Sue Doughty-Smith was born in Southern Ontario and moved to Thunder Bay just before her secondary school years began. After completing high school, she worked as a flight attendant for a small airline in northern Manitoba on scheduled and charter flights to remote communities in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. This was her first experience in understanding what remote and isolated communities went through in their daily lives. She returned to Thunder Bay to attend Confederation College to enter the Developmental Service Worker program where, after graduation, she began a career working at a community agency supporting adults with developmental disabilities in both their homes and work settings. She entered the education field as a Student Support Professional with Lakehead Public Schools where she continued to work for almost forty years supporting students with different exceptionalities at both the elementary and secondary school levels. She was also involved with community partners and other related agencies while supporting students during co op and vocational placements. She was involved for 27 years as a union executive at both the local and provincial levels for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, that services members who work in educational settings from JK to post-secondary. Through working with members across Ontario, she has had the opportunity to be part of a team who developed, coordinated and presented professional development opportunities with workshops that included crisis awareness, homophobia, bullying and cyber bullying. Sue is running for School Board Trustee for the Lakehead District School Board.Read More
Cheri is a strong, outspoken and enthusiastic leader, and a passionate advocate for our public schools. With experience in broadcast television news as a former Television News Reporter, in media relations, and now in provincial government program delivery, she is a dynamic voice highlighting today's issues and tomorrow's opportunities. She is the Chair of Hammarskjold High School’s School Council, an active member of the Lakehead Board's Council of School Council Chairs, and was Chair of the Choose Hammarskjold campaign that successfully lobbied the Lakehead Board to reverse their plan to close her local high school. Working in Strategic Communications for the Ontario Government (Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services), she understands provincial legislation, program policy and the decision-making processes of government. Her work has helped her gain an understanding of current issues facing our Indigenous communities, children in the child welfare system, the supports available to families through the Ontario Autism Program, the Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy and mental health supports for students in our schools. Previously, she worked for the Ontario Student Assistance Program helping colleges and universities administer student grants and loans to Ontario students. As a stay-at-home mom, she drove a school bus for several years, gaining an understanding of transportation logistics, financial pressures, and school bus service delivery in urban and rural centers. Cheri is running for school board trustee of Lakehead Public School Board.Read More
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.
As a community member for over 30 years, Kim Ducharme has been engaged in her community in a variety of activities, roles and commitments. She has served in several family/children’s social service agencies, both in direct service and management. She has extensive experience serving on various Boards, as well as significant volunteer and advocacy work. She graduated from both a community college and university program in Child and Youth Care, and is grateful for the experience in both learning pathways. She presently serves as a professor at her local community college in the Child and Youth Care program. Her career direction definitely fine-tuned her skills in realistic and no-nonsense decision making, conflict management, crisis intervention, organization as well as the ability to do ten things all at the same time. Kim is running running for councillor-at-large in Thunder Bay, Ontario.Read More