If you are looking for a city councillor who is prepared to offer change and who is not afraid of being different, then you are looking at me, Hilary Groos.
Yes, I fulfill the “I live in Victoria” requirement and proudly wear my “I am a 4th generation Victorian” heritage.
In addition, I ventured away from here for a number of years to work for NATO, the European Parliament and the UN. This allowed me to learn firsthand what it takes to make those tough decisions when working in multilingual, multicultural and multinational settings. These are the skills needed to be successful at City Council and I have these. My ability to speak 4 languages enables me to pick up on nuances, often key in negotiations.
Giving back to our community comes naturally to me as both my parents were wonderful examples. I am proud to be a past Board Director on the Garth Homer Society and the internationally-acclaimed Victoria Children’s Choir, both non-profits whose contributions to our City are outstanding. I continue to support them. I am also a Director-at-Large on the Executive of the Federal Liberal Party in Victoria and when I am out door knocking, it can be an emotional moment when someone remembers my father, David Groos, who was the Liberal MP for Victoria from 1963-72.
I also participate in a number of Victoria’s arts events (ie. Pacific Baroque Festival) and you can find me on Sunday afternoons at Christ Church Cathedral, in Evensong, as a choir member in the St Christopher Singers. During the summer months, I volunteer as a Tourism Information Counsellor and head out onto the streets of Downtown Victoria, greeting the cruise ships at Ogden Pt or help our visitors at the Tourist Info Center. And this is when I do get to use my languages!
All in all, not only do I know my community, I am a stakeholder in my community and I ask you to honor me with the privilege of serving my community as a Victoria City Councillor.