Don Dransfield Launches Municipal Campaign for Bay Ward
In a packed room at the Carlingwood Family Restaurant, Don Dransfield launched his campaign on Saturday to become the next City Councillor for Bay Ward (Ward 7).
A local entrepreneur, Don Dransfield also volunteers to promote green development and protection of our parks, rivers and green spaces. One of his key priorities is to support small businesses and build networks so that young people can link to the business community to find jobs and opportunities.
“We have a community that is wonderfully diverse” Dransfield said to the crowd that included over 150 community members from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds, “We have small businesses that create jobs…we have innovators and entrepreneurs… we have youth leaders who are full of energy, families raising children, and seniors who have contributed all their lives.”
Dransfield outlined his priorities, which include green infrastructure, affordable child care, safe recreational spaces for children and youth, community hubs, public transit, and support for local small businesses. “I know that the best solutions come from the people closest to the problem… I will be accessible, I will listen, and I will help to find that common ground” he said to the cheering and enthusiastic audience.
During the rally Dransfield screened a 5 minute video that included his personal history growing up in a military family as the oldest of five kids who lost both their parents at a young age. The video included testimonials from his friends and family as well as community leaders.
Dransfield was introduced by his wife, Anita Vandenbeld, who is the federal Member of Parliament for the area. “When Don says he is going to do something, he gets it done” she said “which is a great quality in a husband, but an even better quality in a city councillor”. Vandenbeld explained that she met Dransfield when they both ran in elections in 2011. “We both planned to run again” she said, and then visibly emotional she added, “But he knew how much the dream meant to me, so he stood back so that I could shine. Now it’s my turn to support him”.
Notable community leaders in attendance or who gave video testimonials included philanthropist David Smith; union leader Greg McGillis, former United Way VP and head of Shepherds of Good Hope Adam Smith, Former Green Party candidate Qais Ghanem, MP Karen McCrimmon, Founder of the Ottawa Muslim Women’s organization Nazira Tareen and many more.
For further information contact:
Kevin Bosch, campaign manager 613-820-1845
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