High school teacher and mother of three, Michelle Oleksyn, will be the New Democrat candidate for Lloydminster in the next provincial election.
“I’m so happy to welcome Michelle to the team of candidates,” said Cam Broten, who attended the nomination in Lloydminster Friday evening. “She has a real vision for Lloydminster and area – one in which the people who have done so much for our economy get their fair share of investment – into better highways, reliable health care with shorter wait times and a cost of living that makes it easier for people to get started in Saskatchewan.
“As a teacher, Michelle sees the results of this government’s choice not to prioritize schools and students. New Democrats are planning smaller class sizes. We will put educational assistants back in classrooms. We know our kids deserve clean and safe, well-maintained schools. With Michelle as the MLA for Lloydminster, I know we’ll have a strong voice in the legislature, fighting for Lloydminster schools and families.”
Oleksyn grew up in Turtleford. After graduating from the University of Alberta, she taught in southern Saskatchewan. For a decade, she ran a family farm with her husband. She has also been a stay-at-home mom, before settling back in the Lloydminster area to teach at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School.
“Lloydminster is a wonderful community, and people here deserve better,” said Oleksyn. “We deserve better opportunities for our young people to get started and get ahead, more affordability for families and so much more security and care for our seniors. When it comes to issues like fixing Highway 21, we can’t afford to have an MLA who won’t speak up for the things our community needs and deserves.
“Saskatchewan has had a decade of resource boom, and you just don’t see it in our schools. If we elected MLAs that prioritize kids and families, we could do so much better.”
Oleksyn has been married for 24 years, and her children are 22, 20 and 17. For years, she has been active in her church and organizations like the Lioness club, recreation boards, skating and hockey clubs, block parents and 4-H.