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Advocacy

If elected I will continue to advocate for the community of Waterloo Region, just as I have done in the past. This is not a promise. This is a fact.

I have a proven track record on standing up to the WRDSB as an advocate for children, parents and taxpayers.

I have been publicly outspoken about the child care issues, the public's rights to speak at public meetings, the Doon South boundary review process, and more recently the planned Education Centre upgrades.

Communication & Engagement

If elected I will actively advocate for the implementation of an engagement plan to ensure the entire community is informed and included in the decision-making processes.

WRDSB is failing when it comes to communication and engagement with stakeholders. They know it. And it is time they do something about it.

Information collected from effective engagement and two-way communication is critical in helping the Board make decisions that are both informed and in keeping with the best interests of our children.

Transparency & Accountability

If elected I will actively work towards establishing systemic transparency at the school board. It is only through transparency that true accountability can be fostered.

Stakeholders are entitled to relevant and accurate information that is provided in a timely and accessible manner. They shouldn't have to 'happen upon it' after the fact or rely on the local media coverage to break the story (like they did with the recent $1M upgrades to the board room/trustee lounge).

About Natalie

As a mother of a young child in the public school system and being an owner of a national company, I believe I bring a wealth of hands-on knowledge and experiences that can further benefit the children, the parents, and the stakeholders in the Waterloo Region.

My first real ‘involvement’ with the school board came as a result of the school board’s implementation of the full day kindergarden/extended day programs and their plan to eliminate the third-party providers who were already providing child care programs to this age group at many of the schools in the region.

I started a website and the petition asking that the school board reconsider their position on the elimination of the third-party child care providers from their schools. Through my initial efforts, a core group of parents rallied to resolve this issue in order to provide the best solution for all the children of the region and ‘save’ the third-party providers. During this time I also created a Facebook Group which is still used today for communication between parents and grandparents with children enrolled in both the public and Catholic school boards in this region.

Once things regarding the extended day program resolved, I continued to be actively engaged with the school board by attending literally all of the public meetings.

I was recently appointed to the Doon South Boundary Review Committee which involved boundary considerations for J.W. Gerth PS, Doon South PS, Brigadoon PS, Pioneer Park PS, and the new school in the area that is now slated to open in September 2016.

I have also been an active member of Parent Council at J.W. Gerth Public School for several years now.

Natalie & Family

My husband, Mark, and I have been together for over 15 years. We have an 8 year old son who attends J.W. Gerth Public School and is in grade 3.

We moved the the Doon South area in 2006 (just a month before our son was born) and I am please to call Kitchener our home, where we are actively involved as community members.

I grew up as one of five children with my family in Nepean, Ontario. The importance of participation in municipal politics was part of my up-bringing; my mother's career was in municipal politics, where she ended it as a councilor for the Regional Municipality of Ottawa–Carleton.

I left home when I was 18 years old to attend the University of Guelph (Honours BSc, 1990), after which I resided in numerous cities and towns in Southern Ontario (including Leamington, Burlington, and Toronto).

Natalie's Career

I developed and operate a national lawyer referral service called LawyerLocate.ca Inc. I founded this company in 2001 after recognizing a 'hole' in the Canadian legal system, and my desire to help people in need find the support and information they were seeking. Since starting the company in 2001, we have helped well over 100,000 people find legal council to meet their personal and/or business needs.

In addition to LawyerLocate.ca Inc., I also own a digital design company called Digital emspace.

Both these companies are operated from the same office which is located in Cambridge, Ontario.

What Other People Are Saying

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[She] worked tirelessly to ensure parents were informed and then participated in a process that she firmly believed was in the best interests for all children and their families.

2014-04-26T19:40:29+00:00

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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.

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

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Your strong commitment is evident as are your genuine concern and care for the kids of Waterloo region. Here's to your success and bringing fresh energy to this important institution.

2014-04-27T10:58:38+00:00

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Your strong commitment is evident as are your genuine concern and care for the kids of Waterloo region. Here’s to your success and bringing fresh energy to this important institution.

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The most dedicated and engaged candidate Kitchener could ever hope for. Thank you for keeping parents throughout the region in the know on so many different issues.

2014-04-27T11:11:37+00:00

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The most dedicated and engaged candidate Kitchener could ever hope for. Thank you for keeping parents throughout the region in the know on so many different issues.

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

2014-04-27T11:15:52+00:00

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