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Vote Kristin Murray for Ward 5.
In speaking with community members and aligning their feedback with my values, I compiled some goals for our community. Further to this Note, there are Strategic Imperatives that will be applied to each theme. This document could be considered a Strategic Plan - much like the strategic plans that our city has historically spent a lot of money on - except this one’s FREE! Enjoy!
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I have been asked many times about my stance on Stars and Thunder and I have provided my consistent response upon being asked. For anyone who is wondering but has yet to find out what my stance is, here it is:
In regards to Stars and Thunder, I had the opportunity of participating in Stars and Thunder as a volunteer but also as the MC for the Indigenous Drumming and Dancing (both years). The event attracted tourism and provided something fun for community members and tourists; which was great to see and be a part of. However, I don’t feel that this event is something that taxpayers (like myself) should have to pay a price for.
I believe that events can be run by not-for-profits or for-profit agencies. Many of the agencies have the contacts, the manpower, interest for a committee and skill set to accomplish big events that are successful. The non profit and for profit sector would have access to many grants that can successfully pay for an event such as stars and thunder. So to be frank, if I am a successful candidate I would not support another CITY RUN Stars and Thunder. In saying that, I must add that I would support/promote any other agency that felt they wanted to take on the event.
In a situation where the majority of the other councillors voted for another Stars and Thunder (which could happen), I would request that a proper business plan be prepared. I would want to know the specifics, such as - how involved the city will be? How involved will the Mayor and Senior staff be? With the figures for previous years, I'm left wondering if line items such as labour and equipment were factored into the final numbers.
Lastly, Tourism is a good thing for our city but the bottom line is that consideration for our community members is of the utmost importance.
I have had the chance to share my platform with many residents. However given the size of Ward 5, I want to ensure that I am reaching as many people as possible. I am deeply committed to this community and I take an interest in bettering the lives of everyone in it. I am a firm believer that we can make positive changes in our community without sacrificing our bottom line nor our integrity.
My entire campaign platform consists of my values and areas that I am confident that I can work diligently at accomplishing. Below is an overview of each of my platform areas, I encourage you to reach out to me to further discuss.
Honesty, Integrity and Vision!
Social and Community Engagement
I’ve worked in the Not-For-Profit sector in Timmins for 15 years and I enjoy working directly with the people of our community. I’ve been successful at obtaining government grants to infuse monetary value and enhanced quality into programs and services within our community.
Being of Indigenous ancestry, I often share my culture, teachings and indigenous history. I frequently attend local schools, agencies and businesses to provide Indigenous Cultural Competency Training sessions.
Balanced Approach to Governance
I believe that our local government must be a respectful and respected part of community. I believe in a council that is productive, gathers facts and responds accordingly. Our community deserves a government that listens, engages them and allows the community’s input. I also believe that there are times that disagreements will happen but council should not become the landscape for Lateral Violence.
Strategic Partnerships to Attract Industry and Job Creation
I have a lot of experience with proposal writing and continue to very involved with many oraganizations and committees, as I have done over the past 15 years.
I know that through strategic partnerships our community can access funds that were not previously, our community can strengthen relationships and work smarter, our community can thrive and community members will be proud to tell everyone they know that they are proud residents of Timmins!
I am a person who has been actively engaged in the community, I am NOT a person who is shaking hands and taking pictures for the purpose of this campaign.
Lastly, in deciding who is deserving enough of your Vote. Consider the past four years, and if you think that innovation, new ideas and professionalism is needed....
VOTE Kristin murray, a candidate who has a proven track record of success!
Early last week my proposal writing skills secured tens of thousands of dollars from the Ontario Arts Council for a mural project that will showcase local talent in Timmins' downtown core. My transferrable skills are a great asset and will be applied to Timmins City Council - Ward 5. VOTE for someone who has a proven track record of success, is hardworking and very capable!!!
VOTE KRISTIN MURRAY.
On August 9, 2018, I had the opportunity of attending an information session facilitated by the Canadian Environmental Law Association and the Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed. The session focused on environmental issues in Timmins and ways to get involved in environmental decision making that affects our community.
The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed is a local non-profit group dedicated to educating, influencing, promoting and supporting community-based stewardship of natural resources in the Porcupine River Watershed. The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed are a very focused group with well thought out plans to address many environmental and community needs.
The CELA did a great job of providing information, with an aim of getting more Timmins residents keen on knowing their environmental rights. During the session I listened with intention as many residents of South Porcupine and Porcupine shared their personal experiences of living in the area for many years and the impact that the sewer contaminants in the water has had on their lives. The various personal experiences opened my eyes to a large issue that exists within our community, one that needs to be addressed sooner than later!
As a person of Indigenous ancestry, I completely understand and respect that water is central to life. The relationship between water and health is direct and foundational, all life is dependent on water. Water is critical for maintaining life, as the human body is mostly comprised of water and that without the hydration that water provides we perish.
An article in the Canadian Press, indicated that 22.8 litres of sewage leaked or spilled into Ontario waters in 2017.
That is an astronomical amount!
It's important that residents become involved in addressing issues such as this, in order for change to occur. The positive changes that we make today will impact the quality of life for this generation and future generations of our community. The Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed are open to new members and are having their Annual General Meeting at Northern College on Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 6:30pm.
August 16, 2018
Hi and Welcome to my campaign website. I am currently running for a seat on the City of Timmins Council, for Ward 5! I have been involved in the community for the past 17 years and feel that my energetic personality will be a breath of fresh air on city council. I am truly invested in the City of Timmins and want to ensure that there is equal representation throughout the city.