Branderhorst wants to be part of changing, growing community as Athol representative

Sam Branderhorst

I’m Sam Branderhorst (she/her) (nee Kuipers) and I would love to be your next Ward 5 (Athol) Councillor.

I was born and raised in PEC, grew up on my family’s dairy farm, played in PECSA leagues, and was a passionate volunteer for my community. After attending and gradating from Queen’s University, I returned home and decided to plant my roots here in the County. I co-founded Shatterbox Theatre with a mission to foster local talent, share inspiring stories, and provide great entertainment to our community. I continue to live and work on a dairy farm with my husband and two young kids. Prince Edward County is my home; I loved growing up here. I want PEC to be the most welcoming and inclusive community that it can be.

I wanted to run for Council this term because Prince Edward County is changing and growing and I want to be a part of that process. I want to embrace new changes that benefit the year-round economy but protect the many wonderful things about the County that makes us so unique. Our natural landscapes, agriculture and quiet, friendly way of life. The things that made PEC so enticing for many to visit and want to move to. I don’t want to forget our roots. I really want my children to grow up in a community that they are proud to call their home and I will work incredible hard to do so.

A few things I’m passionate about:

  • Health care
  • Protecting the land and water
  • Infrastructure
  • Economic and environmental sustainability
  • Fostering a sense of belonging
  • People in the PEC community!

I’m committed to having good honest conversations with our community members. I want to learn and grow. I don’t have all the answers, but I’m willing to listen and talk with you to find them. I’m hoping you will trust me with your thoughts and feelings and know that I’m someone you can count on. I’m running for you. I believe in respectful communication where no one is left out; everyone is heard and gets a chance to speak.

How do we make sure the County is moving in a direction that is feasible and prosperous for all who live and play here? This is the question that I am committed to answering through thoughtful collaboration and meaningful conversations. I’m here for the long haul and most importantly, here for you.