A veteran of election activity, for Erich Jacoby-Hawkins it’s just an acceleration of what he does between elections. Meeting voters, speaking to civic groups about critical issues, serving as a resource on Green policy and helping build a fair & sustainable community – these are responsibilities that continue year-round.
Erich is regularly interviewed for local news coverage, featured on live TV call-in shows, and presents to the Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups. He rolls up his sleeves for park cleanups, charity fundraisers, and door canvasses, and continues to serve with many community groups, committees and boards, including Active Transportation Barrie, Living Green, the Barrie Film Festival, and the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (Barrie Chapter).
Erich sees building the Green Party’s presence in the community as an on-going commitment. Each of his campaigns has seen greater success than the previous. In 2007 he overtook the provincial NDP for third place and in 2008 earned more than 11% of the vote in his riding.
Erich works from Barrie as an education consultant, but focuses his time on volunteering. Concerned about homelessness, his activities over the past decade include serving on the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing and on the front lines with Out of the Cold. He has also been a long-time contributor to Environmental Defence Canada, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Amnesty International. Formerly the Green Party of Ontario’s Issue Advocate (critic) for the Environment and Housing, he now holds the portfolio of National Revenue & Ecological Fiscal Reform on the Green Party of Canada’s Shadow Cabinet.
Raised in the small town of Shelburne, Ont., Erich knows that the best communities are sustainable. Now raising his own two daughters with wife Teresa, he first became a foster parent (and still is) at age 16.