Pam has served her community as City Councillor for Ward 5 for two terms. She and her husband Gary have lived in Cambridge for over 30 years and raised their three children, Michael, Alanna, and Kristian here. Pam earned an honors degree in English and History at York University and did graduate work at U of Waterloo. Pam is a teacher and she taught at Highland, Wm. G Davis, and Lincoln Ave. Cambridge schools. She was very involved in the Teachers Federation as Equity Rep and Status of Women Chair. Pam is a board member of Housing Cambridge and past board member of the United Way and Waterloo Labour Council. Currently Pam sits on several committees including Heritage, Environment, Affordable Housing, and Arts. Her community has awarded her service efforts with the Oktoberfest Woman of the Year, YWCA Woman of Distinction and the Mary Johnson awards. Pam has energy and vision and is ready to continue to work hard and effectively for Cambridge.
Excerpts from Pam’s Better Choices Questionnaire
“With a new financial plan for the city we can achieve reasonable development charges and business and property taxes where citizens believe they get good value for their money. To address youth unemployment we need to provide opportunities for youth to gain experience and encourage entrepreneurship training through our small business office.”
“I strongly believe in buying local and have tried to pass motions at council which would favour local tenders with a fixed percent advantage. When we do any events through city hall we use local businesses for catering and all gifts given are from local artists and stores. I have encouraged the Mayor’s Night at the movies to feature Canadian movies or artists and wherever possible to showcase local talent.”
“As a union member myself (ETFO) I promote positive labour relations and city union members feel comfortable approaching me. I have also tried to make sure that whenever possible we use union labour and do not contract out services.”
“My vision of a livable and sustainable community is a city, with a heart, that values all people. It is a community which is pedestrian and bicycle friendly, where the downtown cores are hubs of activity for business, entertainment, and the arts. The rivers which run through Cambridge will be used for recreation and be a focus for development. Preston, Hespeler and Galt will have thriving local markets where farmers sell fresh produce. Public transit will be readily available and people will be encouraged to use it. We need to encourage and zone for grocery stores and other amenities to be built within residential areas to encourage people to walk more and drive less. Wide sidewalks, expansion of our trail system, and some streets in the core closed to traffic in summer months, will encourage pedestrian traffic. We are a groundwater community and it is important that we protect this water by limiting the use of salt in winter, and encouraging the cleanup of brownfields through tax incentives in our cores.”