This Is Who I Am

I am a dedicated public leader who has effectively lead with results in my community, province, and nation for the last 20 years.
I am committed to strong, effective advocacy for our community, bringing forward all the elements that aid in making Kelowna – Lake Country the best place to live, work and play.
I am committed to giving our community a strong voice in Ottawa, which is why I am asking for you to make me the nominee for the Conservative Party of Canada MP position.

Personally, I am:

• A devoted family member – Proud mother of five in a blended household, happily engaged to Carlos Alentejano.
• An entrepreneurial and successful business owner, employing 50 amazing people in the local construction industry.
• A person of faith who treasures the freedom to say so without persecution, and I feel blessed to live in such a great country where all people are treated equally.
• A compassionate individual who: cares about others in the community, believes in giving back, and helping those in need through service, time and fundraising.
•An environmentally conscious human being who believes in sustainability for future generations.

Politically, I am:

• A Conservative with a social conscience.
• Extremely concerned about the current leadership of our country.
• Ready, willing, and qualified to effect positive change in Ottawa that will benefit not only our community, but the entire country.
• Fiscally responsible and will fight to keep taxes low, our country’s finances in check, and look out for everyday working people and their families.
• Committed to protecting Canada’s sovereignty; open federalism and national unity; free enterprise and individual achievement; and the opportunity for all Canadians, regardless of background, to achieve their dreams in a safe, environmentally friendly, and prosperous country.

 Education

  • University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK ~ Master’s of Business Administration 2008-2011
  • Taylor University, Edmonton, AB ~ Masters of Theology 1995-1997

Awards

  • Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada – WXN 2017 and 2018
  • Entrepreneur of the Year (Pacific Region) – Ernst and Young 2015
  • Most Influential Women in Business – Business in Vancouver 2015
  • Community of the Year – CHBA Tommie Award 2013
  • Large Volume Single Family Homebuilder of the Year – CHBA Tommie Award 2013 and 2014
  • Multi-Family Homebuilder of the Year – CHBA Tommie Award 2013
  • Top 20 Most Influential People in Real Estate Industry in BC – BC Home Magazine 2012
  • Top 20 Most Influential Leaders – Okanagan Life Award 2011
  • Fortis BC Conservation Excellence Award – 2009
  • Top 40 Under 40 – BIV Business Award 2008
  • Business Excellence Award – Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2008
  • Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Award – Woman of the Year in Kelowna, Finalist, 2007
  • Tommie Awards – Large Volume Builder of the Year, Excellence in Single-family Detached Home under $300,000, Excellence in Brochure Design, Excellence in Sales Centre Design, Excellence in Website Design, Excellence in Interior Design in a Model Home, 2008
  • Tommie Awards – Large Volume Builder of the Year, Excellence in Logo Design, Excellence in Brochure Design, Residential Renovation of $100,000 – 350,000, Excellence in Creating an Interior Feature, 2007
  • Business Excellence Award – Best Business 41+ Employees Finalist, 2007
  • Tommie Awards – Excellence in Townhome Development, 2006

Board Positions / Memberships

  • First West Credit Union (Board Member 2017- Present)
  • Member of the National Girls and Young Women’s Advisory Council (2015-Present)
  • Premier’s Women’s Economic Council (Vice-Chair 2013-2018)
  • Breakfast Clubs of Canada (Executive Board Member 2011-Current)
  • UBCO External Advisory Committee Member (2013-Current)
  • Interior Health Board Member (2015- 2017)
  • Downtown Kelowna Association (2012-2017)
  • Urban Development Institute (President – Okanagan Chapter 2011-2013, Board Member 2006- 2015)
  • Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (Executive Board Member 2005-2013, Chairman – 2012)
  • Westbank First Nation Economic Development Commission (Executive Board Member 2008- 2011)
  • Hope for the Nations (Board Member 2009-2012)
  • Canadian Home Builders Association
  • Southern Interior Construction Association

Volunteer Endeavours

  • Was a part of the Canadian Delegation to the United Nations for the UN Commission on the Status of Women with the Honorable Dr. Kellie Leitch
  • Frequent Speaker on Leadership, Women and Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Real Estate Development, and The Female Advantage
  • UDI Official Community Plan Committee – Kelowna
  • UDI Sustainability Committee- Kelowna
  • UDI Affordable Housing Committee – Kelowna
  • Junior Achievement Speaker
  • Young Entrepreneurs’ Judge
  • City of Kelowna – Water Conservation Committee and Task Force
  • City of Kelowna – Affordable Housing Workshop
  • City of Kelowna – Homelessness Workshop
  • Wireless Power and Light Steering Committee
  • BC Cancer Society – Run for Life
  • Canadian Cancer Society – Gala of Hope Advisory Committee