Patricia Mills

Patricia is a successful journalist, businesswoman and community leader who created many events that have become cornerstones in Northern Ontario, including the Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards, 40 Under Forty Awards, Community Builder Awards and the Northern Ontario Business Awards. Most recently, she led the creation of NEO Kids Foundation which raises funds for children’s care in the north. She is the recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Bernardine Yackman, BPW Woman of the Year Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, United Way,
Cambrian College Alumni Award, Edward J.Conroy Community Leadership Award,
International Women’s Week Award, Excellence In Communications, Women of Distinction Award, Sudbury Women’s Centre and numerous provincial and national newspaper awards. Patricia is the only woman running for mayor in Greater Sudbury, and is the only woman running for mayor in a city in Northeastern Ontario.

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Heather Garbutt

Heather Garbutt was raised in Sudbury and left to pursue a degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Guelph. She also completed a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She is a career public servant with the last 15 years being spent with the Ministry of Transportation in North Bay in the Environmental Section. The foundation of her work at the MTO is in Environmental Assessment, which is a defined process for informed planning and decision making. Toward ensuring more positive and inclusive work spaces, she is trained and registered as a Positive Space Champion and will soon be a Positive Space Trainer. She is a married mom of 2 kids (11 and 9) and in her spare time, she plays the violin in the North Bay Symphony Orchestra. Heather is running for School Board Trustee for Near North District School Board.

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Tanya Vrebosch

Tanya Vrebosch is a 37 years old mother of two beautiful children: Danielle (Dani) who is 7 months and Sydney, who is almost 6 years old. She raises them with her better half, Dan Nogueira. Her parents are Bill and Gisele Vrebosch. Her father is the current Mayor of East Ferris and retired music teacher and her mother is retired from working at Gravelle's Meat Market. She was born in Corbeil and has lived in North Bay since she was 18. She has always had strong roots in the city, graduating from St. Joseph Scollard Hall and then Canadore College after that. Her experience ranges from tourism to economic development to social services. Her most recent experience involves working for 9.5 years at LIPI, the local poverty office and currently as a Case Manager for Ontario Works. She is an active volunteer with the North Bay Santa Fund and LIPI and have been a Royal Canadian Legion member for over 15 years. Tanya is running for re-election to council in North Bay.

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Ashley Nurmela

Ashley Nurmela is an Indigenous woman from Lake Helen, and a proud wife and mother of four beautiful children. She attended Confederation College in the Native and Child Family Services Program as an adult learner, where she was on the honour roll, received the Board of Governors Award, and the Succi OASA Student Leadership award. She works at both the grassroots and administrative levels, developing and coordinating such programs as the Stand Up Speak Up Campaign, and most recently as the FNMI Liaison for the Lakehead District School Board. Ashley is running for city councillor of the McKellar ward in Thunder Bay, ON.

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