About Frank Etherington

As Ward 9 councillor for the the past four years,  it has been a privilege to serve you and I ask for your support to continue working together on ward and city issues.

During my first term as a city councillor, I’ve strived to strengthen neighbourhoods and make the city a more inclusive place to live.

Working closely with numerous neighbourhood associations, I have given top priority to upgrading our beautiful Victoria Park and nurturing the quality of established communities. I have also been actively involved in improving the quality of our downtown and encouraging development of low and middle-income housing.

In the past four years, I have acted as a watchdog of council spending while working with other councillors to keep tax increases below inflation.

Before being elected to council, I worked at the Waterloo Region Record as an award-winning journalist immersed in hundreds of local events. While doing so I listened, learned and presented both sides of community topics before writing articles about local issues.

Working as an investigative journalist as well as a general reporter I always had a keen interest in writing about social issues as well as neighbourhood and municipal affairs. For decades, I was an outspoken newspaper columnist helping to shape public opinion on regional issues. At The Record, I also served in management positions as the newspaper’s assignment and city editor.

Outside of municipal service and journalism, I wrote four books for children and a play for teens, The Snake Lady, that won a national award for children’s theatre.

I am married to Sue Coulter, a former public school trustee who works at Kitchener’s Carizon Family and Community Services.  We live in the Victoria Park neighbourhood.

We have three grown children: Daughter, Jainin, and her partner Roger are both dentists who live in Nova Scotia. Two sons live in Winnipeg — Jacob married to Elisabeth Braul, are both teachers and Jeope, a graphic designer, is married to Kerry Ryan, poet and communications director.

There are also three wonderful grandchildren, Cadence, Avery and Scout, who help remind us what is truly important in life.

I believe Ward 9 is a vital inner-city area that deserves mature and in-depth representation from a full time and knowledgable councillor who is familiar with local issues.


How to contact Frank:

Email: franketherington.ward9@gmail.com
Telephone: 519-579-0502