New cabinet to focus on four goals

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach named his new cabinet team, which will focus on four goals that will bring Alberta out of the recession stronger than ever before.

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach named his new cabinet team, which will focus on four goals that will bring Alberta out of the recession stronger than ever before.

“I have promised Albertans that we will be back in the black in three years and I have not wavered from that commitment,” said Stelmach. “My new team will tackle Alberta’s fiscal challenges with determination. We are in a strong fiscal position thanks to our financial planning and, together with my new cabinet team, we are going to take the necessary steps to ensure we emerge from this economic downturn even stronger than before.”

Premier Stelmach said his new cabinet will be focused on ensuring Alberta has:

• the strongest financial position of all provinces coming out of the recession;

• the most innovative and competitive economy in North America, creating jobs and attracting investment in traditional and emerging sectors;

• the best performing public health care system in Canada; and

• the most advanced infrastructure built in North America.

“Alberta’s future is bright, and our best days are yet to come,” said Stelmach.

For more information on the new Cabinet, please visit: www.alberta.ca.

Albertans encouraged to nominate outstanding teachers before February 5

Students, parents, teachers, principals and community members are encouraged to nominate a teacher or principal for their exceptional work with K-12 students in Alberta classrooms. Nominations for the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Awards must be submitted to Alberta Education by Feb. 5.

English and French nomination packages, which include details of eligibility and selection criteria, are available at www.education.alberta.ca by clicking on the ‘Teachers’ tab and then on ‘Excellence in Teaching Awards’.

This year, 134 semi-finalists will be selected. Twenty of those semi-finalists will receive Provincial Excellence in Teaching Awards, and three will receive SMARTer Kids Foundation Innovative Use of Technology Awards.

Nominations open for community crime prevention awards

Are there crime fighters in your community who deserve recognition? Nominate them for an Alberta Crime Prevention Award.

The Alberta government is seeking nominations for individuals or groups who have helped make communities safer by:

• demonstrating a commitment to addressing local crime issues;

• investing resources to support crime prevention strategies;

• partnering with community members; or

• implementing successful crime prevention programs.

Categories include youth, individuals, organizations, community groups, media organizations, and police officers.

Recipients will be selected by a committee of representatives from Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security, community crime prevention agencies, and Alberta police agencies..

The deadline for the 2010 crime prevention award nominations is Feb. 19.

For more information about the awards and how to submit a nomination, visit www.crimeprevention.gov.ab.ca. You can also call 780-415-1819. To call toll-free outside of Edmonton dial 310-0000.

As the MLA for Drumheller-Stettler, I am always available to assist constituents. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new provincial cabinet team, Excellence in Teaching Awards, Alberta Crime Prevention Awards or any other matter, please contact one of my constituency offices at Stettler 403-742-4284; Hanna 403-854-4333; Drumheller 403-823-8181, or in Edmonton at 780-427-5041.