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Councillor Yolaine Kirlew

Councillor Yolaine Kirlew

I love the healthy balance I have between work and home life because I live in Sioux Lookout.  This affords me the capacity to maintain my passion to help people, engage in democracy and the political process of decision making.  From an early age I have been committed to making the world around me a better place.  Being elected to municipal office is one more avenue to continue this effort.  I am honoured to be a part of this process of change. 

My strong values of fairness, faith and justice are central to my advocacy work.  This underscores why I ran for office.  They are motivating notions I draw from to direct my decision making when working with families, individuals, groups and other fabrics in our society.   I have always believed that principles are useful tools to help anchor the thought process of a decision maker. With this in mind, over the next political term (four years) I intend to continue to work collaboratively with various groups and agencies throughout our community to improve people's lives. 

Regarding my formal education, I have obtained Baccalaureate degrees in Comparative Politics, Development, International Relations, and International History. My professional background initially began as a political policy analyst.  I then returned to post graduate studies and obtained a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution.  I also acquired extensive training as a Third Party Neutral (TPN) group facilitator and Mediator.   I have done extensive academic research on various issues regarding the Canadian State and First Nations.

 The sum of my volunteer experience is exemplified throughout my varied community involvements. These have span over 15 plus years.  I have been a volunteer in various women's, youth, and faith movements in and around Sioux Lookout region, Ottawa and internationally.  At present, I am volunteering on Sioux Lookout's Youth Development Commission, Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee, and I am a Cadet Instructor at Lac Seul Satellite-2072 Dryden RCACC.  In the past, I have functioned in various volunteer capacities such as President of the Congress of Black Women -Ottawa chapter -NGO, President of a Condo Corporation, and became a Women Shelter Board Member. 

I am married to Dr. Kirlew and have three daughters. I enjoy being in nature and playing sports.

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