A Dundalk resident has announced her candidacy for the Federal Conservative Party nomination in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.
Ann Gillies says with current MP Larry Miller retiring she, "Wants to continue to be that strong voice for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound in Ottawa."
Gillies is born and raised in Meaford, and currently lives in Dundalk with her husband, a local realtor and retired farmer.
She has a private trauma counselling practice in Dundalk and is a former adjunct professor, author, keynote speaker, researcher and Pastor.
She has a doctorate of Philosophy of Professional Counselling and has spent many years studying different facets of counselling and therapy. She also has an educational background in religious studies.
Gillies is a mother of 6 and grandmother to 11.
Gillies says she has also spent time volunteering in disaster areas, "It is a joy and a privilege for me to serve others. I have seen first hand what happens to countries when the government doesn't listen to the people. I want to serve this riding and the good people who live here, by being a strong advocate of issues that matter. Issues like health care access, border security, and less government intrusion into family."
Last summer, Gillies was in the local news after speaking to the Bluewater District School Board about what she described as a trend in education that points young people towards transgenderism.
She told Bayshore Broadcasting News she has a "Profound concern about what is being taught to our children in the classroom," adding she feels it will result in "one of the greatest mental health problems we've ever seen in this country."
Gillies joins Chad Richards, Ken Brown, Alex Ruff, Rick Byers, Brock Hamley and Paul Vickers as Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Conservative Party nomination hopefuls.