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Ward One, City of Pickering
Official Statement from Deputy Mayor, Kevin Ashe
Pickering, ON, January 28, 2021
Today, I am announcing that I am stepping down in my role as Deputy Mayor of Pickering.
I wish to thank the people of Pickering for all of their support and understanding for my family over the last two and a half years following the loss of our incredible son Alex to suicide. It is a profound pain that will never go away for me, my wife Karen, and our daughter Keara.
It is well known that over the Christmas break, Karen and I went overseas to visit Alex’s ashes and deal with our ongoing grief. In making this decision, I believed it was a necessary one for the mental well-being of our family. But I am also aware of how this appears, recognizing that we have all been urged to stay home in an effort to contain COVID-19.
Last week I chose not to continue as Chair of the Police Services Board for Durham Region, because I did not want to be a distraction to the great and necessary work of the Board. Today, my motivation is the same. There is much we need to achieve as a Council and a City as we look to strengthen our battered economy and create much-needed jobs for our residents. I do not want questions about my trip to detract from this vital work. To the Mayor and my fellow councillors, you have my apology as well as my gratitude for your steadfast support of both my family and me.
Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, which brings the issue of mental health to the forefront. I know all too well the need for people to be able to speak up about their own challenges. I am open about mine and Karen’s, because I think people need to see it’s ok to be vulnerable; it’s ok to grieve; and it’s ok to need help. We certainly have, and do.
I also recognize that the pandemic and resulting social isolation have negatively impacted the mental health of many in our community. And as such, I fully accept the criticism of myself and my efforts to heal abroad, because your struggles over the past year, as well as your efforts to stay safe at home are not lost on me. I have heard you. I acknowledge your feelings of frustration and anger; and I am truly sorry for my actions.
I intend to continue to serve the people of Ward 1 as Regional Councillor. I will work hard to prove that my judgement and commitment to the betterment of Pickering and Durham Region remains strong and focused on the right things. I will work hard to regain and maintain your trust. Thank you to all those who have and continue to support my family and me. I will not let you down.
"Councillor Kevin Ashe is a cordial presence on council, debating respectfully and asking thoughtful questions. He takes a keen interest in how issues impact residents in Ward 1 and is knowledgeable when it comes to his constituency.
He makes good use of social media to keep the public updated and gauge feedback on hot topics, such as a proposed casino. Councillor Ashe is accessible to residents and this year worked with police to host a seniors’ seminar on the danger of scams.
His civility and willingness to break with council’s 4-3 voting pattern are helpful."
2014 News Advertiser Report Card
"Councillor Kevin Ashe is adept at balancing residents’ needs with the good of the city. In a recent dispute over student enrolment at an area Montessori school, Coun. Ashe helped bring residents and school administration together in an attempt to compromise on the issue, which reflects his good sense and diplomatic qualities.
He also continued to champion the casino issue after his original motion to declare Pickering a host city failed. He frequently plays the peacemaker at council, championing civil debate over arguments and providing calm, logical input."
For these reasons his grade has improved this year."