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Biography for Ms Laurie Blakeman (LIB)
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MLA for Edmonton-Centre

Laurie Blakeman

Laurie Blakeman was elected to her third term as Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Centre on November 22, 2004. She is the Opposition House Leader and critic responsible for Health and Wellness.

Ms Blakeman has also served as:

  • Critic Responsible for the Environment
  • Critic Responsible for Community Development (including arts and culture, historical resources, recreation, cultural diversity & human rights)
  • Critic Responsible for Seniors
  • Critic Responsible for Women’s Issues
  • Critic Responsible for Justice
  • Critic Responsible for Gaming
  • Critic Responsible for Solicitor General

Ms Blakeman was born in Edmonton on May 23, 1958. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta and a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension.

Before her MLA career, Ms Blakeman worked as:

  • Executive Director, Alberta Advisory Council on Women’s Issues
  • General Manager, Phoenix Theatre and Theatre Network
  • Chief Trainer, Medical Council of Canada LMCC Part II
  • Executive Director, Alberta Snowmobile Association

Ms Blakeman’s active community involvement has included:

  • President, Celebration of Women in the Arts
  • President, Provincial Association of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of Alberta
  • Founder, December 6th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
  • President, University of Alberta Drama Alumni Association
  • Member:
    • The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)
    • City of Edmonton Cultural Diversity Committee
    • City of Edmonton Charitable Appeals Committee
    • City of Edmonton Grant-in-Aid Arts Peer Jury
    • Edmonton Business and Professional Women’s Club
    • Edmonton Street Performers Festival
    • Edmonton Theatre Sterling Awards-Fringe Jury
    • First Night Festival

Ms Blakeman has been a resident of Edmonton Centre (Rossdale) since 1981.

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March 18, 2005


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