WATERLOO—Dorothy McCabe, a senior executive at the KidsAbility Centre and former chief of staff to the Mayor of Kitchener, was nominated today as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Waterloo.
“I am passionate about building strong communities and believe that together under Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leadership, Waterloo can be a stronger, fairer, and more inclusive place for all citizens. I believe in a society where everyone feels they belong and can succeed,” said McCabe. “Waterloo needs an MPP who will fight for fairness and who will deliver a $15-an-hour minimum wage, free tuition for nearly a quarter of a million students, free prescriptions for children and youth, and continued investments in GO train service and local transit.”
Dorothy McCabe is a senior executive with the KidsAbility Centre for Child Development and an experienced community leader with over fifteen years working with governments, non-profits and the private sector across Waterloo Region. At KidsAbility, she manages and directs new projects, innovative partnerships and oversees its social enterprise. As the former chief of staff to the Mayor of Kitchener, she initiated, developed and led the Two Way All Day GO Rail project. As a volunteer, McCabe chaired a local Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Committee, school council, environmental committee, and coached her daughters' local basketball teams. She served as a board member for a local Community Health Centre and as a Canadian Crossroads International volunteer in Zimbabwe.
McCabe earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Studies and was a member of the basketball team at Wilfrid Laurier University. She also earned a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. McCabe first lived in Waterloo as a student and returned in 2003. She lives in Waterloo with her husband, Janek, an entrepreneur, and their daughters.
Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan that is creating opportunity and fairness during this period of rapid economic change and uncertainty. Ontario's economy is growing, but too many families are not experiencing the benefits of that growth and feel they can't get ahead. That’s why the Ontario Liberal plan has stepped up to make tuition free for 225,000 students, provide free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, build 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Conservatives have vowed to undo the minimum wage increase because no matter who their leader is, it is the same old Conservative Party. While a Liberal government is focused on investing in care and providing better supports for caregivers, the Conservatives remain focused on cutting health care and education and jeopardizing the services Ontarians rely on by firing 75,000 workers.
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