Volunteer profile: Andrea Collins | Policy/Research Expert & Canvasser
Developing a platform can require a lot of research and understanding of complex nuances. Understanding a two tiered municipal system requires even more reading, research, and fact checking. With Andrea on my team, we’ve called in the big guns.
Policy/Research Expert & Canvasser
Volunteer Name: Andrea Collins
Role: Policy/Research Expert & Canvasser
Why did you decide to get involved in a municipal election campaign?
I attended the Waterloo Region Women's Municipal Campaign School in January 2018 and was simply blown away by all of the incredible people working to improve our city and region. I knew then that I would be getting involved in the municipal election, and was so delighted when Jen declared she was running. It was an easy choice to get involved with her campaign.
Why do you think Jen will make a great councillor?
The most important trait Jen will bring to Council is her desire to engage directly with community members to make Waterloo an even better place. Jen already demonstrates her commitment to the community through her work and volunteering and I am thrilled to see her take this commitment to City Council. Jen is precisely the kind of person that can help make local decision-making more participatory and local democracy more vibrant.
What is your favourite thing about the City of Waterloo?
I love the walkability of the Uptown core and Waterloo Park. My favourite way to get to know a city is to walk around and discover new places. With the way Waterloo is growing, there is always something new to check out. I would love to see more parts of the city become walkable areas that get people out of their cars and engaging with their surroundings.
What do you think is the biggest issue residents in the City of Waterloo are dealing with?
How to grapple with how the city is changing. Waterloo has the very fortunate problem of being a city that keeps growing. We have decisions ahead of us about how to grow sustainably while also ensuring our neighbourhoods are dynamic and welcoming. But in order to do this, we need to understand the range of concerns that residents have and be willing to hear each other out to figure out a way forward.
Why should residents care about municipal elections?
The consequences of municipal elections and decision-making are with us every day. From the moment you brush your teeth in the morning, to your commute to work or school, to the sense of safety and community you feel (or don’t feel). It is important for us to choose municipal leaders who reflect our values and are willing to listen to us not just in the days before the election, but in the weeks, months, and years to follow. Residents should not just care about municipal elections, but think about the trust they are placing in councillors to make decisions for us all the days in between.