Jamaican-born Garnett Manning is seeking to return to the political arena.
The former Brampton councillor and 2010 mayoral candidate is among 11 contenders vying to replace John Sanderson as the Wards 3 and 4 regional councillor in the October 27 municipal elections.
Sanderson is the favourite to succeed Susan Fennell as the suburban city’s mayor.
Manning was the Wards 9 and 10 city councillor from 2003 to 2006 before losing his seat to Vicky Dhillon by 441 votes.
Since being ousted from city council, he founded a youth and leadership foundation to embrace, engage and empower young people and was an outreach co-ordinator with the Brampton Neighbourhood Resource Centre.
“I am always looking for an opportunity to serve people and make a difference,” said Manning. “While you can do so as a community worker, I have always felt that your work could have much more of bigger impact when you are in the political arena and part of the decision-making process.”
A Brampton resident for the last 25 years, Manning spent the first 15 years in Wards 3 and 4.
“I love my city and I am proud to be part of this community which is one of the fastest growing in the Greater Toronto Area,” he said. “When you look at things like service delivery for our seniors who are among the highest in the two wards I am seeking to represent, we need to focus on how we are going to engage them and provide more services. We also have to find additional ways to empower youth with viable opportunities that would lead to economic development. There is a need for a clear vision for the future and the restoration of confidence in local government.”
A George Brown College of Applied Arts & Technology graduate and a certified journeyman and tool room machinist, Manning served on various committees and boards, including the Brampton Seniors Council, Peel Children’s Aid Society, the United Achievers Club of Brampton, the Brampton Citizens for A Great City Advisory Committee and St. Leonard’s House, which provides programming and social support services to offenders in federal penitentiaries.
During his tenure on Brampton City Council, he advocated for the establishment of the state-of-the-art Rose Theatre that opened eight years ago and the Dixie-Sandalwood multi-purpose recreation centre, which was launched a year later.
The married father of two holds a Bachelor of theology degree and is a church deacon.