Shared on behalf of the Mayor’s office:
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of former MP, Kim Rudd.
“Kim Rudd was a respected entrepreneur and committed volunteer who will be greatly missed. An RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award recipient, she was a courageous and resourceful businessperson known locally for growing post-secondary career training in Cobourg with the introduction of Willis College and co-founding Cooks School Daycare in 1985. One of the first rural child-care projects in our area, Cooks provided an incredible resource for women and families in our community, providing a safe place for children so parents could go back into the workforce.
As a volunteer she was President of the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the local Physician-Recruitment Committee when the Committee succeeded in bringing eight new doctors to the community.
As MP, she continued to work toward initiatives that would have a positive impact on our local families and businesses. Her government improved the Child Canada Benefit which helped thousands of children in her riding, helped bring over $70 million for improved broadband and cellphone service to Eastern Ontario, provided a boost in federal money for new and affordable housing and she personally worked on five housing projects in Northumberland-Peterborough South. She was also a terrific supporter of the Venture13 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre and all local businesses here in Cobourg.
Ms. Rudd was an advocate for Cobourg and Northumberland County, a committed volunteer and a trusted and valued mentor. On behalf of all Council and staff, we would like to thank her for all that she did for our community and its residents.” Mayor Lucas Cleveland