Linda Patenaude was acclaimed as the Saskatchewan New Democrat candidate for Kelvington-Wadena this evening. Saskatchewan NDP members participated in the party’s second virtual nominating convention, following the nomination of Mike Sinclair in Regina Wascana Plains yesterday.
“Rural families and communities are strong but struggling,” said Patenaude. “This crisis has shown just how vulnerable our province is to outside forces. Especially in rural Saskatchewan, we need a government that’s going to place us at the heart of decisions, not take us for granted.”
Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Linda spent her early years on the farm, where she learned lifelong values of duty, commitment and service to people. She has devoted herself to volunteering, working hard to make her community a better place to live, and working with and mentoring kids in youth sports and the Scouts movement. Linda has lived and worked most of her life in rural Saskatchewan, and has worn many hats in her work. She has experience as a cattle farmer, a business owner and operator, at her Town Office, and as a golf club manager, as well as in numerous jobs in many other diverse sectors. Currently, Linda serves as the Activity Director for the Kelvington Housing Authority and has returned to her first love of raising cattle and farming. With her husband of fourty-nine years, she has raised two sons and watched two grandchildren grow.
“Linda brings with her a lifetime of community service and a deep commitment to our province,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “She’s somebody who has strong roots in rural Saskatchewan, and is a great addition to our team.”
Patenaude is the thirty-first candidate nominated for the Saskatchewan NDP for the 2020 provincial election, and the second ever provincial candidate nominated through a virtual nominating convention.