Ward 9 - Municipal Candidate Response Form (Responses)
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TimestampEmail AddressCandidate NameIf elected, how will you champion the Early Years in your governance work on Council?How will you support Council’s current initiatives focused on young children and their families?Do you have any new or different initiatives to propose that will improve the early childhood development results for young children? If so, what are they?
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8/25/2017 16:35:35tim@timcartmell.caTim CartmellI greatly understand that an investment made in the early years pays dividends in a number of ways to the vulnerable children and their families, to our social serving agencies, to society. As an elected official there is an opportunity to advocate, to bring greater awareness and understanding of the work being done, and to celebrate the successes. I would ensure that I was fully informed about the work being done, the data-driven approach, and would support the Early Learning & Care Steering Committee as they create an integrated, multi-stakeholder approach. I applaud this great approach and look forward to seeing what 2016's EDI data has to show us when it is available.I am in support of the work of Housing First, Child Friendly Edmonton and End Poverty Edmonton. First and foremost, in order to provide support I will need to learn more about the work being done with all 3 initiatives, what gaps there may be, what more can be done and what other jurisdictions are doing.

I would ensure that at the Council level, decisions are being made with consideration of these initiatives.

I would do my part to share information with Ward 9's constituents about the programs, the data, the need, and ensure that residents here are aware of the social investment. I would refer residents as needed and promote the positive work being done. I would also invite representatives to do educational or information sessions in the Ward if appropriate.
I don't have new initiatives necessarily but would support those subject matter experts currently working in these areas (ie. FSS, Early Years, Centre for Family Literacy, Edmonton Public School Board Foundation, etc).
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9/8/2017 23:58:23campaign@sandypon.caSANDY PONHaving many years of experience in serving on numerous initiatives and on Boards like the United Way – Alberta Capital Region and the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, I appreciate data is extremely important in assessment and proposals for funding. EEYC is providing excellent evidence based data to parents, teachers, and our municipal government. Based on the collected information, along with the 2016 EDI data, we can see where our children are experiencing difficulty. As a mother and a community stakeholder, I see we still have much work to do to improve the early years of our children. I will advocate and collaborate with the EEYC and members for the best solutions and better funding to invest in our children.Having a seat on Council, I have a stronger voice. Being a mother, I have the experience. Combined together, I have resonance. City’s initiatives and programs such as Housing First, End Poverty Edmonton and Child Friendly Edmonton are well administered. However, we can still utilise our current resources better to improve the lives of our children and their families. As a woman and on Council, I will make the issues that affect young children and families a priority. As the new Councillor for Ward 9, I have many ideas to put forward to improve the early childhood development results. I know what it is like to grow up without. As a small child, we immigrated to Edmonton. I grew up surrounded by poverty and those experiences are never far from my mind. We should look at the childhood programs that will help all families and mothers with lower income.

Here are several ideas:
1)Providing information sessions and websites on early nutrition, vaccination, access to resources for new moms and immigrant families. Along with real follow ups and support from volunteers and professionals within their communities will be impactful, especially for those whose language is not English.
2) Diapers and Formulas access programs. The highest expense in early childhood are those 2 items. Families who are just scraping by, Hygiene and Nutrition are the first to falter. If a child is not properly nourished during infant stage, then there will detrimental developmental issues. Carrying a soiled diaper in a prolong period of time will cause a child to have stress and skin issues. I can solicit funding and collaboration with vendors, stores, and sponsors.
3) A bigger Green Shack programs throughout the whole city. In all neighbourhoods regardless of household income, the children learn how to group play and have community engagement at an early age. This little program is often overlooked because of its simplicity. Based on my own childhood experience, some of my neighbourhood children felt loved by the community despite of parental neglect each day. Many of those kids have become successful individuals and loving parents that I know.

The above initiatives will help Edmonton to be the Healthy City and The Way We Live: Edmonton's People Plan.
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9/19/2017 1:55:57info@parseyan.caPayman ParseyanEarly years is an essential part of Edmonton to ensure that our youth are raised with a standard that ensures they are able to learn and grow to be productive members in our society. Forgetting this area will lead to unbalance and disadvantageous circumstances for a portion of the population which leads to a lack of education/understanding and will ultimately contribute negatively to our lives.

I am happy to work with the appropriate bodies and sit with our provincial counterparts to engage with the community and collaborate on how to progress this area. Our affordable housing initiatives run parallel to these programs and your willingness to engage the candidates speaks on your willingness to work with the Councillor. Being approachable is key to giving the elected representative the tools to effectively progress Early Years. Having the right tools will allow the elected official to champion the tasks at hand. Great work and continue to engage!
I will continue to engage and use my 2 ears/1 mouth proportionately so that I am able to learn and understand while asking questions and engaging to be the appropriate ears/voice that is expected of any elected representative.

I will support them by attending optional meetings and following up with this community to ensure that the city is providing reasonable care with this regard. I will also seek areas that may have room for improvement and work with the community to continue to improve.
An interesting idea:

Combining a senior centre and a day home in the same building as a pilot idea. The seniors have a great deal of patience, wisdom and can communicate many interesting stories to the children while providing them with priceless life lessons all while engaging in activities that both parties can enjoy. The young children love to hear stories, enjoy nap time (who doesn't) and have the curiosity/energy to want to learn.
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