Natalie Harris is the City of Barrie’s Ward Six Councillor and a member of the Canadian Women of Impact Gallery. She found her way into the world of politics after having played a role in the royal assent of Ontario’s PTSD Bill (Bill 163), and Canada’s PTSD Bill (Bill C-211). She is a retired Advanced Care Paramedic, for which she received the Ontario Paramedic Association’s Exemplary Service Award in 2018. She also possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from Victoria University, for which she received the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2010.
Along with being an educator with organizations such as Georgian College and the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, she is an avid writer and has authored several books including, “Save-My-Life School: A first responder’s mental health journey,” (with the foreword written by six-time Canadian Olympian, Clara Hughes), and was a blogger for the Huffington Post.
In 2017, she founded the national peer support group, Wings of Change and is the co-founder and President of the not-for-profit, BrainStorm Revolution. She is the creator of Addiction Get-Well Cards and has spoken at countless events nationally about her own battles with addiction and mental illness. She is a recipient of the John Graves Simcoe Medal of Honour, was named one of Barrie’s Leading Women, has received the Tema Conter Memorial Resiliency Award in 2017, and was also presented with the One Woman – Fearless Woman Award in 2018.
Above all, her proudest accomplishment is of being a mom to Caroline and Adam, and a ‘Grammy’ to Beckham.