young woman with black jacket and skirt leans against fence in backyard smiling

i struggled for a long time trying to find my purpose

Over the past year, I’ve focused a lot on self-development and trying to figure out what is it that I really, really want to do. I’ve worked in non-profit and fundraising for several years and have a background in communications. I love all kinds of stuff. I was really trying to find out where to focus my energy.

When I took the time to think about it, I realized I like to help other people and always try to fight for the right thing.

Recently, I’ve been engaging with town hall. I live in Innisfil and have been back and forth with them on a few issues, like traffic safety and the laws to protect children in our community.

I started doing research in regards to the municipal elections when someone suggested I run for councillor of my ward. At first, I resisted the idea; I don’t have a political background. How can it be my place?

And then I saw a great quote by Sara Blakely, “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”

I posted the quote on my wall and looked at it again and again – contemplating. Do I do this or not?

On May 1, I finally just decided. YES!

My goal is to advocate on behalf of parents in the community and to assist in representing the demographics of the town on council.

I’ve realized that absolutely it’s my place to run. I live here, work here and play here…and it’s up to parents and the average citizen like me to stand up and let our voices be heard.

-Tara, mom of three, wife, activist, future municipal councillor, loves organizing events >> learn more