Ember McKillop is a serious Northerner. She has made Northwestern Ontario home for more than half her life. She has resided in large cities, small towns and remote fly-in communities giving her a unique perspective of the Kenora Rainy River Riding.
A lifelong learner, Ember began her post-secondary education at Lakehead University with a double major in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism and Geography. She returned to school to complete a Bachelor or Education with a focus on Aboriginal Education. Since then, she has continually upgraded her education, taking courses ranging from Special Education to Business.
Teaching is now her passion. Ember currently teaches at an elementary school in Dryden, Ontario. Outside her career, Ember works hard to contribute to the betterment of her community and region. She has been on the executive of community sports organizations, and volunteered to help with organizing and fundraising many charitable organizations including the Humane Society, Bird Studies Canada, and the Pickle Lake Food Distribution Network. She has also been an emergency response volunteer for the Canadian Red Cross for the last 7 years.
Ember has a strong connection to the environmental and social justice issues. There are many serious issues affecting the Kenora-Rainy River region that have been the catalyst for her decision to run for office. The Boreal Forest is the world’s largest continuous forest, essential to the identity of the people of the North, yet it is under constant threat. The waters, land, and air are heavily stressed by industrial and commercial development that has gone virtually unchecked. Ember believes it is essential to have someone to advocate for the area’s long-term health and not get caught up in the short-term gains of unscrutinised and under-regulated resource extraction.