Your MLA in the Community

September Coffee Tabling at Village Transit Station

Our team was up bright and early to say hello to St. Albert commuters and everyone heading back to school for the new semester! Coffee and cookies brighten everyone's day.

All Seniors Care Seniors' Games 2017 - St. Albert

This morning I brought greetings from the Premier and Government of Alberta to the residents at All Seniors Care's St. Albert Retirement Residence, our constituency's newest seniors home!

Over the next week, residents will compete in a number of athletic events as part of All Seniors Care's 8th annual Seniors' Games, an Olympic inspired tournament that takes place at 27 retirement residences across Canada!

The theme of this years' event is 'heroes'... I took the opportunity to share with them a story of a personal hero of mine, and learn more about their own heroes and inspirations. 

All the best in the games ahead!


Snowflake Festival 2016

My team and I had a wonderful evening at the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce' annual Snowflake Festival! Apple cider, eggnog, and homemade rock candy were all a big hit - next year we'll make sure to bring more! It was great to see so many St. Albert residents out enjoying the winter weather. You can see more pictures from the evening here!

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.

LegacyX Software

Last week I visited an innovative St. Albert business - LegacyX Software! LegacyX Software modernizes and renews aging 'legacy' applications, supporting their clients to remain competitive and efficient in the marketplace.

It was great to meet the team and see some of what LegacyX is currently working on - they've also got more standing desks than our constituency office!

Proud of St. Albert businesses like LegacyX that contribute to our diversifying economy.

You can learn more about the services offered by LegacyX Software, and whether they might be right for you or your company, by visiting their website here.

Alberta Culture Days in St. Albert

About to unveil the Founder's Walk educational display on top of Seven Hills

On Friday, MLA Trevor Horne and I attended two important cultural events in St. Albert. As part of Alberta Culture Days, we were thrilled to commemorate the re-opening of the Juneau House and the grand opening of Founder's Walk Phase II.

Juneau House is not only one of St. Albert's most historic locations, but also the new home of Michif Cultural Connections, a museum and a resource centre which showcases and preserves St. Albert's traditional Métis heritage. Rumour has it there are also a few ghosts who still call Juneau House home!

Phase II of Founder's Walk continues through St. Albert's Mission district, the location of Father Albert Lacombe's original mission, to the St. Albert Grain Elevators. Along the way, there are information plaques and places to rest and take in St. Albert's fascinating natural and cultural history.

I am proud to represent such a fascinating community, and very grateful for the support of both the municipal and provincial governments in making these projects a reality.

Later, I also dropped by OutLoud's fundraising event! Over $3000 was raised to help OutLoud continue to provide support, services, and advocacy for St. Albert's LGBT community. Keep up the great work.

Grand Opening of Foyer Lacombe Hospice

Just after cutting the ribbon with hospice staff, volunteers, and Covenant Care President and CEO Patrick Dumelie

It was an honour to deliver greetings from the province at the grand opening of Covenant Care's Foyer Lacombe Hospice in St. Albert.These 12 long-term care and 10 hospice beds fulfill an important need in our community for locally-located compassionate end-of-life care.

Prior to its 2015 conversion to a hospice, Foyer Lacombe originally served as a private supportive living site for the Missionary Oblates and Diocesan priests of Mary Immaculate. This heritage links it historically to the humble beginnings of health care in Alberta, on the site of Mission Hill in St. Albert.

The opening of Foyer Lacombe marks the culmination of years of hard work and collaboration between Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, and local volunteers in the St. Albert Sturgeon Hospice Association, who have since raised over $100,000 to support the hospice.

This work is especially significant as Foyer Lacombe is run on a strictly not-for-profit, publicly-funded basis. I am thankful that St. Albert has such a strong network of volunteers and fundraisers who will continue to support Covenant Care in providing high-quality hospice care to St. Albert residents for many years to come.


River Ridge Memory Lane Grand Re-opening

River Ridge by Revera graciously invited me to bring greetings from the Province of Alberta at the grand re-opening of their Alzheimer's care wing, Memory Lane.

It's always wonderful stopping by St. Albert's seniors homes and lodges, and it was an honour to cut the ribbon at the ceremony! Thanks as well to the staff and management at River Ridge for organizing a great afternoon.

2nd Annual St. Albert Pride BBQ

I had a great time at the 2nd Annual St. Albert Pride BBQ this Saturday! St. Albert Pride is a volunteer-driven group committed both to ensuring that St. Albert remains a welcoming and inclusive community for all, and to recognising the wonderful diversity we have in our community. I hope to see you all again at next years event!

National Aboriginal Day

On Sunday, MLA Trevor Horne and I were honour to take part in the Grand Entry at St. Albert's National Aboriginal Day Festival! The rest of the day was a fantastic lineup of amazing cultural and musical performances from Inuit, First Nations, and Metis performers. Given St. Albert's history as a Francophone and Metis settlement, events like this are a wonderful way to commemorate both our community's heritage and the ongoing contributions of indigenous peoples to our great province!

A special thanks to all of the performers and organizers, including Gwen Crouse!

Northern Alberta International Children's Festival

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to be part of the Volunteer Appreciation team at the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival here in St. Albert! Each year, the city of St. Albert organizes a devoted team of volunteers to keep the festival running smoothly, come rain or shine. I was honoured to help keep them motivated and hydrated by spending the afternoon handing out ice cream and water to the hard-working volunteers that make the festival a success.

I also had the chance to meet some fairly famous individuals, including Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and Spider-Man!

Thank you to the Northern Alberta International Children's Festival for hosting me and for all your hard work!

Rainmaker Rodeo Parade

Had a great time today at the Rainmaker Rodeo Parade. Thank you to the St. Albert Kinsmen for organizing this event, and to all the friends and volunteers who walked with us! It was wonderful meeting community groups and businesses from St. Albert and neighbouring communities. 

CFEP Grant Funding for St. Albert Soccer Association

On Friday I was proud to present to SASA a $125,000 cheque from the Community Facilities Enhancement Program to fund a business case and engineering study for their new 'Field of Dreams' project. SASA has over 5000 members, and this planned project will increase St. Albert's capacity to host our soccer players and other athletes from across the country right here in St. Albert.

The CFEP grant has three objectives:

To learn more or to find out if your organization is eligible to apply for a CFEP grant, visit Alberta Culture and Tourism for more information: http://www.culture.alberta.ca/community/community-grants/community-facility-enhancement-program/