Rita Kalmbach served as a municipal politician in Norfolk County,
Ontario for more than 20 years before retiring in 2006. She was the
Mayor of Norfolk County (2000-06), Mayor of the former City of
Nanticoke (1991-2000), and a municipal councillor for the City of
Prior to her entry into politics, Rita served as a Director on the
boards of numerous organizations, including the Haldimand-Norfolk
Women's Shelter, Haldimand-Norfolk Children's Aid Society, and the
Norfolk General Hospital. She has been involved with many political
panels with an aim to increase the number of women in politics, and
has taught courses in leadership for women at the University of
Guelph and Fanshawe College.
From 1966-90, Rita was an elementary school teacher. She was the
President of the Norfolk Women Teachers' Association for two terms
(1984 and 1990). Rita graduated from Hamilton Teacher's College, and
also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education from the
University of Western Ontario.
Rita grew up near Port Dover, Ontario. She has been an active
citizen and role model for the Norfolk area throughout her life, and
is a long-time supporter of Bird Studies Canada.