Premier Alison Redford, Calgary-Elbow

Heavenly Father today we pray for our
Premier, Alison Redford.  We pray for
good health for her, and your protection. 
We pray that she will find time in her many responsibilities for
refreshment and relaxation.  We are
thankful that her desire is to build a province with a good quality of life for
all Albertans.  We pray for your wisdom
as she leads the government of Alberta in the legislature and also for her
constituents of Calgary-Elbow.  We pray
in the name of Jesus.

Premier of Alberta, President of Executive
Council, Chair of Agenda and Priorities Committee

Alison Redford was elected
leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party on October 1, 2011 and
sworn-in as Alberta’s 14th premier on October 7, 2011.

Alison was born on March 7,
1965 in Kitimat, British Columbia and grew up all over Canada and overseas
before settling in Calgary as a teenager. She graduated from Bishop Carroll
High School in Calgary and completed her post-secondary education at the University
of Saskatchewan College Of Law in 1988. Alison and her husband, Glen Jermyn,
have one daughter, Sarah.

Alison has been actively
involved in both provincial and national politics since the 1980s. She served
as Senior Policy Advisor to the Right Honourable Joe Clark when he was
Secretary of State for External Affairs, and later worked in the Prime
Minister’s Office. In this capacity, she organized a series of national
consultations facilitating public input on federal white papers concerned with
foreign affairs and defense. In Parliament, she was also the Principal
Legislative Advisor to the Secretary of State for External Affairs.

Returning home to Calgary from
Ottawa, Alison articled at Rooney Prentice. She then worked in a small
partnership before opening her own law firm, gaining practical experience as a
small business owner.

Throughout the 1990s, Alison
worked as a technical advisor on constitutional and legal reform issues in
Africa for the European Union, the Commonwealth Secretariat and both the
Canadian and Australian governments. Her work in Africa focused on human rights
litigation, education programs and policy reform initiatives.

In 2005, Alison was appointed
by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as one of four International
Election Commissioners to administer Afghanistan’s first parliamentary
elections. She also served as an advisor to the Privy Council Office on
Canada’s future involvement in Afghanistan.
Over the course of her career,
Alison has also undertaken assignments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia,
Namibia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and the Philippines.

Before seeking elected office
in Alberta, she managed a judicial training and legal reform project for the
Ministry of Justice and the Supreme People’s Court in Vietnam.

Alison Redford was first
elected MLA for the constituency of Calgary-Elbow on March 3, 2008 and named
Minister of Justice and Attorney General on March 12, 2008. In this role, she
led the Safe Communities Secretariat. In January 2010, she was also named political
minister for Calgary.

As Premier, Alison Redford
seeks to improve quality of life for all Albertans, while working to build a
province that is prosperous, fair and inclusive.

May 14, 2012