Kimberly Norton’s focus on public safety, student data privacy and environmental issues combined with her local volunteerism and involvement in our town, as a homeowner and mother of 4 children, make her an ideal candidate to serve on New Canaan’s Town Council. As a proud Waveny Pool pass holder she chaired the Waveny Pool Committee resulting in more frequent cleaning of the facility and a heated pool. She revived Slow Down in Our Town, a public safety initiative with the New Canaan Police Department and Public Works, to renew our town’s commitment to pedestrian and bike safety, and spearheaded the CT State Department of Transportation funding a driving simulator for New Canaan High School young drivers to learn the effects of texting and driving. Her volunteer work includes chairing committees at South School, Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School, including the Board of Ed representative, coaching youth soccer, managing soccer and lacrosse teams, and helping with Confirmation students at St. Aloysius Church. She is an active member of SLOBs (Service League of Boys), along with her three sons, and currently serves as the philanthropy liaison to the Rotary Club’s annual Lobsterfest. She supports local arts as part of NEAD (New England Academy of Dance) where she volunteers as a backstage mom and recently helped to arrange the Nutcracker Benefit Show for audiences from local communities.
Kimberly holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with High Honors from Fordham University and has worked in state hospitals, college counseling centers and private facilities helping children, adults and seniors. She was awarded a prestigious Presidential Scholarship at Fordham for her full tenure there, as well as winning a coveted Teaching Fellowship. Kimberly has a proven track record of getting things done at local, state and federal levels. As an advocate for student data privacy, along with three other local moms, she got the first ever student data privacy bill passed into law in the state of the CT in 2016: An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy, Public Act 16-189. Beyond our state, she led efforts to get the EPA to set the first ever acceptable levels of PCB exposure for children in NYC public schools after airborne PCBs were found in her children’s school and she was instrumental in getting NYC’s School Construction Authority to remediate them for all NYC public schools. Besides understanding public institutions, she is an experienced small business owner having run a private psychotherapy practice in New York City for fifteen years and understands the challenges our local businesses face. Kimberly recently wrote a book for young adults that was on the Amazon best sellers list in its category. As an author and producer of a print, digital and audio book, she has new and fresh ideas, and the fortitude and tenacity to implement them. Kimberly is a consensus builder who wants to strike the right balance of local policies to keep our town thriving – from holding the line on taxes to supporting our commuters, businesses, and public schools – so we can protect one of the best towns in America for living, working, and raising a family. And that is why she wants to volunteer for the town council.
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