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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Lori Paras

Lori Paras is a seasoned entrepreneur, a social activist, who currently owns and operates The Hub Bazaar, a retail business incubator that provides affordable space for entrepreneurs to proof their business plans. Located on the south side of the city, this area is in the process of revitalization and The Hub is actively participating in this endeavour. Ms. Paras also participated in the revitalization of downtown Port Arthur establishing and operating her restaurant Ruby Moon for seven years. She is proud of her contribution on the north side of the Thunder Bay and is committed to its continued development. She is running for Councillor in Thunder Bay, ON.

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Erika Lougheed

Erika Lougheed works across the North - advocating, fundraising, and creating community connections to support the most vulnerable people in her area. She mobilizes positive community collaboration for a living. Although herfocus is in Nipissing and Parry Sound, and her office is in North Bay, her work takes her all across the North. She hasa long history in non-profit management as well as experiences as a wilderness canoe guide, yoga teacher, business owner, farmer, and community builder. Erika is running for councillor of East Ferris, ON.

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