Christmas is a wonderful time of year.
The season offers us the opportunity to reflect on the strength of our families, our communities and our loved ones.
And with New Year’s approaching, it gives us a chance to reflect back over the past year.
In June, we saw just how strong the character of our province is as we faced the worst flooding in Alberta’s history.
The people of Central Alberta, and in our constituency of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, rallied together to care for those most impacted. Our reaction to the flood in the early days and until this holiday season truly is a testament to who we are as Albertans.
As your MLA, we have been working tirelessly this past year to address the urgent priorities affecting you and our community.
On the health care file we put forward a patient friendly strategy to crack down on wait times and in the legislature I introduced Bill 208 to make the Seniors Advocate independent to fix a broken system.
We have been advocating for a future where we can take care of our most vulnerable, respect taxpayer dollars, eliminate waste and mismanagement and focus on delivering good public services.
It is these principles that drive us and why we will fight every day to put Albertans first in the coming New Year.
Of course, the season is more important than politicians.
Christmas is always about sharing that hope and generosity to those in need.
Across the province, charities, food banks and volunteers are working countless hours this Christmas to make sure those without a roof can have warmth, and who hunger can be made whole.
Please remember to give back to our community if you have the time or the resources this season.
From my family, I’d like to extend a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to everyone in the constituency!