Anita Payne is a retired high school science teacher. Born and raised in Toronto, Anita developed a deep connection to her environment while interacting with nature at her cottage. This inspired Anita to study ecology, to become a teacher, and to become involved in her community.
Anita has been married to Michael Payne for 36 years; they have two grown children and one grandchild. Anita has been active in many community and environmental groups over the years in both Lanark County and Stratford, where she lived for 11 years. In 2003, Anita joined the Green Party and has served on riding associations and on the Green Party of Ontario Provincial Executive. In addition, Anita ran as a Green Party candidate in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections.
Professionally, Anita has been a long serving executive member of the Ontario Society for Environmental Education. As a swimmer and triathlete, Anita promotes active living to maintain health and reduce one’s environmental footprint. Since returning to Lanark County, Anita has participated in political rallies, volunteered with Fair Vote Canada and rejoined the executive of the Black Lake Association. Anita is looking forward to a busy retirement making art quilts, campaigning for a better system of democracy and giving Climate Reality presentations.