Colleen Young, the current director of the Lloydminster Public School Division, announced late last month that she would be running for the nomination of the Saskatchewan Party in the upcoming byelection in Lloydminster.
Young said that first and foremost she loves her community and loves the north west part of the province.
“I have lived here for over 28 years and have grown to live and love the community and all the people that surround the community as well,” she said. “I believe that the amount of time that I spent here in Lloydminster, I have built some great relationships in the community and I have been involved in a number of community organizations on a number of levels.” She added that her experience in those organizations is what she can offer the people in the riding if she is chosen as the nominee for the Saskatchewan Party.
“My main focus is that the work that has been done by (Tim) McMillan continues. We need to have a strong voice in Regina, for this part of the province, and particularly the Lloydminster region. I think that there is a lot more that can be accomplished,” she said. “There is more work to be done and there has been a lot of work done in the time frame that (Tim) has been there.
“I think that there is a lot more in this riding, outside of the Lloydminster area, that needs to be brought to the attention of the party brass in Regina.
“Doing that will continue to provide progress and prosperity to the people in this constituency.”
Asked what the biggest issue she thought was impacting the people of Lloydminster, Young said that there are a number of issues that affect Lloyd- minster constituents on a day-to-day basis.
“As we know Lloydminster is not just an oil and gas community, it has a vast agriculture sector as well, and a lot of small businesses have a lot to contribute to the people of Lloydminster as a whole,” Young said, adding that the bi-provincial status of the city of Lloydminster contains challenges itself. “I think that there are some issues that get lost in the controversy, the concerns and the legislation between Alberta and Saskatchewan. And living in a unique border city, those challenges tend to show up on every issue that comes up.”
Her background in the school board and with different organizations in the Lloydminster area, has given her a wealth of experience to tackle some of those issues, Young said.
“I have been involved in politics since high school and have participated in a number of both provincial and federal elections across the province,” she said. “I have played a huge role in a few of those elections, including being Tim’s first campaign manager when he ran in 2007.
“My involvement in the school board, and being a trustee for over 20 years and a chair of the board for 16 of those years, I have a lot of experience in working as a team, with ministers, and other bureaucrats, in each of the levels of governments.”
Young said with her time with LPSD, she has tried to solve some of those issues that are unique to the Lloydminster area.
Over the next two weeks, Young will be meeting with residents of the constituency of Lloydminster, selling memberships and asking for support for her nomination. The nomination takes place on Oct. 18, at the Wild Rose Pavilion at the Lloydminster Exhibitions Grounds