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SUMMERSIDE — Former town councillor Norma McColeman has announced she plans to seek election in the city’s Ward 6 seat.
She said bringing a sense of community with clear communication and working together by the city, committee members, residents and stakeholder groups/organizations that have a vested interest in Summerside is required.
McColeman said people need to feel listened to and represented fairly.
In 2011, McColeman studied mediation facilitation and conflict resolution through UPEI. She said she learned skills that will be helpful to build teamwork and consensus.
“Summerside is a great community to live in and we have much to appreciate about it,” she said.
“I would like an opportunity to focus attention on community health and wellness and senior friendly events; foster collaboration with the city’s faith community on hosting initiatives and events in Summerside; reviewing affordability for people on limited resources or pensions to participate in community events and services; downtown core revitalization and rejuvenation; reviewing and challenging existing bylaws to redress uncontrollable infringement gaps impeding on quality of life for residents; appreciation initiatives for city volunteers; and, awareness on vandalism, littering, and unsightly properties that impact neighborhoods and real estate values.”
McColeman, a certified life skills management coach, trained in the United States, with diplomas from Holland College and several Maritime universities.
In 2013, she received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for her advocacy efforts and leadership. In 2011, she was appointed to serve on the National Council of Welfare, Ottawa. Since 2000, she has served as outreach co-ordinator with the P.E.I. Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.
“I believe my past track record of working hard shows I will be a consistent, present and dedicated councillor, should residents give me an opportunity to represent them again,' McColeman said.