Vicky Smallman
Shaping Kitchissippi With You

2006 Ottawa Municipal Election
Ottawa Council • Ward 15

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New Candidate for Kitchissippi Ward

The News EMC, Pg. 8 - Feb. 16th 2006
By Erin Kelly

Though it's early days, there is already a race to win the seat on city council for Kitchissippi ward.

Vicky Smallman, a professional officer with the Canadian Association of University Teachers, has added her name to the list of candidates. So far, her only competitor is incumbent Coun. Shawn Little.

Ms. Smallman said she has been contemplating the idea of running for council for some time after becoming aware of many issues in the area.

"There are community issues that require a great deal of attention," said Ms. Smallman, who has lived in Hintonburg for the past six years. "We need a voice on council to build the neighbourhoods we deserve. People are looking for a new voice and new energy for representation."

An advocate and activist for various issues, Ms. Smallman says she brings with her the ability to work with others and resolve problems.

"I have tremendous skills as a problem solver. (That is) definitely one of my best assets and I have a deep commitment to bringing people together."

Ms. Smallman said a few of her main areas of concern include: planning and development, transit and traffic and ensuring all areas have equal opportunity for potential growth and prosperity.

"We have some really, really challenging areas in Kitchissippi, namely Hintonburg and Mechanicsville," explained Ms. Smallman. "With all the development taking place, we need to make sure that those areas are not lost in the process."

On the topic of development, Ms. Smallman added the rate of growth in Kitchissippi has been the number one concern of many residents and businesses.

"The rapid pace of growth in Kitchissippi is more than some people can keep pace with," she explained. "I want to promote smart development, I want to encourage people to think hard and dream big about how we want our neighbourhoods."

Having received a positive reaction from many constituents regarding her candidacy, Ms. Smallman says she excited about the prospect of making a difference in people's lives.

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