Ms. Maria Fitzpatrick – MLA for Lethbridge-East

Lord,
we ask that MLA Ms. Maria Fitzpatrick would be mindful of your presence with
her as she faces a busy schedule and many demands. May her strength be renewed
and her vision for the future of Lethbridge – East be clear. We pray for time
for rest and also recreation and enjoyable gatherings with family and friends.
Amen

Maria Fitzpatrick was elected to the Legislative Assembly of
Alberta, representing the constituency of Lethbridge-East, on May 5, 2015.

She currently serves as deputy 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.

Prior to her service with the Legislative Assembly she dedicated
over 30 years of her life in the field of corrections. During this time she
spent 20 years within operations serving as a parole officer both in the
institution and the community; as a recreation supervisor, a basic literacy
teacher and acting education co-ordinator; she served federally and with the
territorial government of the Northwest Territories. She finished her career in
corrections working for National Headquarters of the Correctional Service of
Canada working in policy and project management. Maria took a 3 year leave of
absence during her career when she was elected as the regional executive
vice-president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada in the National Capital
Region.
 
Maria’s work career began as a teacher with the Catholic school board
in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Ms. Fitzpatrick’s extensive community service spans over several
decades and involves participation on several boards and in numerous associations,
including United Way Ottawa, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the
National Association of Federal Retirees. In addition, she served as chair of
the Lethbridge Regional Women’s Committee, as vice-president of the Canadian
Federation of University Women and as an event organizer with the Ottawa
Regional Women’s Committee. She is also a member of the McKillop United church
choir. Maria actively worked with other volunteers in the community garden at
the Agricultural Research Station in Lethbridge to provide produce to the
Inter-faith food bank since 2013.

Born and educated in Newfoundland, she attended Memorial
University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, between 1966 and 1972 and received a
diploma in education from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in 1988.

Ms. Fitzpatrick is a well-known proponent of an active
lifestyle. She was named St. John’s female athlete of the year in 1969 and over
the years has coached a number of track and field teams in several
jurisdictions.

A
resident of Lethbridge, she has called Alberta home for close to 20 years. She
has three children.