Insurance broker and Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce president Rose Freeman was selected to be the New Democrat candidate for the Rosthern-Shellbrook constituency.
Freeman is a fourth-generation resident of the area, having grown up on a farm just outside of Shell Lake. She has a diploma in Advanced Financial Services and owns and operates Willow Insurance in Shell Lake.
"What I'm hearing more and more from families in this region is that they're growing tired of being taken for granted by the Sask. Party and, after a decade of resource boom, they're frustrated that this government has so little to show for it," said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who attended the nomination meeting. "That's why I'm so proud to have Rose Freeman as our candidate in this constituency.
"Rose has proven herself to be a strong advocate for her community and this whole region. As a business owner and chamber president, she knows what it takes to build a prosperous and sustainable economy. And as a mom, she cares deeply about ensuring that all kids in Saskatchewan get a great education and have loads of opportunities here. Rose will be a great MLA."
Freeman said she decided to seek elected office because she shares Broten's vision and wants to be at the forefront of positive changes that benefit her community, and all Saskatchewan families.
"I'm excited about this opportunity to represent the people of the Rosthern-Shellbrook constituency and to work with Cam Broten to deliver on what matters most to Saskatchewan families today — better health care, seniors care and education, smart investments in highways and infrastructure, and many more good, mortgage-paying jobs," said Freeman. "I agree with Cam that we're just scratching the surface of Saskatchewan's incredible potential right now. That includes rural Saskatchewan. It's a great place to live and it holds so much potential – but we need a government that doesn't take rural Saskatchewan for granted and that truly focuses on people's priorities.”
Freeman and her husband, Scott, have three children. She is an active volunteer with the Shell Lake Curling Club and the local preschool.