Shannon Walowetz: Candidate profile

For Virden councillor

My partner and I moved out to Virden about four years ago to escape the craziness of the city, while looking for a thriving community.  Together, we have three children.  I grew up in a military family, which instilled many strengths and qualities, including my connection to family and my community. 

For the past 10+ years I have worked within the disability community, eight of which have been with Innovative Life Options where I support a funding model called In the Company of Friends.  My primary focus is to support the growth and development of natural support networks for individuals who live with intellectual disabilities.  I have also had the opportunity to be part of several community boards, including Inclusion Westman. 

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I bring with me a strong ability to work as part of a team, an interest and passion for people, I am a strong advocate with a good working knowledge of budgets, funding proposals, financial reports and a keen ability to think outside the box while working within government departments.   

The current issues that I see Virden facing have a strong connection to the declining oil market, directly impacting our economic and social climates.  With this we see people leaving the community, the small business sector collapsing, an increase in crime and drug use and collapsing family systems.  

When I first started thinking about running for council it truly was about making big changes. Virden is my home. It is my family’s future, so if I can be part of maintaining this beautiful town and help plant the seeds for an even better future, then I am all in!

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