Endorsements

A little over a year ago one of the first people I reached out to was Michael, I had taken on a position with the Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation here in Findlay Creek. His willingness to listen and learn showed us just how big his heart is, and we are pleased to call him a friend of the Home. Michael has been a life line to me with his ongoing support which has allowed us to network & educate to so many more. Cindy Wheeler, Director of Development, Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation

A strong advocate in expanding programs and services for seniors in Barrhaven, Councillor Qaqish has assisted us through promoting our various events to seniors in Ward 22. Councillor Qaqish supported our proposal last summer to rent facilities. Given the strong turnout by our Members to that opportunity, he has expanded his support this summer so that Members have access each weekday to these programs. It is with the greatest pleasure that I support the re-election of Councillor Qaqish. Don Winchester, President, Barrhaven Seniors' Council

As a Riverside South resident since 1997 I have seen this community grow right before my eyes.  The good ‘ol days before there were any schools, parks or plazas. When Limebank Road used to be only two lanes and had stop sign at Leitrim Road. Long before the Vimy Memorial Bridge.
 
I feel that municipal elections are extremely important as the outcome has the greatest impact on our everyday life. I read each candidate’s platform, priorities and consider their experience and skill-set.  That’s the beauty of democracy we get to pick our management and leadership.  Having done “my homework” I am endorsing the re-election of Michael Qaqish as City Councillor for Ward 22. 

I first met Michael about 10 years ago when he was working as an Advisor for a former Ottawa City Councillor.  Michael is intelligent, articulate, accessible, helpful, honest, results oriented and realistic.  I have witnessed first-hand how he genuinely cares and wants to do the best for his constituents and the City of Ottawa.  Michael is generous of his time and is passionate about helping others.  Michael has assisted me with many grassroots community charities such as Riverside South for Refugees and Cocktails for Cancer.  Michael is constantly on the go and tries to attend every community event he is invited to.  Raising two teenagers I am glad that he has delivered on bringing more public transportation to our community and installing and enforcing school safety zones.  As a commuter to downtown I am glad to see the road improvements that have been made over the past 4 years and the ones that are slated to come.   As a tax payer I am impressed that Michael was one of only two City of Ottawa Councillors that returned his $27,600 car allowance and left $70,000 unspent in his budget.

I believe Michael is the one we need as our representative as Councillor for Ward 22 and that is why I have chosen to endorse him.  Jennifer Vollrath, Riverside South Resident

As my representative on City Council, I have watched Michael work tirelessly for his residents. He is continuously looking out for the best interests of his area. Michael is a champion of this community and the many organizations and events that take place in his ward. Without hesitation, I will be voting for Councillor Michael Qaqish and endorse him for re-election. George Hanna, President- Gabriel Pizza Franchise Corp.

Michael Qaqish has been our Councillor for the Gloucester - South Nepean Ward for the past term. As a member of the executive of the Heart's Desire Community Association I have always found Michael to be most interested and helpful in assisting us with our community needs. I wish Michael the best of luck in the coming municipal election and look forward to working with him for a second term. Mac Prescott, Chair Land Development Committee, Hearts Desire Community Association

Councillor Qaqish has proven to be a responsive, community & safety centered, hardworking Councillor that has done what he promised when elected. We need his common sense, fiscal prudence and effective, balanced results to continue at City Hall. Susan Killeen Ramsay, Riverside South Resident

We have worked closely with Michael Qaqish to address issues facing our community to ensure that Stonebridge continues to be a safe and rewarding place to live, work and play. Michael always finds time and resources to support the association's work for the betterment of the Stonebridge community.  Jay McLean, President- Stonebridge Community Association

As a Ward 22 resident, I am pleased to support Michael Qaqish in his candidacy for Councillor. Over the past 4 years, I have had the pleasure of working with Michael on many projects in my community of Findlay Creek. He has always been approachable and receptive to local interests, and I am confident he will continue serving the residents of Ward 22 with the same zeal and commitment. Meagan Cote, Past President, Findlay Creek Community Association

In my time as President of the Riverside South Community Association, I was proud to work with Michael Qaqish on issues of interest and importance to our community. He was always responsive and ever-available when we called on his support. I am proud to endorse his candidacy as our ward Councillor. Chris Hill, Past President, Riverside South Community Association

In my experience with Michael, he has been an advocate for local small business and has continued to support the businesses in his ward with open and productive dialogue. We as an organization welcome the opportunity to continue working with Michael and endorse him as Councillor for Ward 22. Marco Campagna, President, Hovey Industries Inc.

As head of a community association in Ward 22 I experienced good connections with other community leaders and a strong voice in support of making the communities in Ward 22 better to live in, thanks Michael for your guidance and support!  Bron Vasic, Past President, Honey Gables Community Association

Being the President of Indo-Canadian Seniors Association, Barrhaven, I've know Michael Qaqish very well as our City Councillor for Gloucester - South Nepean, since he was elected. I have found him very sincere, honest, helpful in his dealings with a very pleasing and humorous nature. He has been a huge support to our association and has always contributed to our goal of integrating immigrant seniors into the community. Brij Bhushan Gupta, President, Indo-Canadian Seniors' Association

Over the past 4 years we have seen Michael’s dedication to our ward and I’m confident that he’ll do even greater things in his second term.  He’s committed, smart and a voice at council that we can depend on. Matt Triemstra, Riverside South Resident