- Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound
Danielle Valiquette is an active member of her community, and regularly volunteers at the local elementary school, including with the nutrition program. She is the Grey Highlands Councillor responsible for the environment portfolio, and sits on the Library Board and the Community Development Advisory Committee.
Danielle’s first taste for activism came at age 13, when she helped organize students to protest then Environment Minister James Bradley's “Acton Dump”. This rewarding experience led her to pursue Women's and Gender Studies at Carleton University.
Danielle is a former business analyst with a background in Information Technology. In her job, she had to understand both the technical-side and the business-side, as well as work collaboratively. She enjoys the arts, and is a former professional photographer. Danielle believes that you master a skill by learning, doing, and then teaching; she has taught English and Business Communications at three Ontario colleges.
Danielle is committed to a government that values farmers, food security, and food safety. She envisions a strong agricultural economy built around assisting small-scale farms, a sustainable agricultural industry, and comprehensive protections to preserve agricultural land. She is concerned with some of the concessions made in the USMCA trade deal, and is committed to safeguarding family-run farms in Canada. She does not want the family-owned farm replaced in Canada with US-style operations.
In addition to agricultural sustainability, Danielle is a strong supporter of reconciliation, and wants to work with First Nations to build an equitable future.
Danielle is an animal lover, and is a member of the Canadian Pony Club. She resides with her husband and three school-aged children on a horse farm outside of Ceylon, ON. Danielle was born for rural life, and one of her most favourite things is to spend time gardening with her children. Their family is currently homesteading, and hopes to produce a higher percentage of their personal food with each passing year.