Sarah Climenhaga is a longtime St. Paul's resident and a committed environmental advocate, with a long history of work in the nonprofit sector and community volunteering. She is a mother of three who passionately believes in the need to secure a better future for the generations to come, and that our economy must protect the resources we depend on: clean air, pure water and a healthy natural environment.
Sarah attended McGill University for Biology and Environmental Studies to earn her BSc, and then went on to supplement that education with coursework in environmental law, public transport, and how to transition our current system into a green economy. Following the completion of her degree, she went on to work in managing and directing positions at nonprofit organizations including the World Wildlife Fund and the Black Creek Transportation Management Association (which later became Smart Commute). When the first of her three children was born in 2002, Sarah decided to take a break from paid work — but she didn’t stop pursuing meaningful opportunities to contribute to her community.
While raising her children full-time, she devoted herself to volunteer work: preparing and serving food at the Wychwood Open Doors drop-in centre, serving as the chair of the Humewood parent council, and being a media spokesperson for the St. Clair Streetcar Right of Way organization that successfully advocated for dramatically-improved transit priority along St. Clair. Most recently, in 2018, she ran for mayor of Toronto, shining a spotlight on areas where the city requires improvement; notably, lack of access to transportation, local residents being priced out of their own neightbourhood’s housing, and increasing poverty. Throughout the campaign debates, on both radio and television, she pointed to clear, feasible solutions for tackling these challenges. She received widespread support from the city’s residents while running an extremely low-cost grassroots campaign.
She has watched how the Green Party has been rapidly growing over the past few years, and ultimately made the decision to abandon failed strategic voting in order to vote Green. She recently became more involved in the party itself when she volunteered with Tim Grant's campaign to be the MPP in University Rosedale. Another contributing factor was that during her tenure at WWF, Sarah briefly worked with Elizabeth May on the campaign to stop the spring bear hunt, and ever since then she has been captivated by the common sense, articulate, and passionate approach of this exceptional leader. The Green platform in general reflects Sarah’s personal values, but most importantly, she appreciates the focus on integrating economic policies with environmental ones. The other parties seem to treat these two factors as mutually exclusive, to the detriment of both the environment and our economy.
With her friends, family and three children living in a world beset by so many different environmental and economic threats, Sarah’s greatest passion is to fight for a more vibrant future that embraces equality, opportunity, and health for all living inhabitants of our beautiful country.
Sarah Climenhaga(Green Party Candidate for Toronto—St. Paul’s)
Canadians in this election, more than ever, can vote from hope and from conviction, not from fear.