Jennifer Pellegrino, Record staff
Regional councillor, Cambridge
Educational background: Certified Human Resources Professional, Certified Mediator, Masters in Business Administration.
Political background: Advocacy as a member and leader on Business and Community Boards to impact change at all levels of government: Governance Chair- Conestoga College; Governance Chair- Cambridge Chamber of Commerce; past Chair- Canada’s Technology Triangle; Vice Chair- Conestoga College; past Chair- Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation; past Chair- Junior Achievement; past President- Sunrise Rotary; past member of Prosperity Forum; past member of Barnraisers council.
How long have you lived in the city/town in which you are seeking office: Since 1964.
Facebook address: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Helen-Jowett-Cambridge-Counts/
Twitter address: https://twitter.com/HelenJowett2014
Tell our readers about yourself: When our family immigrated to Canada from Scotland I was 4 years old. We learned to work hard and give to our community very young. I married my high school sweetheart and we raised our two daughters here. In 1994 I started a Human Resource Consulting firm and commenced my volunteer career with the Cambridge Chamber. I have enjoyed being invited to make an impact on the community and decided that this would be the next step for continued contribution to my community. Marc and I have two daughters Ashlee and Dani and two grandsons Caleb and Eli who are amazing and we feel truly blessed for our family.
What are the 3 issues that you believe need the most attention in your municipality (school board)? What do you intend to do about those issues if elected? Taxes, Infrastructure and jobs. I believe that taxation and service delivery must be looked at in new ways. The financial burden of the LRT will be very difficult for many. We must balance fiscal prudence with investment in infrastructure that we need and infrastructure that we want. Aging plumbing creating waste of water and money are a need. Convention centers are a want. We must tread carefully here. I hope to look for and advocate for jobs and investment for new and existing business. Business, Education and Government must collaborate going forward because the tax purse is shrinking and our needs are increasing in this growing community.
Do you have, or have you ever had a criminal record? No.