In my day job, I work in the private sector as the head of public relations for Open Door Media. We help small businesses innovate and grow.

I’ve also worked with seniors in the non-profit sector as the executive director of the Council on Aging. I am a champion for seniors.

And I’ve worked with students in the public sector as a high school teacher, teaching English and history.

Trillium has played a role in all of my experiences.

I grew up in Trillium District. I walked to school, Truedell, everyday. My dad was active on the PTA and I played on many sports teams here.

This taught me the value of good public services, active living and strong community. Core values I hold today. Values that shape my policy.

I went to Queen’s University and earned my teaching degree and masters of public administration. All of this while living in the district.

I also have guest lectured at Queen’s and RMC. Here I am with a group of Australian political science students. I did a seminar with them on the different levels of government in Canada.

I also speak around the city and province about politics, job creation, the environment, and democracy.

Locally, I am invited by organizations like the Kingston Chamber of Commerce and Open Kingston.

And provincially, I have been honoured to join Steve Paikin on The Agenda to talk about funding for special education in Ontario.

As a community leader, I have campaigned for schools, libraries, hospitals and good jobs.

I served on local boards
, including for Lemoine Point, Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-op and others. I support anyone and everyone working to make our community a better place to be.

This is me and Leah. I love Leah’s work as an advocate for accessible communities.

In short, I have worked with students, seniors and small businesses in Trillium District over my 13 years in politics and public service.

I will bring this experience – and my care for everyone and everything in our community – to City Hall.

It would be an honour to work for you as your Councillor.