CITY OF HAMILTON: WARD 3 COUNCILLOR
WHERE IS YOUR BUSINESS LOCATED?
Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main Street West
WHAT IS YOUR STORY?
I was born and raised in Hamilton. I left in the 90’s wanting to never come back, but when I returned in 2004 I saw everything that Hamilton was evolving into and I wanted to be part of it. I realized in order to make a change you cannot just watch and wait for it to happen; you actually have to be part of the change and the solutions to the problems.
WHAT DOES HAMILTON CENTRE MEAN TO YOU?
Ward 3 is to Hamilton what Hamilton is to Canada. It represents a community of choice, opportunity and growth and its a place where a lot of people want to move to now.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT HAMILTON CENTRE?
The people. We have one of the most diverse populations in the city who create and take on opportunities that continue to help our city flourish.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO FOCUS YOUR EFFORTS IN HAMILTON CENTRE?
This is where the Hamilton politics is; it’s local. From working in Hamilton Centre, I’m able to create a bigger impact and chance within my neighbourhoods and ward.
WHAT RECENT CHANGE WITHIN HAMILTON CENTRE DO YOU THINK IS MOST SIGNIFICANT?
Definitely the real estate; we have the hottest market in Southern Ontario.
ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM HAMILTON? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STAY/MOVE HERE?
Yes, I’m originally from Hamilton, but I left in the late 90’s not wanting to ever come back, but when I did, I just couldn’t leave. I came back with a new set of eyes; sometimes all you need to do is leave a place an come back to appreciate it for everything it is. I had left for six years and when I came back I saw momentum picking up in Hamilton and I wanted to be part of the evolution and chance happening in my city.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MEMORY IN HAMILTON CENTRE?
Bringing my son home for the first time. The decisions that I make are all for him – my work is for the the future generations of people in Hamilton. I want to make this a great city for them to be part of and proud of.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO IN HAMILTON WEST?
Gage Park. It’s my little escape. There an escarpment, cultural events, children and families, historic greenery, a Tropical House and a Greenhouse and is one of the best green spaces in Ontario.
WHAT IS A HIDDEN GEM IN HAMILTON?
The entrepreneurial spirit of the small businesses. They often see opportunity and possibility rather than challenges, which makes me proud to see in Hamilton.
IF SOMEONE WAS CONSIDERING MOVING TO HAMILTON WEST, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM?
We are an authentic community who understand our challenges but are not held back by them – we evolve rather than just recreate.