Green Party Candidate for Markham-Unionville Announced

Markham, ON, March 4, 2011---At the Varley Gallery in Unionville, Myles O'Brien was introduced to the community as the provincial Green Party (GPO) candidate for the upcoming October election. He was elected by local members of the GPO at a nomination meeting on March 1.

Both Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario and past leader, Frank De Jong spoke about the Green vision for economic prosperity.

Myles O'Brien spoke about Markham-Unionville's potential as a champion of the Green economic vision. Myles believes health – the interconnected health of the individual, community, economy, and environment – is the true bottom line. “I am determined to help Markham-Unionville, with its unique and diverse attributes, become a provincial role model for good health.”

Myles grew up in Unionville. After high school, he spent a year as a musician in Vancouver before entering the Fine Arts program at Queen’s University in Kingston. Following university, Myles and his wife Geetha spent two years teaching and traveling in Mexico. They also lived and worked at an organic farm near Erin, Ontario, and traveled through India, before returning to Markham and settling in Stouffville.

These experiences led Myles to pursue a Master's in Environment Studies degree at York University. Upon graduating, he began working with environmental initiatives at the Town of Richmond Hill, where he currently works as a Program Coordinator on water issues and serves on several internal committees.

Myles is a founding committee member of the Downtown Stouffville Farmers’ Market. He is also working with York Region organizations and schools to increase local food production, consumption, and appreciation through school and community gardens.

Myles still enjoys playing music, with friends and now with his two young children.

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