We Vote North Shore is a group of organizations that believe in citizen engagement, including the importance of voting in democratic elections and working to encourage non-partisan voter education and engagement.
The following is a series of personal voting stories leading up to the Oct. 20 municipal elections. To learn more and get involved, visit wevotens.ca.
Voting story No. 3: Kathleen Whyte, senior manager of human resources, Family Services of North Shore
“I encourage others to vote. I am always so surprised when I meet people who do not vote. I really cannot understand why anyone would choose not to. Our older two children and both eligible to vote and we have always had family conversations about the importance of voting. While we don’t often go as a whole family to vote, I have certainly taken the kids when they were eligible. At my work place I always circulate an email reminding staff of the fact that they get time off to vote and always include an encouragement to vote in the email. While I think it is important to vote in all elections, municipal elections are particularly important as the people elected make decisions that impact your day-to-day life far more than those who are in Ottawa.”