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Monday, Jun. 28, 2004

Schwarz, Gretchen

Quebec, Pontiac, New Democratic Party

· Teacher and environmental activist

· Moved from Ontario to the Pontiac in 1974 so she and her husband could raise their children in a safe environment with clean air and water

· Worked from 1975 to 1986 as a stay-at-home parent co-raising and home-schooling her four children off-grid

· Began teaching in 1987 with the Western Quebec School Board and has continued until the present time

· Licensed teacher as well as a proud union member since 1990

· Since 1991, has taught in the Adult Education academic program at Pontiac High School

· Served as teacher representative and secretary of the school’s Governing Board for three years, worked as administrative assistant to the principal, and organized special events

· Participated in a successful campaign against sludge spreading on agricultural land in the region

· Sought Green Party of Canada candidacy in the 2000 Federal Election

· Elected Communications Chair of the Green Party Federal Council in August 2002

· Unanimously chosen as GPC Party Chair in March 2003

· Wanting to be more politically effective, left the Green Party in October 2003 and joined the NDP

· Joined the NDP Federal Council in February 2004 as Co-Chair of the Environment Committee.

Other Pontiac candidates:

Party L E T
Liberal 0 135 135
Cons. 0 99 99
BQ 0 54 54
NDP 0 19 19
Other 0 1 1
Total 0 308 308
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