Heritage Platform – Helmi Charif – Candidate for Windsor City Council – Ward 3

This post is the fifteenth 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 fifteenth to respond was Helmi Charif, Candidate for Windsor City Council – Ward 3. 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.

It is important to protect our heritage as it adds character and distinctiveness to the place, region or community and provides a sense of identity. Heritage, tangible as well as intangible, has a positive influence on many aspects of the way a community develops, and it helps revitalizing local economies, and in bringing about a sense of identity, pride and belonging to residents, therefore we have to strive to preserve and conserve our heritage. As for the adaptive reuse, it is a complex process however, I believe several steps should be considered in the AR process to preserve the essential qualities and values of a heritage building while improving it to be used in the present and transferring it to the future. Adaptive reuse as a strategy towards the conservation of heritage buildings, which sustains its heritage values while enhancing its functionality and usefulness for the future.

If elected, I will do whatever I can to conserve and preserve our historic places because historic preservation is an important way for us to transmit our understanding of the past to future generations.

To reach out to Helmi Charif, email helmicharif@gmail.com.

Picture of Helmi Charif from CBC. Click here to see original source.

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