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About Councillor Arlene VanderBeek

Arlene VanderBeek

Council & Committees...

Standing Committees
Audit, Finance & Administration Committee (Vice Chair)
Board of Health
General Issues Committee
Public Works Committee (Chair)
Business Improvement Areas Advisory Committee
Dundas Downtown BIA
Governance Review Sub-Committee
Grants Sub-Committee
Municipal Drainage Court of Revision
Open for Business Sub-Committee
Service Channel Integration Sub-Committee
Wentworth Lodge Heritage Trust Fund Sub-Committee
Agencies, Boards & Tribunals
Dundas Centre for the Arts Board of Management
Dundas Community Services
Niagara Escarpment Commission
Theatre Aquarius Board of Directors
Advisory Committees
Arts Advisory Commission (Alternate)
Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee
Mundialization Committee
Dundas Museum & Archives Board of Directors
Dundas Farmer's Market Management Group

Ward Information...

Ward 13 - Dundas - Map
Ward 13 - Dundas - Profile


From Arlene...

I was born here. I have lived in Dundas all my life. The small town quality-of-life and culture, mixed with the unique ambiance which makes Dundas so special to us, is the reason my husband and I chose to stay here -- to raise our children here -- and to invest and contribute to this community.

I've participated in the history of this town; I was a Town Councillor when we tried to stop amalgamation; I was there when the tracks on Hatt were removed, and the quarry disappeared. I walked the whole 25 miles to fund raise for an indoor pool for Dundas; was a member of the small group of people who successfully fought the fight to save Dundas Central School from the wrecking ball in 1986; was on the committee that convinced the School Board to tear up asphalt and put in grass on the playground of Dundas Central School in 1995; helped to run the Cactus Festival for 13 years; Chaired the Library Board, was a member of the Board of the Hamilton Conservation Authority; still help to organize the annual Christmas Tree Lighting; and am a founding member of the Dundas Farmer's Market Management Group. I am the Past Chair of the Dundas Division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and have worked for the people of Dundas both Federally and Municipally dealing with everything from missed garbage collection to complex Planning issues. I have a proven record of personal history, knowledge, experience and accomplishments in providing continuing effective service to the Dundas community.

My parents owned and operated the Dundas Office Supply Ltd., in downtown Dundas, for 42 years and I had a business in Dundas from 1986 until my election to City Council in 2014. The years of experience and participation in the business life of Dundas has provided me with a foundation of knowledge, experience and understanding that has helped me to resolve many challenges faced by our local business community.

That is why you can trust me to represent you at the City's Council table... to work with you and for you! Together we can meet future challenges, resolve the issues, determine what is best for our neighbourhoods and our Community, nurture and preserve what is most important to us, and actively participate in the process of planning for the future of Dundas and the City of Hamilton.

Where does Hamilton fit in?...

Arlene understands the issues that affect the City and is committed to working with City Council and staff to support and tackle the challenges of developing a future of economic diversification and prosperity, jobs, efficient public transit, safe streets, responsive urban and rural planning for the City, infrastructure (roads, sewer and water) renewal and maintenance and to strive for efficiencies of cost to tackle the tax burden, overall.

At the same time, she will work to maintain the trust and confidence of her fellow-councillors and City staff to accomplish great things for the Dundas Community and work to retain the unique quality-of-life that we all cherish.

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