Facebook Posts – 2018 OCT 1 to 2018 OCT 10

2018 OCT 10

Hi All!

Just following up on a recent post wherein I mentioned a soon-to-be-released local Transit Survey. This is a grassroots initiative – undertaken as a result of an earlier enquiry made by a regular transit user who wanted to know what I intended to do – as a future Municipal Councillor – about challenges with the current transit system.

After several bus rides and two very in-depth meetings, our small citizen group has developed a survey – designed to help gather information for future decision making on this vital community service.

I want to express my sincere thanks to those individuals who offered their verbal comments while I was riding the buses.

Your input – whether you are a regular transit user – or someone contemplating a future ride on local transit – is vital to this project’s success. Please take the time to respond and elaborate on any answer, or add any additional information. Your name – nor any other identifying details – will not be released without your explicit permission.

Please follow the link below to add your voice … and to ensure that “no one is left behind”!

For a hard copy of this survey, please email me at

2018 OCT 10

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2018 OCT 9

Another opportunity to hear more from the Ward 6 Candidates and make an informed decision on – or before – October 22. And Bren is an added bonus!!

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Please Share & Join me tomorrow night at the Ten-Seven Cafe’ & Lounge for what could be the only Ward 6 Candidate Round Table/Debate. Musical guest Bren Dubégets the action started at 5:45pm and the first candidate session starts at 6:05 sharp! Come out and get informed, meet the candidates and be sure to vote! Online voting ends October 15th! – Ben Labadie

2018 OCT 9

Just two weeks remaining in this election campaign …

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. As a recent retiree, I can now commit the necessary time to the important role of municipal governance.

I have devoted the majority of my working career to helping people and I’d like to continue to do that. In addition to key responsibilities in the area of infrastructure, unencumbered support for local business and quality of life for all residents, I’d like to focus on three key issues during the upcoming term of office – all of which can be addressed by working “better together”.

1. Valuing all three sectors of the community

2. Valuing all generations

3. Valuing all communities within Chatham-Kent

If you’d like a little more information about me, I invite you to visit my website … – also my personal vision for Chatham-Kent.

Your VOTE counts! I’d welcome your support on – or before – October 22! Thank you.

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2018 OCT 7

A very special evening!

Originally posted on October 5, 2014:

Took my grandkids to see Col. Chris Hadfield last night … and also had an opportunity to meet him backstage and introduce him. One of life’s special moments! Thanks for asking, Lesley!

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2018 OCT 6

Wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends!

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2018 OCT 5

Tomorrow, OCT 6, I will join several other Ward 6 councillor candidates at the WISH Centre, 177 King Street East, from 1-4 pm. for a “Meet and Greet”.
I welcome the opportunity to answer your questions, share my platform and discuss any issues and concerns you may have.

2018 OCT 5

In recognition of Ontario Agriculture Week …

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2018 OCT 5

A worthy – and timely – share … 

2018 OCT 5

Another opportunity to meet with and/or learn more about the candidates who are vying for a seat on Municipal Council in Ward 6. Come out on Wednesday evening or watch from the comfort of your home! With thanks to Ben Labadie who has done a great job of encouraging more civic engagement in this municipal election.

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After a great event for the Youth Panel and Mayoral Round Table I am very much looking forward to the Ward 6 Candidate Round Table Night October 10th! As far as I know this may be the only option to see the candidates from Ward 6 so come out to the Ten-Seven Cafe from 6-9 Wednesday October 10th! We have musical guest Bren Dubé to start things up at 5:45 and at the breaks! Please Share! – Ben Labadie

2018 OCT 2

Hi Facebook friends! I am Helen Heath, Campaign Manager for Karen’s campaign.

Our goal is to reach as many “LIKES” as possible for this page. We are currently at 244 “LIKES”. I am asking all of the 244 “friends of Karen Kirkwood-Whyte for Municipal Council” to “INVITE” your friends and family to “LIKE” this page.

In addition, we ask you to “SHARE” each of the posts with your network of friends. It’s another way to extend Karen’s campaign platform and reach as many people as possible with her message of inclusion, integrity and collaboration.

We need your help in using the power of social media to ensure that Karen Kirkwood-Whyte is elected as Councillor for WARD 6.

2018 OCT 2

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My hometown friends,

Today marks the opening of the online polls for Chatham-Kent’s municipal election. My DeeDee (grandmother), Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, is running for Ward 6 Councillor.

My DeeDee just retired from being the CEO of the United Way of Chatham-Kent for 35+ years. She has experience being on Tilbury Town Council. And she joined the Rotary Club of Chatham in 1991 as the first female member – becoming the first female president in 2000.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. To summarize: she knows and loves Chatham, she has the experience, and she is the hardest working person I know. She will serve you well as your representative on CK municipal council.

Find out more about my DeeDee and how to vote online at

-Trent Chappus

2018 OCT 1

Okay folks! Today is the day – online polls are open and ready to receive your votes! Go to

You must be registered to vote. If you have not received your voter card in the mail, please contact the Clerk’s office at the Municipality – 519-360-1998.

You will need your voter registration card to vote online, as it contains a Voter ID number, which is required to proceed.

You will also need your voter card at advanced polls and all polling stations.

I am committed to ensuring your voice is heard and that no-one is left behind. I have proven leadership and integrity. I have managed multi-million dollar budgets. I have been deeply involved in my community for over 35 years, and wish to continue to serve.

I welcome your vote – either online over the next two weeks – ending on Monday, OCT 15 at 10:00 pm., at the advanced polls OCT 11, 12 and 13 or at your local polling station on OCT 22.

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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,

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 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

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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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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


An explanation for “noONEleftBEHIND” …

Sunday, 2018 SEP 09

Dear Friends:

As I now travel the campaign trail, several individuals have encouraged me to explain the rationale for my slogan “noONEleftBEHIND”.  For those who know me and know where I’ve devoted my last forty years of community service, it requires little or no explanation.  But … for those who are wondering, allow me to share …

“noONEleftBEHIND” is my personal vision for Chatham-Kent and “Better Together” is the way to get there.  In my roles with the Canadian Mental Health Association and United Way of Chatham-Kent, I have worked alongside – and met – many individuals who are marginalized and often forgotten.  To me, the slogan means:

  • no one living in poverty
  • no one without a roof over his – or her – head
  • no one without a nutritious (and affordable!) meal
  • no one without a voice to be heard
  • no age demographic isolated (including youth, young professionals and seniors)
  • and the list goes on

There is another “military” reference to “noONEleftBEHIND” … and if you think about it, we are, in fact, living in what has been referred to as a VUCA World – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.  For some of our citizens who find themselves in vulnerable situations, it might actually feel like a war – as our community fights against poverty, hunger, homelessness, loss of income, loneliness and isolation, drug misuse, precarious employment, mental health issues, etc.

While we don’t currently have all the answers to resolve these challenges, I believe we can do so if we work better together … and if we actively engage with those who will be affected by the decisions we make.

It is my belief that we have a moral obligation to take care of each other.  So … let’s work better together to ensure that no one is left behind!



Monday, 2018 MAY 07

Dear Friends:

As many of you know, I will be retiring from my role as CEO of United Way on Friday, 2018 AUG 17 … but do not wish to retire from service to my community.  

After several months of deliberation and hundreds of encouraging conversations with family and friends, I have decided to run for a position on Municipal Council in Ward 6.  

Having submitted my nomination papers on Friday, May 4th, it is time for me to make my intentions public and to launch my campaign.

For those who may not know, I served on Tilbury Town Council (prior to Municipal amalgamation) in 1979-1981.  In addition to working for the Municipality in Thunder Bay and serving on Municipal Council in Tilbury, I have co-owned my own business (First Choice Haircutters in Essex County) and have served in the nonprofit, charitable sector for over 40 years.  With extensive experience in all three sectors of the community, I still have the desire and energy to serve Chatham-Kent and will soon have the time to devote to the important role of governance.

While there will be much more for me to share over the coming months in preparation for Election Day (2018 OCT 22), if you would like to help with my campaign, please send me a private Facebook Message or email me at:

You may also complete the “Contact Karen” form on this website.

I am building my campaign team and would welcome the opportunity to work with – and for – as many of you who might wish to support me in this next exciting phase of my life.  

I care about my community and the people in it.  I’ve spent the majority of my career in the “people helping people” business and want to continue to do that.

In addition to Council’s key responsibilities in the areas of infrastructure (roads and bridges and drainage ditches), job creation and wise spending of tax dollars, I want to invite input from those who will be impacted by the decisions that are made by our Municipal Council.  I want our community’s citizens – including those most in need – to know that their voices will be heard.

My vision … No one left behind.