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Born and raised in the Netherlands, Moranda was still a youngster when she started a small business milking goats and making cheese. After Moranda graduated from Agricultural College, she and her husband Arend immigrated to Canada in 1981 with the dream of owning their own land. They purchased a rundown farm in Elgin and built it into a thriving dairy business while raising their three children on solid values and hard work. After 32 years, she and Arend ‘retired’ to a hobby farm where they raise sheep, pigs and chickens.

Moranda’s gratitude for the land and her community finds expression in her volunteerism. She is president and a founding member of the Elgin Eco Association, which hosts an annual mountain bike race and a summer camp for children, and most recently preserved a valuable Acadian forest with hiking trails in partnership with the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. She’s co-chairperson of the Petitcodiac, Salisbury and Area Community Health and Wellness Advisory Committee and an active member of the Elgin Women’s Institute and the Elgin International Women’s Day Committee. Moranda has also been involved with the Home and School Association and Toastmasters International.

Moranda has proved that respect and integrity, coupled with a positive attitude and commitment to the task, can overcome obstacles and achieve goals. Her desire to run for the Green Party is grounded in her belief that our individual health and wellness is inextricably connected to the health of our environment.

Our Principles

> Non-Violence

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Self-Determination and Citizenship

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Social Justice and Equality

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Participatory Democracy

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Local Self-Reliance

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> Living within Our Ecological Means

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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