Hi – I’m Kristen Oliver. Born and raised in Westfort, this ward is my home, my neighbourhood and seeing it succeed is my passion. I’m married to Rick, a shop teacher at Westgate and together we are raising our sons Carter and Cale on Ernestine Avenue.
I work fulltime as the Executive Director of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA). I oversee the advocacy and lobbying efforts of NOMA and attribute this role as the main driver to seeking office on the municipal level. I have long been advocating and addressing the issues of our community and I know firsthand the challenges we face with infrastructure funding, the dire need to address our social issues and improving the economy for Thunder Bay.
I believe that my experience and knowledge of the issues is needed to move our community forward. As an advocate for the region, I was honoured to have received the Forest Champion Award from the Ontario Forest Industry Association. Forestry is the backbone for many communities in Northwestern Ontario. When the region does well, so does Thunder Bay.
Through my work with NOMA, I am fortunate to have established great working relationships with the government and opposition parties. I have worked very hard for this community and our region. Growing a strong economy is a major priority to me. I know the value that our hard working people put in everyday to feed and house their families and contribute to our city. I am committed to ensuring that your tax dollars pay for the services you depend on.
I am a true believer that a community is only as strong as the people that support it. As a result, I have a substantial record of volunteering. I currently serve as the Chair of the Board of Governors for Confederation College and am Vice President of the Northwood Hockey League. I am also a past president of Leadership Thunder Bay and have served on parent council as well as other community groups.
My campaign will revolve around making Thunder Bay a welcoming community. While this sounds like such a simple statement, it really is the basis for attracting developers, people and talent to Thunder Bay. We need to harness the opportunities for growth. As the largest city in the northwest, we should be focusing on our strengths and showcasing what we have to offer. I believe by working together, we can make this city the jewel of the north.
I am confident that I will bring a fresh perspective to the table and look forward to giving Westfort a voice in council chambers. I encourage you to contact me with your thoughts, ideas or just to chat. Shoot me an email at Oliver4Westfort@gmail.com or phone/text 627-2036.