Regional Council – Kitchener – Elizabeth Clarke

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About Elizabeth

Elizabeth is the CEO of YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo, and a part-time Practicum Professor with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Master of Social Work program. She has over 25 years’ experience as a social worker and social work manager and administrator in the not-for-profit sector.

Elizabeth has a master’s degree in social work, with a focus on social policy and administration. She has completed Wilfrid Laurier University’s post-graduate management and leadership certificate.

She has served on a number of voluntary committees and boards in our region and currently sits on the City of Kitchener’s Safe and Healthy Communities Advisory Committee and the Region of Waterloo’s Housing Stability System Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth is the recipient of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Excellence in Social Work Teaching award and of the Region of Waterloo’s Community Housing Champion Award. She was honoured to receive the Queen’s Jubilee Award for her work in advancing the physical and economic security of women and girls.

Excerpts from Elizabeth’s Better Choices Questionnaire

“To promote economic prosperity for all Waterloo Region’s citizens, Council must work in collaboration with all municipalities and orders of government, with educational institutions, with citizens and community groups, and with businesses and not-for-profits, to ensure that our people are supported to work and that well-paying work is plentiful.”

“Creating plentiful, well-paying work means starting at home.  As one of the region’s largest employers, Regional Council has a duty to ensure that its own employees continue to experience good jobs with living wages and adequate benefits.  Council should also insist on doing business with companies that hire locally and compensate their employees fairly.”

“True consultation requires conversations, and true conversations involve sharing of ideas – not just of information.  They require active listening and giving and accepting of feedback, and they take time.  Few citizens, and especially citizens who are marginalized and experience discrimination, are comfortable making formal presentations to council in front of cameras and an audience.  Informal conversation tables may be far less threatening and far more conducive to openness and collaboration.”

“Regional Council should adopt and act upon the Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy’s guiding principles.  It should establish as a priority the protection, preservation and restoration of the natural environment.  It should insist upon true-cost pricing economics.  It should support local agriculture and business products and services.  Council should develop clustered, mixed-use pedestrian oriented eco-communities.  It should encourage the utilization of advanced transport, communications and production systems to reduce energy use.  It should maximize conservation and develop local renewable resources.  And Council should establish recycling programs and recycled materials industries.”