Amanda Kingsley Malo

FOUNDER | Executive direcTor


Amanda is an elementary school teacher and social activist. Being born and bred “up north”, she feels a kinship with Northern Ontario and wants to see its communities thrive. She has completed a fellowship in community organisation with the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario) and was a Community Team Organizer for Nickel Belt during the federal election in 2015. She has also volunteered with various organisations around the Sudbury area, including with Sudbury Project Hope. Recently, Amanda was nominated for a Samara Everyday Political Citizen Award and was the winner of CBC's #WeAretheChange, a contest contest that highlighted innovative community changemakers all across our country in honour of Canada150. She was also the co-organizer of Sudbury’s first Women’s March in January of this year. With the experience that she has accrued, she hopes to use PoliticsNOW as a platform to increase the number of women politicians, campaigners and community organisers in Northern Ontario. Having decided long ago that she feels most like herself when she is giving back to others, Amanda has fully immersed herself to contributing to a long-lasting positive legacy in Sudbury, and is hopeful that her efforts will be felt all over Northern Ontario. She lives in Sudbury with her husband and their newborn daughter.

Cheri McLeod


A recent transplant to the Near North region from London ON, Cheri has lived many different lives and worn many different hats. She's the former president of the SoHo Community Association and was also an intricate part of the SoHo Market, Free Hugs Day, and as an Awesome London trustee. Now she's in the North and inspired to empower women in Northern Ontario to run for municipal politics. With a particular focus on the development of our mentorship program, Cheri is dedicated to pairing women that are interested in municipal politics with experienced politicians who want to help and support them.

Michele Girash


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Michele Girash is a veteran community development and campaign organizer.  Originally planning on a career in research science in perinatal physiology, Michele came to discover her flair for organizing while engaged with a movement to ensure that health and safety standards applied to graduate students in university laboratories. The move to women’s health activism soon followed the birth of her first child.  A post-degree certificate in Health Promotion and Evaluation with an emphasis on Social Marketing provided the stepping stones to a career that has included: being the Director of the Midwifery Task Force of Ontario, at the time of regulation and registration of midwives in the province; as an appointee or Board member to various municipal and provincial bodies involved with neighbourhood community development, health promotion regulation, domestic violence, sexual assault, food security, and breastfeeding friendly communities; as the Northern Ontario manager for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation; as a local volunteer coordinator with Partners for Mental Health; as an instructor in Social Marketing at Nipissing University, and placement supervisor in Health Promotion at Laurentian University; as a political organizer and ground campaign manager at the provincial and national levels, and as a campaign director for national leaderships campaigns, and a provincial campaign; and as an outreach office with the Federal NDP Leader’s Office in the House of Commons. Michele is particularly interested in efforts to elect more women, and has been active leading candidate and organizer workshops for the upcoming Ontario municipal elections.  Currently, Michele is working on anti-privatization campaigns with a major union. Michele grew up in Windsor, ON, went to school and raised 3 kids in London, ON, and now calls Northern Ontario home.