Marlene is a community and social justice activist. She is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario with a long career in health care. She has been an active community volunteer and has sat on the boards of non-profit organizations in our community. Marlene and her sister Shelley have partnered with OutGrow OutPlay to bring donations of children’s toys, books and clothing to low-income communities in the riding. She is president of her health professionals union local, vice president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council, Chair of the Ottawa Health Coalition and longstanding president of the Ottawa West-Nepean NDP riding association. She is an experienced negotiator; among her achievements a Pay Equity settlement of $2.5M following a decades long struggle. With Marlene as our candidate we have increased the NDP vote four fold in the riding.
Marlene has received a number of honours for her community work. Most recently she was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal which was presented to her by the Honourable John Baird, MP in 2013, the Dan Benedict Award presented to her by the Ontario Health Coalition in 2012, Certificates of Recognition from the OPSEU Provincial Women’s Committee in 2007 and again in 2010 and in 2009 she was presented with the 75th Anniversary Volunteer Award by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.
Marlene is committed to preserving the hard won gains of middleclass working families and achieving fairness and equity for the vulnerable members of our community. A lifelong New Democrat, Marlene’s grassroots activism and her fresh and principled approach is the politics that will bring change to Ottawa.