SHUNIAH – CIVIC POLITICS – Long-time Shuniah Reeve Maria Harding is facing a challenge this October. Veteran Councillor Wendy Landry is taking on 26-year-incumbant Maria Harding for Office of the Reeve of the Municipality of Shuniah. The four-year Shuniah Council veteran says it’s time for some new blood to help the community of Shuniah work towards the future.
“I bring a wealth of successful business experience along with passion for community development,” said Landry. “I believe the people of Shuniah deserve a boost of positive, new energy and more diverse experience to contribute to economic development and to bring this unique community together. I have a proven track record, I am a community builder.”
Landry is a recent recipient of the Ontario Volunteer Award and a City of Thunder Bay Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Award, and a graduate of Leadership Thunder Bay. She has held extensive leadership roles both in municipal politics and through extensive volunteerism including:
Councillor for The Municipality of Shuniah
Executive Member – Thunder Bay District Municipal League
Shuniah Recreation Committee
Shuniah Community Policing Committee
Women in Politics
Inaugural Chair – Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council
City of Thunder Bay Anti-racism Committee
Co-Chair Respect. Working Group
Board Member Dilico Foundation
Elected Official – Various Cultural Organizations
Thunder Bay Women’s Hockey, various other positions
“I think it boils down to who you want representing you to move Shuniah forward, I have the energy, passion and respect for my community and fellow residents to help us achieve our goals, including keeping taxes low, Economic Development and a plan for the future.”
After a 20-year-career in the Corrections field, as well a professor at Confederation College, Landry is now the Manager of Municipal and Aboriginal Affairs at Union Gas. She and husband of 26 years, Pat, recognize the importance of strong values that smaller communities can contribute which is why they chose to raise their six children in Shuniah.
Landry’s campaign in a media statement says, “Landry is not afraid of hard work, being passionate about community development is why she was the lead in founding the Shuniah Youth Group and successful in obtaining $35,000 in Provincial Grant money to get started”.