Fauzia Mazhar is a community worker, business owner, graduate student and mother of four. She has lived with her husband in Kitchener’s Ward 7 for the past 12 years. A graduate of the Leadership Waterloo Region program, she has championed civic actions for the common good, in partnership and on her own. The hallmark of her leadership is her ability to build broad-based stakeholder partnerships to address the emerging and long term needs in the community.
Fauzia wants to bring a fresh perspective to council. She has three main priorities: responsible and accountable leadership, creating a liveable city and cultivating a welcoming, inclusive and safe community. The important concerns she is focusing on in her campaign include councillor accessibility to residents, improvements in public meeting spaces and advocating to the Region and GRT for better transit connections.
Excerpts from Fauzia Better Choices Questionnaire
“I am a big fan of labour unions’ work in safeguarding workers’ rights. I will fully support positive labour relations, including collective bargaining rights for both City’s employees as well as contractors.”
“I strongly believe that the lack of opportunities for getting involved with the major policy decisions is one of the major reasons for low voter turnout in municipal elections. I will be holding monthly “meet the councilor” sessions with the aim to increase citizens’ engagement. These sessions will be used to share information about what’s happening at the City Hall and to collect residents’ ideas, feedback and concerns which I will bring back to council’s meetings. I will support the current staff and volunteer initiatives such as Compass Kitchener to increase the community engagement.”
“I support the City’s vision for Diversity-to be a community where all residents have equitable access to, and meaningful inclusion in the social, economic and cultural fabric of civic life. I will advocate for collecting baseline diversity and inclusion data (already an identified strategic direction in the 20 years plan) within the City of Kitchener and have it available for public information. This baseline data is necessary to identify the gaps and limitations, strategize, and measure future progress.”
“I believe in the elimination of poverty as a basic human rights and social justice issue. I also think it makes sense for our economy. I fully support living wage for all-city worker, contracting firm employees, as well as all workers. I also support raising the rate of income assistance programs for those who are temporarily or permanently unable to work to the same level to maintain a safe, decent standard of living in our community for all.”