Stephnie Watson was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta, and now lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, on the traditional Siksikaitsitapi territory. For the past 17 years, they have called this place home, and they would like to take this time to pay respect to the Siksikaitsitapi and Metis people of the past, present, and future. Stephnie has a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge and is currently developing their company Sherlock & Watson Scientific.
Stephnie was motivated to run for the Green Party of Canada due to the increasing need to have voices in Parliament that will advocate and follow through on legislation that is driven by the voices of all people who consider Canada as their home, and ensuring that the decisions are ethically research-based using proper scientific methodology for the environment, economy and society.
Stephnie's personal experience with the issues around the Phoenix pay system, silencing of public sector scientists and censorship of information released to the public by the government, puts them in a unique position to guide legislative changes that would correct and prevent these situations in the future. Stephnie also has an interest in pursuing the criminalization of conversion therapy, making sure we have nation-wide supports for harm reduction and pursuing changes needed nationally to reduce the costs of public health care — for example, combined buying power for pharmaceutical medications.
Having been in the post secondary world for 14 years, Stephnie would like to work to reduce the cost of education, especially for those who face barriers to accessing education due to disabilities and monetary concerns. There is no reason that any person who has the will should be denied access to further themselves and their society.
For the past 20 years, Stephnie has had a passion for societal and environmental progress. This passion was supported by their family and 15 years of being a Girl Guide of Canada. It is what drove them to pursue a post secondary education in Environmental Science and is what continues to drive Stephnie in the volunteer work they do with Lethbridge and Area Search and Rescue. They are also deeply involved in research on sustainable options for their community and in various activities within the LGBT2SQIA+ community.