Maria has shown she is committed to fighting for government investments in Lethbridge. Her record includes pushing hard in support of the Cavendish project, economic diversification, and wind and solar energy projects to bring new development, economic activity and jobs to Lethbridge.
Prior to being elected, Maria spent over 30 years in the field of corrections. During that time, she spent 20 years within operations serving as a parole officer, in both institutional and community settings. Maria also served for 3 years as the regional executive Vice-President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, in the national capital region. Maria's career began as a teacher with the Catholic school board in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Maria served in a number of Board positions including the Ottawa United Way, Public Service Alliance of Canada and Yellowknife Sports Medicine Council. She also participated in numerous womens' and political action committees furthering human rights, and has used her voice in the Legislature to speak out against domestic violence.
Maria was born and educated in Newfoundland. She attended Memorial University in St. John's. She also received a Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in 1988. Maria resides in Lethbridge and has called Alberta home for over 20 years now. She has three children and six step-children.
Her priorities are to: