He moved to Aurora, Ward 5 in 1996 with his wife and later had two children
Manages a small business for the past 15 years in the adjacent Ward 4
His wife was an elementary teacher in Ward 5 and children went to school in the Ward
Prior to being on council, he started the Bayview Wellington Ratepayers Association 20 years ago as President. In 2001 championed the movement to make sure the Bayview corridor businesses were mindful of the existing home they were locating beside. Influenced the Home Depot to change the colour of their buildings, lower lights, no outdoor speakers and contribute $35,000.00 towards the construction of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Park. In 2002 was effective in convincing council to use the $35,000.00 and included a budget for the completion of the park. Convinced the Movie theatre to paint the back of their building a neutral colour and providing significant landscaping and a pedestrian pathway to the adjacent homes.
Has been a municipal councillor in Aurora (not consecutively) for 10 years. As a councillor, worked on many projects throughout the Town and within Ward 5. In 2010 acted as the vice chair for the Official Plan review committee. In 2012 found a $600,000.00 budget error, duplicating a project from previous year. In 2013 was instrumental in the development of the Thomas Coates park on Mavrinac. Found the clause in the subdivision agreement that allowed the Town to purchase the land and create a park. In 2020 convinced council to negotiate the cost of the Sports Dome saving $400,000.00 and zero tax impact.
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Understands the needs of the cultural programing and value it provides to the community. A strong advocate of the Aurora Cultural Centre. Served on its board as a resident and Councillor.
Mindful of the advantage and merit Aurora's Heritage is to the community and continues to support Aurora Historical Society and Museum.
As a current member of the Library Board, he understands the role it plays in the community and the need and value it provides.
Voted against the development at the north east corner of Wellington and John West Way as the environmental impact was too great.
Was instrumental in stopping the conversion of employment lands to residential on the south west corner of Wellington and Leslie.
Advocated for ground floor retail on all developments in the Aurora Promenade area.
Is a proponent of reducing urban sprawl by prompting higher density around public transportation corridors.
Has a proven record of questioning and demanding quality reporting on the financial viability of capital projects. Both from an operational perspective and a capital funding perspective.
Consistently worked to understand and influence annual budgets to balance the needs of the community, while being fiscally responsible
As an avid Soccer and Tennis player, he is in tune with the needs of the community and the benefit of having facilities that allow Aurorans to participate in a variety of activities.
Is a proponent of taking full advantage of our current assets and partnering with other stakeholders before spending large capital dollars on new facilities.
Will dedicate significant time towards the development of the new sports and recreation master plan to be finalized next term.