KINGSTON – Sophie Kiwala was nominated today to run for reelection as the Ontario Liberal candidate for Kingston and the Islands.
“It is an honour for me to serve our community and bring our collective voice to Queen’s Park on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team. I want to sincerely thank residents for their support and encouragement along the way. I look forward to continuing our work together and advocating for Kingston and the Islands' priorities.”
Supporters and members of the local riding association gathered this afternoon to thank Kiwala for the work she has done as the provincial representative, and for her deep commitment to the community.
“Together we are achieving great progress for Kingston and the Islands – including plans to build a new ferry for Wolfe Island, a commitment to contribute to the Third Crossing, and many other significant investments to improve education, health care, research and innovation across the region,” Kiwala said.
Premier Kathleen Wynne praised Kiwala’s first term, saying, “Sophie’s commitment and advocacy for her community are exemplary, and she is an important part of our team at Queen’s Park. I am pleased she is running for reelection to continue her work on behalf of Kingston and the Islands.”
Kiwala was born and raised in the Reddendale neighbourhood of Kingston. She serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services and the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. She also served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. In addition to these roles, she serves on the Estimates Committee and General Government and Legislative Assembly Committee, and currently chairs the Jobs and Economic Policy Committee. Kiwala is also a member of Rural Affairs Caucus, the Francophone Caucus, l’Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie, the Women’s Caucus, the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus and the Lung Health Caucus.
Before her election, Kiwala gained experience in government work through managing the offices of the Hon. Peter Milliken and Ted Hsu, former Members of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. She also worked in retail management and as an entrepreneur in Toronto, and worked in residential and commercial renovation, interior design, and rental property ownership locally. Her personal and professional experience fostered a deep understanding of national, provincial and community matters. Kiwala will continue to bring forward community-based solutions to the issues that matter to those that live and work in Kingston and the Islands.
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