With tremendous thanks for your support

What a ride that was.

I wanted to bring a campaign of substance. A campaign of detailed ideas to improve our community. A voice for people on the margins of our community. Deep ideas about how we govern. A commitment to making government more inclusive, and engaging – a place to come together for good. A positive, hopeful campaign. That mission has been accomplished. I am so very proud of what we did together.

It was about a year ago that I started to talk to a small group of people about running for regional council. Several times I was asked whether regional council was a right spot to shoot for – it’s always a tough race with great candidates, tricky logistics trying to fund and run a campaign across the city. Maybe another race would be a better place to start?

My response was always the same: regional government is where my skills and experiences meet, I knew I would bring passion to the job, and knew it was a place I could make an impact. And if I didn’t win? Then I would get to refocus on making an impact in other ways in our community.

That’s my plan, and I can’t wait to get to work improving our community in many different ways.

But first, some thanks.

I’m so blessed to have a loving and supportive family who were all behind me. A partner and spouse with so much patience, understanding, and dedication. Friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and people I got to meet along the way who supported me. The incredible number of people who helped this campaign along with their time, talent, and treasure. I had no idea that this campaign could unfold the way it did. You all taught me that.

At its core, this campaign had a really amazing group. You know who you are, but I don’t think you will ever know how grateful I am.

Often in municipal campaigns you run a campaign alone, or with a few helpful folks. I had a community of people behind me, and I’m so very grateful for that. It has been an amazing experience, and I thank you for everything. I look forward to our next interactions in this beautiful community of ours.

With tremendous thanks for your support,


PS – We have quite a few signs out there and could really use some help collecting them! If you have some time today or in the next couple of days and can help, please send an email to info@camerondearlove.ca and let us know!

It’s OUR community. Have YOUR say! Vote on October 27

Cameron’s Guide to Voting in the 2014 Municipal/Regional Election

Where and When Will I Vote?

When: The election will be held between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on October 27.
Where: You will receive in the mail in October your Voter Notification Letter telling you where you can vote. Didn’t receive your card? No problem. You can still vote! Click here to use this tool from the City of Kitchener to find your polling station.

Am I on the voter’s list?

It’s easy to check! Go to www.voterlookup.ca to see if you’re on the list or to amend your information.
If come election day you’re not registered, you can still vote!
Go to your voting place to register. You’ll need to complete a form and show at least one piece of personal identification showing your name and qualifying address in the city of Kitchener.

What Identification will I need?

There are many things you can use. You can bring:

  • a document that shows your name, qualifying address and signature [e.g. Ontario driver’s licence; Ontario Health Card (photo card); Ontario motor vehicle permit (plate portion)];


  • a document that shows your name and signature [e.g. Ontario driver’s licence; Ontario Health Card (photo card); Ontario motor vehicle permit (plate portion), Passport, Citizenship Card], presented together with a document that shows your name and qualifying address [e.g. property tax assessment; Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion); Child Tax Benefit Statement; statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS)].


How do I vote for Regional Council?

Your ballot will include several races. You can vote for: Mayor, City of Kitchener Councillor, Regional Chair, Regional Councillor (this is the race Cameron is running in), and school board trustee.

Your ballot for Regional Councillor will look something like this:






Kitchener has four Regional Councillors, so you can vote for up to 4 individuals.
Note: you don’t have to use all 4 votes. To maximize the effectiveness of your vote, it’s best to only vote for the candidates you really believe in.

What are the responsibilities of the different orders of government?





My Commitment to Young Waterloo Region Residents

I believe in big picture solutions that provide for our present while protecting our future. That’s what my commitment to community is all about.

youth belonging

Thanks to the KWCF’s Vital Signs for tracking belonging in our community.

Last week, the KWCF Vital Signs report showed that young residents (defined as those aged 20-34 for their analysis) in Waterloo Region don’t feel a sense of belonging in our community. This impacts all of us in Waterloo Region. Our future work force, business innovators, and community leaders don’t feel like they belong. A lack of community belonging has repercussions throughout the community – and that necessitates action on a regional level.

We want our young residents to feel a connection to our community – and a desire to invest in it. We want our high school students to stay, work and study here. We want post-secondary students from outside of our community to feel a deep sense of belonging here – so deep that they choose to stay to live, work, start businesses, and start families in Waterloo Region. We want our younger workforce to feel a sense of obligation to community service so that we are all playing a role in making our community the best place it can be.

We want our young residents to belong.

To build belonging is to build relationships that work. When elected, I’ll work diligently to open lines of communication between Regional Council, student organizations and Gen-Y employers, to ensure that issues important to young residents are on the radar of regional council.

It’s impossible to build belonging if Regional Councillors aren’t present where young residents are. That’s why I’m committing to being present in the community with open café hours each month. I’ll announce where I’ll be and when, and it’s an open invite to ask questions or share ideas. It’s a small gesture to invite young residents to connect, but it’s also a powerful first-step in bringing young resident’s into the regional community. And it’s what we should expect from our regional council.

I hope you will support me on October 27th. Vote for better representation for all Kitchener residents. Vote Cameron Dearlove.

Reducing Homelessness and Building Belonging with Indigenous People in Waterloo Region

12A-Building-Belonging-with-Indigenous-People smallWaterloo Region is home to a large Aboriginal population estimated at over 10000 people. As an urban population, it is a diverse mix of people from many different First Nations, as well as Metis, and Inuit people.

Due to a variety of factors, including historical policies and practices of assimilation and higher numbers experiencing poverty, the local Aboriginal population is overrepresented when it comes to housing instability. According to Regional data, 3% of those seeking housing stability, and 9% of those working with street outreach are listed as Aboriginal. As this data requires self or worker identification, the actual number is likely much higher. The KW Urban Native Wigwam Project held a housing fair recently stressing the need for more long-term Aboriginal housing and more long-term supports.

I have a history of working with and engaging with our local Indigenous community. As a regional councillor, I am seeking to play an important role in bringing a stronger focus on our Indigenous community to Waterloo Regional Council. I believe that we can do a better job at the regional level of supporting the Indigenous community. We can do this by:

  • Engaging and working with the local community and Aboriginal-focused organizations, ensuring that all work is done cooperatively with the local community;
  • Ensuring that housing and homelessness prevention initiatives are provided in culturally appropriate ways, and ensuring that housing workers receive ongoing culturally appropriate training;
  • Seeking to expand the number of affordable and supportive housing units for Aboriginal people, and investing in an Aboriginal housing support worker;
  • Looking at all areas that impact housing stability to find long-term solutions to these challenges.

Further, we know from the Waterloo Region Vital Signs that our region has a declining sense of belonging. Our region lacks a central gathering place for Indigenous people, such as a Friendship Centre or Indigenous community centre. By supporting the creation of a gathering place, or a culturally safe space, for the local Indigenous community, we could create a greater sense of belonging and community here in our region.

  • As a regional councillor, I will advocate for the development of community spaces for Indigenous people in Waterloo Region.

I sought feedback from a member of the local Anishnaabe community and an advocate for greater housing supports for Aboriginal people, Tabitha Lavallee. She agreed that more needs to be done. “Homelessness is an issue that is only going to grow substantially in the next 4 to 6 years and if we do not have the proper supports in place for Aboriginal people then the region will be faced with an overwhelming homelessness problem that will seem to have come out of nowhere.” On building belonging, Lavallee added: “The aboriginal community should know, see and feel like they are part of the city, they need to be able to believe that this is their home and feel respected as such.”

I will be a strong voice for equity and inclusion in our community as a regional councillor.

Vote Today! Advance Voting is Open!

Friends and supporters,

Today is election day!

…Okay, not really. We are actually 12 days out from election day, but you don’t have to wait until October 27th to vote for Cameron. Advance voting opens today and runs for 4 days in 6 different locations in Kitchener. That means that you don’t have to wait – you can cast your ballot to send Cameron to Waterloo Regional Council TODAY.

(We especially recommend voting early if you’re hoping to help out on election day. If you are – please let us know by sending us an email!)

Here are the details for advance voting:

Advance polls are open:

  • October 15, 16, 17 – 2-8 p.m.
  • October 18 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Advance polls are located at:

Voting for Regional Council:Your ballot will include several races. You can vote for: Mayor, City of Kitchener Councillor, Regional Chair, Regional Councillor (this is the race Cameron is running in), and school board trustee.Your ballot for Regional Councillor will look something like this:Ballot

Kitchener has four Regional Councillors, so you can vote for up to 4 individuals.
Note: you don’t have to use all 4 votes. To maximize the effectiveness of your vote, we recommend only voting for the candidates you really believe in.

You can find more information about voting, including what to bring with you, on Cameron’s Voting page.

Thanks for your support, and remember: together we can work to build an even better community.

With thanks,
Lyndsey Butcher and Peter Thurley,
Co-Campaign Managers

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