It feels good to live in Cobourg, which is why Nicole is proud to be seeking the position of Deputy Mayor. She’s an idea generator, an innovative thinker, a collaborator, and a get-things-done implementer. Nicole believes that the Town is on the cusp of exciting growth, so it’s important to her to continue playing an active role in progressing towards its future while preserving its heritage and history.
In 2018, Nicole was elected with the most votes as Councillor for the Town of Cobourg. In her first term in office, she was appointed Coordinator, Planning & Development and served as a member of the Planning & Development Advisory Committee, Heritage Advisory Committee, Equity Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Municipal Land Inventory Review Ad Hoc Committee, and Memorial Arena Ad Hoc Committee. She is also a member of the Water Committee, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) board member, and Homeless Liaison for Cobourg Council. She also participated in the Town’s inaugural Women in Governance Program.
Nicole is a lover of local: shopping, dining, and celebrating small businesses, manufacturers, innovators, restauranteurs, artisans, growers, brewers, producers, and makers across Cobourg. She strives to support as many local charities, service clubs and community organizations as she can. In addition, she has spent time visiting schools talking to youth about municipal politics and public service, listening to essential matters, and being inspired by their ideas for Cobourg’s future.
Nicole at Work
Nicole graduated from Cobourg District Collegiate Institute West, where her peers recognized her as Valedictorian. She studied at the University of Ottawa, graduating with a BA Honours in Communication and serving as Executive Director of The Peer Help Centre. In this student life service, she started a peer mentoring service for high school students and an on-campus crisis phone line.
Following her post-secondary studies, Nicole moved to Toronto to pursue a career in the community and social sector while continuing education in non-profit management at Ryerson University. Before traveling to Melbourne, Australia, she worked for charities such as the Canadian Red Cross and Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. She obtained her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation and worked for an international consulting firm Global Philanthropic. After consulting on various start-up charitable ventures and major non-profit enterprises in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia, Nicole made her way home from down under to up over to be closer to her sisters and her small town roots.
With multi-million dollar fundraising, organizational and policy development, financial management, governance, leadership training and community building experience, Nicole launched her consulting business, Capacity for Community, in 2013. As CEO & Chief Community Builder, she works as a community organizer, systems thinker, strategic planner, writer, researcher, fundraiser, financial forecaster, speaker, trainer, and project manager for non-profit and charitable organizations, social enterprises, and other community-minded businesses and professionals. Nicole is also a coach with Innoweave, a network of practitioners funded by the McConnell Foundation that offers a series of funding streams built around social innovation approaches. In addition, she is the author of several e-learning modules for CharityVillage and runs her signature line of resource development workshops. Locally, she has worked with Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, Green Wood Coalition, Grief Stories, and Thrive Northumberland Coalition to End Violence Against Women.
In the last year, Nicole has started working in the manufacturing sector, supporting Flou inc. with people management, policy development and product marketing.
Nicole in the Community
Community involvement and volunteerism are fundamental to Nicole as a leader and an engaged citizen. She moved back to Cobourg, her hometown, nearly ten years ago. Since then, Nicole started Local Food for Local Good, a food security charity. She was an inaugural board member of Sounds of the Next Generation (SONG) and initiated 100+ Women Who Care Northumberland. In addition, she is a co-founder of Cultivate Festival, launched Think Tiny Homes Northumberland, a chapter of Habitat for Humanity Northumberland, and co-founded the Northumberland Roller Skating Collective with two dear friends.
In April 2020, Nicole quickly mobilized action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She teamed up with other citizens to launch Caremongering Northumberland, a community network of neighbours connected through Facebook in search of support, referrals, and volunteer opportunities. Nicole also started a mobile student nutrition program and holiday meal delivery initiative through Local Food for Local Good in partnership with Northumberland Food for Thought. For two years, Nicole led a crew of over 20 volunteers, provided fresh produce and healthy snacks, and prepared meals for over 330 families and nearly 775 children and youth.
In 2016, Cobourg Council appointed Nicole as Co-Chair of the Canada 150/Cobourg 2017 Celebrations Committee, where she served an 18-month term alongside former Cobourg Mayor Peter Delanty. Nicole was recognized for her community service at the 2017 Cobourg Civic Awards with the Mayor’s Award of Distinction. Since April 2022, Nicole has volunteered with Northumberland for Ukraine Families, administering its Community Food Fund through Local Food for Local Good. In June 2022, Nicole traveled to Newfoundland and Labrador as a delegate for the Governor General of Canada’s Leadership Conference.
Nicole at Play
Nicole is a proud Auntie to ten nieces and nephews. Her three sisters, Melissa, Ashley and Felicia are her best friends. Her parents, Nancy and Garth, are her biggest supporters.
Nicole is an avid reader and writer, mental health advocate, loves outdoor adventures, riding her bike downtown and to the farmers market, morning workouts, cross country skiing in Northumberland Forest, dancing front row at fundraisers and festivals and paddling the waterfront with her partner Damien, who started Flou Inc., a rotational modeling manufacturer in Cobourg that specializes in water tanks, rainwater harvesting barrels, and custom design and production.