New Democrats in the constituency of Lumsden-Morse have chosen teacher and Lumsden town councillor Rhonda Phillips as their candidate for the provincial election.
"I keep hearing that the good people who live in the constituency of Lumsden-Morse are tired of being taken for granted by the Sask. Party. They want an MLA who never hesitates to stand up for what matters to them. That's why I'm so thrilled to have Rhonda Phillips as our candidate for the area," said NDP Leader Cam Broten.
"Rhonda's experience as a teacher and town councillor will make her an excellent MLA. Her values and priorities match those of Lumsden-Morse families. And I know she'll play an important role in building a stronger province, with better health care and education, a cost of living that works for families, a diverse economy and a cleaner environment."
Phillips has taught at Lumsden High School since 1989. She’s been honoured with many awards recognizing her stellar contributions to education, including the Award of Merit from the Saskatchewan Science Teachers Society in 2015; the Award of Excellence from the Centre for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development from the University of Regina in 2014; and the Centennial Environmental Champion Award from Saskatchewan Econetwork in 2005. She was also selected to help write the curriculum for Environmental Science 20 students in the province.
Since 2009, Phillips has been elected to serve on town council in Lumsden.
"Saskatchewan is an incredible province, but I agree with Cam Broten's view – Saskatchewan can be so much better," said Phillips. "We need a premier and government that is focused on people's priorities, that invests wisely instead of wasting money on pet projects, and that strengthens public services instead of always privatizing them, and creates tons of good, mortgage-paying jobs by diversifying our economy and tackling climate change.
"I want to be a part of helping Cam Broten make that a reality, and I'll work hard to earn the trust of the good people of this constituency."
Phillips and her husband Dave have lived on Lumsden since 1985. They have three adult sons and one granddaughter.