Françoise Therrien Vrignon wants to offer St. Boniface residents an alternative.
Therrien Vrignon will contest the upcoming byelection in the provincial riding of St. Boniface as the candidate for the Green Party of Manitoba.
Born, raised and educated in St. Boniface, the bilingual 29-year-old is a graduate of Collège Louis-Riel, the Université de Saint-Boniface and the University of Manitoba. Therrien Vrignon currently works as a freelance consultant on educational and artistic projects.
"I am running because I care about people, and I care about the environment," said Therrien Vrignon, who lives with her partner, Matt, and their dog, Boussole.
"We’re offering an alternative that I believe the people of St. Boniface are ready to support, and the support I’ve received so far has been tremendous, overwhelming, and inspiring."
"And in terms of environmental issues, first and foremost I’ve been listening to the people. I believe the people of St. Boniface have always had a special interest in the environment, and I strongly believe in the different levels of government working together," she added.
Therrien Vrignon said many of the younger generation of eligible voters have a high level of social and environmental awareness, which she hopes will be significant when they head to the polls later this year.
"I’m part of a younger generation of people that are aware of the urgency of climate change issues, and who know we can’t ignore the problems that are now deeply affecting us such as watershed issues, water quality, and air quality. I believe the people of St. Boniface are ready to take these things on board, and I believe that collaboration and respect should be at the heart of finding solutions to these problems. We need to work together to achieve tangible results," she said.
A seasoned community activist who sits on several boards and committees, Therrien Vrignon said she hopes to inspire other young people to ask how they can help, and how they can be part of the solution.
"When I think about how I can have a positive impact, I know one of my greatest strengths is knowing the value of every relationship I have, and knowing that you can’t do things without consulting people. We hope more of them become involved with this, as there are some great people in St. Boniface," Therrien Vrignon said.
The provincial riding became vacant earlier this year after longtime St. Boniface MLA and former premier Greg Selinger stepped down.
At press time, a byelection had not been called. It must be held by Aug. 28.
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