Gwen O’Connell

Candidates for Pitt Meadows mayor and council answer three questions for election.

  • Nov. 10, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Gwen O’Connell

Name: Gwen O’Connell

Age: 57

Occupation: marketing and community director for Wesbrooke Seniors Living Community

Q1. What have you personally achieved, or what initiative have you personally led in recent years that qualifies you to be elected or re-elected as a Pitt Meadows councillor?

1: I believe that our council is a team, and even though we all bring forth our personal ideas and passions, we always work together and strive to accomplish our goals as a team.

I have been and will continue to be a strong advocate for seniors and youth in our community.

Q2. How would you act on your top priorities as Pitt Meadows councillor?

2. How I have dealt with my priorities and will continue to deal with them is by talking to the citizens of Pitt Meadows and finding out what their priorities are. By doing that, I have a better understanding of what our community’s concerns are. If there are any outstanding issues that I feel the rest of mayor and council should be informed about, I would then bring it up at the roundtable for further discussion.

Q3. What is your position on the construction of the North Lougheed Connector and what kind of development should it serve?

3. My personal feeling on which way we should go on the North Lougheed Connector is to take it slowly. I know that we need the road to get the traffic off Old Dewdney Trunk, but I also know that the interchange at Lougheed Highway and Harris Road is also part of the solution. There is no rule that says we have to develop all of the property at once, so I think we do need to keep some in the ALR, but work together with all of the parties on this, including the public, and really do what is best for the entrance into our community.

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