Pam Damoff is a candidate for Ward 2 Town Councillor in The 2010 Oakville Municipal Elections.
Oakville.com: What are the platform issues that you are addressing?
Pam Damoff: I’ve summarized my platform as the Three “R”s -
Ensuring we have smart development that maintains the character of our neighbourhoods is a priority. Ward 2 has a fair amount of infill housing, and the Department of National Defence lands at Dorval and Rebecca will be developed during the next term of Council. It is critical to have someone with experience and expertise to ensure development is handled well. We need to tackle planning issues in our ward. It is also important that we safeguard our green space and parks. We need to explore ways to offer affordable housing options to keep young people, seniors and people with disabilities in our community.
RESPONSIBLE FISCAL MANAGEMENT
It is incumbent upon Council to ensure our tax dollars are spent wisely and responsibly. I have been frustrated by our budget process, whereby budget cuts are presented that are unrealistic – things such as closing our outdoor pools, cutting library hours and not hiring firefighters. We need to ensure that if budget cuts are to presented they are realistic and will not negatively impact our community. I will use my 20 plus years experience providing financial analysis and reviewing financial statements to ensure our taxes are wisely spent.
I want to ensure that our community is cared for responsibly – that our our recreation facilities and libraries are maintained and enhanced. With Oakville Arena facing decommissioning, we have a golden opportunity to re-build the arena with a new community recreation centre with ice rinks and swimming pool. There continue to be traffic & safety issues, and we need to ensure that enforcement is carried out. I have been, and will continue to be, an active partner with Kerr Village BIA and Oakville businesses.
Oakville.com: What is your unique position in this election
Pam Damoff: I bring a proven track record in our community, and especially in Ward 2. When I say I will lobby for our recreation facilities – residents know that I have been doing so for over 14 years, and will continue to do so. I have been active in Oakville, chairing the Oakville Santa Claus Parade (including the 2010 Parade), organizing the Terry Fox Run, raising almost $40,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society as Team Captain of Relay For Life team. I’ve worked with Oakville businesses and the Kerr Village BIA in my leadership role with several Oakville community events. I have made a difference in our community, and now I would like to do even more for Ward 2 at Town Hall.
Oakville.com: What do voters need to know that will compel them to vote for YOU?
Pam Damoff: I will hear their concerns. I will deliver results. I will roll up my sleeves and do the work required to get the job done. I care deeply about our community. I have a proven track record, and will continue to provide strong leadership for Ward 2. I am not running against Cathy Duddeck, but rather for her old job as Town Councillor. It would be a privilege to represent Ward 2 at Town Hall.
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