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Ms. Bridget A. Pastoor – MLA for Lethbridge-East

Father, we pray and thank you for Ms.
Bridget Pastoor, for her dedication to serve as MLA for Lethbridge East; bless
her and her family Lord, give her wisdom and clear understanding in the
decisions she is required to make for her constituency and the communities she
serves on. Strengthen her as she serves in people of Alberta and balances life
as a Mom and Grandmother. In Jesus name.

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 serving as a member of the Standing Committee on Public
Accounts, Ms. Pastoor also currently serves as a member of the Standing
Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing and on the
Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.

Over the course of her three terms Ms. Pastoor has served on a number of
additional Legislative Assembly standing committees, including:
  • Families
    and Communities (chair)
  • Public
    Health and Safety (deputy chair)
  • Private
  • Government
Prior to her current service as a government MLA Ms. Pastoor served the
Official Opposition in various capacities, including as Deputy Leader, as Whip
and as shadow minister for the following government departments: Agriculture
and Rural Development, Municipal Affairs and Seniors and Community Supports.

She also participated as a member of the 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.

An active member of the community and political arena for many years,
she has also served in the following capacities:
  • Deputy
    returning officer for Elections Canada, Elections Alberta and the city of
  • Member,
    Canadian Pension Appeals Board,1993 to 1997
  • Alderwoman,
    Lethbridge city council, 1998 to 2004
  • Board
    member, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, 1999 to 2002
  • Chair,
    Council/Corporate Review of the city of Lethbridge, 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 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal
in2012. In 2009 she was awarded the YWCA of Lethbridge and district women of
distinction award, and named the YWCA champion.

Born Bridget Antoinette Brennan in St. Boniface, Manitoba, she has three
daughters, two of which have served as city councillors, two grandchildren and
one great granddaughter.

Her interests include
social justice and political history.