Forward-thinking, Results-driven, Team Player

Council and Board Experience -

  • First elected as Councillor in 2006, currently serving the 4th term on Richmond Hill Council
  • Chair the City’s Economic Development Committee since 2014, and the Recover Richmond Hill Task Force with elected officials at all levels and business representatives since April 2020
  • Served on the York Regional Police Services Board, University of Toronto Academic Board, Vaughan and Richmond Hill Public Library Board

Building a Strong National Voice -

  • First elected to the FCM Board of Directors in 2013
  • Volunteered for the FCM’s Task Force to plan for the FCM International 25th anniversary celebrations
  • Promoted FCM’s national Hometown Proud Essay Contest in the community with a personal submission
  • Advocated for FCM’s priority issues not only during the annual Advocacy Days in Parliament Hill, but also to local M.P.s and Ministers from Ontario

"Walking the Talks, Getting Things Done" -

  • Secured the Government of Canada’s designation of the local Observatory as a National Historic Site in 2019 to protect the cultural heritage with Master Plan to develop a 111-acre destination astronomy-themed park
  • Worked with multiple parties since 2008 to seek Federal and Provincial commitment to extending subway line from Toronto to Richmond Hill Centre for improving public transit connections, creating jobs, supporting transit-oriented development, and reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Chosen as the Royal Bank of Canada Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award recipient in 2016 for making a positive difference in Canada, and appointed as one of the FCM Canada 150 Community Leaders in 2017
  • Received FCM Service Pin on stage at the 2018 Annual General Meeting in Halifax
  • Presented with the “Priory Vote of Thanks” from the Order of St. John for volunteer work in the founding of the Richmond Hill Cadets Unit of St. John Ambulance in 2013

Building a Strong National Voice

I honestly believe that strong local communities make a stronger Canada. As such, I have been participating in FCM’s work since 2011 as a Committee member and as a Director of the Board since 2013. I volunteered for the task force to plan for the FCM International 25th Anniversary Celebrations as I am proud of the FCM’s achievements to help build capacity and contribute to sustainable development around the world.

When FCM launched the Hometown Proud initiative in 2014 as the building phase for the Election Readiness Strategy, I had not only submitted my own story, but also promoted the initiative in my hometown. I was thrilled that one of the finalists was from Richmond Hill. In 2017, I was pleased to be chosen with two citizens as the FCM Canada 150 Community Leader in Richmond Hill to support the year-long celebrations.

Serving with Pride

On Richmond Hill Council, I serve as the Chair of Economic Development Committee since 2014, and the Chair of Recover Task Force with local MPs, MPPs and business representatives since May 2020. In the past 9 years, I have served on the FCM Standing Committees on Community Safety and Crime Prevention, International Relations, Municipal Finance and Intergovernmental Arrangements, and Municipal Infrastructure and Transportation Policy and advocated for federal support not only during the annual Advocacy Days, but also to local MPs and Ministers from Ontario. In 2018, I was truly honoured to receive the recognition of service to FCM on stage at the AGM in Halifax.

Continuing with Advocacy on Safe Recovery & Priority Issues

More than ever, FCM needs to advocate for Federal Government’s commitment to funding local governments’ emergency measures and safe recovery as well as delivering Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan on restoring community’s resilience to address issues affecting rural and urban municipalities that impact on the livability and sustainability of our communities from coast to coast.

I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT so that I can continue to build on the progress we have made with full level of commitment, and to apply my skills set gained from 30-year public service as well as substantive knowledge acquired from four terms on Council as well as the 9-year service with FCM Board and Committees.

 

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