New Democrats select Theresa Wilson as candidate for Canora-Pelly

School board trustee and Crop Insurance Corporation employee Theresa Wilson was chosen Friday to be the New Democrat candidate in the Canora-Pelly constituency.

“Theresa’s driven to give parents, teachers, front-line health care professionals and farmers the voice they deserve,” said Cam Broten, Leader of Saskatchewan’s New Democrats. “She knows that changes in the classroom should come through collaboration with teachers and parents. And she knows that rural families and businesses should be involved in setting government's priorities, especially when it comes rural investments.

“The Sask. Party government does a lot of yelling and cheerleading, and stubbornly refuses to listen. Theresa is a community leader who truly listens and focuses on what really matters to people.”

Wilson represents Melville as a school board trustee for Christ the Teacher School Division, and she works in the AgriStability department of the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.

Wilson’s parents were teachers and grain farmers in the Maymont-Sonningdale area. She has worked with the Saskatoon Open Door Society, where she developed a curriculum for children new to Canada to prepare for the Canadian school system. She has also been a substitute teacher at the Red Earth First Nation, and worked for Rail City Industries, where she worked to implement an employment readiness program.

Wilson and her husband Stuart, a teacher at Melville Comprehensive High School, have one daughter. Wilson graduated from the University of Saskatchewan.

“As a school board trustee, I’ve had the chance to interact with MLAs and hear their views and ideas,” said Wilson. “Cam and the New Democrat MLAs’ plan for smaller classroom sizes, more educational assistants and a more cooperative and supportive relationship with teachers is exactly what students need. And, by speaking out against the John Black Lean obsession – which is now being forced on schools – Cam is the voice of common sense for students, patients and families

“I’ve seen what Lean has done to health care, and it’s unacceptable. It’s time for leadership that values people, care and common sense instead of this government’s consultants and pet projects. That’s why I’m backing Cam’s plan, and joining Cam’s team.”