Family: Married 13 years, two children ages 7 (son) and 9 (daughter).
Place of birth: Prince Albert, Sask.
Education background: Bachelor of Arts, University of Saskatchewan, 1999; Law Degree, University of Calgary, 2012.
Past political experience: None. I have never been a member of a political party before and certainly did not consider a career in politics until I decided to throw my name in this past year. However, as a Grade 12 student I convinced a teacher to have polling stations set up in our school so that the students could vote on the Charlottetown Accord. As high school students, we were not eligible to officially vote, but I asked the teacher to vote the same as the majority vote of the student body and he obliged.
Community organization membership affiliations: Serve on the board of the local John Howard Society; member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Kelowna Bar Association, the Law Society of British Columbia and the Indigenous Bar Association; past board president for the Metis Community Services Society and a former mentor with the Indspire Institute working to promote indigenous education.
Why you would be an effective MP: We need to hear less from Ottawa and Ottawa needs to hear more from us. An MP should have a strong voice, the skills to disagree without being disagreeable in caucus, a leader who encourages independent thought and the capacity to establish respectful relationships with other leaders at home. I am that potential MP.