I’ve met Patty a few times as have my children. She’s never been too busy to offer a quick hello and a bit of conversation.

Being an elected official, it’s no surprise that Patty has a full schedule. She spends a lot of time in Ottawa representing the Thunder Bay-Superior North riding in the House of Commons and she is also the cabinet minister for Employment, Workforce, and Labour. Patty travels all over the country but always returns to Thunder Bay, for both work and for family.

Last year I took a few pictures of Patty talking to my middle son at the annual Bizarre Bazaar Craft and Artisan show. I often sell my artwork at various sales and lately my son has been joining me. You can see his little spiral artwork in these pictures; Patty made a purchase and River was thrilled.

Patty was born in Montreal and was raised with one brother. She came to Thunder Bay for University and graduated from Lakehead with a Bachelor of Arts and Honours in anthropology.

Much of Patty’s work life has revolved around helping and reaching out to vulnerable citizens in areas such harm reduction and drug addiction. Most recently, before beginning a political career, Patty was the executive director at the Thunder Bay Shelter house.

Life is always busy for Patty, but during the less busy times, she really enjoys spending time with her partner and sons, supporting locally owned businesses, and getting out into nature.

After a few years of observing Patty around town, interacting with people from all walks of life, it’s clear she has respect and love for all. Regardless of one’s political affiliations, everyone likely agrees that being in the public eye can be draining, both physically and mentally. I’m so glad that Patty can come back to Thunder Bay when she needs to rest and recuperate. She’s been such an asset to our community for years. Proud to know you, Patty!

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