Now that the 2015 City of Ottawa budget is approved, it is time to focus our attention on the 2014-2018 Term of Council Priorities. The Term of Council Priorities set out the guide for the strategic work that the City will accomplish over the next four years. The Priorities represent a carefully planned list of strategic investments and innovative projects the will allow the City to plan for the future and ensure that our city is sustainable for generations to come. Some of our priorities include the renewal of Montreal Road and the ByWard Market, expanding our cycling and pedestrian networks, the removal of the downtown interprovincial truck route, and continuing the implementation of the City’s Housing and Homelessness plan. More importantly, however, we would like to hear your priorities for the next four years. What issues matter most to you and what do you think needs improvement? I encourage you to please visit this survey website to give us your opinion at http://mathieufleury.ca/survey/
In addition to planning for the next four years, we also celebrated some pretty important events this winter. On February 28th, we celebrated the City of Ottawa’s rink operators, a legion of important and vital volunteers that work tirelessly to install and maintain our numerous community rinks. We had the opportunity to sit down over breakfast with the rink operators to thank them for their hard work, relax and discuss community building with associations, groups and volunteers from across our city. We are lucky to have such wonderful volunteers that keep us out skating all season long. On March 5th, the City of Ottawa presented Daniel Alfredsson with the Key to the City to recognize his contributions to professional hockey and his advocacy of local charities, including the Ottawa Senators Foundation, the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Mr. Alfredsson is a role model to us all and it was a privilege watch Ottawa’s own receive the Key to the City!
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Mathieu Fleury was born and raised in Ottawa. He attended Francojeunesse Elementary Public School and Franco-Cité Catholic High School before graduating at the University of Ottawa where he earned both his Master’s (Sports Management) and Bachelor’s (Human Kinetics) degrees.
Mathieu has a diverse background in sports, project management, and health promotion. Prior to becoming City Councillor for Rideau-Vanier in 2010, he worked at Lowertown Pool and Plant Recreation Centre serving the public as a lifeguard supervisor, advanced swimming instructor, as well as a camp and aquatic program coordinator. In addition to his 10 years of front-line experience at the local level, Mathieu was also an intern for the Minister of State for Sport where he was involved in sports policy at the federal level.
Mathieu has seen first-hand the benefits of community engagement. Having been involved with various community organizations such as the Sandy Hill Minor Hockey Association, le Patro d’Ottawa, the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and volunteering for various national and local sports organizations, he understands that in order to achieve meaningful results and solutions, we need to listen, engage in dialogue, and collaborate with others.
Over the past three years, Mathieu and his team have built strong relationships with the community by working directly with residents to effectively address issues and concerns. As a result of these combined efforts, some major initiatives were implemented (see Accomplishments), in addition to tighter regulations on noise, property standards and the removal of residential conversions. The Sandy Hill Town and Gown was also formed as a result of stakeholder discussions to find a working solution to create a better community dynamic between university students and residents. Furthermore, Mathieu has supported the Confederation Line-Light Rail Transit Project, Complete Streets Policy, and the Laurier Segregated Cycling Lanes.
Mathieu also understands that policy decisions must take into account the perspectives of all people and ages. For example, he worked on the Older Adult Plan, a forward thinking and coordinated approach to get more benches and shelters at bus stops and in parks and making city infrastructure more accessible. He has also supported different senior resources including the Pauline Charron Centre. As the representative for one of the most diverse wards in the city, Mathieu has also worked on the Immigration Portal, supported the expansion of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, and Jer’s Vision to name a few.
Besides his role as City Councillor, Mathieu also has a passion for working with youth and children. He currently sits as a Board Member for the Ottawa Children’s Wish Foundation, was co-chair for the 2012 United Way Ottawa Campaign, and also the Chair to the Mayor’s First Youth Summit. With his background in sports and through community partnerships, Mathieu helped launched the Ottawa Sports Council in 2013 where he currently sits as a Director on the Board.
It is through these initiatives, community efforts and involvement that Mathieu will continue to actively work hard to improve and beautify the heart of our nation’s capital: the Rideau-Vanier ward. He will continue to build on the very strong foundations of our urban communities (Lowertown, Sandy Hill, and Vanier) while responding to concerns in a balance and effective approach.
Since arriving at City Hall, Mathieu and his team have maintained an office that is accessible, open, and transparent. He understands his role as City Councillor and will continue to be a community leader and builder by listening and engaging in dialogue with residents of Rideau-Vanier that lead to good decision-making with meaningful results.