Emilie Coyle declared her candidacy for city councillor of College Ward today. Ms. Coyle turned in nomination signatures from residents across the ward, including the neighbourhoods of Briargreen, Leslie Park, Centrepointe, Meadowlands and Bells Corners. Her youngest nominator was 18 and oldest, 90 years of age.
“I’m running to help build a welcoming and safe ward with a high quality of life for all residents, from seniors who have called College Ward home for 60 years, to students studying at Algonquin College who have lived here for six months,” said Coyle. “Welcoming neighbourhoods nurture vibrant communities where individuals, families and businesses thrive.”
Issues Coyle believes are of high priority to College Ward include: strong community engagement by their city councillor to develop concrete and timely solutions to challenges neighbourhoods and small businesses face, better transportation options to address traffic congestion, and smarter delivery of services and programs to achieve greater efficiencies and improve client satisfaction.
If elected, Coyle hopes her professional experience and collaborative work style will enable her to make a positive contribution to the complex issues Ottawa’s municipal government will address during the next four years including the development of a new strategic plan for the city, progress on affordable housing, and initiatives to make the nation’s capital more sustainable and vibrant for all residents.
“How do we build a better College Ward, and a better city, where everyone succeeds and benefits,” asked Coyle. I’m looking forward to listening to the concerns and ideas of residents in all neighbourhoods in the ward, to develop a vision and plan of action to support this goal,” she said.
A bilingual lawyer who has practiced family, criminal and immigration law, Emile is the third generation of her family to live in College Ward. She lives in Briargreen, with her husband and their two children.