MLA Bridget A. Pastoor, Lethbridge-East

We are
thankful today for MLA Bridget Pastoor of the Lethbridge-East constituency–her
many years of service given to Albertans in different capacities and now as an
MLA.  Heavenly Father I pray you would
bless her and keep her and make your face to shine upon her and her children
and grandchildren.  I ask you for unusual
wisdom as she serves in the Legislature in the name of Jesus, I pray.
Bridget A. Pastoor was elected to her third term as a Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Lethbridge-East on
April 23, 2012. In addition to her duties as an MLA during her second
terBridget Brennan Pastoor was elected to her third term as a Member of the
Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Lethbridge-East on
April 23, 2012. She was appointed to the Standing Committee on Private Bills
and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on May 24, 2012. She was appointed
chair of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities on May 28, 2012.

In addition to her duties as an MLA during her second term, Ms. Pastoor
also served as a member of the following committees:
  • Standing
    Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing
  • Standing
    Committee on Public Health and Safety (deputy chair)
  • Special
    Standing Committee on Members’ Services
Ms. Pastoor previously served in the Official Opposition in various
positions, including the Deputy Leader and Whip of the Official Opposition. Ms.
Pastoor was shadow minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Municipal
Affairs and Seniors and Community Supports.

Ms. Pastoor has also served on the following committees:
  • Standing
    Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing
  • Special
    Standing Committee on Members´ Services
  • Standing
    Policy Field Committee on Public Health and Safety (Deputy Chair)
  • Standing
    Committee on Private Bills
  • Standing
    Committee on Families and Communities
During her first term she served as a member of the Members’ Services
Committee, the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee
and the Standing Committee on Government Services. She also participated as a
Member of a three-person MLA task force on Continuing Care Health Services and
Accommodation Standards and authored an adjunct report, Blueprint for
Action
.

Ms. Pastoor began her career with Air Canada. After raising three
children, she returned to school and graduated from Lethbridge Community College
as a registered nurse and later obtained a certificate as a geriatric
specialist from Grant MacEwan. Ms. Pastoor worked as an RN at the Edith Cavell
care centre from 1990 to 2004.

She has been an active member of the community and political arena for many
years:
  • Served
    as deputy returning officer for Elections Canada, Elections Alberta and
    the City of Lethbridge
  • Member,
    Canadian Pension Appeals Board, from 1993 to 1997
  • Alderwoman,
    Lethbridge city council, from 1998 to 2004
  • Board
    member, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, from 1999 to 2002
  • Chair,
    Council/Corporate Review of the city of Lethbridge, from 2001 to 2004
As a city alderwoman she was also a member of the library board, the
exhibition board and the municipal planning commission. Further, she was a
member of the University of Lethbridge senate from 1985 to 1991, the Alberta
Student Finance Board and the Canada Pension Appeals Board tribunal.

Ms. Pastoor was awarded a Government of Canada Commemorative Medal for
the 125th Anniversary of Confederation, in 1992 and the Government of Alberta
Centennial Medal in 2005. In 2009 she was awarded the YWCA of Lethbridge and
District Women of Distinction Award- YWCA Champion.

Born Bridget Antoinette Brennan in St. Boniface, Manitoba, she has three
daughters, Florence, Shelagh and Bridget and two grandchildren, Kerstin and
Skye.

Her interests include social justice and political history.

March 27, 2013