It may have been a housing rally or maybe it was an environmental demonstration. Michelle Staples can no longer remember what kind of protest she attended that day in 2012. But the now mayor of Duncan clearly remembers the epiphany it sparked—one that would map out her future career in local politics.
"How do we actually move forward if we’re always in opposition?" thought Staples, whose community activism dates back to the 1980s when she attended her first protest, an anti-nuclear war demonstration, with her father.