Rhiannon Greening hopes running for Lloydminster city council will give her a platform to speak on mental health and inspire young families to be involved in politics.
Greening works as an administrative assistant at Startup Lloydminster which aims to support local entrepreneurs. She is also a labour and birth doula, who provides guidance and support for pregnant women.
Her decision came from wanting to help prevent postpartum depression amongst young mothers, something that she battled with after her fourth child.
“I’ve hugely advocated for telling my story, sharing my own mental health journey and experience as a way to speak to expectant parents in the community.”
If elected to city council, she hopes it will give her a new opportunity to share her mental health journey and experience to expectant parents in the community.
Working with a lot of young families, especially young moms, Greening said a lot of them don’t feel comfortable voting and politics can seem daunting.
“I want to use my voice to inform them about municipal politics, what’s happening in the community, what’s available for them. I just want to encourage them also to vote, everyone should vote and be informed and be proud of where we live.”
She is inspired by local politicians who are raising families while working to improve the community like Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Rosemarie Falk and councillor Stephanie Brown-Munro.
Through her work with Startup Lloydminster, Greening had the opportunity to work with the downtown Lloydminster community and volunteers for Street Fest every year. This has made her commit to seeing the downtown core grow.
“The Downtown Area Revitalization Plan is hugely important to me, as well as the Martin Browne Municipal Redevelopment Plan. Those are two areas that I would love to be involved with.”
She hopes to see the Martin Browne space utilized to benefit young families with garden spaces, and more park space for kids.
With so many possibilities, she would love to be a part of the planning process.
“There’s a lot of young families living around there. That was the first area that I actually lived in with my family when I had my first child. And we love going to the outdoor pool. We love the little parks around there.”
Greening hopes to host a meet and greet before the election on November 9th but with COVID-19 regulations she doesn’t know how that will work yet.
She asks residents to keep their eyes peeled on her social media accounts to keep track of what’s next for her campaign.
Official nominations for those looking to run for city council started yesterday and will close on October 7th at 4 p.m.