City Council Committee experience (virtually 100% attendance at Council and on every committee over the 4 years in office including as a visiting Councillor; lowest annual expenses of any Councillor over my four years in office)
Chair, Corporate Services Committee
Member, Community Services Committee
Regular attendee at both Development Services and Financial Services Committees
Mayor's Appointee on the Board of Governors, Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame
Council Appointee on the Oshawa Senior Citizen's Centers Board of Directors
Council Appointee, Multicultural Council of Oshawa/Durham
Council Appointee, Heritage Oshawa Advisory Committee
Received the following awards and certificates:
● Canada 150 Medal - Contribution to Community Arts (2017)
● Oshawa Music Week Award - Industry Leader (2018)
● Colin Carrie Certificate - Contribution to the Arts (2018)
● City of Oshawa Certificate - The Cycle: Hope, Community Arts Development (2017)
● ACDR (AIDS Committee of Durham Region) - Service Award for The Cycle: Hope and The Cycle: Courage (2018)
Canada 150 Medal - Colin Carrie & Rick Kerr
Advocated and supported the following Committee and Council initiatives among many others:
ACDR Service Award & Colin Carrie certificate of recognition
TNRM, Animal Rescue Group registration and cooperation with the City through Oshawa Animal Services.
Human Rights Garden (concept approved, site to be determined)
Cast the deciding vote on the refurbishment of our Memorial Park bandshell
Strong advocate for responsible, cost-effective, debt-reducing budgets which maintain our level of service
Since being a City Councillor, I have had the pleasure of originating, spearheading and helping with the following community initiatives:
The 3-Part Plan for Youth Employment and Hope
2015 - The 3-Part Plan for Youth Employment and Hope - a series of three community meetings I organized which saw over 85 individual citizens and many organizations' representatives meet to discuss a forward plan to enhance the quality of life for our youth. The offshoot of these meetings saw the creation of: 1. the LPEC (Local Planning Employment Council) which brought together Durham College, UOIT, Social Services at the Region of Durham and the Durham Workforce Authority to enhance entrepreneurial opportunities in addition to what we already have, and 2. The Community Innovation Lab centred in Paul Dwyer High School where young entrepreneurs can develop and hone their business ideas, concepts, and business plans.
"Hope" - An original work by Paul Paget, in his unique graffiti/calligraphy style, created for The Cycle: Hope
2015 to 2018 - Oshawa Animal Care Committee, Originator - comprised of fellow citizens with a passion for creating a safer environment for our animal companions. This project morphed into the creation of a current high level of trust between the City (Oshawa Animal Services and Municipal Law Enforcement) and all of the various animal welfare groups in the city such as: Team Chelsea, ODAWG, and AVA. The result is the successful passing of the revised Responsible Pet Owners By-law with all of its pertinent sections (Pet re-sale, Rescue Group registration and Oshawa's first-ever TNRM Colony Manager Clinic). Well done all.
2015, 2016 - Doors Open - Committee Member, volunteer at the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame site.
2015 - Race Director for the OshaWOW! fundraising fun run for The Refuge. Worked with overall event organizer, Denise Marek, and a dedicated team of volunteers to raise $980.00.
2016, 2017 (and September 2018) - Artistic Director and co-creator with Lisa Terech (of the Oshawa Museum) of Scenes From The Cemetery, a fund-raising production for our Oshawa Museum. It has brought together actors who volunteer their time, the Museum historians and costumers, and the Oshawa Little Theatre as primary costumers to create a unique historical tour of Union Cemetery to give our citizens an understanding of significant people of our historical past.
Glenn Rabjohn as Rev. Robert Thornton and Sheri Pereira as Nursing Sister Donovan
2017 - The Cycle: Hope, and The Cycle: Courage. My concepts for multi-genre, multicultural art expositions to share and to develop the wonderful artists we have in our community. All funds raised by donations at the door were donated to the UOIT Student Bursary Fund (Hope) and the Denise House Emergency Shelter for Abused Women and their Children (Courage). Each event had a Media Launch which was well supported by our local media, artists, and members of the community. 4 separate events, all told.
2017 - Gallery 67 at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. The Oshawa Art Association (OAA) asked me to help them find a "home" since they had operated 50 years without one and wanted to reach out their services to our community more. Kudos to the Holiday Inn for agreeing to be corporate sponsors. Thanks to both the City's Economic Development and Building Inspections Departments for assisting in the necessary approvals to get the space ready. Grateful acknowledgement to the Downtown BIA, Economic Development, and the Holiday Inn for hosting the Grand Opening in June 2017. Thanks to the Home Depot and Dulux Paints for their donations of supplies, and especially to the members of the OAA whose dedicated effort made an art gallery out of completely unfinished commercial space.
2017 - Art In The Garden. A community sharing event I initiated with Sandra Thomas which saw the neighbours of the Albert Street Community Garden come together along with Dulux Paints (who donated the primer and finish paint) and Chad Tyson with two Urban Street Artist colleagues to "colorize" the elevated gardens of The Berry Patch Garden (the other side of Albert is The Pepper Patch). Brew Wizards donated the coffee for both days' activities.
2017 - The repainting of The United Steelworkers' Hall at John and Albert Streets. Using leftover paint from the Art In The Garden project plus some more purchased, the Albert Street neighbours helped members of the Hall prepare, prime, and paint the Hall's south wall which was a little "careworn". Now it looks great!
2017 - Spirits of the Automobile - similar to Scenes From The Cemetery, this production was a fundraiser for our Canadian Automotive Museum (CAM) where the famous owners of some of the fabulous vehicles in the CAM were brought to life to tell citizens all about their famous vehicle.
2018 - The Keepers Project. A group of citizens asked me to help them bring to fruition a free locker storage installation for the homeless. We did that. They are located at the Simcoe Street United Church. The cool thing is each locker has a "unit number" attached the church's address, and each has a mail slot, so the user can now get mail at a fixed address.
2018 - Suits For Youths. In a working partnership with officers of the Durham Regional Police Service and Staff of the Oshawa Centre, we organized the first event of this kind for our male and trans-gendered youth to have a nice suit not only for Prom Night but also to keep for their first job interview and beyond. This event can now work in step with Gowns For Girls which has now been going for 5 years.
2018 - Flag-raising and Proclamation for the significant contributions by our Chinese community to the development of Oshawa. The Chinese Cultural Heritage Weekend will coincide with our Peony Festival. The peony is the National Flower of China. The Consul General of The Peoples' Republic of China was in attendance and is now committed to assisting with the enhancement of Chinese culture in Oshawa through our Peony Festival.