Rick Johnson Pickering City Councillor
Sadly Rick Johnson passed away on September, 27th, 2016 due to health complications.
Rick will be remembered as one who did a great deal to serve his community. During his time on Council, Rick served as: Deputy Mayor; Durham Region Public Works Chairman; Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority Chairman; Veridian Energy Corporation Director; Durham Non-Profit Housing Director; Durham Region Master Transportation Plan Chairman and as a member of GTA Regional Public Works Chairs Committee.
He actively helped many Durham Region individuals on various levels and was a champion at fundraising and advocating for an array of community organizations. Some of his favourite projects to support were Emergency Shelters for Abused Women such as The Denise House and Herizon House, as well as Big Brothers and the Ajax/Pickering Hospital where he helped to raise funds for a new wing. Rick was always pleased to host an event or provide music, with his band County, for thousands of locals over the years, at various celebrations and charity fundraisers, auctions, etc. Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan says:
“Rick’s contribution to our community was huge. In his capacity to support various associations, he raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and was acknowledged by many in the community for his help. His efforts were unparalleled in our community and he deserves recognition.”
It is with much gratitude and admiration that we salute and bid farewell to Rick Johnson, a valued friend to our community who helped so many. He will be missed.
Until a permanent replacement for the position of City Councillor for Ward 3 is announced, please direct any business or inquiries that you would have sent to Councillor Johnson to either Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan at 905-420-4600 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Regional Councillor for Ward 3 – David Pickles at 905-420-4605 or email@example.com.
Rick’s Vision and Priorities for Ward 3 Pickering for the next four years included:
Taxes and Jobs:
- Hold the line and make certain that residents have full value for their tax dollars
- Build a stronger Commercial Tax Base, add Jobs and support Local Small Business
- Create well paid Sustainable Jobs in Pickering and a strong Industrial Tax Base through development of the HWY 407 Business Corridor as per the Hemson Report
Community Safety and Services:
- Expand number of Fire Halls
- More snow plows – better services
- Safer Parks and Streets through support for Community Policing
- Better Transit integration and service to newer communities
- Continue to Develop and Expand Seniors and Recreations Facilities
- Develop an integrated plan for road upgrades in North Pickering
- Continue to support many areas of this important aspect of our community and beyond.