Always striving for better.
I live in the constituency of Calgary Glenmore where I grew up, went to school and raised my family. I live blocks away from the site of my grandfather’s acreage where I rode horses as a child and watched the neighbourhoods of Cedarbrae and Braeside being built.
In 1989 I married Suli Issik, who was then a new Canadian and we are the proud parents of Alex and Andreas Issik
I am a graduate of University of Calgary where I studied Economics and Political Science. As a student I was always up to something more than just studying. I served on the Students’ Union where I put together the financing package for the McEwan Hall expansion.
Fresh out of University I started a retail business downtown where I honed my entrepreneurial skills and after 28 years I am still the co owner.
I worked in politics and government for 10 years including for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. In addition to campaigning at the provincial and federal levels in every role from doorknocker to campaign manager, I also served on the Minister’s Advisory Committee for Post Secondary Education and on the National Executive of the Federal Party as National Policy Co Chair.
I worked in corporate Calgary for 10 years in the telecom and energy sectors where I learned not only about those industries but also about how decision-making works in large business organizations.
After my family, I am most proud of my time as a volunteer. I have spent most of my time helping to build or rebuild organizations mostly in the area of sports. As a believer in sport and its core lessons of teamwork and self-discipline, I have served in leadership positions (including President) of Skimeisters Calgary (Alpine Racing), Southern Alberta Freestyle (skiing), Calgary Falcons Football (minor football) and Friends of Wise Wood Football (fundraising arm for high school football). I have also served on numerous political boards since 1983 in various roles including President and currently serve as the Vice President Membership of Calgary Glenmore.
As a sportswoman, I was a founding player of the Calgary Rage Women’s Tackle Football team and a founding contributor to the WWCFL. I still play both flag and touch football and have completed the Spartan obstacle race twice.
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