WATERLOO / WILMOT TOWNSHIP
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On October 22, Scott Piatkowski was elected as a Trustee for the Waterloo Region District School Board, representing the City of Waterloo and the Township of Wilmot. He and his fellow Trustees were officially sworn in at a meeting on Monday, December 3, and will serve a four year term ending in November 2022.
Scott was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo and has lived in the community for all but two of his fifty-three years. He is a graduate of Eastwood Collegiate (where he is part of the school's Alumni Wall of Honour) and Wilfrid Laurier University. He and his family live in Waterloo.
He is currently the Co-ordinator of Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes in Kitchener and has previously managed other non-profit co-operative housing communities in Guelph, Waterloo and Ottawa. He has also worked for the Co-operative Housing Association of Ontario, located in Toronto, and as an MP’s assistant on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
He has been an instructor and consultant with Central Ontario Co-operative Housing Federation (COCHF) since 1992, delivering workshops and providing advice to Boards and staff on how to achieve sound management and governance. In November 2005, he was named “Outstanding Housing Educator” by the Waterloo Region Housing Coalition, in recognition both of this work and his broader work in educating the community about affordable housing issues. COCHF has twice presented Scott with the Co-op Service Award for his contributions to the organization and the co-operative movement.
Scott sits on the national Board of Directors for the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF), and previously served as President of CHF's Ontario Council and on the Board of the former Co-operative Housing Association of Ontario. He is a former President of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), a former Chair of the Board for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU), and also has extensive Board and other volunteer experience with numerous local organizations.
Scott has served as the Chair of both the City of Waterloo's Environmental Advisory Committee and the Waterloo Region Cycling Advisory Committee. He has also been a member of both the Community Grants Review Committee and Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) for the City of Kitchener, and chaired the Steering Committee for the Westmount Neighbourhood Association. He is a volunteer facilitator with the Co-operative Young Leaders program (CYL) and was awarded the Youth Mentorship Award by the Ontario Co-operative Association in 2010. He was a minor soccer coach from 1998 to 2012.
Those who follow the politics of this community will recognize that Scott has been involved in local politics for over three decades.
For nearly thirty years, Scott has been a prolific freelance writer for newspapers, magazines and websites, and is a former weekly columnist for The Woolwich Observer, ECHO Weekly and The Waterloo Chronicle. He has also appeared frequently on local radio programs on 570 News, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo, Rogers Cable 20 and CTV Kitchener.
Here are the results for Waterloo Region District School Board Trustee elections for Waterloo and Wilmot. These results are the cumulative numbers for Waterloo and Wilmot (click on links to see the results for each municipality):
Carol Millar * 10440 votes (elected)
Kathleen Woodcock * 9839 votes (elected)
Scott Piatkowski 7223 votes (elected)
John Hendry * 6690 votes
Jason Erb 5380 votes
Matthew Donovan 3485 votes
Zhengwei Bei 3434 votes
Martha Kozub 1961 votes
Samir Alazzam 1896 votes
Richard Pfeiffle 712 votes