A Better Niagara is a non-partisan organization that believes municipal politics should be about neighbours helping neighbours to solve local problems. The group sees transparency, accountability and integrity as foundational to good governance and the keys to building trust between the public and their elected officials.
A Better Niagara is a not-for-profit corporation, headed by a board of directors and supported by a network of volunteers. The group is a duly-listed Third Party Advertiser in all 12 of Niagara Region's municipalities and it is bound by all the rules that entails.
Meet three of our executive:
Ed Smith, Executive Director
Liz Benneian, Director
Liz Benneian is a former journalist and newspaper editor who has been leading advocacy and environmental educational organizations since 2004. Active in her community, Liz has volunteered with several service groups and has provided help and advice to community-led groups around the Province and abroad. Liz has also volunteered on four successful municipal council candidate campaign teams here and in her previous community.
After leading a successful fight against a planned incinerator in Niagara, Liz became concerned about the lack of good governance, especially at the Regional level, in this area. She is pleased to be a part of A Better Niagara, a group of citizens who are working to engage and inform citizens and to support and endorse good candidates in the next municipal election.
Haley Bateman, Director
Haley is a graduate of Brock University, Niagara College and McMaster University. An active volunteer throughout the Region, she serves as Chair of the Property Standards Committee for the City of St. Catharines and volunteers for Wellspring’s Capital Campaign Committee.
Haley has been an outspoken citizen for several years, most notably addressing hateful commentary by some Regional Councillors.
The former manager of a local non-profit, Haley brought significant change to the organization's fundraising goals, communication, media relations, and the development and implementation of agency policies.