RUSSELL — Russell Township Resident, Isabelle St-Amour announced today her transition from councillor candidate to community activist. This announcement comes days after the municipal election where she narrowly lost a seat on council by 194 votes.
“When the results were clearly visible on our screen I realized that I had gotten 2,440 votes. I sat there in total shock. I was honoured that 2,440 people would put their trust in me,” she explained. “I had no expectations at all and I knew I was fighting against strong odds with three incumbents and 4 spots, 5 other candidates, running a campaign nearly by myself while teaching full time, and being a first time and lesser known candidate.”
Isabelle St-Amour would like to stay active in the community. “2,440 people wanted my voice on council and I want to keep activated for them. That is the number that is important to me but most importantly I want our children to inherit a municipality that is prosperous, viable, and sustainable. I will continue teaching but I am considering options for continued engagement in the municipality including applying for a seat on a municipal committee.”
In the weeks to come, St-Amour looks forward to returning to two organizations she is implicated with, the Russell Kin Club and running Samba Ottawa. “I want to be part of some kind of change in our community and I will keep a close eye on this council in order to hold them accountable to their promises,” St-Amour declared “But, most importantly, I will be re-energizing by spending time with family.” St-Amour and her husband Tim, live in Embrun. She will continue to teach at a high school in Ottawa.