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Ciesielski brings charity, board experience to Ward 3 race

Stephen James Ciesielski has lived in Barrie for more than 25 years, 10 of those in Ward 3
BarrieToday reached out to the eight candidates in the Ward 3 byelection and asked them why they thought they were best-suited to fill the vacant seat on city council. Six of the eight candidates responded. We are publishing their responses in their own words. Voting in the byelection ends Feb. 24. For more information on how to vote, click here

I have lived in Barrie for over 25 years, 10 of those years being in Ward 3. I have raised a family here, had my own business in Barrie for over 20 years and plan to retire in Barrie.

What qualifies me to serve the people of Barrie is my vast experience being involved with local charities, including on the board of directors for Barrie CrimeStoppers and being a Lions Club member. I have raised funds for many local charities including the Barrie Food Bank, Kinsmen Club, Big Brothers and Sisters and the Children's Wish foundation.

I have received a certificate of recognition from Mayor Jeff Lehman and the City of Barrie for my active volunteerism and commitment for the betterment of our community.

Before I came to Barrie in other cities, I was president of the Downtown Business Association, also board president of the local community access television station, also on the board of directors for the tourism board in southern Manitoba.

I have followed Barrie politics for many years, but due to working many long hours and getting over my three-year fight with cancer, I was never able to give the time to properly serve the people of Barrie. Now in remission, I can give top priority to being a city councillor. Next to my family, being the Ward 3 councillor will be my primary focus in life.