Busy on the Campaign Trail!

Wow, the past month has been a blast. As voting opens on Monday, October 1st, I welcome you to check out what I’ve been up to.

The following are excerpts from my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/KirkwoodWhyte4Council

2018 SEP 30

Online voting starts tomorrow (2018 OCT 01) at 10:00 am and concludes Monday, 2018 OCT 15 at 10:00 pm. While there is still plenty of time leading up to Election Day (Monday, 2018 OCT 22) … I’ve been encouraged to share the following …

Having served in all three sectors of the community – business, government and nonprofit – I bring a unique perspective to Municipal Council. I have extensive leadership experience in bringing diverse groups of people together to address community issues. I have managed very tight budgets and I have contributed thousands of volunteer hours to chairing numerous community boards and committees. And … as a recent retiree, I have the time to devote to the important role of municipal governance.

Check out my website at noONEleftBEHIND.ca for more information.

Please make “KIRKWOOD-WHYTE, Karen” your choice for Ward 6! With sincere thanks!

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2018 SEP 29

This morning I devoted another couple of hours to travel two additional bus routes … talking to riders about their experiences with the local transit system and getting reacquainted with some passengers I hadn’t seen in years! Received some excellent suggestions to enhance ridership. Thanks to Tom and Helen Heath for joining me. Here with Tom at Walmart handing out several campaign pamphlets to shoppers.

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2018 SEP 28

Time to Celebrate our Local Agriculture!

Monday, October 1 not only marks the beginnning of ONLINE VOTING for the upcoming Municipal Election … but it is also the beginning of ONTARIO AGRICULTURE WEEK – proclaimed by the provincial government in 1998. The week is a noteworthy celebration of abundance.

The Ontario Agriculture Week Act (Bill 37) explains the reason for establishing this week-long recognition, stating, “The food and other agricultural products that sustain our lives are the result of the skill, hard work and dedication of Ontario’s farming communities and farm families. It is important to recognize and acknowledge this ongoing contribution by Ontario farmers to the quality of life of all our citizens.”

Having recently volunteered at the International Plowing Match here in Chatham-Kent, let’s give our local farmers and agri-business folks another round of applause!

Here in Chatham-Kent … WE GROW FOR THE WORLD!

2018 SEP 27

A worthy “share” and “read” for anyone wanting to learn more before they vote in the upcoming municipal election …

Five Terrible Reasons to Run for Municipal Office

Another worthy “share” and “read” before you vote in the upcoming election …

Six Awesome Reasons to Run for Municipal Office

2018 SEP 25

Today I was invited to ride the bus with a daily transit rider … and to learn about some of the challenges facing some of our local citizens. As a member of the Chatham-Kent Smart Cities Working Group, Christine and I then met with Terry Johnson, Co-Chair of the Working Group, to develop a grassroots survey which will provide us with the data we need to unlock federal and provincial funding to enhance our current transit system. Watch for this survey – to be posted shortly – and share your thoughts about what an ideal transportation system should entail. Your voice matters! Please participate. If I am successful in my quest to secure a seat on Municipal Council, one of my first tasks will be to resurrect the notion of a local Citizen Transit Advisory Committee.

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2018 SEP 25

As a life-long learner, I attended my first class at Canterbury Elder College yesterday. The session was instructed by Fred Osmon, whose love of history has turned him into a local historian. Fred has written five books that capture Chatham-Kent’s past. If you would like more information about courses being offered here in CK, go to www.uwindsor.ca/canterbury/eldercollege.

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2018 SEP 23

Have you received your voter cards in the mail yet? If not, call the Municipality and ask for the Clerk’s office – 519-360-1998. Make sure you are registered! YOUR vote matters!!

Karen Kirkwood-Whyte cares about our community, and is experienced and informed.

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2018 SEP 22

Listening to concerns, sharing some thoughts and making new friends at Chatham-Kent’s Hope House yesterday … sincere thanks to Kelly Gottschling and her team for making my “Meet and Greet” so special …

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2018 SEP 20

Day Three – Gate One – at the 2018 International Plowing Match. Slightly more than the predicted “trace” of rain. Good sports slipping and sliding in the mud before organizers called it quits just after noon. Lots of clean-up required today!

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2018 SEP 19

Day Two – Gate One – volunteering at the 2018 International Plowing Match. Bigger crowds and gorgeous weather! Took a wander after shift end … and look who crossed my path! A little “positivity” can go a long way!

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2018 SEP 19

The “third sector” – a true economic driver.

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Shared from Francesca Tracey’s page.

2018 SEP 18

Feeling grateful for all the help I am receiving in my quest to become a Municipal Councillor. Here are just a few of the folks who said “yes” to my invitation. Sincere thanks, Scott, Janice and Kathy!

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2018 SEP 18

Day One – Gate One – volunteering at the 2018 International Plowing Match in Pain Court. Didn’t have an opportunity to attend the Opening Ceremonies … or to meet Premier Doug Ford or Andrea Horwath … but had a good time with these fine folks as we greeted hundreds of visitors to Chatham-Kent!

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2018 SEP 17

Exciting morning at my grandchildren’s former elementary school … the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Early ON Child and Family Centre at Queen Elizabeth II. Congratulations to Carrie Myers and her entire team! As the saying goes … “Great beginnings inspire great possibilities”!

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2018 SEP 16

Had the distinct pleasure of attending the Worship Service at the International Plowing Match this afternoon. Very inspiring service – with special messages from several local pastors! Come on out this week and celebrate what Chatham-Kent has to offer. My hubby and I have joined hundreds of volunteers and will be at the gate to welcome you!

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2018 SEP 12

Roundtable Municipal candidate conversations at the Ten Seven Cafe – Live with Ben Labadie. Image may contain: 6 people, indoor


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