My name is Cam Galindo, I'm a long-time resident of Stoney Creek and I'm running for Public School Trustee in Wards 9 & 10 for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.
As trustee, my priority will be to put students first. I will focus on community engagement, creating youth opportunities, and building partnerships. It would be a privilege to serve my community.
I came to Canada as a refugee from Colombia with my family when I was seven years old. Recognizing the incredible opportunity I has been granted, of having been born in a developing country and now finding myself in Canada, I didn't want to take that for granted. So, I rolled up my sleeves dedicated my life to community service.
I graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Degree in Political Science, a minor in Economics, and a Business Studies Certificate from Mohawk College.
I am actively involved in my community with Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way of Hamilton & Greater Halton, the City of Hamilton's Youth Strategy Steering Committee, McMaster Alumni Association, and a local health-advocacy group called Unfiltered Facts through Hamilton Public Health Services. Recently, I helped create the Olde Town Stoney Creek Community Association and served as its first Vice President before deciding to run in this year's municipal election.
In the past, I volunteered for the Hamilton Youth Advisory Committee, Minister of Education's Student Advisory Council, McMaster University's Students Union, St. Joseph's Health Care, my local high school, Museums of Burlington, Hamilton Warplane Heritage Museum, the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games and Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games.
I served on the Premier's Council on Youth Opportunities where I helped design a $5 million youth opportunities fund and advised on a $295 million youth job strategy fund. In addition, I offered input on several pieces of provincial policy including the Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Ontario Education Strategy, future directions in Youth Justice Services, Ontario's Youth Action Plan, the Aboriginal Child and Youth Strategy, Ontario's Culture Strategy, and the provincial Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan.
In 2016, I volunteered as a National Olympic Committee Assistant at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics where I worked with the delegations of Canada, Great Britain, Nicaragua and Iran to provide operational, linguistic, and logistic support during the games. Notably, I was selected by the Iranian delegation to serve as their flag-bearer during the Closing Ceremony. Since then, I have also had the pleasure of volunteering for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, this time working with the Colombian delegation.
Up until my decision to run in this year's municipal election, I was employed at the City of Hamilton's Economic Development Department. Previous employers also include Valley Park Library, Home Depot, CHCH Television and the Starlite Drive-In.
My service on multiple provincial and municipal advisory committees, extensive volunteer work and international experience has prepared me to be out next Public School Trustee.
From now until the Election on October 22, 2018, I'll be hitting the streets to earn your vote. A passionate voice, for our growing community!
Awards and Recognition
(2018) Ontario Volunteer Service Award
(2017) Canada 150 Flamborough-Glanbrook Nation Builder Award
(2013) Heritage Green Community Trust Scholarship
(2013) Hamilton Youth Volunteer of the Year Nominee
(2012) Stoney Creek Junior Citizen of Year Nominee
(2011) CIBC YouthVision Scholarship Recipient