Colleen Wicken spent years helping constituents in Ward 14 when it was still part of Ward 8 on the West Mountain and now, she wants to help them as their councillor. Wicken was the constituency worker for Councillor Terry Whitehead before she left his office in 2018 and later filed a Human Rights Complaint against him. That file is still open, because of backlogs caused by COVID.
“People are now seeing what I’d been seeing,” Wicken told the Bay Observer, referring to the recent rulings by the integrity commissioner that found Whitehead had harassed and threatened staff. Whitehead has been docked pay and has said he will return to medical leave. As of this writing he has not registered to run for his council seat.
On issues, Wicken says there needs to be some additional recreational facilities for seniors on the West Mountain suggesting a centre might be established at the Chedoke Twin Pad site. She also pointed to the condition of streets and roads in the ward as a serious problem. While she continues to live in Ward 8, she says she has been receiving calls from constituents in Ward 14 who she helped before redistribution, saying they have not been able to access service, and that triggered her decision to run for the ward seat. ”I decided to run whether Terry does or not, ”she said.
Also running in Ward 14 are Kojo Damptey and Brian Lewis.