Progressive Conservative MLA, St. Albert
Mary O'Neill was elected to her first term in the Alberta Legislature, as MLA for St. Albert, on March 11, 1997. Following the election, she was appointed to Chair the Capital Region Caucus and sit as a member on the Standing Policy Committee on Education and Training, Public Accounts Committee, Legislative Offices Committee and the Regional Health Authority Boundary Review Committee.
Education has been an integral part of Mary's professional life. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Secondary Level Teaching Certification from the Ontario College of Education, she devoted 10 years to teaching high school in Guelph, Calgary and her home town of Toronto. Over the years, Mary has pursued post graduate studies at Queen's University, the Ontario College of Art, the Banff School of Fine Art and the Universities of Guelph, Calgary and Toronto.
She is a past Trustee and Chairperson of the St. Albert School District No. 3, past President of the Alberta School Boards' Association for Bilingual Education, and a former member of the Provincial Government's Working Group on Francophone Education. Mary also served as a Director of the Newman Theological College Foundation, as an elected Member of the University of Alberta Senate and as the Senate's Representative on the University's Board of Governors.
In 1991, Mary turned her energies to Real Estate, working as a Salesperson with Royal LePage Real Estate Services in St. Albert. She has completed training with Real Estate 1000 and is a member of the Edmonton, Alberta and Canadian Real Estate Associations.
Over the years, Mary has contributed her energy and support to a number of charitable and community organizations. She served as a Board Member and Committee Chairperson for the Greater Edmonton Community Foundation, and volunteered her time to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Special Olympics and the Cancer Society. Mary also is a past Director on the Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert PC Association.
Mary and her husband Jack are active members of the St. Albert Parish, where Mary serves as a Lay Minister. They have two adult children, Timothy and Jacqueline.