The Guelph branch of the Green Party is feeling pretty good about their chances locally after a historic win last spring. Can they repeat this fall with the Federal Election? Well, one of these five people will test their electoral luck in October…
Where Do I Know Him From? Alex Chapman is presently the Manager of the City of Guelph’s Climate Change Office, and was a founder of Our Energy Guelph.
The Pitch: “Alex is seeking the Green Party nomination for Guelph. He is an engineer, an MBA, a Renewable Energy Professional, a Certified Energy Manager, and an excellent communicator and community builder.”
Why He Wants to Be the Green Nominee (in 100 words or less): “I want to create a livable planet for my children, and I believe that I have the right skills to make that happen. I have the passion, I have the experience, and I’m a bridge builder. The Greens are all about bridging the divide between different political parties, and that’s what I bring to the table.”
Where Do I Know Him From? Steve Dyck is the President and CEO of Guelph Solar, and has been a long time advocate for environmental stewardship and electoral reform. He also ran for the Green Party in the 2011 Provincial Election.
The Pitch: “Steve is a deep Green who understands the challenges and opportunities we now face. He is committed to community engagement and finding solutions that work for our community and our province.”
Why He Wants to Be the Green Nominee (in 100 words or less): “Voters are looking for someone to be honest, people are asking us to be honest, and I think people in Guelph are looking for someone they can trust and will speak for them. If we can add a business voice into that, it would be great, and I can bring all those things together. Our democracy is really vulnerable, and it would be great if we could get a minority government out of this election and have people working across parties for Canada.”
Where Do I Know Her From? Hayley Kellett is the co-founder and co-owner of the Making-Box, downtown Guelph’s improv school and performance venue.
The Pitch: “I had never wanted to join anything political until I was introduced to the community that is the Guelph Greens. Mike Schreiner is an inspiration and I am excited to become part of the movement, in any capacity.”
Why She Wants to Be the Green Nominee (in 100 words or less): “I believe that collectively, we can do better, and by combining our knowledge, expertise, and know-how we, as a group of people, can do more than any individual could ever do on their own, and I’m really good at rallying people together and creating conversations that everyone feels safe to be part of. My goal is to listen, to understand, and create a platform for all of our diverse communities to be part of because the LGBT community needs to be part of this conversation, and so do our Indigenous peoples, new families, new Canadians, and youth because their voices deserve to be heard.”
Where Do I Know Him From? Ralph Martin is a professor of plant agriculture in the Ontario Agriculture College at the University of Guelph, and current chair of the Canadian Rights and Freedoms Centre.
The Pitch: “Community service is central to Ralph’s relationships with people and ecological systems. For example, he writes Guelph Mercury Tribune articles and chairs the Canadian Rights and Freedom Centre. He collaborates with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario and the Organic Science Cluster. He served on the Board of Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph and the United Way Committee, University of Guelph.”
Why He Wants to Be the Green Nominee (in 100 words or less): “I would like to be the nominee because I think there’s a very good opportunity here in Guelph with the Greens to win this next Federal election. I have a lot of experience in science, are making decisions in science and communicating that to people. I’ve been the director of an organic research organization, I was able to convince the Federal government to put up a lot of money for that, and I expect the job is going to include a lot of Influence and negotiating with people, and that’s one of my strengths.”
Where Do I Know Them From? Recognized as a “celestial body of chaotic gay energy,” Jax Thornton ran in the 2018 Municipal Election as a candidate for Ward 1.
The Pitch: “Jax knows that in order to plan for the future, the voices of the future must be heard. Jax has found the majority of decision makers to be homogeneous, and saw a stark lack of representation in politics. As a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, Jax knows that there is only so much someone can understand about another person’s oppression if one is not also a member of that community.”
Why They Wants to Be the Green Nominee (in 100 words or less): “My generation has been left with a dying planet, and needless to say I’m already upset about that. People say all time that we need to hear the voices of the future, and elect the youth to lead, so I think we need to actually put our money where our mouth is, and put the youth at the table. And I definitely think that with the decision makers right now there’s a stark lack of diversity. I don’t feel like I’m being represented, I don’t feel like the LGBTQIA2S+ community is being represented, and I feel like as a queer person, I can bring a lot of voices to the table that aren’t being heard.”
The Guelph Green Party will elect their nominee for the 2019 Federal Election on Friday April 5 at the Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Conference Cetre at 601 Scottsdale Dr across from Stone Road Mall. Doors will open at 6 pm.