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MLA Laurie Blakeman; Edmonton-Centre

We pray for MLA Laurie Blakeman for
Edmonton – Centre, grant her expertise and wisdom as she serves as the Alberta
House Leader. Bless her for her commitment and long standing service in her
constituency and the Province. Thank you for her and her husband as they serve
in leadership positions in this Province of Alberta and City of Edmonton. In the
name of Jesus.

Laurie Blakeman was first elected as Edmonton-Centre MLA in 1997 and is
now in her fifth term. She currently serves as Alberta Liberal House Leader in
the Alberta Legislature.
She currently serves on the following committees:
  • Standing
    Committee on Legislative Offices
  • Standing
    Committee on Resource Stewardship
  • Select
    Special Conflicts of Interest Act Review Committee
  • Select
    Special Chief Electoral Officer Search Committee
In addition, Ms. Blakeman served as deputy chair of the Standing
Committee on Energy and was a member of the following committees:
  • Standing
    Committee on Community Development
  • Select
    Special Information and Privacy Commissioner Search
Ms. Blakeman has served as critic for eight other portfolios, including
Health and Wellness.

Ms. Blakeman has a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting and a certificate
in public administration, both from the University of Alberta. Before serving
in the provincial Legislature, she enjoyed a successful career in the theatre
both as a performer and an administrator with Phoenix Theatre, Theatre Network,
and Celebration of Women in the Arts.

Ms. Blakeman is a former executive director of the Alberta Advisory
Council on Women’s Issues and past president of Celebration of Women in the
Arts as well as the founding member of the Edmonton National Day of Remembrance
and Action on Violence Against Women. In 1999 she received a YWCA Woman of
Distinction Award.

A long-time resident of Edmonton’s Rossdale neighbourhood, Ms. Blakeman
is married to Ben Henderson, Edmonton city councillor for ward 8. They share
their home with two large dogs and two cats.

May 2, 2013