- Edmonton Riverbend
Candidate: Valerie Kennedy
Valerie Kennedy was raised in southern Alberta, gaining an appreciation of rural life and people. She grew up in a small family business, and continued in this tradition by starting her own small business as a movement educator and counsellor.
As an educator Valerie has worked with numerous Universities and Colleges in Northern Alberta, teaching about the movement activities of young children. This exposed her to a preventive-wellness approach to healthcare, based on activity, good nutrition, and stress management.
Through her work with Alberta Colleges, Valerie was also lucky enough to play a part in the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program, travelling through northern parts of Alberta and learning from First Nations students and teachers about their culture.
As a movement counsellor Valerie engages with many aspects of the medical profession. Working with people with developmental challenges, she learned to recognize their unique needs and gifts.
Through her volunteer work, Valerie has focused on working to help build community – with community leagues, churches, street people, CKUA, and the boards of Carey Hall and Adaptive Aquatics. Volunteering has given her opportunities to work with people of many nationalities. Her work with Habitat for Humanity provided her a chance to not only help within Canada, but to travel to El Salvador to assist with local projects. Valerie is also a strong supporter and volunteer with Save the Children Canada.
Valerie has been lucky enough to travel, study and work throughout Canada, Europe and Central America. She completed her post-secondary education in Edmonton. Valerie is passionate about Canada – the land…the people…what Canada can be for the world.
She is a strong proponent of participatory democracy, and looks forward to encouraging as many Albertans as possible to head to the polls in 2015. Canada’s diversity integrates many perspectives to paint a clearer picture of what can, and at times must, be done – it is important we all take part in that process. Valerie believes every constituent has a voice that the country needs to hear. Her character, training, and experience will help her carry the aspirations and gifts of Edmonton-Riverbend into the decision-making process.
As a teacher of critical thinking, Valerie is concerned with the lack of evidence-based economic, environmental, and community development decision-making at the federal level. She recognizes that many variables come into play during all decision making processes, and if elected will seek to gather insight from many sources and perspectives.
The Green Party is excited to have Valerie Kennedy as our candidate in the riding of Edmonton–Riverbend.