Friends and neighbours of Innes ward, you are hiring your next City Councillor. You need to choose the right person for the job.
City Councillor for Innes Ward is a very important job that involves community consultation, detailed long term planning and the careful stewardship of Ottawa’s $3.4 billion dollar budget, as well as dealing with day-to-day issues in the ward. To read more about the job description click here.
Now let’s look at the qualifications and experience. Which candidate has the most experience, most relevant education and best leadership track record, while remaining heavily involved in the local community?
These responses were provided by each candidate in a Sept 4th CBC Ottawa News survey. To view the complete article and survey responses click here.
Q. Tell us about any formal education, training or other credentials you think are relevant to the job of being a councillor. (Limit answer to 150 words.)
|1. Undergraduate degree in Political Sciences, with a minor in Canadian Studies. (1999)
2. Master in Public Administration (Management). (2004)
3. Master in Education (Adult Education). (2012)
4. Over 20 years of managerial experience.
5. 28 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces.
6. In my last job in uniform, I managed the NCR portion of the Canadian Forces Language School, where I had a staff of over 50 employees, mixed between military, public servant, unionized and non-unionized and contractors, in addition to a $4.3 Million budget. Never went over my spending allowance! Managing such a diverse staff helped me develop extraordinary negotiating skills.
7. Successful entrepreneur for the last three years, since retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces.
8. Actively involved in the community through several organization: BCA, 51 Air Cadet Squadron, Vintage Stock Theatre, The Rotary Club of Orléans.
|• BA in translation from the University of Ottawa
• Worked in Councillor Rainer Bloess’ office from 2003-2009 (planning & policy, constituency issues, budget)
• President, School Council, École élémentaire publique Le Prélude (10 years; 2000-2010
• President, Chapel Hill South Community Association (last 3 years); Vice-president, 7 years before that
• Co-chair, Regional Fundraising Committee, Canadian Blood Services’ National Public Cord Blood Bank
|• I have been President of the Blackburn Community Association for the past 8 years, and active on the board for 10 years. In that time, I have chaired multiple volunteer boards, organized large-scale events, raised funds for local causes, and organized many public consultations.
• As a community advocate, I have worked to build strong relationships with Orléans’ community associations and groups, collaborating with them to get results on issues that are important to east end residents.
• I have been a member of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce and an active supporter of the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Association.
• Professionally, I have been a City of Ottawa employee for 7 years, providing strategic communications on a wide variety of projects and issues, including ones that directly benefitted Innes Ward and the east end. Prior to that, I worked as a journalist for several daily newspapers, which also gave me a keen sense of what people care about where they live.
|Since my unpaid leave of absence to run for City Council, I worked in the Innes Ward office as the Director of Community Relations during this term of council. This position afforded me with the opportunity to interact with residents and senior staff at the City of Ottawa regularly on issues such as transportation and development. I worked closely with the five community associations, planned many community events, and attended countless Committee and Council meetings. I am aware of every development file in Innes Ward. If elected there will be no learning curve for me, I would be ready to continue to work for the residents of Innes Ward on Day 1. I was also a longtime community volunteer with the Blackburn Stingers and I was on the Parent Council at Good Shepherd School.|
To learn more about François’ qualifications click here.