Born in South Africa, Debbie Moolman learned about political activism as a Bachelor of Science university student marching to free Nelson Mandela. Unsurprisingly, the most memorable day in Debbie’s life was April 27, 1994, not only because it was the first democratic election held in South Africa, but also because she was able for the first time to vote for Nelson Mandela, a man whom she had admired for many years for his tenacity and refusal to bow under unbelievable pressure. Nelson Mandela is hero to many and Debbie’s role model.
The Moolman family moved to Canada following an invasion of their neighbourhood by a group of 10,000 squatters who were enticed into the neighbourhood by the ruling party to ensure a majority for the riding during the 1999 election. The squatters filled their buckets from private residences at night and tapped into the power grid to “steal” electricity resulting in exorbitantly high utility bills for local residents. After a futile legal battle to evict them, Debbie aligned herself with the squatters to get municipal water, garbage removal and power supplies. The municipality refused on the grounds that the squatters were not legal residents so Debbie organized a media assault and protest march on the municipality. The campaign was successful.
Debbie, who has retired from the banking world as a Project Manager, now lives in Markham with her husband and mother. She is opposed to nuclear power, believes in empowered people, growing small businesses and working hard to restore the world to a place where our children and grandchildren can flourish.