Anita Payne is a retired high school science teacher. Born and raised in Toronto, Anita developed a deep connection to her environment while interacting with nature at her cottage. This inspired Anita to study ecology, to become a teacher, and to become involved in her community. In 2003 Anita was compelled to join the Green Party in order to bring an ecological perspective to political decisions. She has served on riding associations and on the Green Party of Ontario Provincial Executive. In addition, Anita ran as a Green Party candidate in three previous provincial elections as well as the 2015 federal election.
Professionally, Anita was a long-serving executive member of the Ontario Society for Environmental Education.
Anita has been active in many community and environmental groups over the years in both Lanark County and Stratford. Since returning to Lanark County in 2011, Anita has participated in climate marches and volunteered with Fair Vote Canada, her lake association, Climate Reality, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the Guatemala Stove Project and Canadian Federation for University Women Perth and District.