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Dominique Giguère Launches campaign for Deputy Mayor of Malahide Township

Dominique Giguère responds to call for reasonable practical change in Malahide Township

Port Bruce, Ont, Friday, July 27, 2018 - Malahide businesswoman and educator Dominique Giguère launched her bid today to become the Deputy Mayor of Malahide Township.

"I have heard a consistent desire among Malahide residents to have a new perspective at council," Giguère said to a group of supporters assembled in Port Bruce. Asserting that local taxpayers want the relationship between residents and the Township to change and become more collaborative and inclusive, Giguère underscored her campaign slogan of "Reasonable Practical Change."

"I strongly believe that I bring professional and objective experience that can help elevate council debate. Together we can incorporate more residents, entrepreneurs, and businesses into the consideration and decision making process within Malahide."

Giguère chose to begin her campaign in Port Bruce, just west of her family home off Nova Scotia Line. She emphasized the need to include and acknowledge all areas of Malahide and all sectors from farmers and landowners in both rural areas of the Township as well as the larger settlements of Port Bruce, Springfield, and the communities surrounding Aylmer. "We are a municipality that benefits from a wealth of resources from our agricultural sector to our innovative small and medium-sized businesses. I want to maximize our advantages by ensuring the Township is responsive, straightforward, and approaches each issue with thorough analysis."

Giguère herself owns fifty acres of land and understands local concerns about land usage drainage, municipal services, facilities, and operations. "I have had to deal with many of the same issues we would think should be easy but end up becoming unnecessarily complicated."

"Far too often we find that councils and staff come up with solutions that leave people wondering "what problem is that solution supposed to be solving?" For my entire career I have been asking questions to help organizations find better ways to be successful. I can and I want to do the same for Malahide."

Giguère has extensive experience in workplace and institutional management in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Giguère and her colleagues at Doctors Without Borders in Canada received the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Decoration for their response to the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa. Giguère has significant experience dealing with municipalities and institutions in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally.

Giguère has served for the past six years on the board of the Elgin Stewardship Council and promoted collaborative efforts to improve the professionalism and transparency surrounding conservation. A hunter and angler, she is an advocate for responsible resource and wildlife management.

"I am optimistic that working together with fellow councillors we can elevate the performance and professionalism of the Township. My campaign will work tirelessly to reach out and be reachable. I am confident that together we can implement reasonable and practical change for Malahide."

About Dominique

Dominique Giguère has been committed her entire life to issues important to Malahide residents. She is a local landowner, an entrepreneur and business owner, author, educator, facilitator, and is deeply committed to volunteerism.

Dominique was educated at Trent University (BSc), York University (BEd), and the Université de Montréal (PhD). She has published extensively on management, workplace behaviour, and training.

In 2001, Dominique co-founded her own company Currents Group to provide expertise and ‘know-how’ to clients across Ontario, Canada, and internationally. For 17 years, Dominique and her team have provided award-winning services on business planning and business processes, staff training, and about "how to get it done," for public institutions, not-for-profits, and private businesses. Dominique has previously held management positions at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), Seneca College, and TVOntario.

Particularly proud of several years working internationally, Dominique has been involved with Doctors Without Borders during humanitarian responses in Africa and the Caribbean. In 2017, Dominique was a team recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Decoration for her work during the 2014 Ebola crisis. She has also designed and delivered professional development programmes for teachers in the Dominican Republic.

Locally in Elgin, Dominique has worked in many different volunteer capacities to encourage collaboration on land-use and planning that respects farmers, landowners, and local residents. Dominique has been involved as a board member with the Elgin Stewardship Council for six years and been a past volunteer with the Carolinian Forest Festival. Dominique has also supported and volunteered with Ronald McDonald House. Dominique has interacted with all levels of government in Elgin County and at the provincial level. Her extensive experience led her to conclude that bringing a reasonable and practical approach to council could add a much-needed perspective to local decision-making in Malahide and Elgin County.

A proud owner of a historical Malahide home with her spouse Jed, Dominique enjoys rare spare time with step-children Sean and Jessica and their families including two grandchildren Graydon and Chloe. Dominique enjoys the great outdoors. She is a hunter and angler and also enjoys canoeing, golfing, and gardening.


Last Updated: Friday, 27 July 2018 16:12:56 PM EST

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