In the Community

Seeing the Petrochemical Diversification Plan in Action

Posted on January 11, 2019

Seeing the Petrochemical Diversification Plan in Action Happy New Year! I was saddened to hear of the passing of former MLA Gene Zwozdesky on January 6. I know that many residents knew Mr. Zwozdesky through…

2019 Brings More Community Grants and AISH Increases

Posted on December 28, 2018

Happy New Year!  As MLA for Sherwood Park, I have been hard at work with my colleagues in the Legislature to ensure policies, programs and legislation are in place to support all Albertans. 2018 has…

Multi-pronged approach for supporting oil and gas sector

Posted on December 14, 2018

I was glad to be able to introduce and have first reading of my private member bill, Bill 214: Traffic Safety (Safe Distances for Passing Bicycles) Amendment Act, 2018 before the Legislative Assembly.…

Industry update and seasonal notes

Posted on November 30, 2018

Congratulations to the Calgary Stampeders on their Grey Cup win! I hope that many Sherwood Park residents enjoyed the Grey Cup festivities and are now ready to see the Oilers win the Stanley Cup. Investing…

Remembering the past, looking to the future

Posted on November 16, 2018

This past week was quite traumatic for our community. Thankfully, the damage and potential loss of lives was averted through the quick response from our firefighters and police forces. I happened to be…

Community Drug Strategy for Strathcona County

Posted on November 7, 2018

Ms McKitrick: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It's my pleasure today to highlight the work of the Community Drug Strategy Committee for Strathcona County. I am so proud of how my community has movedforward in…

Fall Sitting in Session

Posted on November 2, 2018

Last week, the third week in October, we celebrated Foster and Kinship Care Week in Alberta, which is an opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful people who provide safe, nurturing homes for children…

Education, Cannabis and Poverty

Posted on October 19, 2018

This week, Her Honour the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta honored a number of Strathcona County residents. On Monday, Evert Poor and Jason Finkbeiner received the Sovereign’s…

Hitting Haiti to explore democracy

Posted on October 5, 2018

­­The last couple of weeks have seen unseasonably cold weather across Alberta, which has prompted many gardeners to quickly harvest their gardens and cyclists to switch to winter gear! Last week, I…

Freeway Speed Limits Under Review

Posted on September 21, 2018

Last week, I was able to be present at two important milestones for Strathcona County. Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) celebrated 20 years of bringing municipalities and industry together…

Welcome the Start of Another School Year

Posted on September 7, 2018

Fall always arrives too early for gardeners, school-aged children and MLAs! Labour Day is the start of not only a new school year, but for many of us the beginning of fulfilling our responsibilities to…

Preparing for the New School Year

Posted on August 24, 2018

It is hard to imagine that summer is nearly over for students in our community. I had the opportunity to meet many teachers last week at one of their professional development conferences, and appreciate…

So Much to Celebrate in August

Posted on August 10, 2018

So much to celebrate in August!  Last week a preview event to Open Farm Days was held just outside Sherwood Park at a local historical farm, Jackson Homesteader Farm. I always enjoy visiting farms and…

Breaking Ground on New Clover Bar Lodge

Posted on July 27, 2018

New Clover Bar LodgeOn Tuesday it was my privilege to bring greetings on behalf of my colleague the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing and the Alberta government, at the sod turning…

Takeaways from Leadership Workshop

Posted on July 13, 2018

Over the past couple of weeks, the world has been focused on a cave in Northern Thailand — as I write this column, the boys and their coach have been rescued with the help of divers from many different…

Providing an AISH update

Posted on July 1, 2018

The Robin Hood Foundation recently held its AGM and provided an opportunity for families to have access to educational information.   I was happy to provide updates on what the recently-passed changes…

Province Looks to Push Energy Investment

Posted on June 14, 2018

In the Sherwood Park News article, “Energy Investment Plummets”, published June 5, 2018, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) raised a number of important issues that underscore the…

Pipeline purchase great news

Posted on June 1, 2018

May 29th, I stood behind the Premier as she met the press and elaborated on the federal announcement regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline. I know that residents and businesses in Strathcona County and…

Showcasing Our Firefighters

Posted on May 18, 2018

On Monday, I was able to participate in a daylong training exercise sharing the amazing work our Strathcona County Emergency Services personnel is doing. We had the opportunity to experience how physical…

Oil and Gas in the Community

Posted on May 4, 2018

Tuesday April 24 marked an historic event in Sherwood Park, when Premier Rachel Notley visited our community. As the keynote speaker at a luncheon specially organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Premier…

Addressing the Trans Mountain line

Posted on April 18, 2018

Pipelines — one in particular is the topic of conversation throughout Sherwood Park and in the Legislative Assembly. On Sunday, the Premier met with the Prime Minister and the Premier of British Columbia,…

Budget Work for Albertans

Posted on April 6, 2018

As I write this column, the Assembly is discussing the budget estimates for the next year, with specific funding announcements forthcoming over the next few weeks. The discussion on budget estimates may…

What We've Done in Session

Posted on March 26, 2018

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Northlands, who moved their administrative offices to Sherwood Park earlier this year. Many in our community volunteer for Northlands’ K-Days, as well as the…

Celebrating Women's Day

Posted on March 9, 2018

Kudos to the Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce for celebrating International Women’s Day with a conference and by profiling women entrepreneurs and business leaders. Over the years, Strathcona…

Pipeline Battle and Green Energy

Posted on February 21, 2018

Congratulations to the organizers, volunteers and donors of the World’s Longest Hockey Game. It has been wonderful to see support from current and past members of the Oilers for the fundraising efforts…