This post is the sixteenth in a series in which we reached out to municipal candidates to ask their heritage platform. Responses will be posted in the order received.
The sixteenth to respond was Gregory Heil, Candidate for Windsor City Council – Ward 4. The responses are in the candidate’s own words only slightly edited in a way that doesn’t in any way change what they said.
I have a long and passionate interest in local heritage/conservation issues.
My wife and I bought the ‘Elmcroft’ Coach house in 1983 and pursued one of the earliest heritage designations for it. As an architect, I pursued a very carefully considered major addition…the result one I’m proud of which has become something of a landmark itself in Old Walkerville.
My involvement with the Windsor Heritage Committee for the coach house approvals led me to sit on the committee and serve as its chair for about a decade. During my tenure, I consider some of our achievements to include convincing the school board to preserve and renovate John Campbell School rather than demolishing it and the preservation of the old convent structure on Riverside Drive, ultimately adopted by Academy Ste. Cecile rather than site of the Amica tower, later built elsewhere. Also helped many homeowners pursue designation.
Trust that under a Councillor Gregory Heil, heritage matters would be front and center at City Hall.