WHO ARE YOU?
NAME: Sarah Doucette
BIRTHPLACE: Winchester, England
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Swansea
CAREER: Toronto City Councillor
for Ward 13
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND PETS?
This year my husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We have two wonderful children who are 27 and 22. Right now we have two recuse cats in our family, Bonnie and Clyde.
WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU?
When neighbours/friends/organizations/faiths come together to listen, respect, collaborate, support, work together and watch out for each other on projects, issues or in time of need.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My mother, who passed away in 2006, inspires much of who I am and what I do. My parents divorced when I was 5 and my brother and I lived with our mother in a loving home. She worked outside of the home, was there when anyone asked for help, always put others before herself. She brought us up equally, being able to cook, mow the lawn, repair the car, sew on buttons, but most important, to be independent and stick to our values.
WHAT WOULD YOU DEEM YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
My greatest achievement is being elected Toronto City Councillor for Ward 13.
IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
One thing I learned early on as a Councillor is there are never enough hours in the day! I would love the ability to stretch time to allow for a couple more activities (or even just a good night’s sleep!)
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?
I make my own jams and jellies with produce grown in my garden.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Guess I can’t say politicians? My family and friends, the cats, British comedies, and sometimes just life in general.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU?
When I was young one of my first jobs was pumping gas for the boats in Yarmouth Harbor on the Isle of Wight, helping my brother who was the Harbor Master.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?
My favourite movie is Forest Gump.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT?
Sometimes my back garden but I also love visiting my family in England.
WHAT BRINGS YOU THE GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION?
On the personal side of my life, my family brings me my greatest joy. I love spending time with our children, as they grow up and spread their wings. They are very supportive when it comes to the hours I work, which often includes evenings and weekends. My garden brings me so much satisfaction when it comes to watching the spring bulbs. Plants and vegetables grow throughout the year and this is also my relaxation. On the work side of my life, my greatest joy is being able to help people with whatever their concern is, no matter how big or small it may seem. My greatest satisfaction is completing a project, which residents and I have worked on together.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
You can get more with honey than with vinegar.
IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
Be kinder to one another. We can accomplish a lot when we are willing to listen and work together.