Advocate. Organizer. Idealist. Pragmatist. City-builder.

“I love this city and I want to work together to make it better. I am proud of how we pulled together to support each other both during the pandemic and the convoy occupation. My neighbours and I are tired of downtown being treated like a highway and a parking lot. We live here and we deserve a city council that is invested in building great places for people, both in Somerset Ward and across Ottawa.”

 A Somerset Ward resident for 12 years, Ariel Troster is an advocate and professional communicator with a track record of taking action and getting results. She worked in the non-profit and labour sectors for more than 20 years, including the last five at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. 

As a volunteer, Ariel has helped sponsor and support refugees and asylum seekers, learning first-hand how hard it can be to find affordable housing and mental health resources in our city. She also helped hundreds of people book vaccine appointments over the last two years and has been involved in LGBTQ+ activism for more than 20 years.

During the pandemic, she has been a frequent commentator on both TV and radio, largely focusing on the need for safe schools and the impacts of the February anti-vaccine convoy on residents in downtown Ottawa.

Ariel lives with her wife, daughter, corgi and tabby cat in Centretown West.

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