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Federal Election 2015  

Gingras: Sustainability key

Castanet is featuring profiles on all the Okanagan candidates in the upcoming federal election.

Jacqui Gingras, NDP – North Okanagan-Shuswap

Jacqui Gingras describes herself as a “progressive, coffee-drinking, food-loving, question-asking, manuscript-writing, classroom-teaching, cyclist mom of two pretty hilarious kids.”

She is also the NDP candidate for North Okanagan-Shuswap in the federal election.

She and spouse, Kelly, along with their two children, live on a self-sustaining acreage near Falkland in a home that's solar-powered and wood-heated. Water comes from a well.

A sustainable, healthy environment is important to her.

“So many Canadians would choose environmentally friendly options if they were made more affordable and easily available. Imagine a community where everyone generated their own power and heat — and delivered each individual surplus back to the grid,” said Gingras.

Gingras holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and a master’s in nutrition and metabolism. A doctorate in education has given her a tenured position with Ryerson University, where she teaches sociology courses and researches the social impacts on health systems.

“I am a community advocate and coalition builder,” she says. “For example, I led the formation of an international group of scholars, activists and students committed to a more equitable and democratic approach to nutrition and food."

Like many Canadians, her work takes her away from home, but Gingras says her life is in the North Okanagan-Shuswap.

Born in Kelowna and raised in Oyama, she has returned to her roots and settled with her family in their off-the-grid home.

“I want what’s best for family and for communities. I’m running to represent the good people of North Okanagan-Shuswap because they deserve better representation than what they’ve received in the past.”

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