Writer, journalist and popular professional storyteller Danica Lorer was nominated Tuesday evening to be the New Democrat candidate for Cut Knife-Turtleford in the next provincial election.
“I'm thrilled that Danica is our candidate for Cut Knife-Turtleford, because I know she shares the values and priorities of families in this constituency, and she'll always stand up for what matters most to them,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who attended the nomination meeting. “More and more, people in this region feel taken for granted by the Sask. Party. They contribute so much to our province's economy, but their priorities are being ignored by the government. This constituency needs an MLA that is focused on giving young people more opportunity, giving families more financial security each month, and delivering on the public services we should all be able to count on, like health care without long waits and a great education for our kids.”
Lorer has been a journalist for The Maidstone Mirror, The Battlefords News-Optimist, and The Battlefords Regional Optimist. She wrote a weekly column for several years, and covered a wide range of news stories for a decade. Today, she leads writing and storytelling workshops for audiences of all ages across the province.
She is a member of the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, where she has served on the board of directors. With the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, Lorer represents Saskatchewan and works for their broadcast radio channel as a volunteer. She is also involved with the Canadian Children's Book Centre as the TD Canadian Children's Book Week Tour Coordinator for Northern Saskatchewan.
“I like Cam Broten’s vision for Saskatchewan – he’s focused on making sure that our province's prosperity is sustainable for the long term, and that people experience the benefits of our prosperity,” said Lorer. “We need to strengthen and diversify our economy with more research and development jobs, more manufacturing jobs, and better support for our creative industries. And we need to put resources right where they’re needed – in the pockets of everyday families, into classrooms, into hospitals, into desperately needed infrastructure.”
Passionate about the region, Lorer has been an active volunteer with Ratushniak Elementary School, Maidstone Gully Multiple 4-H Club, the Shiloh Church Historical Society, the local ecumenical group, and the Festival of Trees. She also spent years as the children's library facilitator at the Maidstone Public Library. She has a degree from the University of Saskatchewan.