“A Politician thinks of the next election... A Leader thinks of the next generation.”
Candidate Ward 4 City Council in Burlington
Burlington is changing as a city and I know that the people of this community are looking for change, transparency and a new direction for city council.
I believe I have the experience, the ideas and the energy to make that happen.
I have been a proud resident of Burlington for over 30 years and I bring a wealth of professional experience to the race. I spent nearly three decades working as a Social Worker, Mediator and Systems Navigator within the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Community and Social Services. For the past 4 years I have contributed to the economic development of the community by developing my own Social Enterprise here in Burlington. At Compass Home Consulting we assist seniors to navigate the stressful transition of downsizing and help to find appropriate and affordable housing options, as well as strongly advocating for innovative and affordable housing options for seniors.
I have also been passionate about volunteering in the community, canvassing for both the Cancer and Heart and Stroke Societies, representing condominium boards, taking a strong lead on school councils and acting as Community Liaison for a city councillor. Since 2015 I have been very actively involved with the Burlington Age Friendly Committee specifically focusing on Parks/Open Spaces and Innovative Housing Options for Seniors.
When people ask why I have chosen 2018 to run for city council, the answer is simple… I’ve become fascinated with our city council process over the past few years, have attended city council meeting regularly, have educated myself on many issues and concerns regarding Burlington as a strong, sustainable city and feel we, as a community, can and should do better. I’m passionate about citizen empowerment and community development. I believe in a ‘bottom-up’ rather than a ‘top-down’ approach, starting with the principle that in any community there is a wealth of knowledge and experience which can be channeled into collective action to achieve the community’s desired goals. The citizens of Burlington have great ideas and want their voices heard and respected at City Hall.
The responsibility of a City Councillor is to amplify the voices of the community they represent, and I am committed to doing just that.
Shawna Stolte City Council Ward 4 in Burlington