Ontario Liberals nominate community leaders in two Kitchener ridings

Sunday, February 18, 2018

KITCHENER—Ontario Liberals gathered today to nominate two community leaders as Kitchener-area candidates. Surekha Shenoy, a former financial services executive and past Chair of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, will run in the new riding of Kitchener South–Hespeler. Joe Gowing, a former trustee on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and a local banker, will run in Kitchener–Conestoga.

“Having worked to support our hospital and food bank, it is an honour to join Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team to continue to fight for fair wages and to expand health-care coverage with free prescription drug coverage for children and youth,” said Shenoy, former Associate Vice-President at TD Bank. “Our community needs experienced, local leadership, and I am excited by the chance to earn the privilege of continuing to serve our community as an MPP.”

For his part, Gowing added, “My experience on the School Board, as a banker, and as a small business owner, has helped shape my vision of a province where we ensure a growing economy benefits everyone. That’s why I’m so inspired to join the Premier’s team, a team that is fighting to deliver progressive policies such as free tuition, and to invest in transit for our Region to further support our local economic growth.”

Surekha Shenoy spent over 12 years in the financial services industry helping small businesses achieve success.  A community builder and local mom with a passion for volunteering in our community, she is current Director & past Chair of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation, where she helped and continues to support the $50-million capital campaign for the new wing of the hospital. She also serves as Co-Chair of the East Indian Community Walkathon of Waterloo Region, which has raised over $250,000 for three hospitals and other charities in our Region. A volunteer for the Soup Kitchen at Trinity Church, a fundraiser for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank, and a past mentor with the “Youth on Board” program, Shenoy is a volunteer leader in the Region. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in India, a Master’s degree in Industrial Systems Engineering at the University of Regina, and an MBA in Finance and Operations at Wilfrid Laurier University. Surekha has lived in Waterloo Region (Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge) for the past 23 years with her husband Revi and their two daughters, Ankita and Anoosha.

Joe Gowing is a former trustee on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. An active local volunteer, Joe is also involved with various service clubs, including public-relations officer for the Royal Canadian Legion branch 126 and a local member of The Rotary Club. A local banker, Joe also owned his own small business. He graduated from Conestoga College and lives in Forest Heights with his partner, Ann-Marie and has three children in his life.

Under the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Liberal Party has a plan to deliver opportunity and fairness for everyone. While Ontario has a balanced budget and growing economy, not everyone is feeling that growth yet. That’s why we are working to deliver a fairer, better Ontario through free tuition for 210,000 students, free prescription drug coverage for children and youth, 100,000 affordable child-care spaces, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

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