About Arlene, Your Experienced Public Servant

I have always believed in community involvement and taking interest in the area where I live. As a resident of Ward 1’s North Aldershot for 27 years, my attention to detail and taking on new challenges are all part of my underlying dedication to the betterment of our community.

It started with smaller actions, like petitioning to obtain street lighting, soliciting the Burlington Post for paper delivery, and evolved to school council, committee volunteering, and then school trustee elections.

As the eldest of five sisters who grew up in the former “Bridgeview Survey” of North Aldershot, my elementary years were at Holy Rosary in Aldershot.  I attended St. Mary’s Catholic and Cathedral Secondary schools in Hamilton, then went on to receive my Bachelor’s in English from McMaster University in 1978, where I met my husband, Vincent Iantomasi, of 36 years.

I returned to serve the Holy Rosary school for 10 years while my daughter was a student there and became active as the Volunteer Coordinator for various anniversary and fundraising activities as well as on school council.

We have one daughter, Lauren, now 27 years old, who is a graduate of Holy Rosary, Assumption Secondary, Western University, and most recently attained her M.B.A. at the Michael DeGroote School of Business.

I have loved serving my community as the trustee for the Halton Catholic District School Board (H.C.D.S.B.) over the last eleven years. My calm, tenacious and balanced approach is what our city needs right now, as we go through this period of unprecedented growth.

Below is a summary of my community involvement that I had had in my adult life, as well as my professional background:

H.C.D.S.B. TRUSTEE AND RELATED COMMITTEES

  • Won by-election in 2007 and re-elections in 2010 & 2014
  • Vice chair of the Board for 5 years
  • Past vice chair of Special Education Advisory Committee
  • Chair – Salary Advisory Committee, only trustee representative of the Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, and Discipline Committee member
  • Past member of Architect Selection, Catholic Parent Involvement, Uniform and Extended Trip Advisory Committees

COMMUNITY

  • Member of Partnering Aldershot Committee for over 5 years
  • Member of North Aldershot Committee
  • Home Flood Protection Program Citizen Advisory Committee 2017 – part of the team advising on pilot program, The Home Adaptation Assessment Program, Burlington implemented by City, Univ. of Waterloo, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
  • Aldershot Family Fit Night participation committee member & supporter
  • Halton Food for Thought participant – “Feeduary”, Halton Breakfast and past representative
  • Over 12 years as a member and co-chair at Holy Rosary and Assumption schools respectively as a strong contributor and volunteer coordinator
  • Heart and Stroke Big “Bikeathon” 2007 – 2011
  • Fundraising participation: Joseph Brant Hospital Fashion Shows, Party in Pink, Meco Poliziani at Assumption Secondary
  • Revitalized aggressive campaign with school council and City officials to obtain Assumption Sports Field at Assumption/Cumberland Park – which was successfully installed in 2009
  • Boundary Review Committee for newly created Corpus Christi Secondary School – 2006
  • Member of Holy Rosary Parish since 1996 and active C.W.L. Member
  • Lecturer
  • Supporter of the Burlington Youth Soccer Club (past)

PROFESSIONAL

  • Property Manager for a management and development company, Waterloo Heights Properties, Burlington for over six years, in addition to more than 20 years previous cumulative property development and construction management experience
  • Self-employed as a real estate representative since 2004, currently with Your Choice Realty Limited, Burlington
  • Served two consecutive terms from 2004 – 2010 as an appointed community member – Office of the Commissioner for Review Tribunals for C.P.P. disability and O.A.S. pension appeals
  • Served as Site Coordinator for Westbury International Limited from 1995 – 1998, serving new purchasers in contract upgrades and overseeing service maintenance efficiencies

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Advocating consistently with senior staff, trustees and with support of MPP, Board finally attained approval of $17M. improvement renovations to Assumption Secondary School
  • Strong contributor in attaining Assumption Secondary through joint agreement between school board and City by working with senior board staff, City councilors and Mayor
  • Approved year over year H.C.D.S.B. balanced and fully compliant Financial Budgets in excess of $350,000,000.
  • Strong supporter of increased stakeholder interaction and implemented Town Hall platforms for strategic plan and curricular programming