Terri Wallis, Candidate for Ward 2 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2014
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|Election||Hamilton Municipal Election 2014|
|Bio||Hi Ward 2,
I have lived in this lovely ward for 14 years, moving here in September of 2000. I was born in Montreal, grew up in Ottawa where I worked in professional theater. I attended Niagara College in Welland, lived in North York, and then moved to Mississauga to be a caregiver to my mother. After she passed away peacefully I came to Hamilton. I live in an apartment with my cats Reilly and Willow, and my pet rats Amelia and Clara, named after two Doctor Who companions.
I am an artist, specializing in watercolor and airbrush. In the summer I sell my paintings at the James St. N. Art Crawls. As an athlete I am a goalie. I play sledge hockey for Hamilton and was on Canada’s National Woman’s team for several years. I have played Hamilton Challenger baseball (for players with disabilities); earned a 2nd degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, trained in Wado Kai karate, and enjoyed Taoist Tai Chi to relax. Of all the places I have lived Hamilton is where I am happiest.
I am pleased to say that I am on the newly formed Business Improvement Area Association GO ON Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Currently I sit on the Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities (ACPD) for the City of Hamilton for 8 years. As well, I am on the Transportation Subcommittee, Chair of the Built Environment Subcommittee and was on the Integrated Standards Subcommittee until it was disbanded. It is because of a report on inaccessible HSR bus stops that I presented to the Public Works Committee that bus stops around the city are being redesigned to be accessible. I also played a part in the removal of two dishonest and irresponsible accessible taxi cab drivers from the streets.
I have been on the Accessibility Advisory Committee for Metrolinx for many years. During this time I participated in several working groups and appeared in an educational video about GO station and GO train accessibility.
I hold the position of Disability Rights’ Representative on both the Federal and Provincial Hamilton Centre NDP Riding Associations, and have been a member of both for over 10 years. I have worked on many NDP election campaigns as a voter contact organizer and volunteer coordinator. As a phone canvasser I have probably spoken the most of the voters in ward 2 during these campaigns. I have also worked on municipal election campaigns, gaining experience as a Campaign Manager.
I was on the Board of Directors for Freedom House, a non- profit organization that attempted to build a completely Barrier Free housing project in the downtown area of Hamilton.