Valerie, Ryan
   

Robert Kirwan is a lifelong resident of Greater Sudbury. He is the oldest child of Thomas and Audrey Kirwan, both deceased. Thomas enjoyed a career with INCO, mainly in management at the Iron Ore Recovery Plant in Copper Cliff. Robert’s four brothers and sisters (Frank, Carol, Wayne and Janet) all live in the Sudbury area. He spent the first five years of his life in Coniston before moving to Lively at the age of 5.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Math and Economics from Laurentian University in 1972. He obtained an Elementary Teaching Diploma from North Bay Teachers’ College in 1973 and completed his post-secondary education with a Master’s Degree in Education in 1985 from Central Michigan University. He still carries the designation of an Ontario Certified Teacher.

Robert met his wife, Valerie (Starcevic) in 1968. She grew up in Creighton Mine. They were married in 1972, moved to Valley East in 1974, and have lived in the same house ever since. Bob and Val raised three sons who all graduated from Laurentian University with degrees from the School of Commerce.  Ryan is an independent mortgage broker in Sudbury; Warren is a school teacher in Barrie with the Simcoe District School Board; and Marty is a police officer with the Peel Regional Police Department.  The Kirwans have seven grandchildren.

Robert had a successful 28-year career as a teacher with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, including nine years as President of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, Sudbury Elementary Unit. He has been an independent business consultant since 1985. He provides education-based business development services to the private and public sectors.  He completed a four-year term as an elected Trustee with the Rainbow District School Board from 2010 to 2014.

Robert has also hosted his own live talk radio show, The Learning Clinic, on CKLU 96.5FM from Laurentian University.

Robert Kirwan is serving his second term as City Councillor for Ward 5. He was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.

One of his most important roles is to ensure that his constituents are well informed when it comes to municipal policies and services. He uses all forms of media to meet this responsibility, including main stream media venues as well as facebook, through the site that he and Valerie run at https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleyeasttoday

He also acts as an advocate for individual residents and business owners in order to help them in their dealings with the city. It is important for everyone to feel that they have received due consideration for their concerns and issues and that they have been treated fairly by the city.

As a representative on City Council he is responsible for representing the collective interests of the people living in Ward 5. In order to fulfill this responsibility, Kirwan states that it is important for him to continue to work with as wide a range of groups and organizations in Ward 5 as possible so that he has a better understanding of the needs of all residents in order to be their voice on City Council. He is committed to representing every man, woman and child living in Ward 5 and to advocate on their behalf.

At the same time, Kirwan believes that what is in the best interests of Ward 5 must also be consistent with what is in the best interests of the entire City of Greater Sudbury. Kirwan describes himself as a pragmatist who takes a practical approach to problem-solving and is primarily concerned with the success or failure of his actions. He feels that many of the challenges facing the City of Greater Sudbury can be resolved with a willingness of Councillors to incorporate new and innovative ideas to develop business plans that are designed to help the City of Greater Sudbury become a growing, world-class community bringing talent, technology and a great northern lifestyle to all residents.

 
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE
VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5
  
 
Whereas Ward 5 includes a large portion of Valley East as well as the northwest portion of Sudbury, I am often asked what I have done for both sectors of the Ward. On this page I will focus on the Valley East portion of Ward 5. I will create another page with a focus on the Sudbury portion of Ward 5.
  

It has been my privilege to serve as City Councillor for Ward 5 since 2014.

At this time I would like to review the initiatives and projects that I have been involved with during the past eight years. As you will see, a great deal of groundwork is now in place which will greatly enhance the quality of life of all residents in community.

I am not here to make any promises. Rather, I want to highlight what I have done over the past eight years to earn your confidence and support. You have seen me establish that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests for residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury. I think I have consistently demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have done this for the past eight years and with your support I will continue to fight on your behalf for the next four years. I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

I am now asking for your support in the Municipal Election on October 24, 2022, so I may continue in that role for the next four years in order to complete a number of initiatives that I have been involved with and to ensure that best interests of all residents of the City of Greater Sudbury are being met.

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

The City of Greater Sudbury is on the verge of some major changes as we prepare for the next four years. I am excited about our prospects, but change is not going to come easy. We are going to have to focus our energy and resources in some areas that will set the foundation for a future that will acknowledge the health and social needs of an aging population while addressing the employment and housing needs of our low income families. I am asking for your support to re-elect me as your Ward 5 Councillor so that I can continue to implement some of the initiatives that we have started during the past four years.

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

Ward 5 is one of the most diverse sections of the entire City of Greater Sudbury. It has been an honour to be able to represent constituents from the northwest portion of Sudbury as well as from the Valley because it gives me the opportunity to examine the major issues and concerns facing this city from all perspectives. I am now humbly asking you to give me your vote again so that I can be re-elected as Councillor of Ward 5. I feel that the past eight years have given me significant insight into the major concerns and needs of all of the residents living in the Valley portion of Ward 5 and I would like to continue to serve you during the next term of Council, which we all know is going to be an extremely challenging period for this city.

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

During the past eight years on Council I found that my previous career and political experiences have served me well in advocating for literally hundreds of constituents who have contacted me for personal assistance on a wide range of issues. Whether it is making an application for rezoning, problems with drainage, helping people with organizing a petition or taking part in a store opening, when anyone contacts me for help, I make every effort to be there for them on the same day. My primary role is to make sure that each constituent has someone to call or speak with if they have any municipal issues. The fact that I am available on a full time basis to serve my ward allows me to get back to constituents in a timely manner and to meet them at a time that is convenient to their schedules. This is an important part of the job of Councillor.

VALLEY EAST PORTION OF WARD 5

The Valley East portion of the Ward includes everything south of Dominion Drive up to the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre which takes in Val Caron, Blezard Valley, Guilletville, and McCrea Heights. The Sudbury portion of the Ward extends from the Terry Fox fields to Ryan Heights, up along Notre Dame to the corner of Lasalle & Notre Dame and then east along Lasalle to Rideau and everything on both sides of Lasalle.

Your vote in the October 24, 2022 election will be much appreciated and I guarantee that you won’t regret giving me your support for another four years. I have had significant influence in launching a major transition period in our city and I would like to spend the next four years finishing what we started. My wife and I have lived in Valley East since 1974 and I can honestly say that I have never been as excited about the potential for growth and development in our community as I am now.

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

My record as your Councillor for Ward 5 for the past eight years is what I am hoping will convince you to give me a chance to continue in this role for another four years. I have tried my best to be an effective voice for the Valley portion of Ward 5 while debating the issues and policies at Council meetings.

I have discovered that each neighbourhood in this part of the ward is faced with different challenges and a wide variety of unique needs. With each successive year, my experience base becomes broader and I am able to navigate the complex world of municipal services more efficiently and effectively.

I trust I have met your expectations as a Councillor. If so, I would be honoured to continue in this role for the next four years. If you give me your vote on October 24, 2022 I feel confident that I can do an even better job on your behalf as a result of the experience I have gained during this past term.

KINGSWAY ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

The Kingsway Entertainment District and the Downtown Arts and Culture District: I am proud of the role that I played in putting in motion the transformational projects that will solidify the future of the City of Greater Sudbury. As you know, I was one of the strongest supporters of the Kingsway Entertainment District, but the real reason for putting my support behind the development of the new arena, the new Gateway Casino and the new Genesis Hospitality hotel on the Kingsway was so that we would be able to approve the downtown developments that will include a new library, a new art gallery, a new convention and performance centre, Place des Arts, a new hotel, the Elgin Greenway, and a new Tom Davies Square Courtyard. I would like to be re-elected to serve as Councillor of Ward 5 so that I can help move all of those projects forward. Even though Place des Arts is open and the Kingsway Entertainment District is close to receiving the final budget and approval, there are still many challenges and decisions yet to be made with the rest of the big projects and I know that I have the ability to be influential in the successful competition of our plans.

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

The Transit Action Plan: I spent a great deal of time working with the Transit Department in the development of a new Transit Action plan that has laid the groundwork for the future. The Transit Action Plan continues to improve our routes and times. The Affordable Transit Fare Structure will make it less expensive to use public transit. I would also like to continue to work with the Transit Safety Task Force to make sure that everyone who uses public transit or who works for public transit is safe and comfortable in all environments. I know that a lot of my Valley constituents would like to use public transit so this is a priority for me moving forward into the future.

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

Keeping tax increases as low as possible: We have been doing everything we can to keep municipal tax increases to a minimum. With so many services being provided to the different sectors of the community, we have obligations to maintain the level of service, but the cost of doing so is rising much faster than inflation. I want to continue to be the Voice of Ward 5 residents because for the past eight years I have gained knowledge and insight into the budget process that will help me ensure that taxes are minimized in the coming term. It is going to be very challenging to deal with our aging infrastructure as well as the needs of our older adults and low income residents who are in need of affordable housing, but I believe I can be influential in helping guide Council in making wise investments that will stimulate growth of our economy. The best way to keep taxes low is to make sure that we are attracting new commercial and residential development. That is my goal for the next four years.

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Aging Infrastructure: We are governed by provincial legislation when it comes to providing quality Water / Wastewater services to our residents. We cannot use money from the general tax levy to cover any of our expenses, and so the only revenue we can generate is through water bills. Because of our aging infrastructure, we are going to be forced to implement higher water rate increases than we would like to, but it is going to be necessary to cover the costs of the service. I have worked as Chair of the Operations Committee for the first four years and continued to serve on this committee during the past four years. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years in order to make sure that we are making the right choices when it comes to water / wastewater services and rates. The infrastructure in many parts of Ward 5 is very old and we are starting to experience more and more water main breaks. I want to make sure we can deal with these emergencies.

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

Playground Revitalization: I am proud of my involvement in helping create the playground revitalization strategy. We were able to revitalize Pinecrest and Macmillan Playgrounds under this program and we are continuing to add smaller improvements to some of the others. Playgrounds and their parks are becoming so important as we ensure that there is suitable opportunity for children and their families to enjoy wholesome recreation within walking distance of their homes. Older adults are also using the parks with their grandchildren and even just to enjoy a bit of fresh air and socialization. I am also working with the Valley East Community Action Network and several other playground associations to help them upgrade and improve their parks and playgrounds in addition to the revitalization program. This is going to be a high priority for me in the next term.

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

I have been involved in the following committees and boards during my eight years as a member of City Council:

Planning Committee; Chair (2 years); Vice-Chair (2 years)

Population Health Safety & Well-Being Panel; Co-Chair (4 years)

Seniors’ Advisory Panel; Co-Chair (8 years)

Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation; Vice-Chair (4 years)

Committee of Management for Pioneer Manor; Chair (4 years)

Public Health Sudbury & Districts; Board member (8 years)

Operations Committee; Chair (4 years); Member (8 years)

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

I have been Chair of the Planning Committee for the final two years of this term, and I am looking forward to continuing in this role for the next four years. This is a committee that can have a significant impact on new development across the city and it has been so satisfying working with the private sector to help them achieve their goals, whether for new subdivision development or new commercial interests. We are working on some exciting changes that will help us expand some of our industrial park land in order to allow new development in more appropriate locations in the city. In addition, we are making some changes to the Zoning By-Law and the Official Plan that will make it easier for developers to get the necessary approvals for new development that is much needed for the future.

CO-CHAIR OF THE POPULATION HEALTH SAFETY & WELL-BEING PANEL

The PHSWB Panel is a group of very influential leaders from many sectors of the City of Greater Sudbury. Our goal is to develop a collaborative approach to removing the barriers to ensuring the safety and well being of all residents of our city. This is a group that began meeting in 2022 and will address some of the major issues that our residents are dealing with in areas such as mental health and addictions and housing. We have just begun examining a comprehensive COVID recovery plan that addresses mental health and resilience as one of our top, underlying priorities. We meet monthly in order to maintain the momentum that is needed to move forward with our priorities and collaborate with other organizations, including the GSPS, PHSD, and HSN.

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

As Chair of the Operations Committee during my first four years, and as a committee member for the past four years, we established a number of new policies and protocols to deal with our aging infrastructure. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years to help implement a number of changes we are putting in place to improve winter maintenance of our roads and sidewalks, a strategic approach to road maintenance and repair of our main arterial road network, some safety enhancements we are making to our intersections and high risk roads, and programs that will make our streets more pedestrian and biker friendly. We are embarking on safety initiatives such as photo radar and red light camera installations at intersections that demonstrate the greatest risk of accidents.

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

As Chair of the Committee of Management of Pioneer Manor for the first four years we did a great deal to move a number of projects and initiatives forward. For the past four years we have included Pioneer Manor under the Community Services Committee. I am also a member of that committee so I am able to continue to be involved with Pioneer Manor. I would like the opportunity to work on the completion of our $63 million bed redevelopment project so that we can repurpose the six wings which include 94 rooms that will be available to meet the needs of the community. We are considering a number of possibilities including using some of the rooms for alternative level of care patients from the hospital; using the rooms as temporary residential settings for clients who are homeless or in need of transitional shelter; using one or two wings as a student residence for students who are training to become a health care worker of some sort and who would be able to earn their practicum credits at Pioneer Manor. We have come so far in the past several years and I would like the chance to help bring some of the projects forward. We are also at the point where the Province is placing a lot of emphasis on enhancing the quality of life of our long term care residents, and it is going to be an exciting time during the next several years. I am prepared to use the experience I have gained during the past eight years to continue to advance the improvements in our long term care homes.

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

As Co-Chair of the Seniors Advisory Panel for the past eight years we have done so much to bring awareness to the community of the needs of our older adults. I would like to be able to continue to help implement the many Age Friendly Strategy initiatives that we have put in place. Our older adults need home care and they need alternative housing options. I would like to make sure that their needs are met during the next term of Council. I was extremely proud to be the facilitator and organizer of the Seniors’ Summit 2019 which produced the framework for a Seniors’ Strategy that I hope to work on during the next four years. We are going to be using our influence to recommend the development of more housing options for seniors, including shared housing initiatives. We are also going to be promoting the expansion of home care to address the health and wellness, as well as the general day to day maintenance requirements that older adults need in order to age in place.

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

As Vice-Chair of the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation for my first four years I helped improve the quality of life for many of our rent-geared-to-income residents. For the past four years the responsibility for the GSHC has been taken over by City Council, which means that the entire Council is the Board of Directors and will be responsible for overseeing future development and operation of the 1848 units owned by the GSHC. I want to continue to work with Social Housing to make sure that we implement affordable housing strategies across the city in order to provide low income residents with a better quality of life. We also need to address the social determinants of health that will improve their health and wellness. We have made a lot of progress on a revitalization plan for our housing portfolio. I want to help implement the changes. In addition, we need to address the safety concerns that have surfaced in recent years. Too many of our residents are being inconvenienced by tenants who are not abiding by the general rules and are causing distress among other tenants. We need to deal with this in the coming years and I know that my previous experience will be helpful in focusing on the policies that must be implemented.

WORKERS MEMORIAL YOUTH PARK

The Pandemic has put a hold on the development of the Workers Memorial Youth Park, but hopefully we will be able to initiate a community wide campaign to raise individual and corporate donations for the million dollar Valley East Workers Memorial Youth Park that will eventually be constructed on the southeast section of Confederation Secondary School property. This project was started by Ecole Jean Paul II School and it is my dream to see it open before the end of the next term with a skate park, a spash pad, a tot lot playground, a shaded sitting area, washrooms and change rooms, a new tennis court, and an outdoor rink that will turn into pickle ball courts in the summer. I have already been in discussions with the Valley East Community Action Network to see if they will take the lead in this development.

DEVELOPMENT OF HARC TOWN CENTRE

Development of our Town Centre: I am going to continue to work with Leisure Services on plans to complete the 28 acre undeveloped portion of the Howard Armstrong Regional Park that was always intended to be the Town Centre for the community of Valley East. Now that City Council has approved the Valley East Multi-Purpose Twin Pad Sports Complex I will continue to work towards finding funding sources so that this facility plus the improvements to the remaining 20 acre park can be officially opened before the end of the next term. We have come so far with this project and I would like to come back to help continue with the development during the next four years.

EXPANSION OF INDUSTRIAL PARK

The expansion and development of the Valley East Industrial Park; This will be one of my top priorities in the coming term. I have been working with the Planning Department to put in place a plan to expand the park with additional land to the east and will be making sure that we market and promote this as an attractive location for commercial and industrial growth. We are currently in the process of developing an Employment Land Review and Strategy which will examine our existing industrial park lands and look as how to make them more attractive to future investment.

COMMUNITY HUB DEVELOPMENT

Community Hub Development: I have been a strong proponent of the use of surplus schools as community hubs and we now have a community hub strategy in place for the city. My goal is to eventually see surplus schools turned into a community hub, serving the neighbourhoods in their catchment areas. I will champion the development of all future surplus schools into community hubs along with the building of affordable senior residences on the school property. There is even the potential of using single detached houses in certain neighbourhoods to create neighbourhood hubs for older adults living nearby. These are initiatives that we must explore over the next four years. I have become somewhat of a community hub champion and expert on City Council for the past eight years and would like to continue to work towards making this happen.

REVITALIZATION OF KALMO BEACH

The revitalization of the Kalmo Beach is high on the priority list for the next term of council. This is going to be a collaborative approach with contributions from the City, community organizations and individual donations. This park could be one of the most attractive sites in the Valley with a little bit of help. We are ready to present a 10 year plan to City Council that will eventually turn this into a four season recreation centre. Now that the Paquette-Whitson drainage project is complete, there is the possibility of having a walking / cycling trail going all the way from the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre to Kalmo Beach. That is my vision and it is what I would like to continue working on.

SUPER ASSOCIATION OF PLAYGROUNDS

One of my priorities during the next term will be to continue to revitalize local playgrounds through neighbourhood associations. There are some parks that are in close proximity and could benefit from combining their resources to form a “super association”. For example, Pinecrest, Carol Richard Park, and Macmillan playgrounds are located in a distinct part of Ward 5. A super association of neighbourhoods would allow residents to leverage the strengths of each playground and get more community involvement in activities and initiatives.

SENIOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS

We have seen in recent years that whenever a developer establishes a new residential complex, the new units are rented even before they are built. There are many older adults in Ward 5 who find that they are having more and more difficulty being able to maintain the house that they have lived in for decades. They want to downsize, but they just don’t want to leave the community. I am going to work with developers who want to use the vast amount of land that we have in the Valley to build the kind of living accommodations that older adults are looking for. We want our older adults to be able to enjoy a quality of life that they deserve in the community that they have called home for so many years.

WHITSON LAKE WATER LEVEL

The water level in Whitson Lake has been difficult to maintain during the past several years. I will continue to work with residents of the lake to find solutions that will keep the water levels high enough so that people can use their boats in the summer and enjoy the use of Kalmo Beach. The dam that is owned by Vale needs to be adjusted to keep the water at a higher level while still adhering to the requirements of the Ministry. I have been working with some of the waterfront residents on this matter for several years. We are inching forward and are close to arriving at a solution.

FIRE SERVICES IN VALLEY EAST

We now have a full-time fire service at Station 16 in Val Therese. This means that we always have four full time firefighters on duty at all times. But we also have the additional services of some of the finest volunteer firefighters in the entire City. I am going to do everything I can to improve the recruitment and retention strategies that are in place in order to make sure that we have full complements of volunteers at Stations 15, 16 and 17 to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our residents. This combination of volunteer and career firefighters will give residents of Valley East the greatest level of protection in the entire City.

HIDDEN VALLEY PLAYGROUND

Now that the playground at Hidden Valley has finally been installed, I intend to work with the residents of that part of Val Caron to do whatever is needed to add to the facilities and develop a strong and viable neighbourhood association to get the most benefit from the playground. It has been a long, hard fought journey to this point, and now that it is up, it is time to make this become a focal point moving forward.

ARTERIAL ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

So much has been done over the past eight years to improve the conditions of our arterial road network in the Valley. We have used large area patching along MR 80 and have all but replaced the worse stretches of road surface. I am so pleased to have been able to get the road done in Blezard Valley and the resurfacing of the stretch from McCrea Heights to Sudbury. However, there are still some other connecting roads in the Valley that I want to bring up to higher standards over the next four years. Valleyview Road, Dominion Drive West and Martin Road, Main Street East and Kalmo / Bodson Drive, are some of the areas that I would like to see improved over the next few years.

PAQUETTE – WHITSON DRAINAGE PROJECT

The $13 million Paquette – Whitson drainage project is pretty well completed and we should be seeing some impact of this project over the next couple of years. One of the most exciting things about this project is that it will allow for a wonderful walking/cycling trail from Dominion Drive right over to Main Street East. This will be a spectacular recreational area that will be worked on over the next couple of years. The project has also removed a great deal of land from the flood plain. This will not enable developers to move forward with their plans of subdivision. I will work with developers in the next several years to see what we need to do to get them to begin their construction projects.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

I am excited to work with the Valley East Community Action Network, Carefour Senator Rheal Belisle, Valleyview Community Church, and the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre  to ensure that our community celebrations get back to normal after the end of the pandemic. We have some annual celebrations including Family Day in February at Centennial Arena, Canada Day on July 1 in Blezard Valley, Valley East Days in September, Family Fun Day in Blezard Valley in July, and the Friday Night Drive In Movies at the Valleyview Community Church. I intend to continue to provide whatever support we can through the city to make sure that these events can pick up where they left off before the pandemic.

WASTE COLLECTION AND VALLEY EAST LANDFILL SITE

I am extremely happy with how residents of Valley East have worked hard to improve the use of green bins and blue boxes in response to our every second week garbage pick-up. As I drive around the Valley I notice that there are more and more properties with a single bag/container of garbage every second week. But the number of blue boxes and green bins has continuously expanded. City staff and contractors have been very courteous and I am receiving fewer complaints from residents. I am also pleased with how the Waste Management Managers have done everything they can to satisfy our residents. Whenever there is a problem or issue, they are quick to send someone out to resolve the missed pickup or other problem.

RV DUMP IN VAL CARON

I was disappointed when City Council approved the closure of the RV Dump at the Valley East Wastewater Station, but I will continue to do what I can to open this site up again. This may take time but hopefully I will be able to convince Council that this RV Dump station is needed.

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

I have spent a lot of time during the past eight years putting the groundwork in place that can see a number of other enhancements in our community. There is so much more that I would like to share with you about what I plan to accomplish over the next four years. I hope that I have shown you and all of my constituents that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests for residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury. I think I have demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have done this for the past eight years and with your support I will continue to fight on your behalf for the next four years. I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

I come to you today to ask for your vote on October 24, 2022 so that I may have the honour of serving you for the next four years as Councillor of Ward 5. Thank you for your support!

   
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE
SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5
  
Whereas Ward 5 includes a large portion of Valley East as well as the northwest portion of Sudbury, I am often asked what I have done for both sectors of the Ward. On this page I will focus on the Sudbury portion of Ward 5.
 
  
  At this time I would like to review the initiatives and projects that I have been involved with during the past eight years. As you will see, a great deal of groundwork is now in place which will greatly enhance the quality of life of all residents in community and has set the stage for the next four years if I am successful in getting re-elected on October 24, 2022.

I am not here to make any promises. After you have served as a City Councillor for a few years you learn that it is important to avoid raising false and misleading expectations among your constituents. There are some things that are impossible to achieve, and so it does no good to promise the moon and then fail to deliver. Our expectations as a City Council are more realistic and we make sure to include the right strategies which will make it possible for us to achieve our objectives. A good Councillor does not make outrageous promises.

So, instead of making promises, I want to highlight what I have done over the past eight years to earn your confidence and support. You have seen me establish that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests of residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury as a whole. I think I have consistently demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate no matter what your issue. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

AN EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD OF US

The City of Greater Sudbury is on the verge of some major changes as we prepare for the next four years. I am excited about our prospects, but change is not going to come easy. We are going to have to focus our energy and resources in some areas that will set the foundation for a future that will acknowledge the health and social needs of an aging population while addressing the employment and housing needs of our low income families. I am asking for your support so that I can continue to implement some of the initiatives that we have started during the past four years.

ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE WARDS

Ward 5 is one of the most diverse sections of the entire City of Greater Sudbury. It has been an honour to be able to represent constituents from the northwest portion of Sudbury as well as from the Valley because it gives me the opportunity to examine the major issues and concerns facing this city from all perspectives. I feel that the past eight years have given me significant insight into the major concerns and needs of all of the residents living in the Sudbury portion of Ward 5 and I would like to continue to serve you during the next term of Council, which we all know is going to be an extremely challenging period for this city.

PAST EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN INVALUABLE

During the past eight years on Council I found that my previous career and political experiences have served me well in advocating for literally hundreds of constituents who have contacted me for personal assistance on a wide range of issues. Whether it is making an application for rezoning, problems with drainage, helping people with organizing a petition or taking part in a store opening, when anyone contacts me for help, I make every effort to be there for them on the same day. My primary role is to make sure that each constituent has someone to call or speak with if they have any municipal issues. The fact that I am available on a full time basis to serve my ward allows me to get back to constituents in a timely manner and to meet them when it is convenient to their schedules. This is an important part of the job of Councillor.

SUDBURY PORTION OF WARD 5

The Sudbury portion of the Ward 5 extends from the Terry Fox fields to Ryan Heights, up along Notre Dame to the corner of Lasalle & Notre Dame and then east along Lasalle to Rideau and everything on both sides of Lasalle. The Valley East portion of the Ward includes everything south of Dominion Drive up to the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre which takes in Val Caron, Blezard Valley, Guilletville, and McCrea Heights.

I have had significant influence in navigating a major transition period in our city and I would like to spend the next four years finishing what we started. My wife and I have lived our entire lives in the City of Greater Sudbury and have lived in Valley East since 1974. I can honestly say that I have never been as excited about the potential for growth and development in our community as I am now.

MY RECORD AS COUNCILLOR OF WARD 5

I have tried my best to be an effective voice for the Sudbury portion of Ward 5 while debating the issues and policies at Council meetings. My record speaks for itself. I have discovered that each neighbourhood in this part of the ward is faced with different challenges and a wide variety of unique needs. With each successive year, my experience base becomes broader and I am able to navigate the complex world of municipal services more efficiently and effectively.

I trust I have met your expectations as a Councillor and would be honoured to continue in this role for the next four years. I feel confident that I can do an even better job on your behalf as a result of the experience I have gained during these past eight years.

KINGSWAY ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

The Kingsway Entertainment District and the Downtown Arts and Culture District: I am proud of the role that I played in putting in motion the transformational projects that will solidify the future of the City of Greater Sudbury. As you know, I was one of the strongest supporters of the Kingsway Entertainment District, but the real reason for putting my support behind the development of the new arena, the new Gateway Casino and the Genesis Hospitality hotel on the Kingsway was so that we would be able to approve the downtown developments that will include a new library, a new art gallery, a new convention and performance centre, Place des Arts, a new hotel, the Elgin Greenway, and a new Tom Davies Square Courtyard. I would like to be re-elected to serve as Councillor of Ward 5 so that I can help move all of those projects forward. Even though Place des Arts is open and the Kingsway Entertainment District is close to receiving the final budget and approval, there are still many challenges and decisions yet to be made with the rest of the big projects and I know that I have the ability to be influential in the successful completion of our plans.

TRANSIT ACTION PLAN

The Transit Action Plan: I spent a great deal of time working with the Transit Department in the development of a new Transit Action plan that has laid the groundwork for the future. The Transit Action Plan continues to improve our routes and times. The Affordable Transit Fare Structure will make it less expensive to use public transit. I would also like to continue to work with the Transit Safety Task Force to make sure that everyone who uses public transit or who works for public transit is safe and comfortable in all environments. I know that a lot of my Sudbury constituents rely upon public transit so this is a priority for me moving forward into the future.

KEEPING TAXES AS LOW AS POSSIBLE

Keeping tax increases as low as possible: We have been doing everything we can to keep municipal tax increases to a minimum. With so many services being provided to the different sectors of the community, we have obligations to maintain the level of service, but the cost of doing so is rising much faster than inflation. I want to continue to be the Voice of Ward 5 residents because for the past eight years I have gained knowledge and insight into the budget process that will help me ensure that taxes are minimized in the coming term. It is going to be very challenging to deal with our aging infrastructure as well as the needs of our older adults and low income residents who are in need of affordable housing, but I believe I can be influential in helping guide Council in making wise investments that will stimulate growth of our economy. The best way to keep taxes low is to make sure that we are attracting new commercial and residential development. That is my goal for the next four years.

COMPLETION OF MALEY DRIVE PROJECT

I played a significant role in the final decision to go ahead with the Maley Drive Project. This new road has greatly reduced the amount of traffic on Lasalle Blvd. and has virtually taken all of the large industrial trucks off that road. This has benefited residents of Ward 5 living along Lasalle, but it has also provided a more direct route to the east end of the City and to Barrydowne Road for residents of the Valley. The Maley Drive extension also moves the Barrydowne Extension a bit closer to a possibility. That may be the next major roadway worked on next.

ADDRESSING AGING WATER/WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Aging Infrastructure: We are governed by provincial legislation when it comes to providing quality Water / Wastewater services to our residents. We cannot use money from the general tax levy to cover any of our expenses, and so the only revenue we can generate is through water bills. Because of our aging infrastructure, we are going to be forced to implement higher water rate increases than we would like to, but it is going to be necessary to cover the costs of the service. I have worked as Chair of the Operations Committee for the first four years and continued to serve on this committee during the past four years. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years in order to make sure that we are making the right choices when it comes to water / wastewater services and rates. The infrastructure in many parts of Ward 5 is very old and we are starting to experience more and more water main breaks. I want to make sure we can deal with these emergencies.

DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW CAPITAL PRIORITY POLICY

I have enjoyed working with City Council and staff in developing and implementing a new strategy for determining capital priorities which will be a shift from the pay-as-you-go philosophy which has been used in the past to a debt-financing approach to capital projects where borrowing makes sense. This will allow us to be able to take full advantage of leveraging outside funding opportunities when they come up and will encourage us to put our decisions into action effectively and efficiently. This policy is working well and needs to be refined over the next four years as we focus on some of our major infrastructure deficit needs. But at least we are in a place now where we can take advantage of opportunities to secure debt financing when it is beneficial and cost-effective.

ENCOURAGING UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS

We have adopted a new plan for encouraging and approving unsolicited proposals from the private and not-for-profit sectors. This will provide parties to approach the city, in confidence, with proposals for collaborative partnerships on a wide variety of projects and initiatives. If City Council feels that the proposal is beneficial to the citizens of the city, then we can enter into agreements and proceed as partners. This will demonstrate that we are open for business in the coming years.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY

We have a new Affordable Housing Strategy which has included the city taking over the management and operations of the 1848 units that belong to the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation. We will be looking at how we can incorporate the Affordable Housing Strategy along with the GSHC units to raise the standards for all 4500 social housing units throughout the city. A lot of work has been done during the past 8 years, and we will be making housing a much higher priority in the coming four years. We need to increase our inventory of affordable housing units and renovate some of our aging stock.

POPULATION HEALTH STRATEGY

A Population Health Strategy will change the way we look at our neighbourhoods. We will be looking to proactively address the social determinants of health from an upstream approach designed to give residents more opportunity to experience a positive quality of life that was once elusive to many of our deprived neighbourhoods. Much has been done in this regard during the past several year, and as we move into the post-pandemic period, we will be addressing the social determinants of health that have been barriers for so many people as they strive for a better quality of life. We have some very effective plans in place and will be prioritizing this in the coming years.

COMMUNITY HUB STRATEGY

We now have a Community Hub Strategy which recognizes the need to provide services in a cluster, or hub, environment in order to better utilize surplus schools and other public buildings. These community hubs may lead to the growth of affordable housing complexes in some of our most spacious property in the outlying areas. I have been recognized on Council as being a champion for community hubs and I am sure that our experiences during the pandemic have made everyone realize that we need well positioned community hubs throughout our entire city. I am hoping to make great strides in this area during the next four years.

AGE FRIENDLY STRATEGY

We have approved a new Age Friendly Strategy which will inform all decisions that are made by City Council moving forward. We will examine how all of our decisions are recognizing the needs of older adults by looking at everything through an Age Friendly lens. The Age Friendly Strategy Committee works under the Seniors’ Advisory Panel. I have been a member of the Age Friendly Strategy Committee and can assure everyone that we will continue to review and evaluate ways that we can make the city much more age friendly in the coming years.

GETTING RID OF RED TAPE IN THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT

We have been continuously looking for ways to streamline our development approvals process. Developers can now take part in a new SPART (Sudbury Planning Application Review Team) meeting procedure whereby they meet with all of the city departments in advance of submitting an application in order to make the planning and approval process more of a collaborative exercise. This is a remarkable change in approach that has been well received by developers and staff alike.

SHIFTING FROM RISK AVOIDANCE TO RISK MANAGEMENT

Perhaps the most important change that I have been proud to be part of is that we are seeing the management and staff at Tom Davies Square as well as City Council, shifting from a culture that was best described as “risk avoidance” to one that is moving towards a “risk management style”. Instead of examining proposals and projects to see “why they won’t work”, we are now looking at proposals and projects to find out “what we can do to make it work”. This is the one change that underlies all other changes during the past four years. We are looking for ways of making good ideas work and we are operating at the “speed of business”. This will allow us to take advantage of some tremendous opportunities in the coming years.

PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

Playground Revitalization: I am proud of my involvement in helping create the playground revitalization strategy. We were able to revitalize the Ryan Heights, Pinecrest, MacMillan and Hidden Valley playgrounds and we are continuing to add smaller improvements to some of the others. Playgrounds and their parks are becoming so important as we ensure that there is suitable opportunity for children and their families to enjoy wholesome recreation within walking distance of their homes. Older adults are also using the parks with their grandchildren and even just to enjoy a bit of fresh air and socialization. I am going to work even more closely with the neighbourhood associations to help them upgrade and improve their parks and playgrounds in addition to the revitalization program. This is going to be a high priority for me in the next term.

LED LIGHTING PROJECT

Our LED lighting project has allowed us to replace all of our street lights, greatly benefiting residents of Ward 5. The enhanced lighting makes the area much safer for everyone.

COMMITTEE AND BOARD INVOLVEMENT

I have been involved in a number of committees and boards during my eight years.

Planning Committee; Chair (2 years); Vice-Chair (2 years)

Population Health Safety & Well-Being Panel; Co-Chair (4 years)

Seniors’ Advisory Panel; Co-Chair (8 years)

Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation; Vice-Chair (4 years)

Committee of Management for Pioneer Manor; Chair (4 years)

Public Health Sudbury & Districts; Board member (8 years)

Operations Committee; Chair (4 years); Member (8 years)

Audit Committee; Member (8 years)

Community Development Committee; Member (8 years)

Emergency Services Committee; Member (2 years)

Hearing Committee; Member (4 years)

Transit Safety Task Force; Member (8 years)

I would now like to highlight some of them:

CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

I have been Chair of the Planning Committee for the final two years of this term, and I am looking forward to continuing in this role for the next four years. This is a committee that can have a significant impact on new development across the city and it has been so satisfying working with the private sector to help them achieve their goals, whether for new subdivision development or new commercial interests. We are working on some exciting changes that will help us expand some of our industrial park land in order to allow new development in more appropriate locations in the city. In addition, we are making some changes to the Zoning By-Law and the Official Plan that will make it easier for developers to get the necessary approvals for new development that is much needed for the future.

CO-CHAIR OF THE POPULATION HEALTH COMMUNITY SAFETY & WELL-BEING PANEL

The PHCSWB Panel is a group of very influential leaders from many sectors of the City of Greater Sudbury. Our goal is to develop a collaborative approach to removing the barriers to ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents of our city. This group began meeting in 2022 and will address some of the major issues that our residents are dealing with in areas such as mental health and addictions and housing. We have just begun examining a comprehensive COVID recovery plan that addresses mental health and resilience as one of our top, underlying priorities. We meet monthly in order to maintain the momentum that is needed to move forward with our priorities and collaborate with other organizations, including the GSPS, PHSD, and HSN.

CHAIR - OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

As Chair of the Operations Committee during my first four years, and as a committee member for the past four years, we established a number of new policies and protocols to deal with our aging infrastructure. I would like to continue in this role for the next four years to help implement a number of changes we are putting in place to improve winter maintenance of our roads and sidewalks, a strategic approach to road maintenance and repair of our main arterial road network, some safety enhancements we are making to our intersections and high risk roads, and programs that will make our streets more pedestrian and biker friendly. We are embarking on safety initiatives such as photo radar and red light camera installations at intersections that demonstrate the greatest risk of accidents.

CHAIR - COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF PIONEER MANOR

As Chair of the Committee of Management of Pioneer Manor for the first four years we did a great deal to move a number of projects and initiatives forward. For the past four years we have included Pioneer Manor under the Community Development Committee, and I am also a member of that committee so I am able to continue to be involved with Pioneer Manor. I would like the opportunity to work on the completion of our bed redevelopment program so that we can repurpose the six wings that include 94 rooms that will be available to meet the needs of the community. We are considering a number of possibilities including using some of the rooms for alternative level of care patients from the hospital; using the rooms as temporary residential settings for clients who are homeless or in need of transitional shelter; using one or two wings as a student residence for students who are training to become a health care worker of some sort and who would be able to earn their practicum credits at Pioneer Manor. We have come so far in the past several years and I would like the chance to help bring some of the projects forward. We are also at the point where the Province is placing a lot of emphasis on enhancing the quality of life of our long term care residents, and it is going to be an exciting time during the next several years. I am prepared to use the experience I have gained during the past eight years to continue to advance the improvements in our long term care homes.

CO-CHAIR - SENIORS ADVISORY PANEL

As Co-Chair of the Seniors Advisory Panel for the past eight years we have done so much to bring awareness to the community of the needs of our older adults. I would like to be able to continue to help implement the many Age Friendly Strategy initiatives that we have put in place. Our older adults need home care and they need alternative housing options. I would like to make sure that their needs are met during the next term of Council. I was extremely proud to be the facilitator and organizer of the Seniors’ Summit 2019 which produced the framework for a Seniors’ Strategy that I hope to work on during the next four years. We are going to be using our influence to recommend the development of more housing options for seniors, including shared housing initiatives. We are also going to be promoting the expansion of home care to address the health and wellness, as well as the general day to day maintenance requirements that older adults need in order to age in place.

VICE-CHAIR - GSHC

As Vice-Chair of the Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation for my first four years I helped improve the quality of life for many of our rent-geared-to-income residents. For the past four years the responsibility for the GSHC has been taken over by City Council, which means that the entire Council is the Board of Directors and will be responsible for overseeing future development and operation of the 1848 units owned by the GSHC. I want to continue to work with Social Housing to make sure that we implement affordable housing strategies across the city in order to provide low income residents with a better quality of life. We also need to address the social determinants of health that will improve their health and wellness. We have made a lot of progress on a revitalization plan for our housing portfolio. I want to help implement the changes. In addition, we need to address the safety concerns that have surfaced in recent years. Too many of our residents are being inconvenienced by tenants who are not abiding by the general rules and are causing distress among other tenants. We need to deal with this in the coming years and I know that my previous experience will be helpful in focusing on the policies that must be implemented.

OTHER MAJOR INITIATIVES IMPACTING RESIDENTS OF WARD 5

There are a number of major initiatives that I have been directly involved in over the past eight years that have helped to improve the general quality of life for residents in this part of the city.

SITE SPECIFIC INITIATIVES IN SUDBURY PORTION OF WAR 5

There have also been a number of site specific initiatives that I have been actively involved in during the past eight years. Some of these activities have been one time endeavours, while others have resulted in long term, ongoing benefits to the residents:

LASALLE BOULEVARD CORRIDOR PLAN AND STRATEGY

I have been actively supporting staff in developing the Lasalle Boulevard Corridor Plan and Strategy which will end up creating a new land use framework for Lasalle Blvd. This will result in integrating high-quality intensification that will support public transit and encourage improvements in the area of active transportation. The improvements will benefit the residents of Ward 5 as Lasalle becomes more conducive to active transportation and generally looks and feels much better.

NOTRE DAME AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS

Notre Dame Avenue has seen some tremendous improvements to the road conditions and now with the new bike lanes and sidewalk replacements, residents will more easily be able to walk or bike downtown or along Lasalle. This is part of the Lasalle – Regent Street route. We have also worked hard to put the road in better condition in the last several years.

JUNCTION CREEK FLOOD MITIGATION CONTROL IMPROVEMENTS

I have been a strong supporter of the $9 million Junction Creek flood mitigation control and improvements project which will extend the life of the Maley dam and support important repairs to the Junction Creek culvert, the reconstruction and improvement of a segment of Junction Creek and a new storm water management facility. This project will protect the residents of Nickeldale subdivision as well as the businesses along Notre Dame Avenue from future flooding disasters.

TERRY FOX FIELD ARTIFICIAL TURF

I was directly involved with another member of the community in securing the artificial turf from Rogers Field in Toronto that was used in the establishment of the artificial turfed infield at Field #1 at Terry Fox Field. This has allowed minor baseball associations to extend their playing seasons and has been home to the Laurentian Voyageurs Baseball Club.

RYAN HEIGHTS PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

I was instrumental in revitalizing the Ryan Heights Playground and in clearing out the underbrush that has greatly enhanced the Ryan Heights Park. During the pandemic this underbrush has grown back, but I am going to continue to advocate for this to be cleared again and be maintained every summer.

FLOUR MILL COMMUNITY FARM

The Flour Mill Community Farm, which has operated at the Ryan Heights Park for the past six years, was something that I worked with the Social Planning Council of Sudbury to establish over six years ago. We are working on some ambitious plans for the next several years.

PRISM CO-OP

I have been working for several years with the Prism Co-op residents to help them with special events designed to build the community spirit of the Cambrian Heights Area. They have always had my support.

CAMBRIAN HEIGHTS ENHANCEMENTS

I have met with several other representatives from various social housing organizations to discuss their needs and concerns. We need to continue to work together and collaboratively in order to promote the quality of life improvements to the Cambrian Heights Area over the next several years. This includes road and sidewalk improvements since Cambrian Drive and Bruce Avenue are two of the worse local streets in the entire City.

NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

I have worked with residents of the Nickeldale Subdivision on numerous individual concerns with respect to their residential drainage and road maintenance issues. We have also been working to ensure that city staff takes a proactive approach to maintenance of ditches, especially along the southern houses which border on the Ponderosa flood plain.

MCLEAN PARK PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS

I have been an advocate for funding improvements to the McLean Park Playground and park. We will work with the neighbourhood association to install a number of new equipment pieces specifically for older adults in order to make this a true community hub for the residents. The pandemic has put a lot of these improvements on hold, but the next four years will be a time to move many of the initiatives forward.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ALONG NOTRE DAME

I have worked with several businesses along Notre Dame Ave., helping them with expansion and development plans in order to ensure that they have been able to comply with all policies and conditions established by the city.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – LAVOIE STREET

I have worked with the St. Vincent de Paul Association on Lavoie Street on a couple of their initiatives and community events. They have my full support for what they are doing for the less fortunate in our community and we have had to deal with a couple of issues over the years.

RETAINING WALL ISSUES

I have assisted residents on Drummond Ave. and Rideau Street with retaining wall issues over the years. Staff are aware of the problems that are now presenting themselves with retaining walls that were built without permits decades ago and we will have to deal with these challenges in the coming years. I expect that more of these issues will arise during the next several years as some of the aging retaining walls continue to deteriorate.

LASALLE CEMETERY REVITALIZATION

I am working with staff to do what we can to revitalize the Lasalle Cemetery and ensure that the conditions reflect the dignity that our ancestors deserve. The budget is low, but I am going to continue to work with the staff to try to improve conditions. This is a high priority over the next term of Council. We need to upgrade the image for the home of approximately 30,000 former residents of our city.

PIONEER MANOR BED REDEVELOPMENT

The completion of the redevelopment of 149 beds at Pioneer Manor remains a very high priority. We expect this to be completed by the end of 2024 or early in 2025 and once the rooms are vacated, I am going to do what I can to have those vacant spaces filled with services that will be available to the entire community.

SPECIAL WARD 5 NEWSLETTERS MAILED TO RESIDENTS

I try to maintain communication with the residents of Ward 5 with newsletters that are sent out by mail. Because of the pandemic, I was able to direct funds to produce 4 newsletters in 2021 and two in 2022. For many residents of the Sudbury portion of Ward 5 who may not be on the internet much, this is one of the only ways they get to find out about what is going on in the municipality.

OGRADY STREET DRAINAGE ISSUES

I have worked with several residents on O’Grady Street with respect to the water and snow run off during the spring melt. Staff have tried to address the drainage issues to the satisfaction of the concerned residents and we will be monitoring the situation every spring. We may need to so some major restorative work in the near future.

PARKING ISSUES IN NICKELDALE SUBDIVISION

There have been some issues with parking on the street along Gordon Avenue and Somers/Main Streets in the Nickeldale subdivision. We have been working with by-law to resolve those matters.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT ON LORRAINE STREET

I will continue to oppose the proposed transitional housing project on Lorraine Street. It is definitely not the right location for something like this. Once the 40 unit apartment is completed, I will be asking the new City Council to designate the building for older adults.

RYAN HEIGHTS NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION

I am going to continue to work with the Ryan Heights Neighbourhood Association to initiate activities that will enhance the quality of life of local residents. There are funding sources that we can tap into and there is also the possibility of new grants and fundraising in the community. We want this to be a true community hub for the area.

INCREASED SECURITY AT 720 BRUCE AND RYAN HEIGHTS

During the next several years I am going to be more aggressive in demanding increases security and police protection in the area around Ryan Heights and 720 Bruce Avenue. There have been far too many people who have been causing problems for residents in this area. We need to make this a safer place to live for everyone.

AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE...

I have spent a lot of time during the past eight years putting the groundwork in place that can see a number of other enhancements in our community.

There is so much more that I would like to share with you about what I plan to accomplish over the next four years. I hope that I have shown you and all of my constituents that whether I am debating big decisions at City Council, or helping you get fair and just treatment regarding your own individual issues with city hall, I am a person who doesn’t back down from a challenge and I will never settle for anything that is not in the best interests for residents of Ward 5 and for the City of Greater Sudbury. I think I have demonstrated my ability to stand up to special interest groups and political activists who have their own agenda that is contrary to what is good for this city and for Ward 5.

I have done this for the past eight years and with your support I will continue to fight on your behalf for the next four years. I have always said that I would be available any time of the day and any day of the week for my constituents. When you have a concern I am only an email or a phone call away. You can always count on me to be a strong and effective advocate. My role is not to judge, but rather to help you understand your rights and make sure that you receive the treatment you deserve.

I am truly looking forward to serving you for the next four years as Councillor of Ward 5. Thank you for all the support you have given me during the past eight years.

 

 

 
 
 

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