MLA Doyle Vermette will seek re-election in the constituency of Cumberland in the next provincial election – a constituency he has represented since 2008.
"Doyle is a passionate advocate for Cumberland families and northern Saskatchewan," said NDP Leader Cam Broten. "He’s a tireless fighter for better seniors care, and is dedicated to creating more opportunities for young people. He’s made a lot of gains in those areas, but his work is not done."
From securing funding for a new seniors care home in La Ronge to securing compensation for the devastated family of a drunk driving victim after SGI turned them away, Vermette has put compassion and common sense into action as an MLA.
Vermette was appointed to be the NDP’s caucus whip at the Legislature, and serves as the critic for Northern Saskatchewan, SGI and STC. He is also the associate critic for First Nations and Métis Relations.
Of Métis ancestry, Vermette was born and raised in Prince Albert. He, his wife Sandra and their family made the La Ronge area his permanent home in 1990. He has worked in his family’s forest industry company, based in Spruce Home, as well as the service industry in the La Ronge area.
In addition to being active in community service clubs, Vermette was a member of the Board of Education, Northern Lights School Division/NORTEP-NORPAC for eight years, serving as Board Chair for two years. From 2004 until early 2008, Vermette was the acting chair of the Gabriel Dumont Institute. As an alderman for Air Ronge from 1994 to 1997, Vermette had a particular passion for expanding recreation and youth programs. He also served on the board of the Kikinahk Friendship Centre in La Ronge. Over an eighteen-year period, he served on the boards of the Keewatin Career Development Corporation, the Saskatchewan Water Corporation, and the Jim Brady Métis Local #19. While serving on these boards, Vermette completed numerous governance and leadership courses.
Vermette was nominated by acclamation in an open nomination meeting, held Saturday at the Anglican Church Hall in La Ronge.