My #Stouffville Ward 4 Candidates’ Meeting Speech (Oct 7, 19-on-the-Park) #Vote2014WS

Having lived in Ward 4 now for 17+ years, with my wife, step-daughter, step-son and son, I’ve witnessed a lot of change.

This change has led me to the conclusion that we need to build community, as well as houses, as we continue to grow at a very rapid pace, for the next decade and beyond. That’s why I’m running for office now.

It is the challenge of a lifetime to build community. Here are some ways I think we can do that. We build community by:

  • Embracing a new, multi-cultural Stouffville
  • Serving the needs of our seniors
  • Developing creative programming for our youth
  • Increasing employment opportunities, especially by attracting knowledge based businesses and not-for-profit organizations to our municipality.
  • Protecting the Oak Ridges Moraine, even as provincial legislation expires in 2015
  • Expanding the Library and increasing funding up to provincial standards
  • Serving the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, & transit riders – eg., let’s establish a transit committee so that our public transit needs are communicated to GO, Viva and YRT.
  • Ensuring our accessibility committee has a strong voice, so that council can hear the needs and struggles of those with differing abilities
  • Ensuring that children who walk to school have safe passage – sidewalks.
  • Spending within our means

Over the years I’ve been very actively involved with the community.

  • I founded WhiStle Radio in my Ward 4 basement – we started out webcasting Spirit hockey games and from there it has grown into the CRTC licensed station that today attracts dozens of volunteers;
  • I’ve organized numerous concerts, including the ArtsCan Circle Benefits, and would really like to see our nickname “Music Town” becomes a reality
  • I’ve been cub and scout leader …
  • a member of on the Town Environmental Advisory Committee …
  • and President of our Recycling Depot.
  • Currently I’m developing a grant proposal with the prestigious Knight Foundation and the Library Board for funding to create a program based around the Wendat Ancestral Village discovered here in Stouffville in 2002.

My community service focus, academic and business background has given me the experience to deal with complex community issues as well as the needed talent and skills to manage the town’s $70,000,000 and growing budget.

If elected as your Councillor, and I really hope that I am, I’ll be a voice for you. I’ll be a voice for community

Visit for more information. Vote Jim Priebe Ward 4 Councillor for results.

Thank you.

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