MLA Bridget A. Pastoor, Lethbridge-East

Dear
Lord, we want to say a special prayer for MLA Bridget Pastoor. Thank you for
the place of service she holds as she represents many families in Alberta. We
pray that you will give her strength to continue in her service and place of
authority as she leads the people around her. Bless and be with her family.
Amen.

Bridget A. Pastoor was elected to her third term as a Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Lethbridge-East on
April 23, 2012. In addition to her duties as an MLA during her second
terBridget Brennan Pastoor was elected to her third term as a Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Lethbridge-East on
April 23, 2012. She was appointed to the Standing Committee on Private Bills
and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on May 24, 2012. She was appointed
chair of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities on May 28, 2012.

In addition to her duties as an MLA during her second term, Ms. Pastoor
also served as a member of the following committees:

  • Standing Committee on
    Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing
  • Standing Committee on Public
    Health and Safety (deputy chair)
  • Special Standing Committee
    on Members’ Services

Ms. Pastoor previously served in the Official Opposition in various
positions, including the Deputy Leader and Whip of the Official Opposition. Ms.
Pastoor was shadow minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Municipal
Affairs and Seniors and Community Supports.

Ms. Pastoor has also served on the following committees:

  • Standing Committee on
    Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing
  • Special Standing Committee
    on Members´ Services
  • Standing Policy Field
    Committee on Public Health and Safety (Deputy Chair)
  • Standing Committee on
    Private Bills
  • Standing Committee on
    Families and Communities

During her first term she served as a member of the Members’ Services
Committee, the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee
and the Standing Committee on Government Services. She also participated as a
Member of a three-person MLA task force on Continuing Care Health Services and
Accommodation Standards and authored an adjunct report, Blueprint for Action.

Ms. Pastoor began her career with Air Canada. After raising three
children, she returned to school and graduated from Lethbridge Community
College as a registered nurse and later obtained a certificate as a geriatric
specialist from Grant MacEwan. Ms. Pastoor worked as an RN at the Edith Cavell
care centre from 1990 to 2004.

She has been an active member of the community and political arena for
many years:

  • Served as deputy returning
    officer for Elections Canada, Elections Alberta and the City of Lethbridge
  • Member, Canadian Pension
    Appeals Board, from 1993 to 1997
  • Alderwoman, Lethbridge city
    council, from 1998 to 2004
  • Board member, Federation of
    Canadian Municipalities, from 1999 to 2002
  • Chair, Council/Corporate
    Review of the city of Lethbridge, from 2001 to 2004

As a city alderwoman she was also a member of the library board, the
exhibition board and the municipal planning commission. Further, she was a
member of the University of Lethbridge senate from 1985 to 1991, the Alberta
Student Finance Board and the Canada Pension Appeals Board tribunal.

Ms. Pastoor was awarded a Government of Canada Commemorative Medal for
the 125th Anniversary of Confederation, in 1992 and the Government of Alberta
Centennial Medal in 2005. In 2009 she was awarded the YWCA of Lethbridge and
District Women of Distinction Award- YWCA Champion.

Born Bridget Antoinette Brennan in St. Boniface, Manitoba, she has three
daughters, Florence, Shelagh and Bridget and two grandchildren, Kerstin and
Skye.

Her interests include social justice and political history.

March 27, 2013