Sarah, Greg, Kaitlin, Paige, Maryn, Sandra, Peggy, Alfred, Gilmore

Wow has Waterloo ever changed !

A friend said to me, “I just moved back to Waterloo after 30 years.  Wow, has it ever changed, and all for the better.  There is so much going on.  It has a big-city feel with all the sparkling high buildings and interesting things to do.  But it is still so small-town that all traffic stops while the geese waddle across the street.”

Our Waterloo did not happen by accident.  Thoughtful, hard-working, committed, imaginative people, working together, have made wonderful Waterloo.  Now, as we end this decade and look toward the 2020’s I want to be part of the future of Waterloo by representing the voice of Ward 1 around the decision-making table.

My husband, Greg and I have lived in Waterloo for over 25 years, and raised our family of four daughters – Kaitlin, Sarah, Maryn and Paige in Ward 1.  Our girls all attended Mary Johnston Public School, Centennial Public School and Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary.

While the girls participated in the City of Waterloo’s synchronized swimming, diving, soccer, and hockey programs, Greg and I were active supporters and coaches.

A commitment to community.

Volunteers Make All the Difference

I believe that so many important things just could not happen were it not for volunteers.  To that end, I have volunteered with the Waterloo Girls Minor Hockey, Waterloo Minor Soccer, KW Synchro Club, KW Diving Club, Heart and Stroke, Grand River Hospital Board of Directors, KidsAbility Board of Directors, Prosperity Council Waterloo, and Family and Children’s Services Waterloo to name just a few (for more details please see the Volunteer Roles section below.   I have been honoured by the City of Waterloo six times with the Volunteer of the Year Recognition Award. 

Professionally, I have a wealth of experience from working in the health, social services and disability sectors within the Region, Province, Canada and internationally.  I am currently an Executive in Residence with Capacity Canada.  I was CEO for health organizations including the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, COTA Health and VON WWD.  My role as a health care executive for Healthcare New Zealand gave me a unique understanding of indigenous people’s issues and health care services internationally – and it was fun to live in New Zealand for a period of time!

I received the Oktoberfest Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award in 2008.

I intend to use my professional and volunteer experience to develop the best approach to creatively handle the inevitable intensification that will be experienced by Waterloo’s core and our neighbourhoods, ensuring that Ward 1’s interests are addressed.

Driving Community Innovation & Commitment

I plan to use the positive example of Ward 1’s neighbourhood association, homeowners’ associations and neighbourhood group to see how the approach can work throughout the city.

Health care that is timely and accessible continues to be an issue.  I will advocate for integrated health services, both institutional and in the community, that support individuals and families, and the unique needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

I will work at the council table to keep a laser-sharp focus on the current opportunities and advantages of our community and how to best move us forward to, and through, the 2020’s.

All this will be done because I have your support and your input.  Together we will make the best decisions for Ward 1 and for our larger community.

My Volunteer Roles – Giving to our Community

  • Conestoga College, Chair, Board of Directors
  • Waterloo Girls Minor Hockey Association, President, Board of Directors
  • Grand River Hospital, Board of Directors
  • KidsAbility, Secretary, Board of Directors
  • KW Synchronized Swimming Club, President, Board of Directors
  • KW Diving Club, Board of Directors
  • Prosperity Council Waterloo, Vision Committee Member
  • Random Act of Kindness Day, Participant
  • Heart and Stroke Volunteer Canvasser
  • Kitchener Waterloo Physician Recruitment Task Team, Various Roles
  • Family and Children’s Services Waterloo, Campaign Team
  • Waterloo Girls Minor Hockey Rep Teams, Manager/Trainer
  • Waterloo Minor Soccer Girls Rep Teams, Manager/Trainer
  • Ontario Summer Games – Diving Competition Meet Manager
  • Provincial Synchronized Swimming Competitions Meet Manager

Sandra Hanmer Councillor Ward 1