Municipal Councillor for the Town of Essex, Kim Verbeek’s passion and goal for her community is to show fairness for all while wanting all to do well.
When Verbeek was elected to represent Essex in October of 2018, she knew she wanted to advocate for groups in her community and getting on council was her way to do so.
“I was often advocating for community groups,” she explains. “I was speaking in front of Solid Waste authority and county council to stop Toronto trash, while also trying to stop Marshfield woods from becoming a golf course. It’s my passion to help the community that pushed me to run.”
Before obtaining her role on town council, Verbeek worked as a care provider for seniors and also worked in foster care services for 21 years.
“I’ve always been in roles of service, my husband’s good job allowed me throughout my life to fully commit myself to volunteering,” she says. “I was always able to give my full focus to my family while continuing to volunteer.” Verbeek explained the role she has been able to do with helping her community over the years has been a blessing in her life. “For me it’s always about just wanting to help others, that’s the key,” she shares. “It’s why we’re here, it’s about service and wanting to help others, if we can help others rise up, we can rise up and become better together.” Describing herself as loyal, loving, determined and at times fierce, Verbeek’s hopes in this new year is being able to get back into her community work. “I can’t wait to be able to embrace time with my friends and family that I have been missing, but also getting back into the community to engage with residents of my ward,” she explains. “I want to continue my council work, grow my political muscles to do a good job on behalf of ward 2 voters that entrusted this roll to me.”