The major portion of the city councillor role is listening, and listening means that your concerns,
issues and thoughts are put into my decision making hopper, and then what comes out is a stronger result. We may not always agree, but you can be assured that I will listen to you.
I am a city builder who values the pillars that make up our great city. People need services, good roads and bridges, sewers, safe water, libraries, culture, sports, trails, and parks, and our services are needed more and more as we experience a crisis of homelessness, addiction and mental health issues.
A balance is sought among the many constituents' requests. Priorities are debated at the council table and are reflected in the Capital or Operating Budgets. I rely on our advisory committees, delegations to council, and residents' involvement as I make decisions. I enjoy the work, the opportunity to help people and being a part of building this beautiful city.
Our city is growing rapidly to meet the demand of those choosing to come and reside here. This means we have choices to make: If we want to keep the hard line that protects our farmland, then we must contain sprawl, and this means we must go up rather than out. High and medium rise apartments/condos are coming to our city; where we put them is important to all our residents. In order to address this need, Council is currently establishing height guidelines for the Galt core to protect our heritage buildings and spaces. Give me your thoughts on this important question.
Election signs for the October 24 Municipal and School Board election may be erected on September 10th.
Candidates will place as many signs as possible along roadways and lawns to gain the attention of voters. Donna has taken the bold stance of eliminating signs from her campaign.
You will see no signs of Donna!
Donna agrees with our Regional Councillors who have endorsed the policy of restricting all signs along regional roads and public property. Public safety comes first. Roadside signs are very distracting to drivers. Their purpose is to attract motorists' attention to whatever they are selling. Distracted motorists cause accidents.
Donna has great concerns for our environment and works to reduce landfill waste. Election signs end up in our dumps adding to this waste. In today's world, we have technologies that allow us to interact with voters directly. Social media can replace the need for antiquated road and lawn signs that destroy the aesthetics of a clean and bright community.
Show your support for Donna's stand of no election signs by emailing her at email@example.com
(Please note the "e" in the middle of her name).
We are now an Age Friendly city under the World Health Organization. Donna,
through the Cambridge Council on Aging, brought this initiative forward to council, and the city is currently hiring staff to implement this policy.
Donna sought support for free menstrual supplies in city women's and universal washrooms. Supporting groups were Cambridge Professional and Business Women, Canadian Federation of University Women-Cambridge Branch, Cambridge YWCA, Cambridge Food Bank and the menstrual equity group.
Donna founded the Cambridge Celebration of Women. Three historical days are celebrated, International Women's Day, Charter Day and Person's Day. Donna works with community groups to bring awareness of women's rights through these celebrations.
Donna brought a motion to council to highlight "Kindness Day" in our community. The pandemic makes it necessary to focus on being kind to one another. Donna made the motion to support a Consumption and Treatment Site (CTS) at 150 Main Street in downtown Galt, and the city is now working with the Region to gain the necessary funds from the Provincial and Federal Governments.
Donna supported diversity policies by moving to construct a Rainbow Crosswalk on Wellington Steet. It is a symbol of welcome to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
Donna supports our economy's return by approving a fulfillment warehouse at the corner of Dickie Settlement Rd and Fountain St in Ward 1. It will provide 600 to 1200 jobs, depending on mid to high seasons, that pay from $18.00 to $65.00 an hour with benefits.
I have honed my leadership skills through volunteer activities, some of which are listed below:
• President of Cambridge Women's Shelter (Haven House)
• President of Planned Parenthood (now SHORE)
• President of Cara Community Club
• President, local Teachers' Federation
• United Way Cabinet
• Governor, Ontario Teachers' Federation
• Member Cambridge Council on Aging
Since being elected I have sought a wide variety of experiences in city committees.
• Hespeler BIA
• Chair of Planning and Development
• Cambridge Hall of Fame
• Vice Chair of Budget
• Economic Development Advisory Committee
• Human Resources Advisory Committee
• Grants Review Committee
• Hydro amalgamation member for Cambridge