Mike & Team
Valerie Powell, your Green Party of Ontario candidate in the upcoming by-election, is a health professional and an active member of the Simcoe North community. She is committed to green values and policies and believes strongly that healthy lives are grounded in a clean environment and a green economy. Born in England, Valerie moved to Orillia and attended Hillcrest Elementary school and ODCVI. She was accepted into the Ontario College of Art at 17, married Jamie Powell at 19, and moved back to Simcoe County in 1974 to an old Medonte schoolhouse. Valerie worked at the Adult Occupational Centre, taught weaving and opened the Children’s General Store in Orillia while raising two children, Gray and Elizabeth. Listeners to CBC Radio “Ontario Morning” will recognize her voice from many years as their Huronia correspondent. The Powells moved to Guelph in the 90s where Valerie attended University full time, finishing an Honours BA in Fine Arts and a MSc in Gerontology Research. She defended her thesis while battling breast cancer, being successful with both. Valerie and Jamie returned to Medonte in the late 1990s, and got involved again in the community. After 10 years as a psychogeriatric consultant in Simcoe County, Valerie currently works as coordinator of the Behavioural Support System in North Simcoe Muskoka, supporting older adults with challenging behaviours. She works with the Dementia and Elder Abuse Networks and other bodies to improve the health care system. An energetic and passionate leader, Valerie is a dedicated volunteer and community builder and an ardent supporter of the arts. She was a practicing artist and arts reviewer for CBC radio. She has served on the Board of a Transitional House for Women and volunteers for the Mariposa Folk Festival. She was a member of the Severn Sound Sustainability Advisory Team and the Simcoe County Zero Waste Coalition. Valerie is an energetic community activist, gardener, decorator and sports enthusiast. Valerie has run twice in Simcoe North for the Green Party of Canada, and in 2008 earned 11% of the vote. Valerie agrees with GPO leader Mike Schreiner: a Green voice at Queen’s Park will help ensure honesty, integrity, and good public policy in Ontario.