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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Ellen Chambers

Ellen Chambers is a retired teacher, local union president and provincial executive member for ETFO. She has received the Thunder Bay Mayor's Local Hero Award, as well as the Humanitarian Award provincially for ETFO for her advocacy for safety of LGBTQ students in schools. She works on social justice committees, such as Diversity Thunder Bay. She was a founding member of SAGE - Sexuality and Gender Equity and was the co-founder and co-chair of Thunder Pride.

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Kristen Oliver

A graduate of Fort William Collegiate and Confederation College, Thunder Bay has been home to Kristen Oliver for her entire life. She presently works full-time as the Executive Director of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA). She oversees the advocacy and lobbying efforts of NOMA and attributes this role as the main driver to seeking office on the municipal level. In 2004, she was employed as Policy Assistant to the Mayor for the City of Thunder Bay and held this position until 2010. Prior to that, she was a constituency assistant to Lyn McLeod, MPP, Thunder Bay - Atikokan. As a dedicated member of her community, she serves as Chair of the Board of Governors for Confederation College and Vice President of Northwood Hockey League.

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Charmaine McCraw

Charmaine was born and raised in Northwestern Ontario and moved to Thunder Bay to pursue her degree in Political Science in 2008. She has held positions in recruitment, economic and community development, research and, before herprofessional career, everything from a gas attendant to an elementary teacher. Thunder Bay has been home for 10 years now (with a few adventures in between). She has always been an advocate for eliminating misconceptions through education. She was nominated for the Northern Ontario Visionary Award in 2014 for her capacity development work with First Nations. She and her partner own a home on Dawson Road and have three fur babies; their families are their hugest support and she plans on calling Thunder Bay home for many years to come.

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