Arthur DENNIS Stark is a 44-year-old Pottawatomi-Ojibwe
Aboriginal living in the Beaches area. He has served on the Board
of Directors of New
Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation, as well as the independent
Metis Council, a pan-Aboriginal service delivery agency.
At New Frontiers, Dennis helped to turn a $60,000 bad debt write-off
into an $83,000 surplus within 15 months by ensuring rules were followed and
seeing contracts were negotiated with the different service providers
to a non-profit.
Dennis has been involved in the Urban
Aboriginal Strategy in Toronto, meant to help reduce the gap in
life chances between urban Aboriginal people and mainstream Canadians.
His participation included sitting on the National Urban Aboriginal
Strategy All-Cities Caucus.
As the publisher of TANSI, Toronto's independent Aboriginal Newspaper,
a monthly publication for the Toronto Aboriginal community, Dennis makes
the community aware of issues of importance affecting the daily lives
of its members.
Dennis has dabbled in mainstream politics in the last municipal
election, provincial campaign and two federal election campaigns at
the local level as a volunteer. A strong proponent of transparent and
accountable government, Dennis enjoys tremendous grassroots support
from Aboriginal community members.
City Idol would allow Dennis the opportunity to bring the concerns of
Toronto's 60,000 plus Aboriginals into the spotlight for all to see.
Hiis biggest concern is that mainstream Canadians and fellow Torontonians
have a lack of knowledge and understanding in dealing with Aboriginal
people. As a City Idol candidate, Dennis could bring his wealth
of experience to running a tight budget to City Hall.
As a City Councillor, Dennis would continue building the city
skywards to ensure living space for more Torontonians, press for
more greener, environmental initiatives, improved public transit, and more
than just lip services for urban Aboriginals.
We need new leaders.