Candidate Profile

Mayor

 Talib Ansari

Position I am running for:

Mayor

Note: Talib Ansari has notified the Clerk that he will no longer be seeking Office in the 2018 Newmarket Municipal Election. As the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 does not allow for removal of candidate names from the ballot after the Candidate Nomination Period has closed, his name will still appear on the online and telephone ballot.

 

My top 3 priorities: 

1. Jobs & Economic Growth

2. Property Tax Reduction

3. Snow Windrow Removal

 

My Platform:

We have many challenges to overcome, such as lack of jobs and in many cases lack of quality jobs, crimes that have risen 35% in the past 3 years, snow banks that block our driveways, prolonged road construction that results in traffic congestion over longer timeframe, higher property tax relative to other municipalities, aging population and senior care, mental health and addictions. My New Vision for Newmarket intends to bring sustainable solutions to our community.

 

About Talib:

Ansari’s Vision for Newmarket is a product of his 33 years of education and experience that started from Toledo to New York to Los Angeles to Toronto. Ansari has a solid accounting, finance, taxation, investment reporting, process optimization, control implementation, technology solutions & strategy execution experience with top-notch pension funds and real estate firms in the US & Canada.

 John Taylor

Position I am running for:

 Mayor

 

My top 3 priorities: 

  1. Mulock Farm Park: Full Buildout
  2. Youth: Skate Park, Outdoor arena
  3. Local Economy: Jobs, housing, business

 

My Platform:

My platform is designed to ensure Newmarket remains one of the best places to live in all of Canada.  We must build outstanding community spaces and places. We must provide opportunities for our youth such as splash pads, a skate park, and an outdoor arena.  We must ensure we have a strong local economy that creates jobs through innovation, partnerships, and strategic investments. We must not be afraid of change.

 

About John:

• Born and raised in Newmarket

• Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor for 12 years

• Chair of York Region Community and Health Services Committee

• Co-Chair of Human Services Planning Board of York Region Committee

• Owned and operated his own business with over 30 employees

• Holds Master’s Degree in Canadian Studies and Ph.D. in Education

• Married to Michelle with two children Addison and Ethan

 Joe Wamback

Position I am running for:

Mayor

 

My top 3 priorities:  

  1. Accountability
  2. Clarity
  3. Transparency

 

My Platform:

My platform, includes resolving downtown parking, respecting taxpayer’s dollars, reduction of taxes, environmental protection, greater recreational and business opportunities, establishing an independent economic development commission and negotiating with the Province to ensure that we receive our share of funding and to resolve our disconnected transit system and standing against the proposed land transfer tax on residential sales by the Region. The Mayor’s office will be open to all residents with complete and open transparent communication with all residents.

 

About Joe:

  • I graduated civil engineering technology in 1970 and founded Wamback Corporation in 1984 completing over 10 million square feet of industrial and commercial projects in Ontario.
  • I created National charitable foundation in 2001 and serve as Board Chair.
  • I am a qualified Arbitrator and Mediator specializing in areas of high conflict throughout Canada andrecently held the position of Administrative Judge with the Government of Canada. 

Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor

 Chris Emanuel

Position I am running for:

Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities: 

  1. Affordability: Taxes, Housing, Recreation Programs
  2. Regionalize Fire Services
  3. Improved Municipal Service Levels 

 

My Platform:

I have an ambitious plan to continue our progress as a town while ensuring fiscal discipline. We must ensure Newmarket remains an affordable place to live.

-Limit Tax increases to below cost of living

-Find efficiencies and savings where possible

-Address Housing Affordability for Seniors, families and young people

-Ensure access to recreation programs for people of all ages and income levels

For my full platform visit chrisemanuel.ca

 

About Chris:

Newmarket resident for 30 years and served as Ward 7 Councillor for 3 terms. In 2014, Chris joined Newmarket’s largest private sector employers as the Director of Government Affairs, and now leads Recruitment for North America.

Chris has held many leadership roles, served as Chair of the Central York Fire Services, and led the development of Newmarket’s Cultural Master Plan. 

 Joan Stonehocker

Position I am running for:

Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Environmental Leadership and sustainability
  2. Safe transportation networks and infrastructure
  3. Affordable Housing

 

About Joan:

As executive director of York Region Food Network for more than a decade, chair of the Newmarket Library Board and founder of Cycle Newmarket I have extensive budgeting, staffing, strategic planning, policy development, and community building experience. My approach is to collaborate and advocate for social change. I am passionate about creating an inclusive and sustainable community.

 Tom Vegh

Position I am running for:

Deputy Mayor and Regional Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Increase seniors’ housing options
  2. Reduce speeding on residential streets
  3. Oppose Regional land transfer tax

 

My Platform:

Tom Vegh’s priority will be to continue to build on the success of our town and enhance the quality of life in our neighbourhoods. He will ensure we continue to receive value for our tax dollars and that high-quality services are delivered in a professional and cost-efficient manner, that taxes are kept low and our Town’s finances are prudently managed. To read about Tom Vegh’s vision for Newmarket, please visit  https://tomvegh.com/

 

About Tom:

Raised in Newmarket, Tom Vegh was first elected to Newmarket Council in 2000. As the only sitting member seeking this position, he has a solid understanding of the issues and proven track record.

 

Tom brings over 25 years’ experience at the executive level in the non-profit and career transition sectors, managing multi-million dollar budgets and working with all government levels.

Ward 1 Councillor

 Naqi Ahsan

Position I am running for:

Ward 1 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1.  Road and community safety
  2. Property taxes
  3. Affordable housing

 

My Platform:

  • Hold property taxes at or below rate of inflation
  • Champion housing options for youth and seniors
  • Commit to safer roads
  • Expand recreational opportunities
  • Develop an inclusive community strategy
  • Work collaboratively with Council to get results

About Naqi: 

  • Newmarket resident for over 16 years; married with two children and avid tennis player.
  • Over 35 years experience in private and public sectors, owner IT consulting and travel agency, degrees in mathematics and business, volunteer at The Inn and Southlake. Member of the Southlake Corporate Patient and Family Advisory Council. Recipient of Canada’s 150th Anniversary Medal for Volunteer Service.
 Grace Simon

Position I am running for:

Ward 1 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Communication: Informed Communication,  with transparency will hold quarterly meetings

  2. Traffic flow and speed:  speed in communities is a top issue for residents 

  3. Continue to build community with sponsored events, introduce new Environmental initiatives

 

My Platform:

  • Present to the residents with clear communication on upcoming projects and addressed issues by social media, email and Quarterly ward meetings. I will give residents opportunity to express their concerns.
  • I would like to introduce a Youth Council committee to Newmarket 13-25 yr old youth will have the opportunity to express and give input for Newmarket’s future.
  • The Plastic waste issue needs to be addressed. I want to see them banned from Newmarket Stores to start.
  • Senior and people with special needs being taken care of with improved transit and improved accessibility.

 

About Grace:

Born and raised in Newmarket.  We have 4 children and currently live in ward 1.  Mike my husband of 25yrs is the general manager of Newmarket Toyota. I have been a local realtor for 12 yrs &  a coach with John Maxwell Group where I help to grow leadership. 

 Rohit Singh
Position I am running for:

Ward 1 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

1. Community safety

2. Traffic safety 

3. Transit improvement

 

My Platform:

I will make sure to continue to advocate for a school in Copper Hills. I will establish a volunteer based Community Watch program to bring community back into our neighborhoods. I will ensure that our streets are more safe by putting in more bollards and stop signs.

 

About Rohit:

I've lived in Ward 1 for several years where I am raising my two year old daughter with my wife. I am a real estate agent and paralegal by profession. I sit on Newmarket Rotary and the Newmarket Heritage Advisory Board Committee. I have a deep understanding of helping residents through my past job at the Ontario Legislative Assembly.

Ward 2 Councillor

 Bill Kukulewich

Position I am running for:

Ward 2 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Fiscal responsibility
  2. Healthy & Safe Community
  3. Innovative environmental supports

 

My Platform:

If I am entrusted with Ward 2, I would work tirelessly for my community, a place that my family and I call home. I have an open-door policy, and I am interested to hear constituents’ issues and concerns to keep this a great place to live. My initiatives will include enhancing Neighbourhood Watch, reviewing garbage, recycling, snow removal practices, supporting speed-reducing initiatives, traffic and housing concerns, an outdoor ice rink, and revitalizing our green spaces.

 

About Bill:

As a licensed paralegal for the Legal Clinic, I have a common-sense approach, mediating to help people in my community. Prior, I was a paramedic in York Region; a highly trained medical professional performing life-saving procedures, first response medical duties, delivering three babies to treating multiple critical patients in dangerous situations like highway accidents. Taking an oath to uphold ethical standards.

 Victor Woodhouse
Position I am running for:

Ward 2 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Speeding and Traffic safety
  2. Protection of Green spaces
  3. Careful expenditures oversight 

 

My Platform:

If Elected, I promise to listen to residents and champion issues that residents have said are important.
I will listen to your concerns, value your input and fight hard for the residents on issues, such as community safety, improving our green spaces and ensuring taxes are keep in check. Other issues affecting the entire Town like an improved library, promotion of better employment opportunities and more housing options for seniors are important as well.

 

About Victor:

  • Husband, Dad, Grandfather, Foster Parent and Church Elder.
  • Financial, insurance specialist operating my own insurance business for 28 years, professional designations: CFP, CLU, CHS.
  • Town Councillor; 7 years
  • Chamber of Commerce: Board Member, 5 years, President, 1 year              
  • INN From The Cold: Founding Chair, Volunteer; 7 years
  • Inclusivity Advisory Committee: Founding Chair; 2 years                  
  • Public Library Board; 7 years

Ward 3 Councillor

 Jane Twinney

Position I am running for:

Ward 3 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Protect our existing green space.
  2. Continue our priorities from last term
  3. Be mindful of resident tax dollars

 

My Platform:

Enhancement of Glen Cedar Public School playgrounds. Protection of our existing established neighbourhoods through a change to our existing zoning by-laws. Ensure Hollingsworth Arena lands continue as a community benefit and standing strong against Bayview Extension to Green Lane.

 

About Jane:

Resident of Newmarket for over 18 years.  Attended Brock University for business and political science. Entrepreneurial spirit including starting several start up businesses in the retail and pet industry since I was in my 20’s. Presently, a publisher for local community magazines. Married to Joe and together they have one teenage son.  Passionate about my community. 

 Jack Zangari

Position I am running for:

Ward 3 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Create Ward 3 Advisory Committee

  2.  A Community Hub for Hollingsworth

  3.  Ensure lower taxes

 

My Platform:

I plan to re-open communications in what I call, 'the forgotten ward', being Ward 3 and once again bring representation to this area of town. I will attend all meetings and watch efficiencies and taxes closely. And, more town funding should be provided for this 'forgotten ward' -- it deserves its fair share, which has been neglected for the past 8 years.

 

About Jack:

  • Former President of the Newmarket Jaycees
  • Charter member of the Rotary Club
  • Organizer Newmarket Minor Atom Tournament (30-plus years)
  • Served York Region Waste Management Task Force
  • Now retired, former business owner and also over 35 years  as a businessman
  • Lived on Elgin St., then Nesbitt Rd. in Ward 3 over 30 years

Ward 4 Councillor

 Trevor Morrison

Position I am running for:

Ward 4 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Preserving Newmarket’s small town soul
  2. People centred spaces
  3. Safe communities

 

My Platform:

I am committed to improving the safety of our communities, promoting people centred spaces and events, and preserving Newmarket small town soul.  I will implement fiscal responsibility and transparency while ensuring responsive communication toward the residents of Ward 4 allowing their voices to be heard at council. I will ensure accessibility through social media platforms, which will allow residents to be kept up to date with the matters affecting their ward and town.

 

About Trevor:

As a resident of Ward 4 and lifelong resident of Newmarket, I want the residents of Ward 4 to know that I will be ready to serve them as their Councillor.   My role as a self-employed chiropractor has provided me with experience in budget management, legislative awareness, privacy and confidentiality issues, policy development and the ability to make informed decisions. 

 Grant Waddell

Position I am running for:

Ward 4 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Traffic Congestion/Speeding

  2. Responsibilities of Landlords for their Rental Properties

  3. Getting Value for Money being spent

 

My Platform:

Once elected, I am ready to serve the residents on Day 1 as their Full Time Representative. I understand the budgeting process in order to achieve value for money as well as how large organizations responsible for the use of public money operate. I will establish a resident advisory group from all areas of the Ward that I will meet with regularly to keep me abreast of issues relating to the Ward.

 

About Grant:

My wife Cheryle and I have lived in Ward 4 for 26 years and have raised two daughters, Laura and Jennifer. Both attended and graduated from Maple Leaf PS and Dr. J. Denison SS where I was a parent volunteer when they were attending. My professional background is in Budget/Business/Operations experience gained through a 32 year career in leadership positions at the Toronto Transit Commission most recently as the Purchasing Manager. 

 Melissa Williams
Position I am running for:

Ward 4 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Having integrity at all times
  2. Being accountable and transparent to residents
  3. Reliability – doing what you say you will

 

My Platform:

Sustainable, community focused development

  • Reduce Road Construction times and traffic congestion
  • Review recycling and waste management policy – To ensure the long term preservation of our environment and community
  • Commitment to reviewing policies - through a lense focused on community growth, positive transformation, and sustainability

 

Healthier more vibrant community living

  • Revitalizing our parks and trails to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle Explore using existing facilities for community focused leisure programs for youth and seniors
  • Additional support to enhance speed reducing initiatives

 

Enhanced opportunities for our next generation

  • Continuing efforts to modernize Newmarket
  • Supporting reduction of "red tape" to assist local businesses
  • Renewed focus on attracting visitors and tourists
  • More parking spaces downtown and at the Newmarket Go Station

 

About Melissa:

  • I have called Newmarket home for the past 18 years. This is where my family live, work, play and actively volunteer.
  • I’m an award winning entrepreneur with over 20 years business experience. I currently have two successful marketing businesses and a Yoga Teacher Training School. I have studied employment law an Human Resources management and enjoyed a rewarding career as a corporate mediator.
  • Throughout my life and career, I’ve been privileged to pursue my passions for helping others; for building and nurturing diverse, inclusive communities; and for healthy living.  

Ward 5 Councillor

 Ron Eibel

Position I am running for:

Ward 5 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Being Informed & accountable
  2. Be the voice of the entire ward
  3. Passionate and honest

 

My Platform:

Look within town offices & find efficiencies & stronger communication to get things done - same as I and many people have to do everyday. Transparency: remove the insulation that muffles the voices of people who then lose faith in local government. Big expenditures must be made public and people must be allowed to have their input as to how their taxes are spent. Council should not be above the people - it should work for the people. 

 

About Ron: 

I've worked as a manager in manufacturing for 19 years. In that time I have learned to do more with less while holding true to my belief that everyone should be treated fairly, all challenges, opportunities should be dealt with the same level of care - respect every dollar. That drive to serve I wish to share with my community - my neighbours

 Bob Kwapis

Position I am running for:

Ward 5 Councillor

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Safer streets for residents
  2. Quaker Hill enhancements
  3. Improved parking Downtown

 

My Platform:

Continue in maintaining our small-town character, while providing progressive, urban conveniences and amenities. We continue to set ourselves apart from other towns and cities through innovation, collaboration and our sense of community.

I will continue to work with the next elected Council to get things done ... not to talk about things or complain about things ... but actually get things done, just like I have done over the last two years.

 

About Bob:

I held various leadership roles in my private sector career. I was the founding key member for Telus’ expansion from British Columbia and Alberta into Ontario. I also managed mergers and acquisitions, business development and restructuring responsibilities nationally. Provided leadership to multi-province enterprise teams of over 50 professionals and responsible for over $500 million in annual budgets.

Ward 6 Councillor

 Kelly Broome
Position I am running for:

Ward 6 Councillor

Note: Acclaimed

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Building Strong Safe Communities
  2. Parks, Recreation, and Trails
  3. Heritage & Green Space Protection

 

My Platform:

Over the past four years, together, we have achieved great results for Ward 6. From road safety speed boards, stop signs, safer school zones, and crosswalks, to new parks and playgrounds, community ice rinks, and our first fitness facility. It is an exciting time with two large recreational projects; the development of our first Ward 6 splash pad and Mulock Farm Estate. Together we have so much more we will accomplish.

 

About Kelly:

Kelly embodies her motto that community, charity and public service are things we all should contribute to.  Living in Ward 6 Newmarket since 1996 and raising a family, Kelly reaches into the lives of her community, learning and giving her time to multiple organizations, community groups, schools and charities.  

Ward 7 Councillor

 Christina Bisanz
Position I am running for:

Ward 7 Councillor

Note: Acclaimed

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Responsible, sustainable growth
  2. Enhanced traffic safety
  3. Making Newmarket even better 

 

My Platform:

I will continue to focus on the issues that concern residents most—especially those related to growth. While there have been positive changes, we’ve also seen more congestion in traffic, housing, and loss of precious greenspace. As a member of Council, I will advocate for growth that is responsive to community needs while positioning us to attract new business and jobs, ensuring that our infrastructure, services and greenspaces are sustained through fiscally responsible decision-making.  

 

About Christina:

A proud resident of Newmarket since 1990, I was first elected to Council in 2014. I am also CEO of CHATS, serving over 8300 seniors in York Region and South Simcoe. Prior to CHATS, I was a senior executive in the consumer products, health care, technology, and police services sectors, and have been an active volunteer in our community. I love living in Newmarket.  

York Region District School Board

 Kristine Carbis

Position I am running for:

York Region District School Board Trustee

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Continuous communication

  2. Equity and Inclusion

  3. Earning trust of community

 

My Platform:

Removing the barriers to an equitable and inclusive education for ALL students is extremely important. Students and their families face barriers every day. This is an ongoing issue and needs to be addressed at all levels. Continuous 2 way communication with students, parents, teachers and community is a must for effective representation for Newmarket. As well, equity training for all, including Trustees, will be another strong step to rebuilding trust in the school board. 

 

About Kristine:

  • Community member of YRDSB Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee since 2012
  • Education advocate since 2008
  • Community resource liaison and anti-poverty activist since 2004
  • Accessibility advocate since 2010
  • Board Member Social Planning Council of York Region since 2014, 3 years as treasurer
  • Spoken about living on low income in multiple settings
  • Organized/facilitated presentations and conferences to raise awareness of poverty
 Linda Gilbert

Position I am running for:

York Region District School Board Trustee

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Integrity: honest, fair, strong principles
  2. Accountability: open dialogue, informed decisions
  3. Inclusivity: honor diversity & equity

 

My Platform:

As an engaged parent, I will be an involved Trustee--putting our students first!  I want to be the Trustee that people feel is responsive and caring, while truly representing their priorities at the board table.  We need to regain the public’s trust, so we can move forward in building an education system where students thrive; one that prioritizes student achievement in academics while at the same time supporting physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. 

 

About Linda:

My education, experience, and well established connections in the community will represent you well.

  • University and Graduate degree, Teaching Assistant
  • Over 20 years business and volunteer board governance experience, strategic planning and budgeting
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Served 4 years on the York Region District School Board’s Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC)

For more details: www.linda-gilbert.com 

 Martin Van Beek

Position I am running for:

York Region District School Board Trustee

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Students
  2. Achievement
  3. Well being 

 

My Platform:

Continue to work on our boards priorities. Foster well being and mental health. Champion equity and inclusivity. Build collaborative relationships with community. Empower ethical leadership to rebuild confidence in our board. Implement the multi year strategic plan, directors annual plan and board plan for student achievement.

 

About Martin:

Experience Matters-I’ve been a trustee for 15 years and have been an effective advocate for parents and guardians. I have resolved hundreds of parents and students concerns and issues. My great working relationship with senior staff allows me to be an effective advocate and trustee. I’ve chaired most board committees and have been vice chair as well.

 Bessie Vlasis
Position I am running for:

York Region District School Board Trustee

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Health, Wellbeing, Equity and Inclusion 
  2. Transparency and Financial Accountability
  3. Academic success at all levels

 

My Platform:

Students should be given the opportunity to succeed academically with a high standard of education that prepares them for their future. By building empathy, kindness, equity and inclusivity into the day-to-day practice of everyone walking through our school doors, we build a culture where everyone belongs. I will continue to build collaborative relationships with our community to enrich students’ education and success. I will be approachable, transparent and accountable to the constituents of our community.

 

About Bessie:

I currently own a successful manufacturing business.  My passion work is our Children and Youth. Supporting our students in our communities and schools is what led me to Co-create Bully Free Community Alliance, were I advocate and bring education and awareness throughout our community on diversity, inclusion, bullying and child/youth mental health.  I am the founder of Newmarket Parent Network, supporting parents by partnering with Newmarket schools and organize speakers and workshops on topics that interest them most.

York Catholic District School Board

 Shawn Gaudet

Position I am running for:

York Catholic District School Board Trustee

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Reduce mental health concerns
  2. Balance the Budget
  3. Increase special needs resources

 

My Platform:

It’s time for a change.The taxpayers of Newmarket have endured the York Catholic District School Board run deficits year after year. I will ensure a balanced budget. I will strive to increase awareness of child and youth mental health concerns and bullying. I will focus on expanding special needs services and make existing services more effective.  Your vote for me, ensures transparency and better education for your children that prepares them for the 21st century learning environment.

 

About Shawn:

I am a dedicated candidate, possess strong communication skills, excellent problem solving skills and have a strong Catholic faith. I have earned an Administrative Studies degree in Business and a professional certificate in management. I have extensive work experience with financial institutions and with a federal crown corporation. It will be an honour & a privilege to receive your support for change.

 Theresa McNicol

Position I am running for:

York Catholic District School Board Trustee

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Having Sacred Heart as a Regional Arts Program
  2. Having OLOL as an Advance Placement School
  3. Having revisions to our math curriculum to improve scores

 

My Platform:

As a strong advocate of Catholic education I work long hours each week to ensure that your concerns are heard in the classroom, in the school and in the boardroom. It is my duty to act as your voice within the YCDSB.

My years of experience, both through volunteering and my position as trustee, have given me a strong voice and effective leadership skills for dealing with the school board.

Committed to ensuring that the Home, School and Parish partnership. 

 

About Theresa:

In 1985 I moved to Newmarket and instantly found myself getting involved in the community.  I became the Chairperson of the PTA at my children’s school and supported many of their organized events. I also became an usher and Parish Office volunteer at St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church.

I believe that a strong education is established when students learn in a safe and happy environment and have parental support.

 

Conseil scolaire Viamonde

 François Guérin

Position I am running for:

Conseil scolaire Viamonde

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. New school Newmarket/East Gwillimbury
  2. Funding for new Markham school
  3. New school in Vaughan

 

My Platform:

SB Trustee since 2000, I will use my experience to secure adequate funding to continue growth of our system and improve services for children with special needs. Maximize resources in the classroom and favour on-going professional training for our staff. 

 

About François:

Retired government of Ontario mediator dealing with financial services.  I also had a private mediation practice.  I spent the last 30 years volunteering in the community in different capacity. I hold a B.A. (Honor) in political science and a MBA. 

 Karine Ricard
Position I am running for:

Conseil scolaire Viamonde

 

My top 3 priorities:

  1. Ensure parents' voices be heard and be taken seriously by the Viamonde board.
  2. Promote transparency at the Viamonde board-level during discussions, debates and decision-making.
  3. Ensure that every possible action be taken so that francophone students have equivalent opportunities to their anglophone peers, in French-language schools that are equivalent to neighbouring English ones

 

My Platform:

As a parent myself, I am committed to listening to what parents have to say and I will endeavour to have their concerns heard and respected at the school board level.

This is my pledge if I am elected French public school trustee for York.

 

About Karine: 

Born and raised in Montreal, I completed theatre studies in Ste-Hyacinthe. For the past 15 years, I have been a professional actor in Toronto working both on stage and on camera. As a board member of Groupe Théâtre Novo, I have worked to promote the arts in Ontario's francophone community.

 

My two passions in life are the theatre and my role as a mother of two beautiful children, both enrolled in a Viamonde elementary school.

 

Having taught at Collège Jean-de-la-Mennais Secondary School in Montreal for five years, I have first-hand knowledge of what is involved in the smooth running of a school.

 

I am an excellent communicator and I seek to work collaboratively.

 

As a member of the team Rêvons en grand I believe that each trustee has the responsability and privilege of representing their school community at the board table while collaborating and respecting our francophone school community and the other members of the school board in an open and transparent way.   I want to honour the constitutional right of our francophone students to a quality, equivalent education to that of their anglophone peers.  

Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

 

 Maxime Papillon

Position I am running for:

Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

 

My Platform:

My decisions will be in accordance with Church teachings whenever applicable. Sound fiscal responsibility with public funds will also be a top priority. To strive for balanced budgets. Finally, I will put all my efforts into promoting and strengthening Francophone language, culture and heritage especially within the community of York.

 

About Maxime:

I have lived in the region for over 25 years. I work in the media/entertainment industry. My volunteering credits include: Life Teen, Out of the Cold and St. Vincent de Paul. Having been the treasurer for the parent committee at Jean-Béliveau, I am ready to step up and lend my insights and skills to the post of School Trustee.

Newmarket votes online or by telephone: October 13 -22, 2018