Election 2017: Josée Graveline Davis

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Kate Aley

Our next candidate is Josée Graveline Davis, running for the position of councilor for Ward 4. Due to the lack of available time, Mme. Graveline Davis has kindly emailed in her own answers for her profile. This is not an interview.

Born, raised

I was born and raised in Gatineau (Aylmer sector) and now live in Breckenridge.

Profession

I work as an Events Coordinator at the Strategic Enrollment Management Office of the University of Ottawa, overseeing large recruitment events and leading various projects. I also acquired some rural municipal experience working as a Director General Assistance and a Building Inspector at both Thorne and Otter Lake municipalities.

What is the greatest challenge facing the municipality?

Finding effective ways to communicate the municipality's vision to all residents and clearly explaining the action plan, which includes issues to be addressed, the timeline when the work will be done, cost and budget constraint, resources allocation and the level of priority for short, medium and long-term goals. It is important for transparency to occur in the next mandate to inform residents of the direction of the municipality.

[We need to] look at all the on-going priorities from all six districts, review the past public consultation results and start working on the big picture for our community to prosper. If I tell you, "Follow me", your natural answer would be, "Where to?"  It is important to have a clear vision and develop a strategic plan to communicate how we, the municipality, envision a desire future for our next generations.

If elected, what is the first thing you would like to do?

I would be interested in opening a dialogue with residents from district 4 to elaborate on issues they mentioned during my campaigning visit. Their list of concerns, just to name a few, include the condition of the roads (Père Dominicain and Tremblay), tolerance road bylaw and concerns of residents/associations and helping residents with unresolved issues due to last spring’s flood.

They also wish to find opportunities to increase recreational activities in Luskville for our youth and/or negotiate a partnership with surrounding cities for our residents, research and apply for grants for cultural, arts, recreational for youth, parents and elder, focus on revitalization of the municipality to bring a sense of pride to the community and evaluate the impact of pesticides on well water.

I want to develop a plan for economic growth [by] identify the zoning for this growth, build on existing assets and attract potential investors.

My next step would be to create an action plan and prioritize the concerns with the help of residents.  These priorities would be included in the strategic plan and the action plan, which I would be interested in developing with councilors and mayor. This plan is necessary for our municipality to prosper and reach its goal. It would also help prevent any sidetracking that may occur and would be beneficial to monitor its progress.

I would also like to create a forum for discussion on a regular basis for residents to express their on-going needs, their concerns and their innovative ideas, potential solution to arising problems.  

What is going right in this area?

The desire of our residents for the Municipality of Pontiac to prosper and to protect our rural landscape. It is up to each and every one of us to make a difference! Working together and building a strong alliance will make us stronger.

Why will you be a good representative for your ward?

My goal is to encourage on-going communication with citizens and work with them to find viable solutions. My interest is to give back to my community and make a difference! Working together in a team environment, you can accomplish so much more; I have experienced it so many times! I am a team player, a great listener and a problem solver with a vast experience in finding win/win solutions.


 

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