In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity. Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Geraldine McMullen. Enjoy our Q/A with Geraldine:
1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor? What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?
I care deeply about our community and I have a desire to see that we take care of our seniors and all who are in need. Too many of our neighbours are falling further behind every day.
I am enthusiastic about responding to the needs of our Ward 7 residents, identifying gaps and meeting those needs; this takes the involvement and support of our entire community. My goal is to engage everyone so that we might address what's important and seize every opportunity, together.
2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole? How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?
There is a lack of funding from the provincial and federal governments. Many services were downloaded to the municipalities. Issues such as the affordable housing, seniors’ housing and independent living are a concern. Of equal concern is the increasing aged population and their access to services. Poverty, community programme funding, the state of our roads and pedestrian safety are also on the list. We need to ensure we get our fair share of financing.
3. What is your current assessment of this installation of City council? Are you satisfied with their performance? What, if anything, might you add to council that would be unique or new?
While the current council seems to be functioning reasonably well, I note that our Mayor has called for more brevity in debates in the name of efficiency. I believe that I can add value to decision-making. I am not afraid to provide opinions based on the needs of Ward 7 and the direction of Hamilton as a whole.
I will bring a no-nonsense approach and my election will move council one step closer to gender parity. I do not give up on what matters and I welcome the opportunity to advocate on behalf of those in need.
4. How can people reach you to ask you about your position on matters or to otherwise engage with you?
I hope to meet you face to face, pre and post-election, at your doors; as I already have with many of you.
Call me anytime: 905-818-0499
Email me anytime: email@example.com
Visit my website: votemcmullen.ca
Facebook: Vote McMullen Ward 7 or twitter @geraldinemcm.
5. Tell us a little about yourself, on a personal note. Your hobbies, likes, dislikes, background etc. Anything that would have people get to know who you are on a more personal basis.
I come from a family of five, and my immediate family is my spouse Trent Jarvis, my daughter, Alannah and my step-sons, Ryan and Daniel. I am very fortunate to have my parents with me, Patricia and John, supporting my aspirations. They were immigrants to Hamilton and taught me to be a proud Canadian.
I dedicate a great deal of my time towards improving the quality of life for the folks who live and work in our community.
I sing with the St. Patrick’s Folk Group. You can hear my voice on two Christmas CD’s produced to raise funds for food banks and various charitable organizations. I have participated in Christmas concerts and community fund-raising activities at multiple venues including long-term care facilities.
More recently, I started Food for Families, an initiative to hold food drives during the summer months.
I began to develop leadership skills in my teenage years when I joined army cadets, eventually rising to the rank of Captain and Cadet Commanding Officer.
I refereed soccer for almost 20 years in Hamilton and surrounding areas and later coached during the years my daughter played.
I enjoy being involved with my community at both a grassroots level and by participating on multiple community-based boards of directors. One way I keep connected with Hamiltonians is by attending events all over the city. Recently, I had the opportunity to MC the United Filipino Canadian Senior’s Association of Hamilton Gala. I look forward to connecting with everyone.
6. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I commit to serving on council with absolute integrity so no one will ever regret casting a ballot for Geraldine McMullen.