Hi, I'm Karen Meissner
As a graduate of the Waterloo Region District School Board, I know what this community has to offer.
I know our schools are the best in the province and I know our teachers and staff care about students.
I believe education isn't just about test results and report cards; it's about raising and inspiring a generation. It's about preparing our young people for the future - and a future that will bring certain change.
I feel we need fresh minds and new ideas at the board room table and I want to be there to guide the WRDSB and our students to a better future.
I'm a small business owner in Elmira where I live with my family. I work as a professional photographer and I photograph children and the people who love them. I also collaborate with small businesses to create photographs that connect with their customers.
As an active member of my children's school council and regular classroom volunteer, I see the everyday work of teachers and staff. I see occasional struggles and I see inspiring moments.
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'm a regular volunteer 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 work with the KW Multicultural Centre as a volunteer in their Conversational English Program. I am a proud member of Equal Voice Waterloo Region, which offers a variety of programming, public awareness campaigns, and initiatives to promote the involvement and election of women to all levels of political office.
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, rural communities of Woolwich and Wellesley, and watching movies together while cuddling in our pajamas.
Please reach out to me. I want to hear what you have to say about our schools and how we can make them even better.