Valerie Powell has worked professionally in the arts, non-profit organizations and seniors health care and is an active community volunteer. She believes her passion for social and environmental issues is reflected in Green Party values and is proud to run as the Green Party candidate in Simcoe North.
Valerie is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and a practicing artist. For many years she operated a retail store in Orillia, then served as Executive Director of the Georgian Bay Lung Association while her weekly column could be heard on CBC Radio’s “Ontario Morning”. Her combined passion for art and social issues led her to University of Guelph for a BA in Fine arts and then an MSc in Gerontology Research. Valerie’s new path included health research, and Executive Director with the Alzheimer Society. Returning to Oro-Medonte, Valerie worked as a psychogeriatric consultant for over 10 years and as coordinator of a Behavioural Support System for older adults.
Valerie is a dedicated volunteer and community builder and an ardent advocate for the arts and seniors issues. She has served on numerous boards, including a transitional house for women and Mariposa Folk Festival. She was a member of the Severn Sound Sustainability Advisory Team and the Simcoe County Zero Waste Coalition. She currently volunteers with the Sunshine Initiative in Orillia, Orillia Community Action Network and the Make Every Vote Count 3 Party Coalition and sits on the board of the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County. Valerie is an energetic community activist, gardener, artist, and sports enthusiast.
Because she feels that Green Party values and policies reflect her beliefs Valerie ran twice as the federal Green candidate, earning 11% of the vote in 2008. She was also the candidate in the 2015 provincial by-election.
Valerie is the seniors critic in both the GPO and GPC shadow cabinets. She supports and agrees with GPO leader Mike Schreiner that a Green voice at Queen’s Park will help ensure honesty, integrity, and good public policy in Ontario.
An avid gardener, renovator, and sportswoman, with children in the arts and active grandchildren, Valerie provides support to her husband and 91 year old mother. She believes that being a candidate for the Green Party is an important contribution to improve the quality of life and the environment for all.