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
"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,
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."
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.