Local businesswoman and community developer, Peggy Lauzon, has launched her bid to be the NDP candidate for the electoral district of Sault Ste. Marie in the upcoming federal election, expected in the fall.
“I hear your stories on a daily basis,” said Lauzon, “through my work with small businesses and not-for-profits across Algoma and as an active member of the community. There are so many inspiring people making a difference in the Sault, but at the same time, more and more people are falling behind.”
Peggy Lauzon is the founder and president of The Aberdeen Group, which provides accounting and consulting services to other small businesses and not-for-profits across Algoma. As a volunteer, she has been actively involved with the Soup Kitchen Health Centre Advisory Committee, the Sault Ste. Marie Family YMCA, St Luke’s Cathedral and the Anishinabek Information Technology Centre, among many other groups. Lauzon also teaches community engagement and strategic planning at Algoma University and works closely with young people to help support their change-making efforts.
“The people of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma are hard-working, resilient and very entrepreneurial. We know how to create our own opportunities because we’ve had to. We know how to work together to achieve great things,” Lauzon explained, “but we’re not getting the support we need from our government to meet the challenges that are ahead of us. Northerners are at the table, but the federal government is either missing in action or playing games when it comes to the crucial issues that will define our future, like infrastructure development, climate change, fairness for First Nations, and providing meaningful opportunities for young people and for the entrepreneurs who are working hard to build a strong, sustainable economy in the North.”
New Democrats will gather from across the Sault and neighboring region for their nomination meeting on June 16th to elect their candidate for the upcoming federal election. The vote will take place 7 p.m. at the Delta Waterfront Hotel in the Brule Room. To vote, Individuals must join the NDP by May 17th, 30 days prior to the meeting. Prospective members can join easily online at www.ndp.ca.
The electoral district of Sault Ste. Marie runs approximately from Garden River First Nation in the east to Montreal River Harbour in the north. Party members must reside within the boundaries of the electoral district of Sault Ste. Marie in order to vote in the nomination contest. The boundaries for the district have changed slightly from the 2011 election, and no longer include areas of eastern Algoma from Echo Bay to Bruce Mines.
“The people of Sault Ste. Marie want the best possible future for ourselves and for our community’s children and grandchildren. We don’t think it’s up to someone else’s granddaughter to address the very real and urgent issues in front of us today. We are not afraid to work hard, but we need to have our voices heard and we need our fair share of the resources. Family, friends and clients know me to be a strong leader, a good listener and an effective advocate. I have accomplished a lot for the Sault while raising my two daughters as a single mom. Now that they are both attending university, I am ready to step into a larger role, and am grateful for their support and encouragement.”