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I desire to enhance the resilience of citizens across the Waterloo Region by implementing upstream resources and safety for all. I also wish to give voice to issues and concerns faced by those who are marginalized because of gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity or ability. 

My Platform

CLIMATE
ACTION

PUBLIC
TRANSIT

AFFORDABLE &
ACCESSIBLE HOUSING

DIVERSITY
EQUITY &
INCLUSION

COMMUNITY 
RESOURCES &
SUPPORTS

ABOUT ME

My goal is to promote a community where everyone’s contributions are valued.

This is my first time running for regional council, but not my first time stepping out to promote a better community. 

 

I am a motivational speaker, author, and social justice advocate who lives with a physical disability. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Development and a double Masters of Divinity and Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University.

 

I have had many years of experience advocating for those who are marginalized, those who live with a disability, and those who are vulnerable.

I served on the Board of the Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County for ten years and I have experience advocating for human rights at the provincial level. 

My education and experience as a woman who uses a wheelchair has made me keenly aware of the need for holistic

care including consideration of physical,

emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs. 

Growing up in a single-parent family with limited means has given me real-life knowledge of the need for social supports and affordable housing in our region. 

 

I moved to the City of Waterloo in 2011 to attend university and have been employed in the city since 2012. Currently, I am also on the board of the Sprucewoods Cooperative Association.

 

I am a driven woman who has overcome many obstacles in my life. As well, I am an avid swimmer, and enjoy music and travel. I live on my own with my dog Mocha, surrounded by others who are able to assist me where needed. 

 

My goal is to promote a community where everyone’s contributions are valued.

NEWS

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September 21, 2022

Her wheelchair gives this municipal candidate a unique perspective

Chantal Huinink can’t climb your front steps to ring your doorbell, because she’s in a wheelchair. That’s precisely why she would be a valuable public official, Luisa D’Amato writes.

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January 27, 2020

Transit strike hardship for people with mobility issues

For the past week, the transit strike has halted MobilityPlus bus service for everyone except those with scheduled dialysis appointments. Regular bus service has also been suspended.

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February 10, 2014

Waterloo woman's Greyhound bus ordeal spurs accessibility changes

A routine bus trip in and out of Toronto turned sour for a Waterloo woman in a wheelchair, and her experience is prompting Greyhound to improve accessibility on its buses and offer annual driver training.

 
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January 29, 2014

Wild ride for Laurier University student in a wheelchair

Chantal Huinink’s horrific bus trip from Toronto prompts a call for better training and transit equipment — and a complaint system for disability-law violations.