Marc Laferriere is passionate about building strong, resilient communities. With more than a decade of experience as a college professor, small business owner, community volunteer and social worker, Marc is ready to deliver concrete results for the people of Ward 2 – Paris.
Let’s change local politics for the better together!
You can contact Marc directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 226-934-7379 with your ideas, questions and concerns.
Below are excerpts from The Paris Star story announcing the campaign:
Laferriere Seeks Municipal Seat
by Michael-Allan Marion, January 3rd, 2018
PARIS – Local political and social advocate Marc Laferriere says he is taking his message of change from the federal to the municipal scene.
Laferriere said he will pursue a campaign focused on fostering social change that reflects the demographic transformation going on in Paris and other expanding Brant communities.
“It is not just a question of providing the physical infrastructure to support growth, it’s also important to foster social infrastructure,” he said.
“We need mechanisms to allow council to hear all the voices in our communities and their needs, more than what the county has traditionally offered. I listen carefully to what people say in our community and there are many who feel they are not really listened to.
“We have had a lot of the same old attitudes on council and nothing is changing. We need fresh eyes and newer councillors who listen to the community and understand it at the grassroots level.”
Laferriere is a justice studies professor at Mohawk College’s school of community and urban studies. He is an award-winning educator and has been featured on a variety of television and print publications discussing issues of mental health, system change and community development.
He is the recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal for his efforts in social work, child and youth work and community advocacy.”
A holder of bachelor and master’s degrees in social work, Laferriere has been a clinical social worker for Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services and previously served in various youth and children’s organizations, and worked at the Grand River Community Health Centre.