In just under 3 weeks, Saskatchewanians will be heading out to polling stations throughout the Lloydminster constituency.
There are 4 candidates running for the Lloydminster and area region, one for the Liberals, one the New Democratic Party, one for the Green Party, and one for the Saskatchewan Party. The candidate for the latter, being Colleen Young.
Colleen Young lives in Lloydminster and is a mother to 8 children, the youngest of whom are already in post-secondary. She personally studied at the University of Saskatchewan’s college of education and has been very involved in education in the community, having served as a trustee on the public school board for 20 years, 16 of which she served as a Board Chair.
Over the past 30 years, she has been involved in numerous community organizations including the Lloydminster Kiwanas Club, Lloydminster Concerned Citizens for Seniors’ Care Society, the Lloydminster Learning Council Association, and the Native Friendship Centre.
Young says her interest and experience in politics goes back a long ways.
“I was helping with door-knocking for a candidate in Saskatoon, in a by-election, in 1976, believe it or not, and I really enjoyed meeting people and listening to their concerns… Over the years, I’ve continued to work in civic, provincial, and federal campaigns, learning all the different parts of running a campaign, and working closely with the candidates. I was also the campaign manager: knocked-doors, did phoning, and was a scrutineer for the former MLA of this constituency,” explains Young.
Young expresses three areas of concern with respect to this constituency, on which she’s focusing: the economy, long-term care spaces and seniors’ care, and communications.
“This constituency has a very diverse economy, but does rely heavily on the oil and gas sector, which is an important strength of our overall economy, and we need it. Moving ahead on the Energy East Pipeline would support job creation now and into the future and I think that’s extremely important,” says Young.
“Long-term care spaces and improvements to senior residences in rural communities in this constituency need to be addressed. I know that since being elected, the Sask Party has built like 15 long-term care facilities, but we know more are needed. The Sask Party has also increased funding for home care by 40 per cent to help seniors to stay in their homes longer as well.”
Young also notes that the region has issues with regards to communications, pointing to the lack of adequate cell service in the northern areas and on the reserves in the constituency, which is another issue she wants to tackle.
For information on where, when, and how to vote, visit elections.sk.ca
Election day is April 4th.