After 15 years of work in community services in Ottawa, Michelle Petersen is now self-employed and growing her business in Orléans as a Registered Psychotherapist. Her many years of frontline work helped her develop a profound understanding of the realities of individuals and families in need of community support. She believes all Canadians should have access to clean water, clean air, affordable housing, education, employment and health services including mental health services. Her extensive experience in counselling, coordinating and teaching make her a skilled leader and communicator. Honesty, integrity and justice have always been at the heart of Michelle’s work ethic and will continue to guide her in this role.

Michelle is invested in representing this community. She grew up in Orléans and returned to Orléans to raise her own child. As a kid, she played ringette and soccer with Gloucester associations. She attended school in Orléans at Des Voyageurs, Léo D Côté and Garneau. She was present at the SOS Montfort rally in 1997 as well as at the protest December 1st, 2018 against Doug Ford’s cuts to francophone services. A proud franco-ontarian, she will advocate for French services and promote francophone culture in Orléans and across the country.

As a working single mom of a vibrant 5 year-old, Michelle understands firsthand the current challenges that women face. From 2010 to 2018, she worked for the CALACS francophone d’Ottawa, the francophone women’s sexual assault support centre. It is through her work supporting survivors that she developed a keen interest in politics. She became acutely aware of the power of decision-makers and governments on social services and their impacts on our most vulnerable people. She will continue to defend women’s rights, to work towards achieving equity and eliminating violence perpetrated by men.

Michelle believes that swift and urgent action must be taken to address the current and future impacts of climate change. She wants her child to grow old in a country that is leading the way towards social and environmental justice for all. She has had dreams of being the first elected female Prime Minister since she was 10 years old. She longs to see the true diversity of Canadians represented in the House of Commons, so that all Canadians —in all the beauty and strength of their individual and collective identities and struggles— may feel that they are seen and that they are being heard.