It was announced on Saturday that Sophie Kiwala has been nominated to run for reelection as the Ontario Liberal candidate for Kingston and the Islands.
“It is an honour for me to serve our community and bring our collective voice to Queen’s Park on Premier Kathleen Wynne’s team,” said Kiwala in a release. “I want to sincerely thank residents for their support and encouragement along the way. I look forward to continuing our work together and advocating for Kingston and the Islands’ priorities.”
She added: “Together we are achieving great progress for Kingston and the Islands – including plans to build a new ferry for Wolfe Island, a commitment to contribute to the Third Crossing, and many other significant investments to improve education, health care, research and innovation across the region.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne was complimentary of Kiwala’s first term, saying, “Sophie’s commitment and advocacy for her community are exemplary, and she is an important part of our team at Queen’s Park. I am pleased she is running for reelection to continue her work on behalf of Kingston and the Islands.”
Born and raised in Kingston’s Reddendale neighbourhood, Sophie Kiwala serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services and the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. She also served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Along with those roles, Kiwala serves on the Estimates Committee and General Government and Legislative Assembly Committee, and currently chairs the Jobs and Economic Policy Committee. She is also a member of Rural Affairs Caucus, the Francophone Caucus, l’Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie, the Women’s Caucus, the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus and the Lung Health Caucus.
Before her election, Kiwala managed the offices of the Hon. Peter Milliken and Ted Hsu, former Members of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands.