Merriam-Webster dictionary defines special interest: a person or group seeking to influence legislative or government policy to further often narrowly defined interests especially : LOBBY
Councillor Patricia Simone was asked, it has been reported that you have hosted several roundtable discussions for non-profit agencies; do you consider this a special interest?
Councillor Simone’s response: The roundtable discussions are meetings hosted to bring non-profit organizations together, and together they discuss different topics. The meeting participants lead the meeting, contribute to agenda items and work together to complete any task/item they feel necessary. For example, the groups recorded videos about their organizations that was shared on social media and posted to youtube.
The Windsor Police Service Board AGENDA May 2021 lists a delegation; on behalf of A.C.T (Amherstburg Community Team) they provided Background Information information on the group, crediting Councillor Patricia Simone for inviting groups to the first Round Table Discussion Group in December 2019.
The group attached the following letters requesting Windsor Police to waive the fees associated with vulnerable sector criminal record checks; seven mentioned a community roundtable hosted by Amherstburg Councillor Patricia Simone.
2nd Amherstburg Scout Group
Amherstburg Soccer Club
Amherstburg-Harrow Catholic Family of Parishes
Bryerswood Youth Camp
The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce
Amherstburg Community Services
the house youth centre
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Amherstburg Minor Hockey
Dr. Adrian Ninaber
Safe Families Windsor-Essex
Rotary Club of Amherstburg
Amherstburg Community Church