About Steph

StephGoertz has deep roots in the community and has long been dedicated to serving it. Among her many volunteer commitments, she has been a small business owner with a focus on community and economic development. Steph has always been a mover and a shaker; from a young age, she does not hesitate to be at the forefront when things need to get done. To learn more about Steph and her goals and beliefs, explore the site, and if you have any questions please get in touch.

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"You are a constant inspiration with all your many activities in support of our Waterloo Region community, addressing both today's needs and helping to ensure we plan for, and work toward, a healthy sustainable future.  Both as an individual who values all of your contributions, and as the Chair of the KW Chapter of the Council of Canadians who values you as a strong ally in community building, I wish you every success in the upcoming election.  Having someone like you, with your knowledge of the realities of the climate crisis and what we need to reduce emissions, who understands the 30 year plan for our community's growth, and who is such an enthusiastic champion of all that's good about the Township and Region - is absolutely essential.  I'm so grateful to you for choosing to serve on the Council."

Steph is a dedicated volunteer

with a track record of local involvement and community building

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"I am excited to learn that Stephanie Goertz will be running in the upcoming October 24 municipal election in Wilmot Township Ward 4 (New Hamburg, Stonecroft, Morning Side, Luxemburg)! Stephanie is a big friend of Ukraine and when the full-scale war in Ukraine started exactly 6 months ago, on February 24, 2022, she had the vision to start a volunteer organization Waterloo Region Grassroots Response to the Ukrainian Crisis. Now this organization includes dozens of active volunteers who help newcomers from Ukraine settle in the Waterloo Region. I have only known Stephanie for a few months but I can assure you that she is actively involved in the life of the local community. She will be able to accomplish many more things beneficial to the township and the region once she becomes a member of a municipal council.".

Experiences

Below are some of Steph's top work and volunteer experiences

Small Business Experience

My drive and commitment to running a small business was fostered from a young age. My father, Allan Beach, started up his business Allan Beach Roofing a few years before I was born and still continues to run it in partnership with my brother, David Beach. Both my husband and I run our own small businesses, mine focused on community and economic development and his in the health technology sector.

 

While running my businesses I have planned and organized numerous tradeshows, conferences, seminars, and meetings, as well as managed two separate co-working spaces that offered business services to small businesses. I also was the owner of the Kitchener-Waterloo Franchise of The Mompreneurs (now known as Revolution her) which ran monthly training sessions and meetings supporting businesses across Waterloo Region.

 

Over the last 8 years, I also have had the great pleasure of mentoring dozens of high school and university co-op students. 

Just prior to COVID hitting the world I was acting as a consultant to Dianne Sax, owner of Sax Facts, "Dianne Saxe is a Canadian environmental lawyer and politician. She was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario from 2015 to 2019 and is Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, serving with Abhijeet Manay. She has been rated among the top 25 environmental lawyers in the world"

Once COVID hit I decided to reduce my business hours and focus on family and community. 

Below are some examples of the types of business events I organized over the over the last 8 years.

Local Community Groups

There are so many amazing organizations, clubs, and people within Wilmot Township & Waterloo Region. 

Below is a list of some of the places where Steph is currently volunteering. 

Currently On The  Board/Executive With

Waterloo Region Response to the Ukrainian Crisis

Am one of the foundering members and am currently the Chair of the organization.

We are a group of residents in Waterloo Region who are working to prepare support and resources for the arrival of displaced people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Volunteering with this initiative is open to all people and groups interested in providing support. It is an opportunity for residents, businesses, social services, government representatives and community organizations to compile resources to support incoming families, resolve gaps in the immigration/emergency travel system, and collectively develop a plan to address outstanding needs.

Food System Roundtable of Waterloo Region

Let’s Tree Wilmot envisions a vibrant, community of sustainable ecosystems with enhanced wooded, agricultural, and natural areas that provide environmental and quality of life benefits, such as shade, carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, wildlife habitat, water filtration and leisure activities. Mental health….gardening Forest Bathing/Nature Therapy 

Let's Tree Wilmot

Let’s Tree Wilmot envisions a vibrant, community of sustainable ecosystems with enhanced wooded, agricultural, and natural areas that provide environmental and quality of life benefits, such as shade, carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, wildlife habitat, water filtration and leisure activities. Mental health….gardening Forest Bathing/Nature Therapy 

Wilmot Horticultural Society

Currently, leading the Programs committee as well as the Policy Committee.

The mission of the Society shall be to provide leadership and assist in the promotion of education and interest in all areas of horticulture and related environmental issues in Wilmot Township.

The objects of a horticultural society are to encourage interest and improvement in horticulture by:

  • holding meetings respecting the theory and practice of horticulture;

  • encouraging the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers on public and private grounds;

  • promoting balcony and community gardening and outdoor beautification;

  • arranging field trips, contests, competitions and exhibitions related to horticulture and awarding prizes;

  • distributing seeds, plants, bulbs, flowers, trees and shrubs;

  • promoting the protection of the environment;

  • promoting the circulation of horticultural information through any media;

  • promoting the benefits of therapeutic horticulture; and

  • stimulating an interest in the study of horticulture. 

Green WR

GreenWR is a local grassroots organization that promotes Green Development Standards as a
means to mitigate the effects of climate change by building efficient, vibrant, and healthy
buildings and communities. Although some Green Development Standards have been
implemented in Ontario there is much more that can needs to be done. As well many
standards have targetted urban centres and few have been designed for rural communities.

Wilmot Ecumenical Working Group for Indigenous and Settler Relationships

We are a working group, based in Wilmot Township, whose purpose is to respond to the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action in its specific calls to the churches (See # 58, 59, 60, and 61).
We respond in an ecumenical way, open to all interested churches and individuals who wish to be part
of this endeavor.
We aim to:

  • promote understanding of the history of Indigenous communities in this area and beyond.

  • create space for and facilitate relationship building between Indigenous and Settler people.

  • raise awareness of Settler privilege.

50by30WR

Currently, Co-Chair of this organization.

50x30WR is a grassroots, community-led campaign advocating for Waterloo Region to commit to a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, in line with the imperatives of climate science and centering social justice and well-being. This campaign builds on the public commitment made by regional municipalities in 2019 by declaring a climate emergency, recognizing the existential risks posed by climate change globally and here in Waterloo Region. This emergency, like the pandemic, is already impacting on public health and well-being and demands our shared urgency and attention. 50x30WR aims to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic through a just, green recovery that centres human well-being and innovation, building towards a socially just, sustainable and climate-smart Waterloo Region together.

Currently Volunteering With

Nith Valley EcoBoosters

Currently, leading the Policy Committee as well as in the Education Committee and an advisor for the Youth Advocates.

The Nith Valley EcoBoosters is a not-for-profit,  politically non-partisan volunteer group committed to achieving and supporting a long-term healthy environment in Wilmot and Wellesley Townships through education, action and collaboration. 

NVEB Youth Advocates:

The Nith Valley EcoBoosters has started up a new youth-led working group called the NVEB Youth Advocates.  The group's goal is to encourage and support Primary and Secondary schools within Wilmot and Wellesley Townships to take greater climate action. All students in Primary or Secondary school in Wilmot or Wellesley Townships are invited to join the group. Townships are invited to join the group.

Waterloo Region Community Garden Network

The Waterloo Region Community Garden Network (WRCGN) is an incorporated board that envisions a strong, supportive infrastructure enabling residents to plant and harvest their own food. Our mission is to promote and sustain community gardens throughout Waterloo Region.

Citizen's for Safe Ground Water

Citizens for Safe Ground Water (CSGW) is a Non-profit Organization in Wilmot Township the Region of Waterloo's groundwater (aka the Waterloo Moraine) from industrial aggregate industry activity.

Our Goals:
● Protect the safety, quality and supply of OUR water
● Protect the safety and prosperity of our township and communities

While recognizing the need for aggregate in our flourishing and developing region, we believe that the protection of our environment, farmland, and water supply in our changing climate is paramount.

Faith Climate Justice

As people of faith and citizens of Waterloo Region, we are deeply concerned about the double crisis we face in our community.  The climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic are both unprecedented in scale and impact. We know that there is much work to do to support vulnerable people and revive our local economy in the wake of the pandemic—we also see this as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address the urgent global climate crisis, while creating a more prosperous and equitable community for all. 

Sir Adam Beck School Council

Currently, leading the Greening "Foot Prints" Committee and part of the Goodwill committee

An active group of dedicated parents, joined by staff, that come together on a monthly basis.  A “school council” acts as an advisory body to the principal of a school.  As such, our conversations include school procedures and initiatives that impact all of our students.  Within the structure of the School Council are various committees that focus on particular aspects of the school.  Examples of these groups would include the “Footprints Committee” (school greening) and the “Fundraising Committee”.

Waterloo Region Health Coalition

We are an organization made up of community members and healthcare workers dedicated to the protection and improvement of the Canadian healthcare system! At a time when our public health care is under attack in a certain, and consistent manner, now is the time to stand up, speak out, and be counted.

In The Media

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"...memories of Goertz’s volunteering was when she drove to Sir Adam Beck during a snowstorm and saw Goertz and her father shoveling snow. “And I mean, it was a whiteout, shoveling so that the kids would have a better place to play.”"

"... Our Regional Official Plan is the long-term planning document that sets the foundation for our Region. It decides where and how we will grow, what we will protect,

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"... , Stephanie Goertz from Food System Roundtable of Waterloo Region, ..."

"...It's an "intergenerational topic," said Stephanie Goertz, a Wilmot-based environmentalist involved with numerous community advocate groups, including the Nith Valley EcoBoosters and Citizens for Safe Ground Water. 

"Having people expressing that it's one of their top concerns is obviously a great starting point for engagement," "

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