Get to Know Markham’s New Councillors, Part 2

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.

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The Voice: Describe the City of Markham in one hashtag.

Colucci: #Diverse&Vibrant

Armstrong: #DreamsCanBecomeAReality


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?

C: Wednesday.


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?

C: Visionary.


V: What are the top five thing you could not live without?

A: Family



A safe home

Good food


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?

A: Water







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