Associate university professor, bestselling author and Regina Public School Board trustee Kathleen O’Reilly was chosen Monday to be the New Democrat candidate for Regina Northeast the next provincial election.
“Kathleen is passionate about building a province in which everyone has the opportunities and tools to reach their full potential,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “That means a strong education system with supports for all students when they need them. That means it should be easier to get started in Saskatchewan, with more affordability for families. And it means that people should have more support and more choice as they age in this province, including high quality care when they need it.
“After a decade of resource boom, Saskatchewan families should have these advantages. It’s time for government spending to match people’s priorities.”
O’Reilly, who holds a doctorate in Education, is an associate professor of Education at the First Nations University of Canada, University of Regina. Her book, Tales Out of School, was a Canadian bestseller.
O’Reilly is a strong advocate for people with exceptionalities, including in the classroom. She has been a senior Government of Saskatchewan policy advisor in the Office of Disabilities.
“I keep hearing from Regina Northeast families that this government just doesn’t prioritize the things that matter most,” said O’Reilly. “Despite the resource wealth in our province, working families are finding it harder and harder to get ahead, and the things they count on – like quick treatment at the emergency room or one-on-one attention for their children in the classroom – are getting worse instead of better.”
O’Reilly obtained her PhD from McGill University. She also holds degrees in Arts and Education, as well as a Master of Education from the University of Regina. She holds a certificate in French from the Sorbonne in Paris.
She is the elected Subdivision 7 trustee for Regina Public Schools, and is an active community volunteer. She’s served on several boards, including a current role as a director on the Regina Humane Society board.
O’Reilly has one son, Micah, who lives in Regina with his wife Angela.