Posted on May 1, 2016
It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the historic election on May 5th 2015. Over the last year I have had an opportunity to meet many great groups and have had the privilege of getting to know many amazing people. I have held telephone town halls, attended meetings and have had open houses to get to know people in the community. I would like to take this time to reflect on the tremendous work that some of the great people and organizations in the community do.
We have many community minded individuals who contribute many hours (often unappreciated) into the community that they call home. I really appreciate all the hard work performed by people who volunteer in their local community associations; from organizing community events to maintaining the ice at the community rink. I have observed sincere dedication from the individuals in Somerset who maintain the water park to the residents in Mid-Sun who I have had the honor to present a $125,000 grant for a community upgrade.
I have met many independent and small business operators who have made huge sacrifices to help their employees during these hard economic times. They are some of the most important job creators and as we look to recover I look forward to working with them re: how we can strengthen the market for them to compete.
I have enjoyed connecting with the Friends of Fish Creek who work to beautify Fish Creel and educate people about the most used provincial park in Alberta. They have been instrumental in finding a suitable way to upgrade the natural gas line that cuts through that area. This was a project that I started getting involved in only days after the election.
I often speak about the great work that St. Mary’s University offers for the community through its Humanities 101 program. The university is also a very efficient university with your tax dollars and is one of the fastest growing in Alberta. I am always proud to advocate for this great institution.
Recently I was quite humbled to be appointed Chair of Alberta’s Economic Future committee which was held by a previous Calgary Shaw MLA, Cindy Ady. A component of the committee work is to conduct a review of a significant portion of the budget and it has been tasked with the review of PIPA (Personal Information Protection Act).
I want to thank all residents of the Calgary Shaw riding for putting their trust in me and I look forward to additional opportunities to get to know you even better.
To all those who are in the role of mother - Happy Mother’s Day!
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