A bit about me you asked…..
I was first elected in 1994 – yes a long time ago! In 2006, I decided not to seek re-election but came back to Council in 2014. My 8 years out of office certainly gave me a fresh perspective returning to my role as a Councillor. This term I have chaired the Public Services Committee of City Council. Also, I am a Board member with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and will continue if elected in October.
Over the years I have served on many committees and Boards. These include Family & Children’s Services, Guelph Youth Music Centre, Heritage Guelph, Community Health Centre, City’s Committee of Adjustment and my local neighbourhood association -Old University Neighbourhood. I am the recipient of the 2007 Women of Distinction Award in Public Service.
One of my greatest passions being on Council is working with citizens, neighbourhood groups, students and local organizations. Grassroots community work originally inspired me to become involved in politics and it is that continued interest that drew me back and why I wish to continue to serve the residents of Ward 5.
In my other life I work as a mediator – sometimes in my Council life too 🙂. I have an Advanced Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Management from the University of Waterloo – Conrad Grebel Peace and Conflict Studies. In addition I have a Chartered Mediator Designation from the ADR Institute of Ontario/Canada. I volunteer as a mediator and coach at Community Justice Initiatives in Waterloo.
I am a long time resident of Ward 5 and have 3 cherished children, 2 adorable grandchildren, 2 friendly dogs, one mischievous cat and a charming husband, Bob.