– As Amanda Yeung Collucci seeks a third term on Markham Council, she is looking forward to building on what she has already been able to deliver to the residents and businesses in Ward 6 during her previous eight years in office.
This includes improving school zone safety, building off-leash dog parks, implementing traffic relief strategies, providing crime prevention education and adding public washrooms at large parks.
“Although I have been able to deliver measurable results in most of these areas while making significant headway in others, there is still more work to be done,” Collucci said. “No matter what has been achieved, there is always room for improvement.”
To improve school zone safety, a variety of “Active Travel to School” projects have been conducted to encourage student walking or cycling to school. The off-leash dog parks initiative has featured extensive studies being held that precedes the consultation, planning and design phases. The implementation of traffic relief strategies includes the addition of traffic signals at different locations, the use of edge line pavement markings and placing speed radar display boards in several locations year-round.
“I am looking to continue the Organized Crime Prevention Seminars with York Regional Police, which provided good information on a variety of topics such as property and motor vehicle theft, seasonal and hate crimes as well as other nefarious criminal trends that Ward 6 residents and businesses need to be aware of along with the measures they can take to protect themselves,” Collucci explained.
“Also, building public washroom facilities at every large park in Markham will be an important part of my agenda during my third term,” she added.
In her broader role as a member of Markham City Council, Colluci’s priorities include:
- ensuring that Markham’s infrastructure meets current demands and keeps pace with future growth while being fiscally responsible with tax dollars.
- attracting economic development and facilitating job creation through a balanced approach that preserves green space and protects the environment.
- developing and improving municipal services to further support Markham’s success in building a healthy and strong community
- continuing to develop cultural resources and facilities such as parks, recreational activities, libraries, and community centres
Collucci’s record speaks to her ability to meet any challenge and deliver results.
She demonstrated her responsible oversight of municipal finances, serving as Chair of Markham’s Budget Committee. Through her leadership, she was instrumental in helping Markham to achieve the second lowest tax rate increase of any other municipality in the Greater Toronto Area.
“Although I fully appreciate the importance of being prudent with the spending of municipal tax dollars, as someone who is fully engaged in the community as a long-time resident and business owner, I also recognize that there is a great deal more involved in serving constituents.”
Examples of her engagement with the broader community include being Co-Chair of Markham’s Canada Day Celebration Committee, the Markham-Milliken Children’s Festival and the Mayor’s Chinese New Year Dinner. Further to this, she launched Markham’s first Star Search talent competition and is currently on the Board of Directors for Markham District Energy as well as Destination Markham Corporation, an organization whose mandate is to enhance tourism in the City of Markham.
Collucci has served as the Vice President of the Association of Canadian Chinese Entrepreneurs (ACCE), a not-for-profit organization encouraging entrepreneurship while providing inspiration for new and established entrepreneurs. She was also a Co-Chair for Castlemore Public School Parent Council and helped to resolve the traffic concerns in the area.
Through her leadership and involvement in community events, more than $700,000 has been raised in support of charitable groups and other important causes including the Lions Club, Flato Markham Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 360 Kids, Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM), Yellow Brick House and more. She is also involved in fundraising activities for Markham Stouffville Hospital.