Ward 7 - 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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8/14/2017 17:18:18matt.kleywegt@outlook.comMatthew KleywegtI will champion the Early Years by ensuring that the Edmonton Public Library is properly funded and that they have the resources needed to continue their excellent programming and services.I will work to provide better access to public housing for families. It is very hard for a child to succeed if their basic needs are not being met. I would like to see a subsidised breakfast and snack program available in schools. We should make sure children have enough to drink and eat before we expect them to learn.
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8/31/2017 22:44:01info@voteandreychuk.caKris AndreychukAs a father, social worker and member of the community I aspire to represent, ensuring that children have the best access to the supports that allow them to thrive is fundamentally important to me. I think that we not only have a responsibility to ensure these are accessible regardless of community, social or economic standing, but we play also have a responsibility to ensure that the decisions we make as a Council, keep in mind our smallest constituents now and how they will be affected in the future. Council’s Child Friendly Initiative and its vision “to create a vibrant, connected, safe, sustainable and welcoming city” is one I am quite familiar having been a supervisor in the Branch responsible for its support from Administration (Community Inclusion and Investment). This is an initiative I look forward to championing in my capacity as Councillor. With respect to childhood development, the matters that concern me the most are the ‘kitchen table’ issues in Ward 7. Children have the right to be and feel safe and they shouldn’t go to school on an empty stomach. We are a very diverse ward - from our economics to being first and second and third and fourth generations, with cultural backgrounds from across the world. But for many young children these basic fundamentals are not in place. I’m keen to work to address these issues with school board colleagues - leveraging my background in social work, community development and community safety.
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9/1/2017 4:12:34andrzejgudanowski@yahoo.caAndy (Andrzej) GudanowskiWe all know how important children are in our lives. We are not responsible for them, we care about them, and they give us a lot of love. MY POLITICAL WORK WILL BE BASED ON PRACTICAL, CONSTRUCTIVE, WELL - INFORMED AND EFFECTIVE ACTION, for the benefit of all community and for our common future. I will participate in every organized session and debate of the City about children, young people and their Families. Every two to three months I will meet with children and young people, watch their lives, listen to them, and share with them their concerns. From time to time children will also be present at some of the sessions and debates of the city. My personal phone 780 264 2599 will be open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.As I mentioned earlier I will participate in every organized by City session and debate about the children, young people and their Families. For my community I have created an 88 page (program manifest), children in this program occupy a very important place. I will convince my fellow Councilors that my program for the Edmonton community is valuable and worth realizing. Full version of my Program under the title “The Keys to Community “It is published on Facebook, so please take a look at Facebook, go to search, and click “Candidate for Edmonton City Council, Ward 7, 2017, October 16. Or click my name Andrzej Gudanowski, my name will lead you to my community side. Yes! I have so many of them. Day Care must be free. Young Mothers have to return to school. Every school must provide children with one free meal a day. So far, only some schools are doing it. I will create Family Security Card. On Facebook I run nationwide campaign "How to eliminate crime to 0" For example, I tell Parents how to prevent kidnapping of their children. I will often organize meetings with children as well as Parents and talk about various important topics. For the Alberta Ministry of Education as well as for all School Board Authorities I will present mandatory programs for students, at least one hour a week: Theory of Music, Piano and Singing, Martial Arts - Karate, Basic and Advanced Computer Program, Medical Program - How to save human life. Dance lessons and cooking program. If there are difficulties in talking with the Minister of Education and the school authorities, all of these initiatives will be transferred to all community centers.
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9/5/2017 15:09:34mimi@mimiwilliams.caMimi WilliamsMy focus is on making life better for people and this means ensuring that quality public services and facility are delivered publicly and kept affordable. Ensuring playgrounds and parks are maintained and safe is a priority, as is building communities that are safe for children to play in. Libraries serve an important function so I will ensure that EPL is able to maintain the excellent service they provide. Lastly, I will ensure that the numerous non-profit organizations (Success by 6, etc.) providing support to children and families receive adequate resources to carry out the important work they do.I will support the current initiatives in place – Housing First, Child Friendly Edmonton and EndPoverty Edmonton - all of which are making positive impacts on the lives of children and their families. Because quality child care remains a challenge for many families, I will do what I can to support the province's efforts to expand affordable care spaces. Although child care is not a municipal responsiblity, zoning for it is and so is taxing the properties on which child care providers operate. I have heard from one Montessori operator who feels that the city's move to a business property tax has hurt her ability to grow. I'll make sure that the city is doing what it can to support these providers.

I will be a strong advocate to ensure that services intended to support families take into consideration how culturally diverse our city has become and adapt accordingly.

As someone who raised two children in Ward 7, often with a limited income, I am aware of the many no-cost or low-cost programs available. We don't do enough to publicize the availability of these programs, especially to those who may be new to our city. As Councillor, I will work with community organizations to ensure that the people who need these subsidized programs the most are aware they exist.
While a lot of the programs available to improve early childhood development fall under provincial jurisdiction, I'd like to look into ways that we can integrate early childhood initiatives with programs for seniors. Although the city isn't directly responsible for either, we might serve as a broker to nurture ideas looking into that and offer space and resources to community organizations who pursue that or other initiatives.
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9/6/2017 15:08:33liz.johnwestward7@gmail.comLiz John-West My years of experience working with families who struggle with poverty, domestic violence, addiction and mental health has allowed be to see first-hand the importance of being a champion for children who are in the midst of chaotic situations. I will continue to support:

-The Leisure access program with the city of Edmonton
-Edmonton Public Library which offers numerous programs from babies to youth
-School lunches
-After school programs
I am not fully aware of all the councils current initiatives focused on young children and their families. But I am committed to seeing that all children receive a fair and equitable start at the beginning of their life. Play is critical to the health of a child and when a family is struggling with poverty opportunities such as organized sports, music lessons, and transportation to other areas of the city is not easily available. I would like to see every neighbourhood have playgrounds where children can play for hours and hours. There are neighbourhoods in Ward 7 where there are no playground or a very small one. Many families in ward 7 work very hard, sometimes 2 jobs, to put food on the table. This leaves very little time for families to sit on a playground committees. I would like to see the city take the initiative with the community league to make sure there are playgrounds in every single neighbourhood.

I would also like to see playgrounds in all housing complexes which are identified as affordable and subsidized housing. Neighbourhood playgrounds can become a gathering place for many children and their families.

No cost transit pass for children who come from low income families.

I am aware daycares are under provincial jurisdiction but I would like to advocate for:

-More daycares in schools
-Transportation provided between daycares and schools
-Day care buses who will pick up children from their homes
-Day care staying open 24 hours a day for parents who do shift work.

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