Filmmaker, Photojournalist, Political Candidate
Sabrina Constance Hill (she/her) is a resident of St. Catharines who recently announced her candidacy for the Regional Municipality of Niagara (representing the residents of the city of St. Catharines).
Her interest in political activism started in high school, where she began volunteering and working for a local political party. Later, she was appointed the youngest Director at Large for the same national political party. Years later, while enrolled at Brock University, she ran for undergraduate Senator and won. In her two terms as Senator, she successfully lobbied to have bus passes included for all full-time Brock students and several other initiatives that improved countless undergraduates' learning experiences.
Since then, Sabrina has became active in advocacy outside the partisan political system, focusing on improving transparency and accountability within the Region. Reforming policing services and lobbying for legal aid protection and accessibility for working-class families, as well as speaking on behalf of many equity-seeking communities in St. Catharines and across Niagara, including the 2SLGBTQQIA+, those experiencing poverty, homelessness, and the Indigenous community, is very important to Sabrina. She currently serves on two committees with the Regional Municipality of Niagara; the Women's Advisory Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee (serving as Chairperson).
Sabrina has been fortunate to have worked in many rewarding professions; as an educator, as a journalist, and in various roles at Start Me Up Niagara, all of which have informed her current platform and advocacy work. As an open and proud transwoman, Sabrina hopes to be a part of a new, more inclusive and diverse Niagara, where once unheard voices are represented, valued, and have a seat at the table. She hopes to be a voice for a better Niagara.
What does change mean to Sabrina?
“I think it’s time that Niagara finds a more meaningful place at the table for those who experience inequality and marginalization. When developing programs, policies, and practices that affect all residents of this greater Niagara community, the halls and chambers of power need to be a mirror whereby residents can see themselves appropriately and competently represented. Change; authentic, meaningful and sustained change, means electing and empowering decision-makers who have distinct lived experiences reflective of the ever-changing demography of our community and region. I genuinely believe that it’s time that those who represent us come from the diverse, colourful, unique communities and experiences of those who live throughout and across Niagara.”