Why am I running as a Green candidate?
I know what it’s like to feel disempowered, as a citizen, as a woman, as a human who yearns for a more fair and sustainable life, and yet I also know how amazing it can feel to actually have accomplished positive change.
As a potential future Green MPP, it would be my job to apply my experiences to stand for and represent the integrity, equity, and the Clean and Caring Recovery characterized by the Green Party of Ontario (GPO).
It would be my honour to run as a GPO candidate again, and I would be proud to work alongside my fellow Greens as we take action towards building back smarter.
Finally, I want to ensure my son, Gary, inherits a livable planet, and I’m eager to help create that future—one made with genuine compassion for the people and places we love.
I want to ensure my son, Gary, inherits a livable planet!
I live my principles and stand for integrity, honesty and fairness
I advocated on behalf of Canadian victims of GlaxoSmithKline’s lies of omission regarding their pharmaceutical, Paxil’s adverse effects,
I stood up to an unscrupulous landlord who tried to illegally raise our rent,
I educated and organized my neighbours to push for repairs when a developer cut corners which damaged dozens of houses, and
I empowered people in our subdivision to stop the school board from needlessly clearcutting a mature forest.
Community involvement in service of a Greener future
For the past several years, I’ve been working on behalf of municipal, peri-urban food policies, and currently, I’m a founding board member of Barrie’s Urban Pantry, and I also serve on multiple working groups for the Simcoe County Food Council. Both organizations act in support of increasing food security, food literacy, and enabling local food systems.
Formative aspects of my life
Looking back, I realize I’ve almost always been a politically engaged advocate for fairness and justice. Barely a teenager in the ‘70s, I lived in Washington DC and joined my classmates as we opposed the Vietnam War, and at lunchtimes we watched the Watergate Hearings on the cafeteria TV.
My father’s numerous military postings took me and my family all over Europe and North America, and moving so frequently taught me to adapt quickly, as each new posting was culturally distinct from the previous ones.
As a young adult I won awards and leadership skills from my service in the Navy Reserves, while at the same time I attended school and owned and operated a catering business, and later on, I operated a bakery.
In my current marriage, my husband and I shared the privilege of raising our son into his thriving adulthood.
I’m a RNCP, and my emphasis on continuous learning has helped me earn certificates and credits from various institutions, including the University of Guelph, Cornell and MIT.
Now, as I train to be a Vegan Chef, I’m also working on becoming a WFPB, educational, content creator.
I’m an Al Gore Climate Reality Leader, and after my son went off to university, I volunteered with multiple community organizations.
I’ve been a Green candidate four times since 2014, and have also run once as a municipal candidate.
As a Green Party of Ontario (GPO) member, I was twice elected Deputy Leader, I’m the Central Representative and I’ve served on numerous GPO governance and volunteer committees.