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Natalie Harris — Barrie Ward 9 Candidate

In Barrie
Aug 8th, 2018

Barrie Advance

Dear Barrie citizens,

I hope to be elected to serve Ward 6 as its councillor and to be your experienced advocate for the City of Barrie.

I am a mom of two children (ages 22 and 12) who have both grown up in the city of Barrie. As an advanced-care paramedic, I have served this community and saved lives for over 11 years. I was an educator at Georgian College for nine years, and am a proud mental health advocate. I have travelled across Canada to share my story of recovery from PTSD and the importance of peer support, and as a proud community member, I have contributed countless volunteer hours to help raise mental health awareness. In 2018, I raised over $12,000 for the RVH Youth and Child Mental Health Department and the IveGotYourBack911 first-responder campaign. I also founded Wings of Change Peer Support, in 2016, which provides solution-based peer discussion for first responders, health-care providers, correction workers and other community heroes; this is the first of this type of peer support in Barrie. I am also proud to have had a voice in the successful implementation of Ontario’s PTSD bill, Bill 163, and Canada’s PTSD bill, C-211.


• I am honoured to have received the John Graves Simcoe Medal of Honour.

• Named one of the Leading Women in 2017;

• Received the Tema Conter Memorial Resiliency Award in 2017;

• Awarded the One Woman Fearless Woman Award in 2018;

• Nominated for the Ontario Premier’s Award in Health Sciences in 2018 (winner TBA).

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My commitment to the city of Barrie:

• Improved mental health advocacy;

• Improved community safety;

• Keep Lake Simcoe clean;

• Strong voice for Barrie

— Natalie Harris


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