Deeply concerned about the unhealthy, unhappy conditions many of us live and/or work in, Robin became involved with positive community efforts at age 15. She enjoyed a rewarding, informative, and inspiring career working with not-for-profit, non-government organizations, eventually starting a family and becoming a professional massage therapist promoting natural health. Sheís also had the not-so-enjoyable but very revealing experiences of long-term un-and under-employment, learning to live with an invisible disability, and struggling to maintain self-esteem as a single parent on social assistance.
Robin is a people person. She has skills in organizing, communicating, and planning and she shares them. She has a determined confidence in our ability to recognize challenges and to develop creative solutions that open doors for the future.
Robin volunteers with Mediation Services, is vice-president of the feminist apartment co-op she lives in, sits on the Revenue Planning Committee of Shakespeare in the Ruins, helps direct traffic at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and is an active member of the Community Development Business Association. Robinís winner of SEED Winnipegís 2001 Community Development Business Award.
Robin joined the Green Party in 2000. She was impressed by the level of openness, accountability, and democracy that is inherent in the Partyís constitution and in its way of working. The Green Partyís Ten Key Values resonate with Robinís own beliefs and with the approach to life she strives to share with her three children and her community.
Robinís main issue is "health (in its broadest sense) and the re-creation of healthy human habitat. This affects everything," she says. "It means recognising that we people are a part of - not separate from - our environment. Public policy and how it is made must reflect this reality. We need to include in all of our decisions, the seven-generation perspective shared with us by the First Nations elders."
"This is an amazingly diverse and vibrant riding, full of history, wisdom, and creativity. As your MP, I will reach out to the many non-government, not-for-profit organizations here. I will hold regular public forums on issues identified by the community and I will initiate action that co-ordinates Green principles with your ideas."
Non-violence and restorative justice - Nation-to-Nation negotiations with First Nations - Progressive immigration policies and an end to racism - Water, air, soil and wilderness preservation - Health and human habitat - Community economic development - Corporate social responsibility - Guaranteed annual income - Food security - Promotion of organic food production - Economic sovereignty - Local decision-making