Reflections
Written by Robert Kirwan

The articles I have written over the years, mostly in the Valley Vision Paper which many of you will remember, have been arranged according to the year in which they were written. The button will take you to the year you select and from there you will be able to view the articles that were written. I hope you enjoy what you read and I also hope that they give you food for thought that will move you in some small way.

I have also begun, as of March 2014, to include a special Reflection on Life every week in our Valley East Facebook Group, so if you would like to see those entries, CLICK HERE

If you have any comments, please send them to me at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com 

   

If you have any comments, please send them to me at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com 
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Don't Make Any New Year's Resolutions This Year! Make Some New Year's Realizations! (Dec.27)

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The Perfect Gift (Dec.20)

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There Are Never Any Mistakes In Life ... Just Detours (Dec.13)

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Don’t Ask Why? Just Accept That Everything Happens For A Reason! (Dec.6)

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Daddy, When Will My Fingers Grow Back? (Nov.29)

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'Are Your Potatoes Heavy?' (Nov.22)

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You Can't Direct The Wind But You Can Adjust The Sails (Nov.15)

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The Price of A Miracle - One Dollar and Eleven Cents (Nov.8)

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Let's Pause To Remember An Old Friend (Nov.1)

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"The Mighty Oak Was Once A Little Nut That Stood Its Ground" (Oct.25)

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Never Expect Payment For Kindness (Oct.18)

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Have You Turned A Life Around Today? (Oct.11)

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Through The Eyes of The Beholder, Things To Be Truly Thankful For (Oct.4)

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Respect is 'Caught' not 'Taught', But Who Is Doing The Throwing? (Sept.27)

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May We Never Be Too Busy To Respond With Kindness And Compassion To Strangers (Sept.20)

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Change Is Something You Can't Escape, Coping With Change Is Critical (Sept.13)

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Love Your Family As You Would Love A Stranger (Sept.6)

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What Really Matters In Life... People, Not Objects (Aug.30)

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Fighting To Keep Our Most Valuable Resources (Aug.23)

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Wake Up And See That Your Dreams Have Already Come True (Aug.16)

   

If you have any comments, please send them to me at 
rkirwan@infocomcanada.com
 

JULY TO DECEMBER
 
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Will Christmas Ever Be The Same Without Them?

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Look For The Gold Slippers This Christmas (Dec.12)

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The Community Circle of Support, We're all in This Together (Dec.5)

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All We Have To Do Is Stand By Each Other - Even A Goose Knows That (Nov.28)

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The "Good Old Days" Were Not That Long Ago (Nov.21)

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Being In The Right Place At The Right Time; Luck? or Providence? (Nov.14)

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We Need Not Be Afraid of Adversity (Nov.7)

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Taking Time To Think Before You Act or Speak Can Often Save You From Making Big Mistakes (Oct.31)

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When Your Comfort Zone Feels Like A Jail It Is Time To Get Out (Oct.24)

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Now That Brick Has Hit Us, What Are We Going To Do? (Oct.17)

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Who Wants To Get Back To Normal? Not Me! (Oct.10)

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Just One of Those Stories That Touch The Heart (Oct.3)

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Your Decision - Change Your Focus or Remain Captive (Sept.26)

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The Dark Candle (Sept.19)

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Be Careful Which Memories You Engrave In Stone (Sept.12)

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"Always Be Kind To Strangers, For You May Be Entertaining Angels Without Knowing It" (Sept.5)

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Parents Responsible For Putting An End To Wild House-Parties (Aug.29)

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Of Course We All Want What Is Best For Our Children!  But How Do We Know If We Are On The Right Track? (Aug.22)

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Community Celebrations Touch The Soul In Ways That Many Of Us Find Hard To Express (Aug.15)

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Do You Know Where Your Children Are? They Are Watching Everything You Do! (Aug.8)

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Is There Anyone You Want To Thank Today? (Aug.1)

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The Echo of Life (July.18)

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A "Love" Story (July.11)

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Take Care of The Rocks First (July.4)

JANUARY TO JUNE
 
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Building A Strong and Productive Life Is As Simple As Developing Strong And Productive Habits (June.27)

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Puppies For Sale (June.20)

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There is Much in The Show Window, But Nothing In The Stock Room (June.13)

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A Sandpiper To Bring You Joy (June.6)

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Graduation Brings With It Many Dreams And Wishes For A Successful Life (May.30) 

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If Nobody Cared... (May.23)

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Every Day Be Thankful For Who You Are And What You Have (May.16)

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I Loved You Enough... (May.9)

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Sometimes All We Need Is A Hug (May.2)

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Hiring People To Work For You Is No Easy Task (Apr.25)

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This Is Good! (Apr.18)

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People Will Always Remember How You Made Them Feel (Apr.11)

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I Believe In Tomorrow (Apr.4)

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A Thousand Marbles (Mar.28)

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The People Who Make A Difference In Your Life Are The Ones Who Care (Mar.21)

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Life Is A Do-It-Yourself Project (Mar.14)

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If You Spend Time Mourning Your Losses You Will Miss Out On The Special Things You Have (Mar.7) 

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We Can All Learn A Lot About Life From The Sponge (Feb.28)

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I Can Do It! (Feb.21)

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"I Don't Understand Life" A Lot Of Questions With No Answers (Feb.14)

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"Just A Dog" (Feb.7)

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Enduring Life's Challenges Will Give You The Strength To Reach Your Treasure (Jan.31)

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Saying Good-Bye (Jan.24)

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If Tomorrow Never Comes (Jan.17)

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It Was Meant To Be! (Jan.10)

 
If you have any comments, please send them to me at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com 
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Happiness Is All A Matter Of How You Look At Things (Apr.3) 

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You Can Find Peace In The Strangest Places (Mar.27)

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Creating Opportunity Is Just A Matter of Looking At Things Differently (Mar.20)

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Are You An Egg; A Carrot; or A Coffee Bean (Mar.13)

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Do You Know Who Packed Your Parachute? (Mar.6)

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Cancelled Hockey Game In Valley East Is First Step In Removing "Terrorism" From The Game (Feb.27)

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Animals Are Parents Too (Feb.20)

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We Can Learn A Lot About Life And Love By Watching Lovebirds (Feb.13)

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"I Believe" (Feb.6)

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The Secret of Success May Be As Close As Your Last Failure (Jan.30)

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Maybe It's Time To Just Go Fishing Again! (Jan.23)

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There Are Times When We Only Need To See The Cake (Jan.16)

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Treat Every Person You Meet At The Most Important Person In Your Life (Jan.9)

 

If you have any comments, please send them to me at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com 

bullet  All It Takes Is One Person…Be That Person!
Try to hold on to the memories of how good you feel during the next few weeks whenever you are around people who liven things up with happiness. See how quickly a room full of quiet people can break into laughter when one person brightens up the room. Happiness is contagious, and all it takes is one person to lift up everyone’s spirit. More >>>>
    
bulletWhat Is Going To Happen When We Run Out Of Little Red Hens?
This is my favourite time of the year, and I know that most of you likely feel the same way. However, at the risk of putting a damper on your “Christmas Spirit”, it is also the time of year when I get the most discouraged about the future of this great community. More>>>
  
bulletWe Can Learn A Lot About Living From The Simple Caterpillar
The other day I came across a short article that clearly explained why it is so difficult to get people to change their habits and beliefs. The article showed me that a simple creature like the "processionary caterpillar" can teach us all a lot about life if we are only willing to listen. More>>>>
   
bulletThere Are Never Any Mistakes In Life…Just Detours
Have you ever noticed that it is usually the little things you do for people that are often the most appreciated? More>>>>
   
bulletYou Have No Idea How Powerful Your Words May Be.
Choose Them Carefully…
We’ve all been there. If you are human, you can’t help but experience times when everything seems to be going wrong and you feel as if your life is completely out of control. More>>>>
  
bulletNothing Is More Important Than Time Spent With Another Human Being…  
The other day I was typing an article on my computer when I was interrupted by the sound of someone speaking a language which I must admit I am beginning to understand. It was my 15-month old granddaughter tugging at my shirt wanting me to play with her. More>>>
  
bulletNever Expect A Soft Landing When You Jump to Conclusions…  
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you jumped to a conclusion about someone, only to find out later that you were wrong? Embarrassing, isn’t it? More>>>
 
bulletI Would Rather Live My Life Believing…  
Have you ever been involved in an argument or debate with someone and just couldn’t find the right words to back up your position?  More>>>>
  
bulletBeware of Missing Out On The Diamond While You Are Collecting Stones!
Many of my acquaintances often ask me how I come up with ideas for my editorials every week. I tell them that it is easy when you are around people all of the time. You just have to watch and listen. Life happens and stories evolve on their own. More>>>>
  
bulletThe Miracles of Life…Birth and Death
As one grows older you would expect that there would be fewer and fewer new things to experience about life. You know the expression, “Been there, done that!”  So imagine how I felt, when, for the first time in my 55 years on this earth, I found myself standing by in a lonely hospital room last week watching my mother-in-law die. More>>>>
  
bulletWeek of The Child Is Good Time For Adults To Review Lesson Plans
Parenting is an art! Ask any mother or father and they will quickly tell you that there is nothing that fully prepares you for the role, but you soon discover that there is no job in the world that is more satisfying or more challenging. More>>>>
  
bulletThere Are Two Primary Choices In Life: To Accept Conditions As They Exist, or Accept Responsibility For Changing Them
There are certain things you stumble across in this life that hit you like a brick. A few weeks ago I saw the quotation above and it almost knocked me over. It was on one of those days when I was questioning whether or not I was making any difference at all in the things I was doing. More>>>>>
     
bulletThis Year, Let’s Make Sure We See The Cake And Not The Mess
I want to share a story with you that makes me feel just a little bit of pain every time I read it. As a father, a teacher, and a husband, I have often found myself in a situation where I “failed to see the cake” and I know I missed out on some pretty special moments. More>>>
    
bulletHold Everything!
I’ve Been Looking For A Place Like This All My Life!
I once met a farmer who had lived on the same farm all his life. It was a good farm with fertile soil, but with the passing of the years, the farmer began to think that maybe there was something better for him. More>>>
  
bulletDon't Be Satisfied With The Status Quo 
Some people find that it is a lot easier to simply accept the status quo, and go about their live with a feeling that nothing they do will make a difference.
  
bullet Did God Create Evil?
Here’s How To Reply To The Question The Next Time Someone Wants To Question Your Faith
Every now and then Christians are challenged to justify their faith in God. Some people just do not believe things they can’t understand. Here is a little story that may help you the next time you find yourself in a conversation with a person who is trying to put you on the spot. More>>>>
      
bulletCount Your Blessings One Marble At A Time
A long time ago there was a young man who was going through a very difficult period in his life. He worked extremely hard and just couldn’t find any time to spend with his wife and children. He went to confide in his father, who was the wisest man he knew. More>>>
  
bulletAn Excellent Life Is Nothing More Than The Sum Of Many Excellent Moments
Several centuries ago, the Emperor of Japan asked a Japanese artist to paint a picture of a particular species of bird. Many years later, the Emperor paid a personal visit to the artist’s studio to ask for an explanation as to why his painting had not yet been delivered. More>>>
  
bulletAre You Still Searching For Your Dream To Come True?
Wake up...It May Already Be Here!
I feel sorry for the next generation. Admittedly, I am not very old myself, but as I look back over my life I realize that the times during which I really appreciated what I had were the times when I didn=t really have very much. It seems that the more we have, the more we want, and the more we take for granted what we have. Many of us spend our entire life searching for something that we had right in front of us all along. More >>>>
    
bulletOur Most Valuable Resources Are Worth Fighting For...Accept the Challenge
I was recently reminded of a golf tournament I played in way back in August 2000. I was on a team with my son and two of his friends. When we took our place on the tee to begin our quest for the championship, little did I realize that I was taking part in one of those significant life experiences that we all look back upon with fondness over the ever increasing years of our life. More >>>>
     
bulletChanging Your Focus Can Produce Remarkable Results
Too often we come across individuals who are so sure of them self that they refuse to change their focus. They would rather continue in one direction without changing focus or giving consideration to other alternatives. How often we have witnessed failure, when a simple change of direction would have resulted in success. More >>>>
    
bulletCoping With Change Is All A Matter Of Learning How To Go With The Flow
One of the things you learn as you are going through the various stages of life is that no matter what you are involved in, life has a way of throwing obstacles at you. Our ability to cope with change and disruption determines, to a great degree, our peace, happiness and contentment in life. But how do we develop this ability to cope with change? How do we help children learn this skill? More >>>>
  
bulletThe Daffodil Principle
The "Daffodil Garden" was located on the side of a mountain. It was a magnificent scene. One of the most beautiful sights you could imagine. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes where it had run into every crevice and over every rise. The mountainside was radiant, clothed in massive drifts and waterfalls of daffodils. More >>>>
    
bulletThere's A Lot More Left In The Tube
I read an article the other day which was written by a man named Jeff Keller. After I finished the article, I realized that the title, "There’s A Lot More Left In The Tube", is one of those motivational quotations that you would like to hang up in every room to remind you that you should never give up too soon. We have all experienced frustration and despair at various times in our lives when we felt we had done everything we possibly could to achieve a particular goal. It may be something as simple as trying to grow flowers in your garden, or as serious as how to cultivate a better relationship with your child or spouse, or something to do with your job. Whatever the case, there comes a point when you simply feel you can’t go on any further. More>>>>>
    
bulletOnce A Word Is Allowed To Escape It Can Never Be Called Back
Many times we, as flawed human beings, make a personal comment, or react to a situation in anger, only to wish we could take back our words or say what we really wanted to say in a different manner? Human beings are, by nature, confrontational animals. We like to get in the last word! We are quick to strike back with a negative comment when we are angry or when we are insulted! We don’t like to sit back and take criticism! Many times, our verbal attacks make us feel good for the moment, but then we feel a sense of remorse and regret afterwards when we realize that what we actually said may have inflicted great pain on those around us. Consider the valuable lesson about life a father taught his son in this little story and see if there is a lesson for all of us. More>>>>>
  
bulletThe Barnyard
One day a little red hen scratched about in the barnyard until she gathered some grains of wheat. She called her neighbours and said, "If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant?" More>>>>>
  
bulletDon’t Ever Under Estimate The Tremendous Impact Of A Sincere Smile

The other morning I stopped for a hot chocolate at the drive through of Tim Horton’s. It was early, and the line-up was unusually long. By the time I got to the window for my single cup of hot chocolate I was more than a little annoyed at the waiting time. The glass door lifted, and there to greet my frowning face was a young lady with a sincerely friendly smile and a cheery, "Good morning, sir. Here is your hot chocolate. That will be $1.24 please." More>>>>>

  

If you have any comments, please send them to me at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com 

JULY TO DECEMBER
 
bulletA Very Special Christmas Wish From The Kirwan Family
bulletAttitude Is The Key To Dealing With Family Stress During The Holiday Season”
bullet“Uncovering The Secret”
bullet“The Watermelon Hunter”
bullet“How Many Potatoes Are You Carrying Around?”
bullet“Celebrate National Adult Day With A Child This Weekend…” 
bullet“The Moments That Stand Out In Your Life…” 
bullet“Understanding True Love Is Often A Matter of Time…” 
bullet“An Invitation To Move To The I Can Do It Street  
bullet“Wasted The Whole Day Fishing With Jimmy. Didn’t Catch A Thing.”
bullet“The Mystery of Life…A Lot of Questions With No Answers…”  
bullet"The Golden Windows..."
  
JANUARY TO JUNE
bulletI Have Held Many Positions In My Life, But None More Important Than...
Two little boys were dressed and ready to go. In fact, they had been ready now for more than an hour. Excitement flooded their faces and all their talk was about only one thing: their father had promised to take them to the circus that afternoon and they were only minutes away from leaving. For More>>>>
  
bulletYou Can't See Where You Are Going If You Are Always Looking Behind...
One day, many years ago, I was standing in the hallway at a local elementary school watching a teacher bring her class to the gym when I overheard the most philosophical question I have ever encountered in my life. For More>>>>
 
bulletDeath Is Not The Enemy of Life, But Its Friend...
When my Father-in-law, Ignace Starcevic, passed away in 1982, my wife asked me to come up with something nice to have engraved on his tombstone.  I was only 32 at the time and we were in the process of raising three young sons, aged 3, 5 and 7.  It was a hectic time of our lives and we were typical parents – running ourselves ragged as we encountered all of the normal experiences and challenges faced by all other young parents. For More>>>>
 
bulletLife Is Like A Sponge

It has often been said that a person’s life is the sum total of his/her experiences. On the surface that seems like a simple enough statement, but if one accepts this premise, then why do so many of us engage in practices and activities which are negative and actually hurt us. Consider the family of five who decided one day to each clean a different area of the home. They each took a sponge, did the cleaning, and then placed the sponges back on the kitchen counter top. The sponges all looked the same. For More>>>>

  
bulletThe Difference Between Heaven and Hell
There are a lot of things I like about my life right now. I could spend the entire editorial discussing my family, my career and how I have enjoyed living in Val Therese for the past 32 years. But other than things to do with my family, the thing I like best about my life is the fact that through all of my work and personal interactions with the various parts of the community, I get to meet so many wonderful people who are devoted to improving the quality of life for others in need. For More>>>>
   
bulletThe Most Beautiful Word In Any Language...Mother
Norman Vincent Peale once wrote, “In her the creative genius of God attains His highest skill. What a charming blend she is of the most lovable and moving qualities of human nature. From the moment in youth when she holds her first baby in her arms until in life’s evening time she looks tenderly upon her grandchild, her life is one of dedicated service and love. Loving us; believing in us; fighting for us; praying for us; to her we are always her dear child – life of her life.” For More>>>>
  
bulletGive Your Parents A Hug And Thank Them For Caring
The other day I overheard two teenage girls in the mall complaining about their parents. One of them was upset because her parents wouldn’t let her go out on a date with a guy named Fred, who was three years older than her. The girls were making plans to trick her parents into thinking they were having a sleep-over. For More>>>>
  
bulletWhy Elephants Don't Run And Eagles Don't Fly
A number of years ago, while attending a circus with my children, I noticed a group of elephants in an open area. Each of these gigantic beasts was being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. There were no chains and no fences around them. It was pretty obvious that the elephants could break away from their bonds at any time, but for some reason they did not. I went over to one of the trainers and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. For More>>>>
 
bulletThe Small Things You Do For Others Can Leave a Lifetime Impression
We all casually leave lasting impressions on others who come into our life. The least, little courtesy, the simplest, kind word, perhaps a bit of time spent "just being there," or even, I suppose, the most fleeting, careless kindness, like fixing a wheel for a stranger could be a gesture that someone else remembers for the rest of his or her life. For More>>>>
  
bullet Thank You For Showing Us How To Build Our ‘House” John Lancia
I’ve met a lot of people over the course of my lifetime. Some I remember with fondness and some I would rather forget. A little over two years ago, when I began working as the Marketing Manager for the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, I met a quiet, unassuming gentleman who has taught me a lot more about life than he can ever imagine. For More>>>>
 
bulletEvery Decision You Make Is About Who You Are
What would you say if I told you that it was impossible for you to ever make a wrong decision? You may not always be happy with the results of some of your decisions, but it is impossible to make a ‘wrong decision’.  For more>>>>
  
bullet“I Just Wish They’d Go Home”

    “What is wrong with the younger generation today?”   Ask any adult that question and inevitably the answer will boil down to the fact that, in general, kids just seem to have a serious lack of respect today. Not all kids display this character flaw, but a large number of them certainly do. And the ones who demonstrate a lack of respect for people, property and themselves tend to be the most vocal and the most visible. For more>>>>

  
bullet“Where There’s This Much Manure, There’s Gotta Be A Pony”
The latest data we have available shows that the jobless rate in Sudbury is anywhere from 7 to 10%. This is a serious situation which has been getting worse over the years as the rest of the country shows employment and economic growth. For more>>>>
  
bulletWe’ll Deal With It When We Have To…
It’s strange how you sometimes get the best advice from the most unusual places. The other day I met a young man who was a former student of mine. He told me a story about the birth of his daughter that touched my heart. The baby was born with a minor problem that caused enough concern for the doctor to order a test the next morning. For more>>>>
  
bullet An Excellent Life Is Nothing More Than The Sum of Many Excellent Moments
I consider myself to have been very fortunate in life. Sure there have been days I would like to forget and I have suffered a lot of set backs and disappointments like anyone else, but, for the most part, my life has been pretty good. One of the reasons I feel this way is that many years ago I learned to accept the principle that where I am today is the sum total of every single thing that has ever happened to me along this journey. For more>>>>
  
bulletIf We Don’t Act Soon We May Not Have To Worry About A Shortage Of Skilled Trades Workers 
The other day I reviewed the results of an international survey which concluded that Canada has one of the most serious shortages of skilled labour in the industrial world. That didn’t surprise me much. We’ve been hearing for years that our schools must begin to produce more skilled graduates in the trades. What did surprise me, however, is the survey found that employers in Canada are not just having trouble finding employees in the skilled trades field. For more>>>>
  
bulletWhat Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? 
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”   That is the million dollar question that has been asked to young people since the beginning of time. More>>>>
  
bulletHow A Pickle Changed An Entire Community…. 
One of the most important lessons we learn in life is usually due to problems we’ve encountered because we’ve failed to adhere to the following very simple, basic rule. “If You Want To Accomplish Anything, You Must Pay Attention To The Little Details.” More>>>>
 
bulletThere Is No Such Thing As Failure As Long As You Have The Courage To Try… 
One day two young brothers were in the backyard when their father came home and saw them digging in a hole that was already waist deep. The father came up to them and asked for an explanation. More>>>>
   
bulletThe Golden Box of Birthday Kisses…
As the story goes, one day a long time ago, a young mother walked into her 5-year old daughter’s bedroom and was extremely upset to see that the little girl had used almost a whole roll of expensive gold wrapping paper to decorate a small package about the size of a shoe box. While severely scolding her daughter, the mother quickly gathered the remaining paper, scotch tape and scissors. The child was told to get her pajamas on and go to bed immediately without watching TV or getting her usual bedtime snack. More>>>
 
bulletThe Next Time I Think I Have Anything to Complain About…   
It never ceases to amaze me that people who have been through some of the most horrendous challenges this world can throw at them seem to have the most positive outlook towards life. I met a wonderful lady the other day who taught me a great deal about what it means to live one day at a time and how happy you can be if you focus on what is truly important. More>>>
  
bulletTime - The Most Valued Possession
I want to thank Cindi Cooke for sending me the following email which clearly demonstrates the one thing that we all take for granted, but that is definitely our most valued possession. I don't think the story needs any introduction. The message is clear. More>>>>               
 
bulletKeep The Memories Of Your Loved Ones Alive This Christmas Season…    
However, no matter how happy we are or how much we enjoy the Christmas festivities, most of us will experience a few sad moments at this time of year as well. More>>>>>
  
 

If you have any comments, please send them to me at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com 

JULY TO DECEMBER
 
bullet"How Did You Get Here?
bulletRunning in the rain…
bulletKids Know What Really Makes A Person Rich
bulletThe Pareto Principle
bulletKeep Your Fork, The Best Is Yet To Come!
bulletWho’s Driving Your Bus?
bulletA Bowl For Grandpa
bulletTake A Long Look At Your Speedometer: Is It Worth The Time You Save?
bullet“Whatever You Are Doing In Your Life Right Now Is Exactly What You Are Supposed To Be Doing”
bulletWhat Are We Doing In This Cage In The Middle of A Zoo
bulletThe Day I Decided To Stop Teaching Reading , Writing and Arithmetic
bullet“This Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t So Close To The Truth”
bulletThe One Thing Everyone Needs In Life
bulletLiving A Life That Matters Is All About Being Nice
bulletMake the Most Of Your True Talents And Keep Your Dreams Alive
bulletA Message To All Teachers: Don’t Forget To Sharpen Your Ax.”
bullet“Welcome To Holland ! You’ll Be Here For A Long Time So Enjoy Your Stay.”
bulletYou Cannot Discover New Land Unless You Have The Courage To Lose Sight of The Shore
bulletLook To Your Weaknesses To Discover Your Strengths
bullet“I Want To Do It Myself”

JANUARY TO JUNE

bulletLife Is All About Making The Right Choices
bulletRaising The Standards Among Our Youth 
bulletWe’re Raising Children, Not Flowers.
bulletIf You Pick Moss, Don’t Expect Blueberry Pie  
bulletThere Is Nothing Ordinary About An Ordinary Day
bulletIt’s Time For All Graduates To Notice The River
bulletWe're all in This Together Let's Use The Community Circle of Support
bulletLook For Creative Ways Of Making People You Meet Feel Special
bulletEducation Week Is An Important Week For "Family Managers"
bulletThe Five Most Dangerous Words In The English Language
bulletDon’t Pay Attention To The Losers Around You – Rise Above Them
bulletEnduring Life’s Challenges Will Give You The Strength To Reach Your Treasure
bulletDecide On Your Big Goals First And Stay Focused!
bulletUse The Triple Filter Method The Next Time You Hear A Rumour
bullet“If You Always Do What You’ve Always Done You’ll Always Get What You’ve Always Got”
bullet“Giving Up The Good Now For A Better Future”
bullet“Stay”
bullet In This World You Tend To Get What You Expect So Make Sure You Set Your Sights High
bullet No Matter Where You Go or Who You Become Never Forget Who Helped You Get There
bullet Take Time To Read The Handwriting On The Wall
bulletBreak Through The Terror Barrier and Set Yourself Free
  

If you have any comments, please send them to me at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com 

JULY TO DECEMBER
 
bullet " Hilda Kingsley: We Will All Remember How She Spent Her Dash!"
bullet"How To Deal With Stress During The Christmas Season "
bullet"The Day I Didn’t Get A Thing Done! The Best Day of My Life!"
bullet"Tangled Christmas Tree Lights "
bullet"Some People Do The Kindest Things "
bullet"If Something Is Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Right "
bullet"It Doesn’t Take Any Talent To Grow Old"
bullet"Critical Moments…Discovering What Really Matters In Life..."
bullet"Ways To Keep People Guessing About Your Level of Sanity"
bullet"Time For Quiet Reflection This Weekend As We Give Thanks"
bullet"Valley East The Town Where People Are Free To Follow Their Own Path"
bullet "Never Be Too Busy To Respond With Kindness And Compassion To Strangers"
bullet "Uncommon Decency Is All Around Us If We Look Hard Enough"
bullet "Wow! My Granddaughter Is Going to School Already"
bulletChoosing A Life That Matters"
bulletThe Brownie Recipe
bulletKnowing Where To Look Comes From Years of Experience
bulletApplying The Chaos Theory To Life

JANUARY TO JUNE

bullet We Are All Being Used For A Higher Purpose In This Life… 
bulletPreparing For The Rain... 
bulletWe Are Stronger When We Work Together
bulletThe Tipping Point Has Been Reached 
bullet Go Above And Beyond What Is Expected   
bullet Buy The Steak…Life Is Precious  
bullet Can We Ever Do Too Much For Our Children or Grandchildren?
bullet To All Research Associates in the Field of Child Development and Human Relations  
bulletIt’s Hard To Be Innovative In The Land of Penguins
bulletInspiration From The Other Side of The World  
bullet“Human thoughts have a tendency to transform themselves into their physical equivalent”  
bulletLet’s Give Our Young Students An Opportunity This Summer
bulletGo Out And Make It Happen 
bulletThe Importance Of Finding The Right Mentors In Your Life
bulletLife Is Not About What You Have, But What You Do With It… 
bullet“What Will You Be Saying Three Years From Now?” 
bullet“You Do Make A Difference To The People In Your Life”
bullet “You Have No Idea How Powerful Your Words and Gestures Can Be…Use Them Wisely"
bullet Battle Wounds From A War of Words Take A Long Time To Heal”
bullet“The Root Cause Of Most Problems In The World Today Is Stress”
bullet“Why Are You Waiting? Pick Up The Phone And Call”  
bulletWhy You Do What You Do Defines Who You Are
bullet“There Is No Such Thing As An Educated Person”
bullet"Culture of Fear Spills Over Into Our Schools"
bulletThe Theory of Continuity Poses The Question: What’s Next?
bullet"Make 2008 The Year We Shift From Success To Significance
  

If you have any comments, please send them to me at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com 

bullet"Take Time During The Next Few Weeks To Develop An Action Plan For Achieving Your Dreams "
There are two times of the year when most people are open to “new beginnings” and are actually energized about making changes that will improve their life. One of those times is on your birthday. The other time is January 1 as you begin a New Year. 
  
bulletThe Truly Important Lessons To Be Learned By Our Children Will Last A Lifetime
This is the time of year when students, teachers and parents take a deep breath and look forward to the Christmas holidays as a well-deserved break from the day-to-day challenges of the classroom. For those students who have found success so far this year, it is a happy occasion. For others who may be struggling it is simply a chance to escape from their problems for a few weeks.
   
bulletMy Junk Drawer
Every now and then I get the urge to go through my cluttered office in an effort to get rid of some of the “junk” that has accumulated over time. There are so many things lying around that I haven’t needed in years and I can always use the space that would be created by throwing out stuff I don’t need. A few weeks ago I got that urge to do some “cleaning”.
 
bulletWhen Are We Ever Going To Need This?
“When are we ever going to need this?”  If you are a teacher or a parent, you have most certainly already been asked this question on more than one occasion. If your children are still fairly young, believe me; the question will eventually come up and it will put you on the spot.
 
bulletWinter Is Going To Be Here Before You Know It
I am now going through that transitional stage of life where one moves from being a healthy, robust middle aged person into what is commonly referred to as the “senior” years. Strange as it may sound, I never gave much thought about how I would feel once it was time for me to enter the ranks of “seniors”. When I was younger I thought that a senior was anyone over the age of 50. But with each passing birthday, I began to think of seniors as being much older than that.
 
bulletTaking Advantage of Opportunity May Require Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone And Taking Personal Risks
Deciding that you are going to do something to improve your life and begin a new career is one thing, but actually doing it is another. Anyone can talk about self-improvement. As a matter of fact, I am sure that we all engage in such conversations from time to time. It takes a lot of courage to actually risk stepping out of your comfort zone to do something about it.
 
bulletA Very Special Thanksgiving Weekend
This weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time of the year that has always been special to me. Usually I find myself working out in the yard putting things away for the winter with plenty of time to think about life in general. This is going to be a very special Thanksgiving for many of us because things don’t appear to be going very well for a lot of people right now.  
 
bulletYou Are Never Too Old To Live Out Your Dreams
More and more we find ourselves running into someone we know who has begun a new career or a new hobby or opened up a new business at an age when most others would be thinking about retirement. The initial reaction to such news is often one of astonishment that the person would want to ‘waste so much time and energy’ during the final stage of his/her life instead of sitting back and soaking up the sunshine.
 
bulletParents, Teachers and Coaches Must Learn How To Deal With The Curse of Knowledge
Once we know something, we find it hard to imagine what it was like not to know it. Our knowledge has “cursed” us. And it becomes difficult for us to share our knowledge with others, because we can’t readily re-create our listener’s state of mind.
 
bulletNow Is A Good Time To Change Your Focus And Make Things Better In Your Life  
It is therefore extremely important for all of us to remember that no matter how difficult the situation may be, there is no problem that cannot be solved. It might just mean that you have to take a step back and approach your problem from a different angle. A change in focus may very well enable you to discover a simple solution which was there all along.
 
bulletLife is Like Choosing Food In A Cafeteria
The community of Valley East is experiencing a remarkable turning point in our evolution which has been largely brought about by a global recession that has gripped the world in a stranglehold the likes of which could never have been imagined a few short years ago.  As we struggle to emerge from the devastation brought about by a collapsed economy we are going to be left with a large number of casualties. Unfortunately, many of the victims will be young people who are attempting to start out in new careers. Clearly, our entire future as a community will depend on the courage and tenacity of young people who are able to endure the challenges which lay ahead. 
 
bulletIt’s All About Attitude!
William James, one of the founders of modern psychology, said "The greatest discovery of this generation is that a human being can alter their life by altering their attitude."  
 
bulletThe True Meaning of Fatherhood
This coming Sunday, June 21, 2009 will be the 35th Father’s Day I have celebrated as a father and the 4th as a grandfather. Once again I expect to be spending a good part of the day in quiet reflection about the tremendous responsibility I took on when I became a father for the first time. I will have to once again have to admit to myself that I wasn’t always as good a father as I should have been.
 
bulletBurning Boats & Caterpillars
Most people fail to achieve their goals, not because they are lazy or lack self-motivation, but because they were never fully committed to succeed in the first place. All of the people who achieve great things begin with a plan of action and then an unshakable commitment to its accomplishment. It is commitment that makes the difference between success and failure.  
 
bulletA Philosophy of Life That Can Be Adopted By Everyone
Many years ago I decided that I would adopt the "What if this is the last time..." philosophy of life. I discovered that this approach to life enables me to adopt a healthy perspective on all events that take place in my life.
 
bulletYour Education is What You Are Left With When You Forget What You Were Taught
Personally, I can’t remember what my primary grade teachers taught me when I was learning to read. I don’t remember the specific lessons. But I love to read! And I love working with numbers! I don’t remember what I was taught, nor do I remember the marks I received on my report cards.
 
bulletStop Longing For Your Childhood Dreams And Enjoy The Life You Were Given
We must never forget that true happiness comes from accepting the life with which we have been provided and by living that life to the fullest. Happiness does not come from big homes and fancy cars. True happiness comes from your attitude towards your own unique situation in life and the relationships you develop with the loving people around you.  
 
bulletYou Can Learn A Lot About Life By Squeezing A Sponge
I am a firm believer that a person’s life is the sum total of his/her experiences – ALL of his/her experiences. For example, there are a lot of things that have happened to me during my lifetime that I wish would have turned out differently. However, when I examine my situation today there are so many positive things that I wouldn’t give up for the world.
bullet"Your Greatest Gift: The Power To Choose Your Own Destiny"
I don’t get much of a chance to read poetry, but I came across one recently that was written by a wise old person who goes by the name of Hafiz. The poem is called, Gifts, and it speaks about the potential we all have when we first come into this world.
 
bullet "It’s Time For Each Of Us To Recreate Our Life"
My wife and I were watching a documentary on TVO recently that was originally intended as a warning about the consequences of rising oil prices. We both watch CNN quite a bit, so the comments being made by the experts didn’t seem that outrageous, considering the global economic crisis we are experiencing in all corners of the world today. After a few minutes I clicked the information button on the converter to see the description of the program and was amazed that the show was produced in 2005.  
 
bullet "There Are Five Birds Sitting On A Wire. One Decides To Fly Away. How Many Are Left?"
While there are several obvious answers you may come up with, the correct answer is five (5). Read the question again and you will see that it did not say that one bird actually “flew away”. The information you are provided with is that one bird merely “decided to fly away”. In fact, deciding to fly away and actually flying away are two completely different things.  
 
bullet "Have the Courage to Get Up  And Ride The Wave "
We often look up to highly successful business people or athletes as if their “surfboards” were making the waves they rode. They know, and we often overlook, that they’re just riding the waves of circumstances and situations that came their way. They have taken advantage of the opportunities that crossed their paths and have made the best of it.
 
bullet "An Optimist Sees The Opportunity In Every Difficulty"
It may be hard for us to think positive at a time like this, but whenever I find myself drifting off into “negative-thinking mode” I take out my favourite quote by Winston Churchill as he explained the difference between a pessimist and an optimist. He said, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
 
bullet "Breaking News!"
Sometimes these things appear at first to be negative, but upon closer examination and upon accepting that nothing much can be done about it, one may as well simply find something to enjoy about the experience.
 
bullet " Working Together For The Good of Our Community"
Whenever I have time to reflect on my feelings about living in the community of Valley East and whether or not I might enjoy living elsewhere, I recall a story I once read about a farmer who had lived in the same home all his life. It was a good farm with fertile soil, but with the passing of the years, the farmer began to think that maybe there was something better for him.
 
bullet " Many Among Us Have Been Living In A Recession For Years !"
The truth is that many of the people in our community have been living a “personal economic recession” for years as corporations helped individuals with high paying jobs drive up the cost of everything from bread to homes. 
  
bullet " You Are Special… Don’t Ever Forget It!"
A long time ago I attended a conference where a well-known motivational speaker started off his seminar by holding up a brand new crisp $20 bill. He looked over the crowd of close to 200 business persons in attendance and asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?"
 

If you have any comments, please send them to me at rkirwan@infocomcanada.com 

JANUARY TO JUNE
  
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Have you ever gazed into a newborn baby's eyes and seen the infinite presence of pure spirit looking back at you?

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Everything in your life is an exact duplication of your consciousness

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Taking Advantage of Opportunity May Require Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone And Taking Personal Risks

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Thank You For Showing Us How To Light The Candle Again, Candice

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The Little Things Do Make All The Difference In The World

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Respect is Caught; Not Taught! What Are Your Children Catching From You?

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Nothing is Really Work Unless You Would Rather Be Doing Something Else

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Knowing Where To Look Comes From Years of Experience

  
  

If you have any comments, please send them to me at 
rkirwan@infocomcanada.com
 

bulletThere Are Two Primary Choices In Life: To Accept Conditions As They Exist, or Accept Responsibility For Changing Them
There are certain things you stumble across in this life that hit you like a brick. A few weeks ago I saw the quotation above and it almost knocked me over. It was on one of those days when I was questioning whether or not I was making any difference at all in the things I was doing. More>>>>
  
bulletOpening of Hart Department Store Is A Perfect Example of The Tipping Point Philosophy
The Tipping Point philosophy is based on the belief that changes in behaviour or perception can reach a critical mass and then suddenly create a whole new reality. The most important thing in trying to analyse whether something is at the verge of a tipping point is whether it (an event) causes people to reframe an issue. More>>>>
   
bulletCelebration 2004 - More Than Just A Birthday Party
"A special invitation to all residents of Valley East to join together in celebrating a hundred years of history as we take a giant leap into a bright and exciting future!" More >>>>
    
bulletWe're all in This Together
Let's Use The Community Circle of Support
By reaching out to help each other - that is with residents who are willing to support local businesses and with businesses who are willing to provide local residents with good value for the goods and services purchases - we will all benefit from the power of this Community Circle of Support and move forward into a brighter future with the confidence that we are all in this together. More >>>>
  
bulletIt is time for Valley East to take a lesson from geese and move to the front of the flock

Have you ever watched geese flying along in the sky in a “V” formation? They fly like that because as each bird in front flaps its wings it creates an updraft for the bird immediately following. By flying together in a “V” formation, it has been estimated that the whole flock adds over 70% to its flying range than if each bird flew on its own. This means that the flock can cover their journey much more quickly and with much less of an effort by working together. More >>>>

 
bulletWe Need Not Be Afraid of Adversity - It Will Make Us Stronger!
As the community of Valley East continues to struggle in the face of a large economic slow-down, it is becoming clear that our entire future will depend on the courage and tenacity of young people who are willing to avoid the lure of greener pastures in the south. The difficulties they overcome will make them stronger.  More >>>>
  
bulletValley East Today and The Vision Paper Are Your Windows To Valley East But You Will Only See The View If You Open Your Blinds
It takes a lot of hard work to bring you publications like The Vision Paper and valleyeasttoday.ca. This hard work must be supported by local businesses and local organizations. Individuals must contribute stories and let us know about events that are going on so that they can be covered. Take pride in your community and make a sincere effort to "look through the windows"   More >>>>
  
bulletCelebration 2004 is a Perfect Opportunity For Valley East to Improve Our Community Image - Let's All Get On Board
Whether you own a business; participate in a service group; belong to a sports organization, a church or a school; have a garden you wish to share ; or if you just want to express your opinions on Valley East, take action now!   More >>>>
  
bulletValley East's Online Pond & Garden Tour Brings Ideas To Life
Thousands of gardeners from Valley East work extremely hard during the short summer months bringing life to their yards. When you have a chance to visit these backyard wonderlands you are truly amazed at the creativity and beautiful landscape designs that have been created by your friends and neighbours. These are not magazine layouts. They are real, live gardens, existing right here in our own community.
   
bullet You took away our name...But we want our spirit back! The City of Valley East is all about who we are and what we do!
When amalgamation was forced upon the region on January 1, 2001, it signaled the end of the "City of Valley East" - the name which we had recently acquired in an effort to show the rest of the world just how proud we were to be part of this great municipality.
  
bullet Let's make sure the choices we make today will be the choices we can live with tomorrow.

Pierre Charette, owner of The Vision Paper, and I were talking the other week about Valley East. Both of us have been in the publication business for some time and it is our job to be aware of the pulse of the community. As we spoke, we both agreed that the community spirit which seemed to peak when we became the "City of Valley East" has gone downhill since amalgamation.

  
bullet Local residents and business owners conclude that effective communication is the key to the future of Valley East
If you own or operate a business in Valley East, or if you live in Valley East, what I am about to tell you may not be anything you did not know or realize. Nevertheless, now that we have celebrated our 100th Anniversary as a community, this may be the turning point we have been waiting for. It is now up to us all to take action.
  
 

If you have any comments, please send them to me at 
rkirwan@infocomcanada.com
 

 
bulletLook For The Gold Slippers This Christmas
 
bulletThe Perfect Gift
 
bulletDo You Still Hear The Bells?
 
bulletYes, Virginia. There Is A Santa Claus
  
bulletWho Says Santa Claus Isn't Real?
 
bulletThe Doll and A White Rose
 
bulletA Baby's Touch
 

If you have any comments, please send them to me at 
rkirwan@infocomcanada.com
 

  
bulletDon’t Make Any New Year’s Resolutions This Year! Make Some New Year’s Realizations!  
bulletWhat More Do You Want From Me?
bulletIt Was Meant To Be!
bulletIf Tomorrow Never Comes
bulletBeyond The Silver Lining
bulletNever Give Up On The People You Love
bulletA Man and His Dog
bulletA Fascinating Story!

REFLECTIONS ON LIFE
by Robert Kirwan
Robert Kirwan has been writing inspirational editorials about education, sports and life in general for over 25 years. He is most recognized as the writer/editor for Valley East's The Vision Paper for almost ten years. In this section of Valley East Today, you will find many of Robert Kirwan's best editorials.  
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REFLECTIONS BY ROBERT KIRWAN - AUDIO VERSIONS OF FAVOURITE ARTICLES

Life's Challenges Give You The Strength to Achieve Your Goals
Living A Life That Matters Is All About Being Nice
Giving Up The Good Now For A Better Future
Reading Is The Key To Success For Young Children

Are You An Egg; A Carrot; or a Coffee Bean

One of the Most Important Responsibilities of Family Managers

Go With The Flow

Look Beyond The Silver Lining

Look To Your Weaknesses To Discover Your Strengths

Make the Most Of Your True Talents And Keep Your Dreams Alive

The Secret of Success May Be As Close As Your Last Failure

The Golden Windows

This Is The Only House You Will Ever Really Live In - Build It Right The First Time

Why Elephants Don't Run and Eagles Don't Fly

You Can Never Recall A Word Once Spoken

Life is Not Fair - Get Used To It
The Curse of Knowledge
The Starfish Thrower
There Is No Such Thing As An Educated Person
The Dark Candle
Experience Means Knowing Where To Look And What to Do
Small Things Make a Big Difference
There is a Difference Between Deciding and Taking Action
Respect is Caught
PDF PRINTED VERSIONS PLUS AUDIO

PDF Version Are You An Egg; A Carrot; or a Coffee Bean? AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version One of the Most Important Responsibilities of Family Managers AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version Go With The Flow AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version Look Beyond The Silver Lining AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version Look To Your Weaknesses To Discover Your Strengths AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version Make the Most Of Your True Talents And Keep Your Dreams Alive AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version The Secret of Success May Be As Close As Your Last Failure AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version The Golden Windows   AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version This Is The Only House You Will Ever Really Live In - AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version Why Elephants Don't Run and Eagles Don't Fly AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version You Can Never Recall A Word Once Spoken AUDIO VERSION

PDF Version  Blue Ocean Strategy   VIDEO VERSION

PDF Version  Life is Not Fair - Get Used To It   AUDIO VERSION
PDF Version  The Curse of Knowledge   AUDIO VERSION
PDF Version  The Starfish Thrower    AUDIO VERSION
PDF Version  The Teddy Stoddard Story   VIDEO VERSION
PDF Version  There Is No Such Thing As An Educated Person AUDIO VERSION
  
SPECIALLY FOR TEACHERS
PDF Version  The Daffodil Principle
PDF Version  Learning To See The Cake And Not The Mess
PDF Version  The Tube of Toothpaste
PDF Version  Something Is Missing
PDF Version  A Parent's Guide To Special Education
  

Robert Kirwan uses some inspirational stories to emphasize important strategies and advice that can be used by students of any age as they seek their place in life. Click on the links to listen to the audio tapes of previous live radio shows or you can open up a PDF Version of the show that you can save on your own computer.

Life’s Challenges Give You The Strength to Achieve Your Goals

PDF Version  Radio Show

Living A Life That Matters Is All About Being Nice

PDF Version  Radio Show

Giving Up The Good Now For A Better Future

PDF Version  Radio Show

Reading Is The Key To Success For Young Children

PDF Version  Radio Show
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome to my Election 2022 Web Site
 

Why Am I Seeking Re-Election As Councillor of Ward 5?

One of the most common questions I am asked is why I want to continue to serve as Councillor of Ward 5 when there are so many residents who are quick to criticize and condemn City Council.

It is a hard question to answer, but I guess it goes back to when I decided to run for the first time back in 2014. When I found out that Ron Dupuis was leaving the position vacant, I looked at my life experiences, the knowledge I have gained, the skills I have acquired along the way, the network of acquaintances I have in the city, and I realized that I was totally qualified for the type of responsibilities that come with being a City Councillor.  I have learned a lot over the past eight years, and I believe that this additional experience has made me even more qualified and capable of representing the collective and individual needs of the residents of Ward 5 as well as the residents of the entire City of Greater Sudbury.

It is important for us to have a very strong, committed, experienced and knowledgeable City Council with members who are strong enough to make evidence-based decisions that are in the best interests of the City of Greater Sudbury and then maintain our position regardless of opposition unless there are substantial material changes that require a change in direction. I have demonstrated that I respect and support majority Council decisions and I am strong enough to withstand public lobbyists who disagree with our decisions. We need representatives on Council who are not going to compromise just to avoid conflict. When we make a decision that we deem to be the best under the circumstances, our citizens should not have to accept anything less.

My direct involvement on numerous committees and boards has helped move the City positively on so many levels. We have come a long way to improving the quality of life of our seniors, the people living in poverty, the homeless and the disadvantaged persons with mental health and addiction issues. We are also moving forward with initiatives that will generate wide-spread economic growth and development in the coming years.

There are some challenges facing our city at this time, and I am confident that the past eight years has prepared me to make a difference in managing our infrastructure, adjusting our service delivery models to keep property tax increases as low as possible, and setting in motion changes that will stimulate business development and residential growth with the kind of housing that will be affordable no matter what one’s socio-economic status.

On top of everything else, after spending the past eight years experiencing what it takes to manage change within neighbourhoods, I am totally convinced that this is the most fundamental and satisfying role for a Ward Councillor. Working with playground associations, social service agencies, food banks, etc. are all so important in order to address the population health and quality of life issues that we are facing today.

I have often said that the most time consuming role for a City Councillor is handling the day to day local issues that involve constituents and organizations that operate within the ward. When you look at the list of issues that come up all the time they include everything from fixing bumps or pot holes on local streets; drainage problems; culvert repairs; building new playgrounds or adding new equipment; clearing ditches; illegal dumping of garbage; noise by-law complaints; tree removal; retaining wall disputes; snow removal complaints; speed limit enforcement; and the list goes on endlessly. Those may seem minor when you look at the big picture, but to the person who is having the problem, it is the most important issue of all. Whenever one of my constituents contacts me and begins with "Sorry to bother you with this problem when you are so busy" I make it clear that they are never bothering me, no matter what time of day. Their concern is my top priority and I will not rest until we do everything in my power to resolve their issue. There is no such thing as a “minor” constituency problem.

I have also found that I am getting more and more involved with applications for new developments and/or for rezoning applications from private property owners and from contractors. These often involve meetings with city planners, community groups, and follow up sessions to deal with unforeseen challenges. In order to be a proper advocate, a Councillor must be constantly learning about policies and procedures so as to have more than just a basic understanding of what is going on. I love what I have been able to learn in the first eight years and will be able to use that acquired knowledge moving forward.

Even if many of these matters are the responsibility of the city staff, I have quite often had to consult with residents and advocate for or against developments and even get involved in negotiations to reach a compromise that will be agreeable to all parties. I represent my constituents in a way that leaves them feeling that they have been given fair and just consideration, even if the outcome is not always positive for them.

I have come to accept that the workload is indeed enormous and can be very demanding on your time. Many people think that this is a part-time job, but in order to be most effective, one must be prepared to be available any time of the day and any day of the week, even if you are on holidays. A constituent deserves to be able to reach you at any time. This is my full-time commitment and I am so grateful that my wife understands and supports what I do.

I will continue to take the time to communicate effectively with all of my constituents. I will make sure that I provide people with a clear understanding of why I make certain decisions at City Council. To me an informed electorate means everything. That is why I spend a great deal of time on the Valley East Facebook group, providing information and answering questions. I also submit many columns to the mainstream media like the Sudbury Star and Northern Life as well as the CBC and MCTV. I am always available to the media for interviews. And I sent out regular newsletters by mail to my constituents with a four page overview of some of the major priorities and issues of the day. You can count on this level of communication moving forward.

So when people want to know why I want to be re-elected to sit as Councillor of Ward 5, I think about how important it is to the future of my constituents and my grandchildren that I continue to use my experience and knowledge to serve their best interests for as long as I feel I am making a difference. This is why I am asking for support from the constituents of Ward 5 on October 24, 2022. I will be extremely honoured if you have the confidence to choose me to represent you as your Councillor for the next four years.

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.


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 if elected. It is easy to say you are going to change things, but it is not easy to put those changes into action.

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 outweighs 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 with helpful guidance 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 and an entrepreneur in Sudbury; Warren is an elementary school vice principal 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.

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.

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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