DANIELLE KLOOSTER: Maintaining community focus

Danielle Klooster, Alberta Party candidate for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, says her party believes its candidates should understand community, and be community driven and community focused, all of which she lists as her strengths.

Danielle Klooster

Danielle Klooster, Alberta Party candidate for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, says her party believes its candidates should understand community, and be community driven and community focused, all of which she lists as her strengths.

“I think that’s what people are looking for,” said Klooster, a first-term Penhold town councillor. “Someone who is not here to represent the government to us but someone who is here to represent us to the government. And is willing to be a passionate advocate for the things that our communities need.”

Klooster, 47, says she grew up Conservative mostly by default but became disillusioned with the way politics was done in the province. She found a place with the Alberta Party, a party that was looking to re-engage Albertans and re-invigorate democracy, she said.

“This is definitely the time when change is in the air,” said Klooster. “People are tired of the status quo. I don’t think they want more of the same, more of the same partisan politics, more rhetoric, more of the game play. They want somebody to provide good common sense value-based leadership.”

In the first week of door knocking during the provincial election campaign, Klooster has heard concerns from residents about the long wait times and travel times for health-care services, the shortage of long-term care beds and the challenges of living with the volatility of the economy.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘I think I have to vote PC because they are the ones that are looking after the economy,”’ said Klooster. “If you believe they are responsible for the good economy then they have to be responsible for the bust. I believe our boom-bust cycles are more related to government policy than they are related to price of a barrel of oil.”

Klooste is married with three grown children and four grandchildren. She grew up in Edmonton, moved to Red Deer in 1997 and finally to Penhold in 2001.

Klooster has taken a leave of absence during the provincial election from Penhold town council and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce where she works in policy, advocacy and communications.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta reports just seven new COVID-19 cases

‘Today’s numbers mark an occasion to be celebrated’

PHOTO: Food Truck Drive and Dash in Red Deer

Food Truck Fridays launched its new drive-thru style event this week. Throughout… Continue reading

RCMP still on the lookout for missing Sylvan Lake man

Sylvan Lake RCMP is reaching out to the public with a renewed… Continue reading

Education Minister LaGrange accused of ‘bullying’ over grad ceremonies

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange is voicing concerns about MLAs being excluded from… Continue reading

WATCH: Hundreds gather in downtown Red Deer to protest racism

Hundreds of Red Deerians gathered in City Hall Park to peacefully protest… Continue reading

Minister says reckoning on police violence against Indigenous people needed

Minister says reckoning on police violence against Indigenous people needed

Nunavut to bring in civilian police review after arrest video: minister

Nunavut to bring in civilian police review after arrest video: minister

Trudeau takes a knee at anti-racism protest on Parliament Hill

Trudeau takes a knee at anti-racism protest on Parliament Hill

Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara faces assault, break and enter, harassment charges

Liberal MP Marwan Tabbara faces assault, break and enter, harassment charges

Black Canadians say racism here is just as harmful as in the United States

Black Canadians say racism here is just as harmful as in the United States

Implementation of Divorce Act reforms delayed eight months by pandemic

Implementation of Divorce Act reforms delayed eight months by pandemic

Canada’s James Hinchcliffe ready for Genesys 300 as IndyCar takes the stage

Canada’s James Hinchcliffe ready for Genesys 300 as IndyCar takes the stage

Racial unrest achingly familiar for Jenkins, other Canadian black athletes

Racial unrest achingly familiar for Jenkins, other Canadian black athletes

Most Read