Brantford, Ontario , Canada
Aug 15, 2008 06:03pm
|Info||Nora Clemons Fueten was born in Brantford, educated at BCI and attended university in Toronto and Calgary. She became active in the opera world, as a coach and accompanist, both in Toronto and for five years with the celebrated Dusseldorf opera company in Germany, where her ability to organize and motivate was rewarded with an administrative post in addition to her musical work. In Dusseldorf she became friends with singers from around the world, learning to appreciate all their cultures and outlooks. She also admired the German political system of proportional representation, a reform that's overdue in Canada. |
Nora and her husband Horst returned to Canada and raised two daughters while taking up a new career as sheep farmers - learning first-hand about the challenges of agriculture. Later Nora returned to school to pursue a Masters of Divinity degree. She served as a minister in The United Church of Canada for over 14 years until her early retirement in 2002. Community involvement during this time included serving on the chaplaincy committee of the Brantford General Hospital, on the poverty issues committee of the Social Planning Council, and on the Parents Council at King George School. She was part of planning to build a Neighbourhood Association, one result of which was a weekly neighbourhood lunch serving up to 130 pupils. She has also served on the boards of local historical societies.
Nora continues to serve as interim minister in Paris and Burford, and as interim music director at Heritage United in Brantford.
As a candidate for the Green Party, Nora brings a very wide range of skills and experience. She is accustomed to public speaking and is very comfortable meeting new people and promoting environmental sustainability.