Lonnie Patterson is committed to her community and to making life better for every Brandon family.
Lonnie was elected Councillor for the South Centre Ward in Brandon in 2014. For the next four years Lonnie worked hard to ensure that building an inclusive, fair community was part of the agenda by advocating for affordable housing, citizen engagement, and comprehensive, coordinated poverty reduction.
Before serving on Council, Lonnie worked for the provincial government on a wide range of files, including Family Services, Housing and Health Living.
Lonnie earned a Master’s in Rural Development with a focus on rural sociology at Brandon University. As a researcher, Lonnie has worked on projects related to rural economic regions in Manitoba, rural broadband, and the 2018 Brandon Point-In-Time Homelessness Count. Her academic interests, combined with their real-world applications, have helped her gain a broad understanding of social problems and of how to make real change for everyday families.
One of Lonnie’s biggest concerns is the growing methamphetamine crisis in Brandon, which the Pallister government continues to ignore. She is a strong community advocate for better addictions services, especially detox beds that could divert people in meth psychosis from the ER and jail.
Lonnie is deeply committed to Brandon. She has served on the boards of the Keystone Centre, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, and the Westman Chapter of the BU Alumni Association. She is also a strong supporter of local musicians, artists, and activities that celebrate Brandon’s diversity.
Address: 118 10th Street
Brandon R7A 4E6