Regina Public School Board trustee Aleana Young has been chosen by New Democrats in Regina University to be their candidate in the next provincial election.
“Aleana is a fantastic candidate, especially because of her deep belief that Saskatchewan can be so much better for everyday families, students and seniors,” said Cam Broten, Leader of Saskatchewan’s New Democrats. “After a decade of resource wealth, we should have the best education system in the nation. But, because this government has neglected education and wasted our resource wealth elsewhere, our kids are left with crowded classrooms and run down schools. Students have faced serious cuts to educational assistant help, and as the number of new Canadians in classrooms grows, the government has cut English as an Additional Language supports.
“I know we can do better. I know Saskatchewan’s kids deserve better. And, I know Aleana is passionate about fighting for the right solutions.”
Young works at the University of Regina and holds bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from McGill University. She has been a tireless advocate for high-quality education for Saskatchewan students, from properly resourced classrooms to ensuring every child has access to a playground at school.
“There’s a disconnect between the fantastic resource wealth in Saskatchewan, and how families just aren’t getting the benefits of that,” said Young. “Many of our schools are run down, and students aren’t getting the one-on-one attention they need or the opportunities to be as successful as they can. Saskatchewan could give so much more opportunity to kids and families if the government’s focus was on people’s priorities instead of its own pet projects.”
Young was a director with Regina’s Downtown Business Improvement District from 2012 to 2014, and is currently a board member and director with Family Service Regina. She has served as a representative to the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency and the City of Regina’s Community Leaders Advisory Committee. She is also the Saskatchewan School Board’s Association’s representative on the University of Regina Senate. She has been nominated as a YWCA Woman of Distinction, a CBC Top 40 under 40, and ‘favourite trustee’ in a readers’ poll by Prairie Dog Magazine.
Young and her husband live in Regina, and are avid readers who enjoy travel, camping and culinary adventures.