So who is she?
In short: An activist with a passion for policy that works to better the lives of those often left behind. Focusing on sustainable growth and inclusive strategy, she knows Guelph needs to focus on the path ahead.
Aggie Mlynarz was born between Poland and Canada in the south of Germany shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Her parents met during the 1980s through a student union sympathetic to the Solidarity movement started by the Polish Trade Union; an anti-bureaucratic movement rooted in advancing workers rights and social change in politically repressive Communist Poland. As a result, she grew up in a household conscious of the need for progressive policy to ensure a healthy democracy.
Aggie found her political voice in the arts. An opportunity she pursued and developed thanks to the support of excellent public programming in Guelph. The arts helped her to negotiate her own identity and sense of belonging, to define and understand the asset of difference. After high school, she became a volunteer and member at Ed Video; a not for profit, charitable organization supporting independent media art and artists. Her time at Ed Video taught her communication is a powerful tool for groups to raise consciousness around issues of discrimination, including social, environmental and economic vulnerabilities in the community. Her later work on independent features in the private film sector gave her first hand insight on how critical political institutions are to the art sector; specifically in protecting workers rights to fair compensation and against sexual discrimination. This experience would later inform her thesis on gender politics in Canadian film from the 70s through to today.
Activism & Politics:
She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Guelph Theatre Studies Department where she focused on a broad range of social justice issues with a concentration on political theatre in Canada. Much of her activism took place on the stage; finding the personal in local issues. She wrote and performed pieces on navigating feminism through social media, local conflicts between environmental activists and developers, as well as a deeply personal piece tackling issues of union and labour reform. In collaboration with other artists she has worked on projects addressing women’s health and reproductive rights.
Over the years her passion for social justice has transformed into a deeply rooted belief in civic responsibility. Her research and partnership to communicate challenges faced by individual members to the community at large is her main motivation in pursuing political office. She affirms it is the position of politicians to listen and to ensure communication is open and accessible to every constituent.
Her favourite animal is the river otter and she strives to be as clever, playful, and curious in approaching everyday problems. As a resident for almost 20 years, she knows Guelph, Ontario to be her hometown.
Now she needs you to join her on her journey, and get Guelph on a path for change.