I am a mother to three children, a teen lady and twin boys. We are bilingual (French and English). I am also a student at Conestoga College. In 2009, I earned a certificate in information technology. I again returned to school in 2016, obtained my bookkeeping certificate with honours, and later transferred into their three year business administration accounting diploma. I am expecting to graduate from this program next year; I am taking this fall semester off so I can focus on my election campaign. In addition to my education, I bring a multitude of business, technological and accounting experience to this position.
Like many residents in our area, I have experienced poverty on many levels. I know many of the issues our community faces firsthand. I have made use of many of the local resources to aid in maintaining my family as my children have aged. I am familiar with local agencies and what they offer through this firsthand experience.
I have been an active advocate with the Alliance Against Poverty since 2015 where I actively work to eliminate the stigmas that are often attached to people and groups with lower incomes.
I believe that we need to include everyone as we grow as a city and as a region. By voting for me we gain not only the benefits of the personal experience I bring to the table, but the strength of a woman, who knows the struggle is real … I always get back up and rise again. I will continue to apply my determination and “grit” to all I do. I am compassionate, capable and intelligent. I face adversity when needed and will not back down from taking the necessary steps to effect change in our community when required.
As submitted in response and posted HERE
Q1: Will you defend the countryside line against amendments and updates to the Official Plan that threaten to weaken its protections?
I entered this election with concern for exactly this; ward 2 sits on the outskirts of our community and aligns the waters edge and the farmland that lay between Cambridge and Kitchener. Though I recognize the need for urban development to decrease the scarcity of affordable housing, I find it imperative that we also consider the effects of our actions and decisions on the ever-diminishing bordering lands, some of which are owned by farmers, and others too, such as those that line the riverways of our region.
Q2: How will you work to protect prime agricultural areas, the Waterloo moraine, and drinking water?
The best I can do to aid in protection is with my actions and my vote within Council. My decisions will reflect my desire to gear our region towards environmentally sustainable activity and growth for both Ward 2 and Kitchener.
Q3: As our population grows, how should Waterloo Region plan for new development?
Dense urban construction with proper bikeways and safer street lanes. Green spaces and urban gardening plots available for all and well integrated for sustainability within our community. No more subsidies for developers. Insist upon maximum affordable unit implementation and minimize offsets. Require such from any who wish to build within our community. Period.
I am a mother to 3 children, 8-year-old twin boys and a 13 year old daughter, and a Conestoga College Business Administration Accounting Student, expecting to graduate in late 2019. I have a multitude of business, technical and accounting education and experience, in addition to a thorough personal knowledge of the challenges faced by the lower income members of the Kitchener community.
Previously self-employed working with Senior Citizens in their homes, I have a personal understanding of both the needs of the small business operator, and our aged community members. For many years I was also caregiver to my Oma. This has further assisted me to understand the needs seniors face as they age, the roadblocks they encounter, and at the end of the journey, the need for additional Hospice facilities within our community, with better funding and assistance provided for them.
2018 Election Campaign Material
This content is from when I ran for Kitchener City Council in 2018.