We spoke to Markham’s newest councillors – Karen Rea, Amanda Collucci, and Nirmala Armstrong – to get their thoughts on transitioning into their new roles, as well as to get to know them on a personal level. In this second installment, you’ll meet Ward 9 Councillor Amanda Collucci and Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong.
The Voice: Describe the City of Markham in one hashtag.
V: Is the role of councillor what you perceived it to be?
C: I knew I would be busy as Councillor; however, I never imagined there would be so many associations in the community that require support.
V: What do you find rewarding about your position?
A: Knowing that you have the ability to help others.
V: What are the biggest challenges that you face in your position?
C: Not enough time to do everything I want to do for the community.
V: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: Here in Markham. I say to people all the time that my husband and I don’t need to travel.
V: Why did you become a city councillor?
C: To serve our community, to have a greater contribution to Markham, the place I call home.
A: The desire to help others and work as a team.
V: What is your favourite quote/motto?
C: Think Big, Dream Big and Play Big.
A: Never give up. Stay focused.
V: What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
C + A: Loving what I do.
V: What do you do to unwind from a hectic day?
C: I watch a movie.
V: What keeps you up at night?
A: Responding to the residents and researching Markham issues.
V: What is your favourite day of the week?
V: What music is on your current playlist?
A: “The Noble Land” by Ron Korb, and Patsy Cline.
V: How would you characterize your leadership style?
V: What are the top five thing you could not live without?
A safe home
V: What app do you use the most on your phone?
C + A: Facebook.
V: If you could walk around with a theme song playing in the background, what would yours be?
A: One day at a time, Sweet Jesus.
You are stranded on a desert island with only three possessions. What are they?