Sunder Singh, Executive Director of the Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women, was declared the new local and regional councillor at Vaughan City council June 28. There were 53 candidates vying to fill seat of embattled former councillor Michael Di Biase, who stepped down May 19.

“It’s a huge responsibility and a big learning opportunity as well, and being able to serve the public is a (source of) pride; I feel very fortunate,” Singh, a Vaughan resident for nearly 10 years, said in an interview after being sworn in to her new position by the city clerk.

“I left it to the system and I was not expecting a lot, but I am very pleased that I am appointed.”

Her goals in office are threefold, she said: to help empower women; to make Vaughan a city of art; and to see that seniors get full support.

“I want to see that women have an effective and meaningful voice in Vaughan. I believe every one of us has artistic abilities and I would like to see the citizens of Vaughan explore their artistic abilities more actively. I would like to see a movement in Vaughan where the seniors are given the highest respect,” she said.

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