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I was elected as a Grey Highlands municipal Councillor in 2018 where I serve as Council’s Environment and Council & Legislative Services liaison. I serve on the Grey Highlands Public Library Board, the Grey Highlands Community Development Advisory Committee, the Joint Waste and Diversion Committee, the Financial Assistance Program Committee, as well as The Climate Action Task Force which has completed its mandate.
As a determined climate action advocate, I understand the urgent challenges facing Grey Highlands and beyond. In 2019, I put forward a resolution to declare a climate crisis, join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection Program, and strike a Climate Action Task Force to shape a Grey Highlands’ Climate Action Plan. This resolution received unanimous support. Recently, I was chosen to join municipal leaders from across Canada in completing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Climate Leadership Program.
I am committed to protecting agricultural land and wetlands, as well as planning for green growth without urban sprawl. I believe in working cooperatively with my municipal colleagues–both staff and Council; I stand against today’s divisive politics that impose a barrier to solutions that improve people’s lives.
I am a wife and mother of three kids ages 17, 15, and 9 who attend Grey Highlands Secondary and Macphail Elementary. My family and I operate a small-scale swine farm near Ceylon, where we practice regenerative farming. I am an outdoors enthusiast, and I love exploring Grey Highlands in any season.
Before pursuing politics, I was a project manager and business analyst in the information technology sector. I have taught English, English as a Second Language, and Business Communications at three Ontario colleges. I am an entrepreneur at heart, and have created and led small businesses in the technology and agricultural sectors.
When I am not actively engaged with fellow citizens in building community, I can usually be found in my barn caring for my horses and pigs, with at least one dog by my side.
“Danielle knows how important it is to protect the places we love,” Ontario Greens Leader Mike Schreiner said. “And as a local councillor, she deeply understands her community’s needs.”