Somerset ward candidate Ariel Troster wants to create an Ottawa where no one is left behind.
Troster told The Sam Laprade Show on Wednesday, Aug. 10, that the median income in her ward is roughly 30 per cent lower than the rest of Ottawa, and many of her neighbours live in poverty.
“I strongly believe that when we support the most vulnerable folks in our community, we build a better city for everyone,” she said.
Seeing how the pandemic has left people in the downtown core struggling, she said that neglecting the downtown impacts the entire city, and she would like to see more support in this area.
“The people who use our shelter system and who live in the rooming houses in my neighbourhood, they come from all over the city because the services are here,” she said.
An active volunteer, Troster is no stranger to advocating for people and spent years volunteering with a settlement group for LGBTQ refugees in Ottawa and also helped hundreds of people find vaccine appointments.
“It really reinforced to me that I actually enjoy that process of helping people solve problems and find the resources that they need to thrive,” she said.
Listen to the full interview with Ariel Troster below: