Mark has worked diligently to bring fiscal order to our city, to ensure safe and liveable neighbourhoods for all city residents and has consistently demonstrated the future-focused vision to attract global recognition and opportunities for Waterloo.
As an elected official seeking re-election, some people might ask the question, "so what have you done for me lately Councillor?" That's a valid question.
As I seek another term of office as Councillor for Ward 5, it gives me the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of my past terms and what I would have to offer citizens going forward. Simply put, I believe the experience and knowledge I have gained in my work promoting the interests of the City and the Ward for the past 15 years is more important now than ever before - and you have my commitment to work collaboratively with my constituents, my colleagues and the broader community to build a brighter future.
Effective city councils are made up of a variety of citizens of different backgrounds, genders, ages and expertise - and it is the accumulated knowledge of each that makes the entire council work optimally in representing citizens and residents. But all the experience gained means nothing without a keen desire to continue to represent citizens and residents. For me, the sense of serving the community remains as strong as the first day I contemplated public service and my determination and dedication to continue to represent my ward on local issues and larger community concerns remains undiminished.
Besides tending to the daily concerns of citizens, I have been a leader in economic development, a leading advocate (and practitioner) of sustainability practices and a reasoned critic for built form shaping our Waterloo skyline.
In terms of economic development, I have been privileged to witness the arrival of a plethora of new companies, from start-ups to large corporations, as they have made a home for themselves in our city. I have worked directly with many of them, often as a first point of contact, as they create real jobs and real prosperity for our community.
It has been exciting to be involved in the genesis of the Sustainability Advisory Committee, a brand new group that is looking at sustainability practices across the City with a large lens, seeking ideas and innovations to blend environmental protection with economic opportunity, and that will allow Waterloo to continue to be a place we are all proud to call home. Waterloo has been a leader in environmental legislation and initiatives, and I am proud of my role in continuing to ensure that we deliver upon our vision to 'future proof' our City and region.
Our urban design guidelines, formally mere suggestions to developers, now have more teeth as I have pushed for them to become policy. I am proud of my role in advancing this policy. This change has given us more varied and interesting architecture that has resulted in better constructed buildings for all to live, work and enjoy the wonders of Waterloo.
It has been a real pleasure and an honour to serve my neighbours and constituents over the last 4 terms. I hope that you agree that my unparalleled experience, my proven leadership and my commitment to my community makes me the right person to continue as your Councillor. I am asking for your vote on Oct 22th.