I have had an interest in Heritage matters particularly since being elected. On City Council, I was a Member of the Kitchener Local Architectural Conservancy Advisory Council (LACAC). On Regional Council I am Director of the Waterloo Region Heritage Foundation which provides grants for the restoration of Heritage Resources or Heritage related publications and events. It is too easy to ignore heritage resources in favour of new development. Owners of heritage properties need to be supported with helpful regulation such as Heritage Districts as well as financial assistance in the maintenance of their heritage resource.
- Heritage resources in our community remind us of our past and provides a foundation for our future
- We need to continue to support Heritage projects, events and publications through the Foundation
- Planning Policy must give due regard to heritage resources, their protection and their rehabilitation
- Through programs like Open Doors, we should celebrate our heritage resources and educate the community about their value