Racelle Kooy felt the call to serve as a member of parliament quicken after attending her first climate strike at the BC Legislature. Children were leaving school to stand up for their future, all the while Canadians were still grappling with the fact that we had become Trans Mountain pipeline owners, on the heels of the another mega wildfire season.
Racelle is honoured to call Victoria, unceded homeland of the Lekwengen speaking people, the Songhees and Esquimalt, home. Born and raised in British Columbia, she is a member of Samahquam First Nation and has strong family ties to Stswecem’c Xgat’tem. Coming from a commercial fishing family, Racelle is delighted to once again live on the shores of the Salish Sea. She came to Victoria after being displaced by the 2017 wildfires. As she says, “climate change came knocking at my door in the form of the first of 2 mega wildfire seasons. Here in Victoria, it’s a privilege to breath in the ocean air and know that my neighbours include past colleagues and high school friends who have also chosen to call Victoria home.”
Racelle Kooy works locally and across Canada as a bilingual co-chair and lead facilitator. She steps into the hard places of needed dialogue, be it the realities of natural disaster, polarizing views on energy, housing, women’s rights, or language loss. She served as the bilingual co-chair for the Assembly of First Nations, and as lead facilitator for a number of federal ministers, including the Minister of Health as well as the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. The first project she managed after graduating with a business degree in tourism from l’Université du Québec à Montreal, was for the Fairmont Hotels in Quebec City. She successfully engaged with all levels of government, private business, religious orders and the local First Nation- all very indicative of the nature of the work she would continue to excel at for the past 20 years. Racelle has brought a unique Canadian voice to regional, national and global platforms like the Cannes International Film Festival and the inaugural live broadcast launch of Aboriginal People’s Television Network.
Racelle Kooy is the Shadow Cabinet Critic on mental health and addiction. As a community engagement specialist, Racelle understands the multi-layered dynamics of dealing with complex issues like addiction and mental health. Her relation to the portfolio is deeply personal as she has lost family members and...
Global Citizen with an international perspective, Serial Innovator with experience in solving real time needs, Intellectual grounded in grassroot realities; these are the reasons why I endorse Annamie Paul for leader of the Green Party of Canada.
To shed some light on my endorsement - a quick background about my perspective. Prior to running as the GPC candidate for Victoria in the 2019 federal election, I regularly engaged with government representatives, but I was not one, as the nature of my work required non-partisanship. I connected with the Green Party of Canada through the need to fight the impacts of climate change and to challenge the widening gap of social inequalities. Many of these inequities have been brought to the forefront during this time of COVID-19 pandemic. The Green Party of Canada’s calls for social justice are now being demanded by a great many: universal basic income, housing as a human right, decriminalization of illicit drugs and ensuring safe supply, to name a few.
Annamie Paul joined the Green Party for the same reasons that I did. Like me, she has only ever had one political home, the Green Party of Canada, and she is fully committed to its members. I came to know Annamie Paul, first as fellow 2019 Green Party of Canada federal candidates and later as members of the GPC Shadow Cabinet. I know that she is authentic, with the highest standards of professional and political ethics.
As a First Nations woman who has lived and worked around the globe and on reserve, from the City Hall of Cannes to the Assembly of First Nations, I am witness to the importance of diversity at the de tables where decisions are taken. Diversity deepens our collective wisdom and strengthens the overall resiliency of society. As a Black woman, Annamie Paul has a lived experience that allows her to see things that others may fail to notice.
We don’t need more of the same old representation in politics. Annamie Paul has an eyes wide open approach to political engagement, drawing on her in-depth international and Canadian public policy expertise. I know that we can count on Annamie Paul to engage with all Canadians and connect them to the core values and policies of the Green Party of Canada. She will grow the party and our platform for the benefit of all Canadians, and I am proud to endorse her.
happily endorse Annamie Paul for leader of the Green Party of Canada. A leader is someone who is brave enough to say what needs to be said. Someone who is willing to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work that so badly needs doing. A great leader projects intelligence with a voice that can energize and inspire people to take charge and join our movement. I trust Annamie to do all of these things and more for the Green Party of Canada.
Annamie has been such a pleasure to work with. When running for the Greens in 2019 Annamie stood out from other candidates. She has an incredible ability to bring people together. I felt her warmth right away as a fellow green candidate. Annamie raises all the people up around her. She knows how to make people feel like they are engaged within the green community. She breathes new life and passion into the party and I am so happy to see her taking this big step towards leadership. I know under her leadership the Green Party of Canada will blossom into a diverse, dynamic force to be reckoned with, and I couldn’t be more excited about it!
I have been impressed with Annamie since I first heard her speak. My admiration for her leadership abilities has grown steadily since. I think her focus on 3 D’s – daring, diversity and democracy – is particularly apt and will enable our party to attract the support of many more Canadians. Choosing this engaging, multilingual, woman of colour as our leader is the best decision that Green Party members from coast to coast to coast can make in 2020.
Annamie is brilliant and demonstrates integrity and vision. She takes to heart listening to and valuing the voices of all members. She is someone who inspires me with her empathic leadership and her plan to lead the party towards the integration, application and promotion of social and environmental justice throughout the Party and the country.
Scarborough Rouge Park
With great pride I am endorsing Annamie Paul for the leadership of the Green Party. This decision comes with a steadfast confidence in the competence and exceptional nature that Annamie will bring to the role of leader. In a time of great uncertainty, now more then ever, we need the experience, diplomacy and vision that Annamie brings. I enthusiastically support Annamie to lead Greens and Canadians into a more equitable, sustainable and purposeful role on the world stage.
Annamie is a fighter. She is willing to stand up for communities across Canada and demand a just future. From the very first time I spoke with her I could tell she cared deeply about building a better society where no one is left behind.
Annamie has a bold vision of what our country could be and unapologetically advocates for change.
She has the experience, temperament, and dedication required to lead the Green Party to new heights. That is why I am endorsing Annamie Paul for leader.
Annamie is a dynamic and exciting voice that has the experience and leadership qualities required to propel the Green movement forward in Canada. In her short time within the Green Party of Canada, Annamie has demonstrated leadership and a strong work ethic on Shadow Cabinet, on advancing diversity and inclusion within the party’s internal structures and processes, and through her candidacy in Toronto Centre in 2019. Annamie, as a candidate in Toronto, generated a tremendous amount of excitement. The prospect of that replication across the country is both inspired and concretely what we need to expand our influence in Canada.
The Green Party’s next leader must be someone with the experience to lead the party into the future, the boldness to champion new and exciting ideas, and the ability to draw many more people into the party.
Annamie fits the bill on all accounts.
Annamie is a leader who gets it.
She has a vision for how to diversify the party, champion evidence-based decision-making and build relationships.
I’ve never seen someone with so much relevant leadership experience who’s so adept at motivating team members.
As a young woman in politics, Annamie and her historic campaign inspire me that we really can make a difference. I am so thrilled to endorse a progressive candidate who is not only intelligent but also caring and kind.
She’ll make Greens everwhere proud as the next leader.
Green Party of Canada
As one of the earliest Greens involved in the party, I am endorsing Annamie Paul for the leadership. I see in her many of the same qualities that I discovered in Betty [Nickerson] – resourceful, articulate, passionate, eminently qualified and ready for the job. People could see themselves in Betty and more will see themselves in Annamie.
A leader has two faces – one that the public sees and one that the party members see. This means two jobs. The public one is to articulate the Green program and principles that will move us all more safely into the future. The inward one is to find that very difficult piece of middle ground that keeps the most members active and engaged. Negotiation skills, consultation skills, conflict resolution skills – these are things that Annamie has a lifetime of experience doing.
Green Party Congresswoman
I’ve known Annamie Paul for more than 6 years now. I’ve seen how talented she is in working as a lawyer in conflict prevention in international criminal law but most importantly I’ve seen her work with civic-minded organizations, with non profits, collaborating together to solve global challenges. I support Annamie to be the next Leader of the Green Party of Canada, and help us forge a green global coalition of the different Green Parties.
Annamie Paul is simply fabulous!
She is competent and confident, experienced and poised for the job.
Smiling yet assertive, she has the right tools and the right disposition to lead the Green Party of Canada into the future.
An infectious, positive personality, wise beyond her years, well connected and empathetic, Annamie is best qualified to showcase what Canadian Greens are all about!
I endorse Annamie Paul with a full heart. We met during the 2019 Federal election campaign. She is a person of integrity, intellect and humanity. As a volunteer on her campaign, I saw first hand as she dedicated herself fully to supporting and advocating for the folks in Toronto Centre. Annamie is a leader who brings compassion with backbone.
I am proud to support Annamie Paul for Leader, Green Party of Canada.
Honest, passionate, and decent are a few of the many words to describe Annamie. I met her at Toronto’s Pride Parade when we Greens marched to proclaim our support to my community, the LGBTQ community, and even then I saw a leader in Annamie. We need a leader who can bring people together and create a team who can be ready to govern. I believe Annamie is that leader and I ask you support her leadership with me.
Toronto St. Paul's
I am pleased to endorse Annamie for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada. Annamie was a leading organiser and convener for Greens across the region during the 2019 elections. As a fellow 2019 Toronto Green Candidate, I appreciated this support and her ability to bring people together. I know she will continue this community-building and outreach as leader of our party, and she has my full support.
I’m happy to support Annamie Paul’s candidacy as a clear choice for the Green Party leadership. Her personal history combined with her work experience as well as her community involvement make Annamie the best candidate for the long-awaited renewal within the party.
I joined Annamie’s campaign because I believe she can lead the Green Party and therefore the country to a more prosperous and egalitarian future. She exudes strength and compassion which are qualities in a leader. She was the first to encourage other members to help me after she found out that I was also a 2019 candidate. Annamie wants to see the party succeed as it’s not about her, but about us. Annamie encourages, recognises, and utilises everyone’s talents for the benefit the GPC and that is the kind of leader that people admire.