Regan Sunshine Brussé, Kitchener City Council Candidate, is a mother to 3 children, 7-year-old twin boys and a 13-year-old daughter, and a Conestoga College Business Administration Accounting student, expecting to graduate in April.
Why did you decide to run?
I got tired of yelling from the sidelines.
What is your favourite thing to do in your community?
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, meeting new people, and educating myself and my children about the world we live in and the community we are a part of. I enjoy animals and nature, movies and reading, and participating in the “village” in which we raise our children.
Tell us about the greatest challenges your community faces?
My ward seems to have been forgotten as this city grows. It is not on the LRT corridor. The 7B bus no longer takes Kinsie Ave. There are currently no library branches in this ward and few if any festivals to speak of. We have to get downtown for those good things. That can be a barrier to low-income families, which are often headed by women. We have a high concentration of subsidized housing in Ward 2. Aside from community centre programs, there is little for children to do or places to gather as community.
What would you do to improve women's health in your community?
I will advocate for education, birth control, access to safe legal abortions. The laws on our bodies mean a great deal to me. I am pro-choice. At a time when some politicians are trying to regress the laws that determine our health, I will stay the course and remain firm!
What would you do to improve women's economic security in your community?
I would like to see all day family bus passes available to low-income families in advance of festivals. Community connection keeps us safer and healthier. I will advocate for a mobile library to visit the Ward on a regular basis. Education is part of the big picture here. I like how women are being encouraged to join math and engineering programs these days, we were lagging there. I will promote more French education because it keeps the option of being Prime Minister open to us. I and my three children are bilingual. I support the Guaranteed Annual Income, a living wage and pay equity.
What would you do to improve women's safety in your community?
I will advocate for increased support to shelters and the building of more affordable housing options. I will continue to follow the reports regarding the Waterloo Regional Police and how they were judging more than their fair share of sexual assault reports as fake.
Help Regan get elected!
How can supporters help your campaign?
All welcome and thanked for contributing as they can! Please reach out directly to me if you have any questions!