Melissa Bowman, Kitchener City Councillor Candidate

Melissa Bowman is running for Ward 9 Kitchener Council. Offering a fresh perspective focused on an inclusive, engaged, and supported community. Melissa is an educator, city-builder, and volunteer. She is passionate about community and creating connections.

melissabowman-womensmarchcanada-socialmedia.pngWhy did you decide to run?

Through my volunteer work in the community, I have seen the positive outcomes of engaged residents working together and supported by the city. I want to create more opportunities for that to continue as we work toward a city that is more inclusive, engaged, and supported. A little side note: I had not considered running for elected office seriously until another female elected official reached out to me and encouraged me to do so. Since then, many other female leaders in our community have also supported me in this process. I am thrilled to be running now and it is through the support of these other women that I made the decision to do so.

What is your favourite thing to do in your community?

I enjoy attending many festivals, arts and cultural events, and neighbourhood gatherings in the city.

Tell us about the greatest challenges your community faces?

As the Region grows and develops, we need to thoughtfully consider how to grow well. We also need to ensure that all citizens have access to walkable neighbourhoods. And finally, residents need to feel safe, welcomed, and have a sense of belonging in our community.

What would you do to improve women's health in your community? ...women's economic security in your community? ...women's safety in your community?

I think all three of these issues need to be supported by city staff and councillors partnering with local organizations already well-connected to these issues. We have such great people and organizations doing a lot of this work including the Sexual Assault Support Centre, the YWCA, and of course, Women’s March Canada. Providing the supports these groups need to continue their important roles in our community is what I would work toward as councillor. When we create cities and neighbourhoods that work well for women they tend to be safe, inclusive, and welcoming spaces for all. Therefore, I support better transit, accessible sidewalks, and connected and engaged neighbourhoods.

How can supporters help your campaign?

Donations of time gladly accepted! Potential volunteers can contact me through any of the following methods:

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