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Ms. Laurie Blakeman – MLA for Edmonton-Centre

Father in Heaven we thank you for Ms.
Laurie Blakeman as she serves in her important role in our legislature. We pray
for your blessings on the leadership skills she brings to her position. We also
ask God that you would bless her with good health and in the busyness of her
days protect her and her family.

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 Ethics Commissioner 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
  • Select
    Special Conflicts of Interest Act Review Committee
  • Select
    Special Chief Electoral Officer Search Committee
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.