Hi, I'm Karen Meissner
As a long time resident of Waterloo Region who makes Elmira my home, I know we deserve better from our leaders.
I believe in investing in crucial social services like Education, Health Care and the Seniors in our communities. With the Ontario NDP and Andrea Horwath, we will get leadership that cares and will invest in the service we need.
Since 2018 I have served this community as a Trustee with The Waterloo Region District School Board. It has been my pleasure to work with community and families in a meaningful way. I am proud of the work I've been able to do with my partners at the board table and at the committee level. Equitable public education has the ability to change lives.
I formerly owned and operated a small photography business in Elmira where I currently live with my family. I worked to document children and the people who love them. When the pandemic began I was forced to close my business and support my family while my children were home during school closures. I'm a student, life-long learner and advocate for equity and sovereignty.
I'm both a fundraiser and volunteer for Kate's Kause - a charitable organization committed to Angelman Syndrome awareness and inclusive community projects. I am the proud aunt of Kate, who inspires me with her strength, voice, and her focus on enjoying life - something we all could use more of.
I have volunteered with The Business Education Partnership, where I get the pleasure to speak to high school students about my work with children as a photographer, about business, and share & explore career opportunities. I also support the work of the KW Multicultural Centre as a volunteer in their Conversational English Program.
In my free time I enjoy cycling, reading, and meeting & collaborating with new people. I love spending time with my husband and three children. We enjoy getting muddy on outdoor adventures, riding our bikes in the beautiful communities in Waterloo Region, and watching movies together while cuddling in our pajamas.
Please reach out to me. I want to hear what you have to say about how we can make our communities great places to live.