There’s a unique feeling when you walk into the campaign offices of Emmanuella Lambropoulos. It’s not like a typical office filled with political veterans and campaign junkies. It’s actually quite the opposite; filled with energy, youth, enthusiasm and hope for the future. A hope that has dissipated with the cynicism of politics.
Emmanuella is the hero of her own story. She is a political neophyte who won a stunning nomination to replace Stephan Dion as the federal Liberal member of parliament in St. Laurent. A 26 year old high school teacher virtually unknown to politics beat a former provincial cabinet minister. Emmanuella and her team couldn’t hold back their surpsise at beating a woman who was considered to be the Liberal party favourite, Yolande James.
“I’m really shocked. I didn’t give up. Door to door. As soon as I knew that I wanted this I worked really hard. ” And subsequently she won the election. How? Simple.
- Hard work
- Positive visualization
Emmanuella decided that she was going to emerge triumphant, and she did. Imagine putting your mind to something and then seeing it materialize. But that’s how every new product or idea is born. With a burning desire to succeed and with the express purpose of helping others.
The Most Reverend Deacon James Thompson, or as I call him, ” dad ” He left us in 2006 and I tell everyone that he was the finest human being to ever walk the face of the earth. And he taught me one simple life mission, “help others” What’s the connection? ” Simple. Similar missions between my father and Emmanuella. She fights for the underdog. As a matter of fact, her campaign manager, Pina Frangella, said that she will be an advocate for
- Racial issues
- Anti – semitism
- The environment
- Youth issues
- Seniors issues
Emmanuella was successful because she knocked on doors evey single day leading up to the election in 2017. She was the only candidate to live in the riding; she grew up in St, Laurent, worked in St. Laurent and the cashier at the local Jean Coutu could not stop ranting and raving about her.
Emmanuella’s father Tom said that her campaign started out with just him and her. From humble beginnings come great things. “Our goal was to hit the road and get memberships. We weren’t really seen by the press; we were invisible.” Her mom, Matina said that our headquarters was grandma’s living room.
So I attended my first volunteer meeting on Thursday night. Emmanuella spoke to her team. She is poised, intelligent, and passionate. I was excited to reach out to the population of St. Laurent and really connect with the peope. It was awesome. From the long time senior Liberal to the young new voter to the handful of undecided. I was invigorated and also thrilled to see that 90% of the calls that I made were voters who loved Emmanuella. And of course the one young dude who told me that “it was none of my business” All’s fair in love and war.
So what does the future look like in St. Laurent. In simple terms, bright and in more specific terms , positive. Emmanuella is an individual who truly cares. An individual who will work hatd for her community. An individual who will fight for the rights of the underdogs. An individual who lives, breathes and loves St. Laurent.