Joan Rymal for Alderman Platform

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I need your vote to help me make a difference for our Community of St. Thomas.

I am a retired Registered Nurse. I worked for the City of London for 26 years at the Dearness Home and was responsible for the nursing department with 200 staff and an $8 million dollar budget.

I have a fresh perspective to issues, a practical approach, good listening skills, experience with budget and a sense of humour.

I currently volunteer on the City of St.Thomas Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee, the City of St.Thomas Honours & Awards Committee, the Elgin County Railway Museum, On Track St.Thomas and Arthur Voaden Secondary School Music Parents Group.

I believe St.Thomas needs to be a healthy, safe and accessible community for everyone to work, live and play.

We are fortunate to have a community hospital along with our own police and fire services. We have community programs to keep people of all ages active and engaged. Pinafore and Waterworks parks are amazing!

Accessibility issues need to be addressed in all aspects of our services to ensure everyone is included and feels valued by our Community. Keeping sidewalks repaired and cleared of snow are just two of many accessibility issues.

It is very important to continue to support services for our Citizens and to attract new growth. Whether you work in St.Thomas or in the surrounding area, I want you to call St.Thomas your home.

Strategic planning and allocating budget resources are key to meeting our future service needs. Our Budget reserves in 2014 are low and Council needs to be more engaged in review of Capital and Operating budgets. We need to be better prepared financially for major project expenditures and not rely on debt servicing through loans.

We have opportunities to make our City great and we need a City Council that is dedicated to working together towards a common goal.

!I would be privileged to work for you as an Alderman.

Thank you very much, Joan

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