The new Saskatchewan NDP candidate for Lloydminster, Michelle Oleksyn, was at The Root: Community Emporium on the morning of June 6 where she had coffee with residents and discussed some details of her campaign and why she chose to run for the party.
“I really believe in their policies and their focus on what matters,” she said of the NDP. “They continue to emphasize that families need to be looked at and cared about. They prioritize the people as opposed to politics.”
Oleksyn says she cares about what happens to the people of Saskatchewan and her experience as a teacher has trained her to be a good listener. She also thinks the experience has also given her a thorough understanding of what’s going on in the province, as well as a robust knowledge of the city and its demographics.
“I think I’m pretty well educated with what’s going on here, so I think the people can trust me to be their voice and to make sure that we’re not forgotten about by the rest of the province,” she said.
Some of the key points in her campaign will be on infrastructure and highways, pointing out that the condition of Highway 21 has been a problem for those who frequent it and definitely needs to be looked at. She also wants to make sure that nearby rural municipalities are well taken care of and that kids in the area are getting a good education.
She says that she’s always “been in tune” to what’s going on around her politically and as a teacher she sees how provincial politics have a direct impact on what goes on in the classroom.
With these things in mind, getting into politics seemed like a natural fit for her.
“Then as I got older I started volunteering and became more involved,” she said. “After I helped out, especially with the byelection last fall and got to know (NDP Leader) Cam Broten and his team, I was just more than happy and very honoured when they approached me to jump on board.”
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The Lloydminster Comprehensive High School teacher has been educating in Lloydminster for 13 years and before she came to Border City she taught in Leader Saskatchewan. Prior to that she farmed in southern Saskatchewan where she was a substitute teacher after spending time teaching in the town of Rockglen.
“So I’ve been in the far south. I grew up in Turtleford, so I’m familiar with this area. I have a bit of a cross-province history.”
Oleksyn was named the Lloydminster candidate for the NDP at a nomination ceremony on April 17.