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I was elected to Kings County Council in October 2012, replacing incumbent Dick Killam as the Councillor for District 3. A boundary review has resulted in a "new district 2" for the 2016-2020 term of council. It includes many of the communities I represented in the "old District 3"

The area of North Kentville on the east side of Highway 341 is now part of the new district. That new area's border is Tiny Parrish Road, Church and Belcher. It also includes the Foxhill Subdivision and I am looking forward to meeting many residents of the new area during this election campaign. I am sad to say good-bye to Halls Harbour. I will am available to help the councillor new to that area of the county in any way possible.

In addition to working with many constituents to advocate for their individual needs, and rights, I have been busy with community development work. Here are highlights of where I've provided significant help to volunteers and organizations during my time on council:

Aldershot

  • Installation of new industry standard community crosswalk and crosswalk lights at McKittrick Road and Hwy 359 to serve Aldershot Elementary School.
  • Facilitation of change from volunteer to municipal management of the Aldershot Elementary cross guard program when the Parent Teacher Association felt this was beyond their scope.
  • Inclusion of McKittrick Road on sidewalk priority list (now at number 1) and slated for construction next summer.

Centreville

  • Facilitating a partnership between Acadia University Recreation Department and the Centreville Park Association to create a community-driven redevelopment plan for the park. This has lead to funding applications and a steady renewal of the park including: 2 new sets of playground equipment; installation of wheelchair accessible washrooms; creation of accessible trails; building of a sheltered outdoor learning centre/picnic area; residing of the storage building, etc.
  • Working with the Community Development Association on traffic issues, street light costs, redevelopment of its website, etc.

Gibson Woods

  • Facilitating repairs to the church, including assistance with funding applications.
  • Assistance and consultation regarding organizational and funding changes for the Valley African Nova Scotia Development Association.

Halls Harbour

  • In collaboration with the Harbour Authority, restarting action and facilitating several meetings leading to the completion of plans and funding for the western wharf at Halls Harbour.
  • Assisting with funding applications for the Lighthouse Wharf.
  • Assistance with Halls Harbour Water Cooperative's work/decisions regarding the need to upgrade the local system.

Meadowview

  • Working with the Community Development Association on sourcing grants and making funding applications for renovations to the Meadowview Community Hall, its playground and grounds. This work including the establishment a comfort centre at the hall for emergency use by local residents during extreme weather events.
  • Facilitation of work with Efficiency NS and faculty/students of Nova Scotia Community College Energy Sustainability and Technology Program on green energy projects.
  • Completion of a feasibility study for redevelopment of the closed municipality landfill site into an 18+ acre solar generation facility (work is ongoing).

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