From Councillor Christine Michaud
Hello Ward 4!
I hope everyone had an excellent, safe and happy summer. It certainly flew by.
We’ve certainly had our share of disruption and dust over the past couple of years. Between continued developments in Doon South, construction at Pioneer Park Plaza, to the Homer Watson improvement project – it has been a real test of patience. But! The bright spot this past summer was the official opening of Upper Canada Park. It was amazing to see so much activity there.
This park is a fantastic amenity for Ward 4 and the broader community. It’s designed for beginner and elite baseball – not to mention the spectacular playground and basketball court! Plans to have the skate park installed this fall have been pushed back as the cost was significantly more than anticipated when it was tendered. I will be supporting this project during the 2020 budget process through a transfer of funds from the Gas Tax, and I’m hoping the majority of council agrees to include the skate park in the 2020 budget for implementation.
Traffic calming measures were undertaken in several neighbourhoods this summer, and seemed to work well. Sadly, we will still get those who continue to ignore the delineators and the speed limit. But, thank you to all those who do pay attention and continue to keep our streets safe.
At the time of writing this, our Community Centre is on track for a fall opening. I’m looking forward to celebrating with you on Opening Day. Contact me with your concerns at 226-752-9541 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Christine Michaud, Ward 4
From Past Councillor Yvonne Fernandes
The work has finally begun on the expansion of the Community Centre. I know it’s been a long wait to see this start, and my hope is that the completion and reopening of the new centre will not be delayed.
We can look forward to a new splash pad, and new entrance where citizens can sit and watch their children on the splash pad or participating in activities in one of the gyms. The new entrance will let in a lot more light and make a better connection to the library. Please remember that our Pioneer Park branch of the library is still open and they would love to see you come by for some of the many events that they will continue to host for the community. Stop by and see our wonderful KPL staff who are ready and willing to answer your questions.
By the time you will receive this newsletter the municipal election will have taken place. It is my hope that you took the time to vote, as municipal government is the level that most effects your day to day life. Having a less than 30% voter turnout is discouraging. I hope that the numbers for this election will be higher!
As your outgoing Ward Councillor, it has been my honour to represent you at Council. As your representative and together with the community, we have addressed numerous issues, including traffic calming, trails, cycling lanes, new and old parks, the expansion of our community centre, student housing and development concerns to name a few.
I hope that you will give the new Councillor time to adjust to their position, as it can be a steep learning curve. I have offered to help with the transition, so that any of the issues that I have been working on will continue without disruption.
Thanks for your support and I look forward to seeing you around the community whether it is at the new improved plaza, at the new Upper Canada Park, the expanded community centre or on the trails!
Councillor Yvonne Fernandes―Ward 4
Come and join us at Community Dinning. Enjoy a three course lunchtime meal and an activity following. It is offered by Community Support Connections Meals on Wheels and More. It is open to seniors and adults with disabilities and runs every second and forth Tuesday of each month 11:30 am-1:30 pm. The cost per individual is $8.50 and is located at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre – 150 Pioneer Drive, Kitchener. Please contact Jennifer at 519-772-8787 ext. 240 or Christine at ext. 244. Transportation may be available.
Just 4 Girls
This is a FREE 8-week program for girls ages 10-12 on Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. We will play fun games and chat about all things girl-related! We will talk about things like your changing body, friendships and relationships! Snacks are provided.
Kitchener’s Designated Heritage Property Grant Program
Residents of the Upper Doon Heritage Conservation District may be eligible to participate in the City of Kitchener’s Designated Heritage Property Grant Program. Applications due Friday, March 31, 2017 – Grants provide 50% of the cost, up to a maximum of $3,000, for eligible projects such as: the repair of deteriorated original elements (e.g., doors, windows, masonry); the replacement of original elements that are beyond repair using materials, sizes and details that match the original; and, replication of original elements that have been lost based on documentary evidence. Guidelines and application form available on the City’s website – www.kitchener.ca/
Outreach Worker Program
Do you need help finding resources for you and your family? We Can Help! Our goal is to assist children and families to access services they need within their own neighbourhood. Support available includes: Food when you run short, Counselling referral, Recreation fees, Transportation. For assistance please call your Outreach Worker to schedule a time for you at Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre Tuesday 9:00 am-4:00 pm (519)742-8327 ext 250