“From time to time in our home we may face big challenges, but I believe that together, we can make big progress. I have devoted nearly nine years in service to this community as a volunteer and those positive efforts have had an effect, I have made a difference and have helped to accomplish a great deal. As your Councillor I know I can accomplish a great deal more. By applying the business related skills I have learned in my professional life, I will work every day to bring people together to get things done on the issues that matter to the people of Ward 1 as well as all Hamiltonians.”
Ira Rosen, born in 1967, has lived in Westdale his entire life. After attending Westdale Secondary he continued his education at Mohawk College where he received certificates in management merchandising and software engineering. While attending Mohawk College Ira worked for the department of counseling and career development as a peer tutor in addition to this student leadership program. Ira served for several terms on the Mohawk College Student Association, including the Faculty of Engineering Technology Advisory Council. Ira represented nearly 3,000 students and received the MSA “Award of Appreciation” for his services.Watching, with concern, as the neighborhood he lived in was rapidly changing from a family-rich environment to a predominantly student-based area Ira’s first step into the public arena came as a founding member of the “Westdale Heritage Housing Action Committee”. This groups’ mission was to determine if there was value in having ‘Westdale proper’ designated as a heritage site, thereby stemming the growth of ‘monster’ student houses in the area. After a year this group presented their recommendation to the Ward 1 Councillor and disbanded, but it did not deter Ira’s interest in the community.Seeing that the housing issues in Westdale encompassed other problems Ira decided to join the “Ainslie Wood Westdale Community Association” in 2005. Ira was appointed to the Board of the AWWCA to work specifically on violations of property standards and noise by-laws. In this newly crafted position, Ira worked closely with City Officials, Hamilton Police Services, community members, McMaster University, and the McMaster Students Association. Those efforts led to a more productive collaboration between the public, the Police and the City By-law department. Evidence of this is noted in the improvements throughout the Ward in relation to response times by officials to public complaints and the strict enforcement of laws. To better serve the community, Ira attended Hamilton Police Services Citizen College, which led to a two-year term with the Hamilton Police Services Superintendence Community Advisory Council. Additionally, Ira was a committee member of the Community Liaison Committee for Rental Housing License By-law.
In conjunction with his AWWCA involvement, in 2006–2007 Ira worked with ‘ASPECT'(Ainslie Wood Westdale Secondary Plan Committee) and assisted with the Police Services West Town business plan. During this time, Ira spear-headed a collaboration between the AWWCA, the McMaster Students Union, the Ward 1 Councillors’ office and the Hamilton Fire Department to perform a pilot project to inspect homes in the area to confirm they met with all present-day fire safety codes. Additionally at this time, Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie appointed Ira as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Hill Street Dog Park located in Kirkendall. This has led to Ira’s continued input into any proposed Dog Parks in Ward 1.
Following his late fathers’ footsteps, Ira served on the Hamilton Holocaust Education Committee for seven years. With his aid, this groups’ programming has become a benchmark on a national level. Ira served as a Chaperone and head of Security for more than 160 local High School Students on two trips to Washington D.C.
Ira has over thirty years experience in the automotive and information technology industries. He has worked in Union and non-Union environments and has additional experience in retail, production, industrial, and administrative capacities. During this time, some of the positions Ira has held include General Manager, Field Service Representative, Vehicle Inspector and Junior Programmer.
Ira developed a high level of leadership skills during his time in management; including building and guiding employees, while still providing support and mentoring. Ira believes strongly in being able to communicate effectively with staff to ensure greatest productivity and profit, during both normal day-to-day activity or in a fast-paced environment, with or without any formal supervision.
Ira has a keen understanding and ability to utilize all possible mediums available to him in order to assist the public in a timely and professional manner. Ira’s effective use of time management, a key skill to meet demands, in addition to solid problem solving and decision making, has enabled him to assess needs and provide services to meet those needs. One of Ira’s strongest qualities is his outstanding interpersonal skills, which have demonstrated an ability to build and maintain productive business and personal relationships.
Presently Ira is the First Vice-President of the AWWCA, Co-Chair of Open Streets Hamilton, a Board member of the Hamilton Jewish Federation, and is on the committee to determine the future of the Lawn Bowling Club House at Churchill Park. In addition Ira continues to show his care and concern by sharing his experience to help determine the future of the Prince Phillip School and is participating with the group S.A.S.H. (Seniors Activities in Southwest Hamilton).
As evidenced from his lengthy volunteer and professional work-load, Ira has shown tireless energy and focused reliability. He works well alone and as a team player – achieving results, effective leadership, and making a difference. In 2006 as a result of his energetic efforts and dedication to the Westdale community and the City at large, Ira was a proud recipient of the “Hamilton Celebrates VIP” award.