Municipal Elections 2018: Ward One Candidates

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Get to know your candidates!

Here’s who is running for Ward One in this year’s municipal elections.

Ward One Candidates

Paul Christian

Bio

A teacher at Korah, I have lived in the Sault all my life. I am a graduate of Sir James Dunn High School, and then I attended Lake Superior State University, where I obtained a Business Degree, as well as my teaching degree and Master’s in Business. I am actively involved in the community. I am a member on the CAPT (Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains) Committee. I think it is important as a Saultite that we support rail renewal in the north. I am also involved with STRIVE (Children’s Rehabilitation Centre), and I am the treasurer there. I am married with two adult children.Paul Christian

Why are you running?

This will be my third term, during the last council session there were a couple of things that I initiated that are still in the works so I want to complete those. One of those is the Sault Summit, a meeting with expatriates from Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto to share ideas on how they can help us develop in the Sault. We have built a network and we need to conduct and continue to develop contact, information, exercises, feedback, all of those things to keep them in the loop and share resources. The other one is the future Sault Ste. Marie project which is essentially an internal process with several different groups of people developing our community. It covers everything from the economic, education, social sectors. I am on the education committee, and there is a lot of work that needs to continue there.It is a holistic approach to addressing issues in the Sault.

I also suggested and got approval from council to conduct a business survey in the Sault to tap into businesses opinions on how the operations of the city are hurting or helping them. I want to try and make it easier for businesses to grow organically in this city. It will also help the Innovation Centre and the EDC. I have always been active in the community and I believe being a counsellor is the best ways of being involved in the community.

What are the issues that you care about?

Economic development. The underlying foundation we need to have is an economic base with diversification, employment opportunity, an increase in the tax base so we can fund the projects we feel need to get done. We also need to get more youth migration to the Sault and address the outmigration issue in the Sault. Algoma Steel doesn’t hire as many people as they used to and quite frankly employment opportunities have evolved. We need to address the needs of our young people. The other issues are downtown development and the opioid issue in the Sault. I think we need to work on both those things, and I truly believe and hope that the future Sault Ste. Marie project can help with that.

What strengths do you bring to the campaign/city council?

My experience. You cannot underestimate the importance of having experience in the role. I have a lot of passion for Sault Ste. Marie, I have lived here all my life. I want to see it grow and develop. I think I have a good logical common sense approach to dealing with issues. Despite my demographic, I see myself as very progressive in terms of growing the city and dealing with the issues that confront us.

Sandra Hollingsworth

Bio

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Don Mitchell

Bio

I came to Sault Ste. Marie January 1967 as a marketing/sales representative for Xerox Canada, servicing communities and businesses from Elliot Lake in the East to Marathon to the West.

In 1972 we decided that the Sault should be our Don Mitchelllong time/permanent residence. Along with partners, we created Superior Seven Advertising where I assumed the position of President/Managing Partner. In 1981, I moved on to my present career as an insurance broker with Downtown Insurance and Realty Limited and then in 1993 I joined Algoma Insurance Limited and became Vice President of Commercial Lines/Partner. I have been involved in the community as a volunteer and member of many boards and committees during my 50 years in Sault Ste. Marie, including coaching and managing minor hockey teams, acting as Chair for hockey tournaments and golf tournaments, the Sault Minor Hockey League, the Enterprise Centre, the Music Committee for Central United Church, as well as Vice President and Preident of the EDC, The Chamber of Commerce, and many more committees revolving around education, infrastructure, and business in our community. I think that these volunteer boards have helped from the outside but to make a real difference I feel as though one needs to get involved at a level where decisions are made.

Why are you running?

I want to help grow the economic sector. Without a strong and growing economy, the community cannot afford to maintain and grow the social, art, sport, and cultural entities that help make a community into a vibrant place to life. I also want to make the Sault a better place to live, work, and play, and help develop positive attitudes throughout the community.

What are the issues that you care about? 

I believe it is important to be supporting our College and University, helping them to become the major economic drivers that they are capable of becoming. We need to work at helping them develop courses that will lead to jobs here in our city when the students graduate. I care about providing jobs for our young citizens and keep them here in the city as well as create employment opportunities for those that have moved away and want to return. It is not easy but it definitely is doable. I also think we need to be enhancing the healthcare sector in our community

What strengths do you bring to the campaign/city council?

I can bring a wealth of business experience to City Council, something that I feel is needed. I am retiring this year and can now concentrate a good portion of my time on helping develop and grow our community. I feel it is time for action, the studying has been done many times over. Get on with it. We need to get back to adopting the attitude of ‘how can we help you.’ And yes, it can be done.

I’ve also received the following awards which exemplify my character and work ethic;

  •   The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce “President’s Award”; This award recognizes someone who makes and exceptional effort, going beyond the call of duty in any area of business and community development.
  •   The Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce “Paul Dalseg Award”; This award recognizes a business person in Sault Ste. Marie who has demonstrated exemplary interest in the community, and in so doing has made a major, outstanding and unique achievement or contribution to the life of the community.
  • *  The Algoma University Senate conferred upon Don Mitchell  “Honorary Senate Membership Award”. It is given in recognition of distinctive and distinguished service to the University and community.
  •  “Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal”; It is given in recognition of one’s contributions to Canada.
  •  The “Sault Ste. Marie Medal of Merit”; It is given to people or groups that make outstanding contributions to our community

Michele McCleave-Kennedy

Bio

My family has been in this area since (1896) and my community activism and advocacy is strongly rooted in my family. My great grandmother took my grandmother as a young child to march in Toronto for women’s right to vote. My parents tease me that this is where activism came from. When I was a young girl I wanted to play hockey but girls teams didn’t exist yet, so I lobbied the Human Rights Commission to allow girls to play. After many years of letters back and forth and hearings girls were allowed to play hockey on co-ed teams. Upon my graduation from Algoma University I started to work with young students in the daycare on Rankin and Garden River First Nations. It was then that my passion was ignited to ensure that young children, particularly those with special needs, were given the opportunity to realize their full potential, and I have actively worked on their behalf ever since. I have been an active member of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation for the last ten years and have lobbied the government for changes to educational funding, health and safety Issues, and WSIB legislation. As an injured worker I learned how to navigate the WSIB legislation, which eventually led to becoming President of the local Labour Council, and more recently Vice-President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. My position as VP on the Ontario Federation of Labour allows me the opportunity to have a voice at a provincial table discussing issues pertinent to the North.

As the SSM Labour Council President, last year I had the opportunity to be part of the Community Adjustment Committee which looked at ways we can address the challenging issues facing our community, while also identifying opportunities that could bring diversity and vitality to our city. Working with other community leaders, I listened carefully to the people of Sault Ste. Marie and was able to take their concerns particularly those regarding steel tariffs, to the round table with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he was recently in our community.

Why are you running?

I am running to bring my energy, expertise and a new perspective to council. As a small business owner, provincial representative, Labour Council President in Sault Ste Marie and a team member working in education, my dedication, volunteerism,and task management are all unique perspectives I bring to council. I have been involved in our community for the past thirty years. I have been involved in a number of projects for youth, mental health and workers health and safety.

What are the issues you care about?

Key campaign issues include local transportation, vitality of our cities economy, and building a healthy community.

What strengths do you bring to the campaign/council?

I hope to bring a different approach to some of the issues in Sault Ste Marie. I look forward to talking to residents in Ward one to hear their issues. We need to work collaboratively as a community to make Sault Ste Marie a vital place. I am an advocate committed to ending poverty and reducing its impact on our community members. I have demonstrated this commitment by organizing and participating in Out of the Cold, Tampon Tuesday, and Easter Seals events. My community activism began as a result of having personal experience with workplace injury and understanding the devastating impact of the loss of a regular pay cheque on families.

Derek Pearce

Bio

I was born and raised in and around the city, I’ve lived in every ward at some point in my life or another. I attended Alex Muir Public School before graduating and moving on to Alexander Henry for Post Secondary. I graduated in 2008 with honors, took a year of upgrading at Sault College before leaving the Sault in 2011 to pursue other opportunities in Southern Ontario.Derek Pearce

In 2014 I returned home. I become involved with the Sault Ste. Marie Association of Ratepayers and started the organization Project Sault Ste. Marie which is in the process of building a full digital 3d model of the city. I work a full-time job at the Boundary Road Tim Hortons as night staff and live inside Ward 1.

I am also a newly appointed member of the St Mary’s River Heritage Centre/Norgoma Board.

Why are you running?

I am running to be a city councilor because I want to see the Sault thrive, I love this city and I choose to live here not because I have to, but because I want too. We need to make the young people of our city feel like they have a future here. We need to bring business back and reinvent our downtown core. We also need to take a more detailed look at all the services we offer and make sure the citizens of our city are getting what they are paying for.

My interest in city politics and time with the Sault Ste. Marie Association of Ratepayer (SSMAR). When I joined with them I realized that they have a very big impact on city council. We pushed for a new code of conduct for city council and managed to get it done. We lobbied the provincial government to change a phrase in the municipal act, and I said wow this is serious, we can make changes in the city.

What are the issues you care about?

Transit, the opioid crisis, I’ve had families that have gone through that and I’ve lived in Jamestown part of my life so I know the struggle that those people are going through. It hits close to home. And then there is the issue of the roads, when you drive through the roads in the Sault you know it’s a mess. I am pretty sure the city has been using sub-par road material, but you want to use the very best. Sometimes putting the money in to get the very best is worth it. We also need to keep businesses and younger people in our community, and look at bringing new industry/jobs here, because we can’t always count on places like Algoma Steel and Tenaris to employ everyone. Transparency and accountability are issues I care about.

What strengths do you bring to the campaign/city council?

My age, a lot of young people are leaving the Sault to pursue other opportunities. They feel like there is nothing here for them. I did that at a young age so I know what the feeling is. I can relate to the average person and I can bring a fresh face to city council. My experience with the SSMAR is also an asset as over the last few years I have learned a great deal about the municipality and the municipal act.