Con­nect­ing with com­mu­nity

Thornhill Post - - Local Politics - Karen Cile­vitz Ward 5 Coun­cil­lor (Rich­mond Hill)

My com­mit­ment is to serve my res­i­dents with a strong, ded­i­cated voice and en­sure Ward 5 re­mains sus­tain­able while em­brac­ing growth and sta­bil­ity.

As an ef­fec­tive coun­cil­lor, my job is to en­gage the con­struc­tive and proac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of res­i­dents, lis­ten to theirs voice and act only in their best in­ter­ests for the greater public good.

Rich­mond Hill is in tran­si­tion with res­i­dents un­der­go­ing provin­cially man­dated in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion pres­sures as per On­tario’s Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horse­shoe. With con­do­minium build­ings ris­ing on both sides of Yonge Street, our main north-south road­way, traf­fic pat­terns and the fab­ric of our in­ter­nal neigh­bour­hoods are di­rectly af­fected. By work­ing proac­tively to­gether, we can de­sign and build our town so that we are able to grow with it as it grows. I am es­tab­lish­ing two im­por­tant res­i­dent out­reach ini­tia­tives, the Ward 5 civic en­gage­ment com­mit­tee and regular ward-wide meet­ings, to fur­ther my man­date to ef­fec­tively en­gage Ward 5 res­i­dents.

The com­mit­tee will as­sess the needs of Ward 5, en­hance res­i­dents’ in­flu­ence in far-reach­ing de­ci­sions (39 res­i­dents have signed up) and meet quar­terly. The meet­ings will fea­ture guest speak­ers, who will high­light Ward 5 and Rich­mond Hill mat­ters, fol­lowed by an open Q& A fo­rum. Rich­mond Hill’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices staff will be present at the June 2015 meet­ing, serv­ing the needs of all res­i­dents, from road op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance to our recre­ational and park ser­vices en­joyed by all.

To­gether we will make Ward 5 our place to live, learn, work and play!

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