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Johnson, Leroy - Progressive Conservative MLA, Wetaskiwin-Camrose

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Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016, at 9:25 p.m.

Johnson, Leroy
Progressive Conservative MLA, Wetaskiwin-Camrose

LeRoy Johnson began his first term as a Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly on March 11, 1997 after winning every poll in his riding of Wetaskiwin-Camrose.

LeRoy currently serves as a member of the Standing Policy Committee on Financial Planning and Human Resources; the Designated Supply Subcommittee on Family and Social Services; the Standing Committee on Public Accounts; the Standing Committee on Laws & Regulations; and the Subcommittee for Advanced Education and Career Development.

Prior to his entry into provincial politics, LeRoy was active in municipal government, serving for six years on the City of Camrose Public School Board, including four years as Chairman. During his six year tenure as an Alderman for the City of Camrose, he chaired the Finance and Personnel Committee and served on numerous other committees including Family and Community Support Services and Parks and Tourism.

LeRoy David Johnson was born in Camrose, Alberta on March 5, 1941. He attended Augustana University College in Camrose, then the University of Calgary before receiving his Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. He holds a Masters of Education from the University of Montana.

He started his career as a teacher in Rosalind, before becoming Vice-Principal in Round Hill. In 1967 he was appointed High School Principal at Augustana University College, where he worked to help the institution develop from a high school to a degree granting institution. During his 30 years with the College he served as Registrar Director of Admissions, Director of Public Relations, Director of Athletics, instructor in Biology and Chemistry, Associate Professor of Education and International Affairs Director.

LeRoy also has been active in sports development and cultural exchange in his community. In 1980, he founded the Viking Cup International Hockey Tournament which continues to offer a great cultural exchange for young elite athletes worldwide. LeRoy also is an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church and is presently a member of the Rotary Club of Camrose. He has received a number of notable awards, including: the Premier Lougheed "Alberta Achievement Award" (1975); Augustana University College "Distinguished Alumnus Award" (1975); the Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award for Sports & Culture (1988); the Camrose Rotary "Integrity" Award (1992); and the CFRN TV Sports Award of Excellence (1996).

LeRoy and his wife Dianne are the parents of four children: Jeffrey, Dale, Lana and Beth.

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