Since being elected as a councilor my accomplishments have included:

1. Traffic and Community Safety

  • Advocated for seven years and finally received Metrolinx approval for new Kirby GO Station to meet growing need by new developments
  • Petitioned successfully for study to build a centre-turn lane on Major Mackenzie core with completion of study by end of this year
  • Approved two new fire stations, with newest one serving the Kleinburg community
  • Advocated for overpass at CP tracks and GO tracks for both Kleinburg and Maple to improve traffic flow (both have received York Region approval)
  • Worked collaboratively with York Region for widening Major Mackenzie Drive as well as Rutherford Road
  • Approved various all-way stops to improve community safety including one at Pope Francis CS
  • Voted to fast-track environmental studies for missing road links at both Kirby Road and Teston Road
  • Introduced motion to initiate a complete review of parking issues in Kleinburg, providing potential implementation solutions

2. Integrity and Transparency

  • Approved zoning of hospital lands, ensuring lands are used for hospital-related uses only
  • Advocated successfully for Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) reform allowing for municipalities to regain control of development
  • Personally delivered community concerns to both Tarion and Liberty Developments re: Cosmos Condos failed project
  • Protected environmentally sensitive lands, on multiple occasions, from potential development

3. Community ‘Matters’

  • Led advocacy for new Vaughan Hospital providing state of the art patient service and 2000 well-paying jobs for the community
  • Secured funding for North Maple Regional Park, which will include artificial turf fields, trails and amenities (first phase opens in Fall 2018)
  • Led task force that resulted in the restoration of Kleinburg United Church for community use, and opening of Pierre Berton Heritage Centre
  • As trustee of Vaughan Library Board, supported construction of Civic Centre Resource Library, new Vellore Village Library, and liaised with Mackenzie Health to include a library in our new hospital
  • Approved funding for Kleinburg’s first waterpark at Secord Park (expected completion: Summer 2019)
  • Withstood significant development pressures for both Kleinburg and Keele Street cores to maintain/preserve their heritage and character
  • Lobbied for new infill by-laws to protect and respect existing established neighbourhoods
  • Petitioned to re-locate accessible postal service for four seniors condos
  • Piloted new technology within subdivisions to reduce/eliminate need for unsightly cell towers
  • Advocated for a new Comprehensive Tree By-Law to better protect our heritage trees and prevent destruction of mature trees in new subdivision developments
  • Initiated beautification projects in Kleinburg including re-design of hydro box, installation of historical four-sided clock and Phase 1 of streetscape plan.