Anne Marie Gillis is running for Sarnia Mayor, she plans on being approachable and working closely with the council. With her leadership, she will be ready to do business with the people of Sarnia, workers, developers, industry, and government to make things happen in Sarnia and to make their city the place you want to be.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN?
Leadership matters! Sarnia has so much potential, and that is no secret. Now is the time to open the door and let our light shine. I intend to lead Sarnia into a new era of dynamic growth. I have proven over the past fifteen years as a City/County Councillor that I can make things happen for the people of Sarnia. I have worked with City staff and Council to lead this community forward. 30 years with the same Mayor is long enough. It is time for a Mayor to foster a healthy and productive working environment for all City staff and Councillors, because this is when we can push Sarnia to its full potential. I have carefully crafted a five-pillar platform, focusing on the issues that Sarnians need taken care of the most. These pillars include leadership, growing our city, improving quality of life, planning for our future, and managing our money. I am ready to get to work as your next Mayor of Sarnia.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Sarnia is a beautiful city located where Lake Huron and the headwaters of the St. Clair River meet. The Caribbean Blue Waters is the dominating feature and as a person who comes from the Maritimes, always close to the water, being on, in or near the water is one of my favorite pass times.
TELL US ABOUT THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOUR COMMUNITY FACES?
Sarnia has many challenges. Our city’s population is stagnating, and the loss of 6000 manufacturing jobs with nothing to replace it of that scale is pushing the city’s resources to its limits.
With a decreasing tax councilor, the burden of providing services that our citizens expect are being placed onto the residential tax base. This is not sustainable.
We have an aging infrastructure and an aging population. The needs of the younger generation consisting of young families with young children are being challenged as we work to accommodate the needs of an aging population.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S HEALTH IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
We are becoming the age Friendly community, a Program that I learned about at an AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario ) conference, and brought back to my city.
This program is far-reaching and is multi-faceted and Sarnia is taking steps to utilize this program to keep our aging population active, in their own homes and contributors to our community at levels that can accommodate their desire to serve and be served.
Coincidentally the needs of the elderly are the same needs of small children and their caregivers. Cut curbs at intersections can accommodate mobility devices and strollers. Ramps to get into buildings serve the specific needs of wheelchairs and small children where stairs are always a challenge.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S ECONOMIC SECURITY IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Affordable housing, especially for seniors on fixed incomes, the majority that is women, are being accommodated through adaptive uses of former schools and or school sites, and are taking on a whole new dimension.
The physical and mental well being of our senior population has the ability to be one of our greatest socioeconomic assets.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S SAFETY IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
The Age-Friendly Community model is helping my city to provide a safe, secure and healthy place for our seniors particularly, women on fixed incomes because it identifies the needs and provides workable solutions.
Women are activists, no matter what age, Women do, because we care about our community. We nurture our community and we grow our communities. We have a voice and we are not afraid to use it.