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Monday, Jun. 28, 2004

Hamel, Judith

New Brunswick, Moncton - Riverview - Dieppe, Green Party of Canada
For Judith Hamel, ecological wisdom is the basis of her newly-found connection with the Green Party. "When I read the ten key values, this past winter, I got so excited. I had never felt a connection to a political party," she says. Judith read the 10 key values for the first time after receiving an e-mail saying the party was looking for candidates in Eastern Canada. Having been selected as the Green candidate in her riding, Hamel is delighted to give people in her community the opportunity to vote Green. Possessing a BA from the University of Moncton where she also studied law, Judith currently runs a holistic spa with her husband Randy. While Judith specializes in massage, patrons can receive anything from deep breathing sessions to relaxation sessions to natural sea salt baths to mud baths and algae wraps. Judith uses her spa to show others how they can reduce the environmental impact of everything they do. "The soaps in my inn are all handmade by a friend. The towels are no-dye, no-bleach, they're all natural organic cotton. We also serve organic food," she says. In the summer, the food served is not only organic, but also grown in Judith and Randy's garden. In addition, Judith and Randy completed their inn by searching out second hand doors, bath tubs and lamp fixtures. The political novice is looking at the upcoming campaign as being a highly educational one for her constituents. "Most of the people in New Brunswick don't know the Green Party and for those who know a little bit, they all think, everyone, that it is a one issue party," she says. She hopes her campaign slogan of "creative thinking towards responsible actions" will help get the education process started. Known in the region for her creativity as an award-winning author, the slogan has great meaning for her and she hopes it will resonate with her constituents. A recent interview with the French CBC pushed the education process along even further. Aired as a ten minute spot after the news at noon, Judith says the journalist finished the interview by saying how impressed she was with the Green Party's detailed policies. In the following segment, the same journalist questioned an NDP representative for the Province after he called the Greens a one-issue party. With eight years under her belt as director of the Francophone Film Festival in Acadie, Judith has plenty of experience dealing with the media. She has some tips for candidates who are nervous about that first media interview. "Don't be scared. Have your message clear. That's very important and you gain confidence just by having that. ... Stick to your message and smile," she says. And Judith believes the party's message is a good one. "I feel that there is a really good timing right now for the policies that the Green Party is bringing."

Contact number: 506-882-2443

E-mail: Judith.Hamel@greenparty.ca

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