Carla Beck, assistant executive director of a Regina women’s shelter and elected trustee for the Regina Public School Board, will be the New Democrats’ candidate in Regina Lakeview for the next provincial election.
Beck was nominated Tuesday at a contested nomination meeting.
“Through her volunteer work, her service to the school board and her career as a social worker, Carla has already contributed so much as a community leader,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who attended the nomination. “The Legislature and Lakeview families will benefit from her expertise, dedication and compassion, and I’m so pleased to welcome her to the team of NDP candidates.
“Carla’s a mom with a young family, and she understands what a lot of Saskatchewan families are experiencing right now. After a decade of resource wealth, we should have the best schools and emergency rooms in the country – but instead, we have the wasteful John Black Lean program, layers of bloated health management, the smart meter fiasco and other government projects that just don’t match Saskatchewan people’s priorities.”
Beck said she sees how much more Saskatchewan can be with the right priorities.
“I see daily the challenges that families are facing. I’m hearing more often about problems with affordability for families, the struggle to have an educational assistant available to help our kids, and the seniors care we want for our parents and grandparents,” said Beck. “And, all of this despite the fact that we’ve had a decade of boom times in our province. It doesn’t add up – because the government’s choices don’t match families’ priorities.”
Beck and husband Guy Marsden have three children. She grew up on a mixed farm near Lang, Saskatchewan. In her role as assistant executive director, she helps manage the women’s shelter, which includes program development, staffing, public speaking, and building partnerships with community organizations on issues related to violence and housing. Beck is a registered social worker and has over 20 years’ experience in the social work field, including work with Dales House, the Paul Dojack Centre, and the Regina General Hospital’s Women and Children’s Team.
Since 2009, Beck has been the Regina Public School Subdivision 5 trustee. Prairie Dog Magazine’s readers voted her “Favourite School Board Trustee” in their most recent ‘Best Of’ issue.
Beck’s extensive volunteerism includes work with the Sask. Abilities Council, Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism, Saskatchewan Action Committee Status of Women, Camp Easter Seal, The Autism Resource Centre, the help line at the Regina Sexual Assault Centre, the MS Society, The Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Cathedral Area Community Association and with soccer, softball and FADA Dance.