COOK: a message from, candidate, Regional Ward 2

Hello Neighbours,

For 4 decades I’ve called Pickering home, choosing to buy my home and raise my family in Ward 2.  This community has become a central part of our lives, which is why it is important for me to put my name forward as candidate for Regional Councillor, Ward 2.

Raising a child with special needs I have been deeply connected to serving our school community and local service groups to make a difference and impact in the life of my son and others like him who need an ally.

I am a passionate coach and mentor with the Greater Durham Special Olympics speed skating team and was honoured to be a recipient of a 2020 City of Pickering Service Award for Volunteer of the Year.

I believe I have the skills necessary to serve our City and Ward with dignity and inclusion. I am a humanities student at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies and work in a field I love, as a Senior Director at Cologix, a US based data centre technology company, where I am a founding member of Cologix’ Women’s Connection Network.

Community Involvement

PESCA – the former Pickering East Shore Community Association. Served as a member at large, President and Past President

  • Durham Catholic School Board, Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) – Community Liaison, one term (4 years)
  • Royal Canadian Legion #606 – Volunteer since 2018
  • Special Olympics National Winter Games 2020 – Athlete Liaison, Speed Skating, Team Ontario
  • Special Olympics 2019 Provincial Winter Games – Head Coach, South Central Ontario Speed Skating
  • Greater Durham Special Olympics Assistant Coach & Team Manager, Speed Skating – since 2013
  • Chair, Parent Involvement Committee, Holy Redeemer & Father Fenelon – 2010 to 2018

It is time for inclusive representation on council – that includes women at the decision-making table, and women as a part of a purpose=led community.

I want to hear from you on issues that affect our community and city. Together we can look for solutions.

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Only the best,

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