Residents of Whitby, along with Unifor members and staff spent last Sunday, May 5, at the campaign office opening for Niki Lundquist, as she formally launched her campaign bid in the upcoming Ontario election.
“This election is about change, and I'm excited to work with the community to get good things done,” said Lundquist, a human rights lawyer who provides experienced, in-house counsel at Unifor’s Human Rights and Legal departments and running for the Ontario New Democrats in the Whitby-Oshawa riding . "This election is about deciding to build the province we want, for our children, for seniors and our communities.”
In attendance were Katha Fortier, Assistant to the National President, Lisa Kelly, Director of Unifor’s Women’s Department and Roland Kiehne, Director of Membership Mobilization and Political Action along with Unifor staff from various departments, and a team of activists, local presidents and members of the union. After the office opening event, volunteers participated in a women’s door-to-door canvass across the Whitby riding.
A dedicated feminist and a skilled legal educator and public speaker, Lundquist consistently advocates for the rights of working people and against exploitative labour practices. She is also an active volunteer with local organizations, including Joanne’s House, a shelter for youth and the Whitby Challengers, a baseball league for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. As a seasoned community activist Lundquist has worked with Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, is a member of the Brooklin Optimists and 100 Women Who Care and has recently been appointed to the Town of Whitby Accessibility Advisory Committee.
“For too long, governments have ignored the needs of our growing community, and it doesn’t have to be this way,” Lundquist said.
The women’s canvass held on Sunday was co-organized by Unifor’s Women’s Department; it is just one part of the union’s election campaign that aims to elect progressive candidates all across Ontario. For more information on Unifor’s member to member campaign and to pledge your vote please visit uniforvotes.ca.