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Ms. Cathy Olesen – MLA for Sherwood Park

Heavenly Father, bless MLA Cathy
Olesen, today with Your grace and peace and may she seek Your wisdom and help
for the challenges that come before her. 
May she be an encouragement to those with whom she interacts and a woman
of honor.   Give her fun times with her
family.   In Jesus Name, amen.

Cathy Olesen was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for
Sherwood Park on April 23, 2012.

In addition to serving as chair of the Standing Committee on Families
and Communities, Ms. Olesen is a member of the Standing Committee on Private
Bills and the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders
and Printing. She serves on the board of directors for Climate Change Central,
and is also currently a member of the results-based budgeting challenge panel
for municipalities and regional planning. More recently she was appointed to
the MLA implementation team working on the review and implementation of the
retail market review recommendations to strengthen Alberta’s retail electricity

She previously served as chair of the Standing Committee on Privileges
and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing and as a member of the Standing
Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.

Among western Canada’s earliest pioneers, Ms. Olesen’s McPhail ancestors
came to what was then the Hudson’s Bay land grant, known as Rupert’s Land, to
work in the fur trade well before Confederation.

Ms. Olesen was born in Winnipeg. She attended the University of
Manitoba, receiving a bachelor of arts in political science and economics in
1981. The following year Ms. Olesen moved to Alberta, where she worked in
environmental planning with the Energy Resources Conservation Board for five
years. She was also a stay-at-home mother for seven years. 
During this time she
also cultivated her painting and volunteer work and was appointed as a public
member of the Strathcona Subdivision and Development Appeal Board in 1992.

Ms. Olesen served as Strathcona county councillor in 1995 in urban and
rural ward 4. First-term accomplishments included the establishment of
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, a co-operative association of four
municipalities united to promote industrial development and stimulus within the
capital region.

Ms. Olesen repeated her success in 1998, when through a plebiscite she
championed the building of Millenium Place, the first recreational complex of
its size in western Canada. Ms. Olesen was acclaimed councillor in 2001.

Ms. Olesen contested the mayor’s chair in 2004 and was re-elected in
2007. During Ms. Olesen’s six years as mayor, from 2004 to 2010, Strathcona
county attracted substantial industrial and residential development: a new
seniors’ lodge, miles of trails, the Ardrossan arena expansion, the new county
library complex, the redevelopment of Broadmoor Arena and Clubhouse and the
approval of the new Bethel fire station and training facility.

In addition to her role as mayor, Ms. Olesen has served on a wide range
of boards and associations. She has served as vice-chair of the Capital Region
Board, vice-chair of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, director with
the Capital Region Wastewater Commission, director of the Telus Community Board
and president of the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway Association. She is also a
member of the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society.

Ms. Olesen is married to
Rex Adam, and together they are proud parents of four accomplished adults.