Ted has 18 years of experience representing Kitchener on a Regional body, as an elected School Board Trustee. Four times he was chosen as the Chairperson of the Board by his peers and four times as Vice-Chairperson.
Ted has served the reidents of Kitchener as a girls hockey and soccer coach, Church youth group leader, and on various boards and committees, including the coalition for refugee support and the society for technical communicators.
Ted is a self-employed technical communicator. He has worked in the local high tech sector as a software developer, technical writer, instructional designer, team leader, manager and continuous improvement champion.
Ted has lived with Tracy in the same house in downtown Kitchener for 25+ years and in Waterloo Region for almost four decades. They raised their two daughters here.
Affordable housing for first-time buyers and people on assistance, seniors aging in place and families with young children, single parents, students and young professionals, newcomers and people who require support. Everyone deserves a suitable place to call home.
Roads designed and maintained for the safety and comfort of pedestrians and cyclists, children and seniors, public transit and horse and buggies. We must be a welcoming community, safe for everyone.
Decision-making that considers the triple bottom line: fiscal responsibility, social compassion and environmental sustainability. Our fiscal resources are limited, but our impact on people and the planet is immense.
A healthy community with a thriving arts scene, cultural and recreational opportunities, heritage preservation and engaged citizens. A healthy community requires social infrastucture, as well as physical infrastructure.
Housing diversity means building housing that is affordable for first-time buyers and people on assistance, seniors aging in place and families with young children, single parents, students and young professionals, newcomers and people who require support.
We need to maintain the character of our neighbourhoods, but include diverse types of housing units, such as apartments, town homes, and single-family homes for people with a range of needs. While intensification in the downtowns is great, we shouldn't only be building condos with one or two bedrooms that few can afford. In the suburbs, we need to think outside the detached, three- and four-bedroom box.
The United Nations recognises that "everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including housing and necessary social services."
Everyone deserves a suitable place to call home.
Complete streets are roads designed and maintained for the safety and comfort of everyone, regardless of their age, abilities or mode of transportation. They provide safe and comfortable travel for those walking, cycling, taking public transit, driving automobiles or riding a horse and buggy. They provide safety for first-time responders, road maintenance workers and delivery people.
Besides increasing safety, a complete streets policy can create a sense of neighbourhood by improving social interaction, reduce urban sprawl by encouraging intensification, and increase property values. Rather than designing our communities for automobiles, we need to design for people.
We must be a welcoming community, safe for everyone.
Big Picture thinking considers the triple bottom line — fiscal responsibility, social compassion and environmental sustainability — in all decision-making. Rather than only considering the financial benefits and costs, we need also to consider the benefits and costs to our social well-being and environmental health.
The new provincial government has already reduced funding to the Region while increasing the need for social assistance and eliminating some environmental protections. The next council will have to make difficult decisions about how to meet the challenges caused by these actions. Council can't simply increase property taxes because property taxes are regressive, taking a larger share of family income the less a family earns.
Our fiscal resources are limited, but our impact on people and the planet is immense.
Community wellness requires a strong arts scene, cultural and recreational opportunities, heritage preservation and engaged citizens.
Arts, culture, recreation and heritage all play important roles in enriching the lives of residents and attracting investment to our region. We need to promote arts and culture organizations and events, support recreational facilities and opportunities, and protect our natural and built heritage.
A healthy community is one with strong social infrastructure, as well as physical infrastructure.
Environmental leadership is required to create a sustainable future.
Comments made during the recent provincial election campaign suggest that we have to be very active in protecting the greenbelt and ensuring that urban sprawl is not allowed to resume. Regional council needs to hold firm to the countryside line to protect our parks, family farms and rural areas. We need to intensify the community cores and promote alternatives to automobiles, while working to strengthen our neighbourhoods.
We need to encourage reduction, reuse and recycling. With markets for recyclables shrinking, we need to reduce the amount of products we consume and the garbage we create. We should support local businesses, products and agriculture, prioritize the preservation and restoration of our natural environment, and promote reuse and recycling programs and industries.
Every budget decision needs to consider the costs and benefits to our environment. We need to put policies in place to encourage development of energy efficient buildings and neighbourhoods.
Our future generations depend on us to take the right action now.
When I think of Ted, I think of someone who has integrity. You can trust Ted to do the right thing, always looking out for the best interests of those involved. When I was working, I used to think about that a lot and often found myself saying "what would Ted do in this situation." Ted doesn't speak a lot, but when he does, everyone listens.
I had the opportunity to work closely with Ted Martin while he served as Chairperson of the Waterloo Region District Board and during his many years as a Trustee representing Kitchener. It is my pleasure to recommend Ted to the voters of Kitchener: he has proven himself to be a person of integrity, commitment and high standards, who takes concerns seriously, is a conscientious and engaged listener, and puts the needs of constituents first. Ted is fair, open and approachable to all.
Ted has been a true ally in his commitments to equity and inclusion. I know he will continue to be an advocate for equity and human rights at the Regional Council table.
Ted has consistently demonstrated himself to be a strong, rational, insightful, dedicated and hard-working leader within the Waterloo Region.
Ted is the kind of person we're delighted to vote for!
In my years of working with Ted, he could always be trusted to do what he believed was right. Though never afraid to argue his position strongly, he was also always able to support the majority decision and help us move forward.
Ted is intelligent, engaged and fun-loving. Above all, he is passionate and articulate about his vision for the community that we live in.
Ted is one of the most genuine individuals I have ever met, and there is no doubt that he has the people's best interests in mind.
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