My name is Don Robinson and I am running for a seat for City Council in the upcoming 2018 municipal election. I was born and raised right here in the beautiful town of Stratford. I came from family where I am the youngest of 6 kids. I have 3 sisters, Carol Turnbull who is in real estate in London. I have twin sisters Sandra Eby that works in real estate is Stratford and Sherrie Gidding that owns two gals and a diner, I have two brothers Ken Robinson that own KRR and Gary Robinson. I am married and have two daughters, Amanda which is the oldest at the age of 25 and Michelle my youngest that is 24. After completing High school at Stratford Northwestern Secondary School, I completed Hotel Restaurant management at Westervelt College in London. I have been involved in the city all my life, I have umpired ball, refereed and managed hockey and back in the day I managed all 4 Tim Horton’s in Stratford. Currently I am working at CR plastics, driving part time for Stratford Taxi and I am the CEO of Family Living. I enjoy driving taxi because it gets me out in the city talking to the citizens of Stratford. Family Living is an organization set up to get homeless people off the streets by giving them a permanent place to live. If I get elected to Stratford City Council the goals that I will work on are city transit, creation of a youth center and committee, better infrastructure, assistance for seniors and the homeless and affordable housing. I would be a good candidate for a seat on city council because I take the time to listen to the citizens of Stratford, I see what issues that the city is facing. I would be the voice for the citizens of Stratford at city hall because I believe that people’s voices should be heard. I believe that I can be a strong voice in this city and can truly make a difference. You can find out more info about me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook at Don Robinson for Stratford city council.
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1. Over the last five years, how have you contributed to the City of Stratford (volunteering, boards, etc.)?
Over the last five years I have contributed to the city of Stratford by umpired base ball, I catered to seniors by being available to transport them in their wheel chairs, and I am the CEO of family living which is a private charity that is getting people off the streets by giving them a permanent place to live.
2. What do you believe your unique contribution will be to council (strengths)?
I believe that my unique contribution on council would be that I know how to listen to the citizens of Stratford and to the other members of council before you make a decision. I don't believe in doing something to just get it done It has to be a smart choice that is fair to both parties involved. I have a lot of experience with dealing with the homeless, the youth and elderly from past...
3. What would you like to see achieved over the next four years (be specific)?
What I would like to see happen to Stratford in the next four years would be the housing issue to be started to reduce the number for homeless on the street. I would also like the copper site to be started to be turned into a youth centre for a place for the youth to go. I would also want to look at the transit to make it more reliable and safe. I would also...
4. What committees do you see yourself sitting on and what experience qualifies you for that committee?
The committees that I can see myself sitting on is infrastructure, transportation and safety, social service and community service. I believe that I would be best suited for these due to my experience and connections I have made with me living in Stratford my whole life.
5. What means of transportation are you using in the city, and/or in and out of town and what improvements do you recommend?
My main transportation that I use in the city is driving a car, taking the bus and taxis. The improvement that I would suggest is making the buses more reliable. It is hard to take a bus if you are unsure if you are going to make it to work or appointments on time.
6. Describe what you believe the Cooper Site should look like in 10 years?
I believe that the copper site should be fully developed in 10 years with the YMCA moving back and could be attached to the youth centre. The youth centre should have activities for all ages. Examples would be a rock climbing wall, trampoline, zip line, arcade and virtual reality room. It could also be a new home for the police station.
7. What are your objectives with respect to housing and how do you expect to accomplish them?
I believe as a city we should be looking into our housing issues with the private sector as well as our own housing. I think we can accomplish them by bringing any private sector houses that would open their doors to become affordable housing would get a tax break from the city. I would also bring in a program to help people get back on their feet and become self-sufficient, which would lower the number...
8. If elected, what three steps would you take to put our city on a firmer financial footing?
The three steps I would put forward to put a firmer financial footing in Stratford would be to stop the unnecessary spending. The second would be doing projects right the first time instead of doing it over and over. Lastly I would want to get the debt down in a timely manner so that we can stop paying interest so we can have a lower tax base.
9. How will the new provincial legislation with respect to conflict of interest on municipal councils, coming into effect January 2019, hinder your effectiveness on council?
I don't feel like the legislation is going to affect me due to all my project that I want to accomplish is for the citizens of Stratford to make everyone lives better.
10. How will you encourage youth engagement, retention, re-attraction and skills development?
There needs to be more family oriented activities and entertainment in the city. As people get older they want to settle down in a city that they can afford to raise a family in and have options of activities and entertainment to do as a family. Community training and courses for residents to learn new skills is a great way for people to learn new skills that are important in todays world.