A Parent. Just Like You.

As a mother of a young child (who is a special education student), and as a long-term business owner, I believe I bring a wealth of hands-on knowledge and experiences that can further benefit the children, parents, and other the stakeholders in the Waterloo Region. When speaking with parents one-on-one about their experiences, I am often told that it is “refreshing to speak with someone who truly understands what it is my family is going through”.

It has been an honour to represent constituents throughout the Region of Waterloo since 2014, when I was first elected as a trustee for the Waterloo Region District School Board (Kitchener).

I am now seeking re-election, in the October 2018 municipal election, because I don’t yet feel my “job” is done. I wish to have the opportunity to continue to advocate for things that constituents bring to me and for things that I believe are important for the students, parents / caregivers, educators, staff, community partners, and community members of the Waterloo Region District School Board.

My Commitments

Make fiscally responsible decision that are right for the entire community;

Promote increased community involvement and enhanced communication;

Promote an open transparent operation with accountability throughout the entire school board; and

Advocate for the entire community with the goals of improving student achievement and the well-being of all students and staff.

My Priorities

Special education students and services;

Early identification of students at risk, regarding both well-being as well as those at risk of not graduating; and

Providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all, both from a physical point of view and from an equity & inclusion point of view.

SOME OF MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS TRUSTEE

Motion
Use of Volunteers as Supervisors For Extracurricular Activities

I brought forward a Motion that has ultimately led to policy changes and allows volunteers to act as supervisors for extracurricular activities in certain circumstances (such as withdrawal of services during a labour dispute).

Motion
ADHD and Exceptionality Categorization

I proposed and presented a Motion to the Ontario Public School Board Association, which has essentially led to that organization’s commitment to lobby the Ministry of Education to include ADHD in their definitions of exceptionality, as well as to provide additional resources to educators on how best to accommodate students with ADHD.

aggression in the classroom

Motion
Aggression In The Classroom

I tabled a motion that led to having the Board send a letter to the Minister of Education expressing concerns for the increasing occurrences of student aggression in the classroom, and to include a call for more funding for supports in the classroom. 

In The News

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

May 10, 2018

I was honoured to join in a discussion about ADHD in the classroom and to have the opportunity to speak about a Motion I took to the Ontario Public School Board Association for their consideration at the association’s annual general meeting.

What Others Say About Me

The most dedicated and engaged candidate

The most dedicated and engaged candidate Kitchener could ever hope for.

Tara W., Parent

Trustee Natalie Waddell from Kitchener
2014-04-27T11:11:37+00:00

Tara W., Parent

The most dedicated and engaged candidate Kitchener could ever hope for.

Dedicated advocate for children and parents

Natalie has been a parent that has been engaged with important Board changes and have helped to keep us parents... Read More

Lara M., Parent

Trustee Natalie Waddell from Kitchener
2014-09-12T14:11:58+00:00

Lara M., Parent

Natalie has been a parent that has been engaged with important Board changes and have helped to keep us parents up to date on what is happening. I appreciate her dedication to this on our behalf.

Works tirelessly

[She] worked tirelessly to ensure parents were informed and then participate in a process that she firmly believed was in... Read More

John Haddock
Past Chief Executive Officer, YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo

Trustee Natalie Waddell from Kitchener
2014-04-26T19:40:29+00:00

John Haddock
Past Chief Executive Officer, YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo

[She] worked tirelessly to ensure parents were informed and then participate in a process that she firmly believed was in the best interests of the great good for all.

Exactly What Families With Children Need

Natalie’s passion to improve the communication and representation of families within the WRDSB is unequalled. I have had the privilege... Read More

Craig H., Parent

Trustee Natalie Waddell from Kitchener
2014-09-24T15:46:17+00:00

Craig H., Parent

Natalie’s passion to improve the communication and representation of families within the WRDSB is unequalled. I have had the privilege of discussing various topics surrounding the activities of the WRDSB with her over the past few years and have always been impressed with her approach in handling difficult topics and discussions.

I Trust My Children’s Future in the Voice of Natalie Waddell

I am confident in Natalie Waddell and can trust my children's future in her voice.

K.V., New Parent

Trustee Natalie Waddell from Kitchener
2014-09-11T18:40:17+00:00

K.V., New Parent

I am confident in Natalie Waddell and can trust my children's future in her voice.

Your strong commitment is evident

Your strong commitment is evident as are your genuine concern and care for the kids of Waterloo region.

Tony M., Parent

Trustee Natalie Waddell from Kitchener
2014-04-27T10:58:38+00:00

Tony M., Parent

Your strong commitment is evident as are your genuine concern and care for the kids of Waterloo region.

Her Commitment is Outstanding

Natalie has my full support. Her passion, knowledge, and commitment are outstanding.

Andre B., Parent

Trustee Natalie Waddell from Kitchener
2014-04-27T11:15:52+00:00

Andre B., Parent

Natalie has my full support. Her passion, knowledge, and commitment are outstanding.