I presently live in the ward with my wife and two daughters. For the past 12 years we have lived in a 100 year old house that is two blocks away from where I grew up with my four brothers, two sisters, Mom (Anne) and Dad (Lionel) along with many St. Bernard dogs.

My several fond memories of our neighbourhood is a primary reason for why I wanted to raise my family in this neighbourhood. To this day, I still have many close friends that I first met in community activities such as youth soccer and outdoor hockey at the Crescentwood Community Centre, speed skating at the River Heights Community Centre, as well as attending Queenston Elementary, River Heights Junior High, and Kelvin High Schools.

Public life and community service have always been a part of the Orlikow family. I was largely introduced to public life by my father, Lionel Orlikow, who was a social activist, Deputy Minister of Education, cross-country coach and a role model for what our social responsibility to each other should be.

My uncle, David Orlikow, was a Member of Parliament for many years for the riding of Winnipeg North and our family grew up campaigning and talking about the role of politics in empowering individuals.

My father and uncle were two of the people who served as major sources of inspiration for giving to the community through public service.

I have been the City Councillor for the River Heights/Ft. Garry Ward for six years. I have continued to ask questions, focus in building on the individual uniqueness of individual neighbourhoods and remaining a strong independent voice for the Ward.

Prior to becoming a City Councillor I was a member of numerous Community Boards, and I have spent 10 years as a School Trustee with the Winnipeg School Division.

As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I have started and managed companies in recycling and in conflict resolution, where I learned how to effectively manage people and objectives to achieve sustainable results for our community.

As an athlete, I have represented Manitoba in cycling, rowing, and speed skating at four different Canada Games and at junior National level competitions and learned about the hard work needed to win.

Yours truly,
John Orlikow
City Councillor
River Heights/Ft. Garry Ward
City of Winnipeg