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Laing, Bonnie - Progressive Conservative MLA, Calgary Bow

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Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016, at 7:57 p.m.

Laing, Bonnie
Progressive Conservative MLA, Calgary Bow

Bonnie Laing was born in Calgary on March 30, 1937. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Education degree and worked as an elementary school teacher for 26 years. Twenty-two of those years were spent as an employee of the Calgary Board of Education.

During Mrs. Laing's career as a teacher, she served in several organizations committed to quality education in Alberta. She continues to be very active in her community as a Member of the Germans from Russia Historical Society of Alberta, and the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.

On March 20, 1989, Bonnie Laing was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the constituency of Calgary-Bow where she demonstrated her leadership abilities by serving as the Chair of four government committees: the Calgary Housing Committee, the Calgary Caucus, Kerby Centre Advisory Committee and the Standing Committee on Private Bills. Bonnie also worked as a Member of: Glenbow Museum Board of Directors; Caucus Committees for Health; Education, Native Affairs, and Agriculture; Social Care Facilities Review Committee, and the Special Select Committee on Parliamentary Reform.

Mrs. Laing was re-elected June 15, 1993, and appointed Chair of the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, the Calgary Housing Committee and the Calgary Caucus. During her second term, she also served on the Special Task Force on Province-Wide Health Programs, led the Public Consultations on Bill 211 (Protection of Persons in Care) and served as a member of: Standing Policy Committee on Community Services; Standing Policy Committees on Finance and Health (Ad Hoc Member); Select Standing Committee Private Bills; Special Select Committee on Parliamentary Reform, and the Lottery Review Committee.

Re-elected for a third term on March 11, 1997, Mrs. Laing was appointed Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Community Services. She also serves on: Standing Policy Committee on Health Planning (Ad Hoc Member); Standing Policy Committee on Education and Training (Ad Hoc Member); School Facilities Task Force (Member); Glenbow Museum Board of Directors (1 year term); Calgary Housing Committee (Chair); Homeless Initiative Steering Committee for the City of Calgary (Co-chair), and City of Calgary's Heritage Advisory Board (Provincial Representative).

Bonnie and her husband Wyatt have two children, Starr and Wade. The Laings live in the community of Bowness within the Calgary Bow Constituency.

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