Photo submitted

Sylvan Laker Joan Barnes seeks to become UCP candidate

Barnes has registered with Elections Alberta for the Sylvan Lake-Innisfail constituency

Sylvan Laker, Joan Barnes has added her name to the candidates seeking United Conservative Party (UCP) nomination for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake. The 47-year-old realtor has lived in the community for the past 25 years and has experience with municipal government, health care and school systems.

Barnes grew up in Wildwood, Alta. before moving to Central Alberta. She sits on several boards in Sylvan Lake, including the Lighthouse Christian Academy School Board and the Bibles for Grads Board. She served as a Sylvan Lake Town Councillor from 2007 – 2010.

She says her work experience and volunteer experience in the community has shaped her thought process. She said she couldn’t sit back any longer and decided she’d like to be part of the solutions instead of complaining.

“That’s my philosophy, if you’re going to complain, move forward, do something about it. So here I am today,” Barnes said

Barnes says she has the heart for what she terms “governance,” a term she perfers over “politics.”

“There needs to be a real governance that comes forth and I think I have that.”

Barnes says she is running because she wants to make a difference, because she really loves this community and because she sees herself as a “connector” in the process of building community.

“If you don’t understand and don’t really know your constituents how can you really help govern and help lead?”

She sees herself as someone who has a hand in “helping people connect” by making them feel comfortable enough to add their expertise to the table.

“We all need each other and number one; unity has to come in. If you don’t have unity you don’t really have much of anything,” she said.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Pursuit with rogue semi ends in arrest

RCMP chased a stolen semi tractor from Red Deer to Airdrie

Full weekend to celebrate NexSource Centre’s first birthday

April 6-7 will be jam-packed with action and excitement at the NexSource Centre

Umpires needed in Sylvan Lake and Central Alberta

A training clinic will be held in Red Deer in April

Alberta’s budget sets path to balance

The Alberta Government announced the 2018 budget on March 22

Three-year collective agreement reached for Lodge employees

Highlights include wage increases and more evenly distributed on-call work

Ottawa proposes restricted pot labels, packages

Packaging will include red stop sign with marijuana leaf and ‘THC’

Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Florida shooting

Hundreds of people support the massive March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

Embattled band Hedley plays last show before hiatus

About 3,000 tickets had sold for final performance at B.C. venue

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old won the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

Calgary police investigate man posing as Calgary firefighter

Calgary police are looking for information on a suspect who stole a firefighter’s ID

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

Uber self-driving crash video calls safety, rules into question

Experts say footage shows that vehicle’s sensors should have spotted pedestrian, initiated braking

Bashaw RCMP arrest man wanted in several crimes

Variety of criminal charges, including vehicle theft, facing-29-year-old man caught in Alix

Valuable rings stolen out of car in Thorsby Mar. 22

Thorsby/Breton RCMP seek to recover special stolen items

Most Read