Klooster named candidate for Alberta Party

Penhold Town Councillor Danielle Klooster has been chosen by the Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Alberta Party Constituency Association as the Party’s candidate in the upcoming provincial election.

“Both my work and life experiences have helped me understand the issues and challenges that exist in our constituency and our province,” said Klooster, who is also the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Manager for the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce

“Innisfail-Sylvan Lake has unique concerns in the areas of business, agriculture, and community development and I am excited about the enormous potential that can be found here.”

Klooster’s extensive experience includes serving as an elected member of the Penhold Town Council and in a variety of volunteer positions including president of the Champion’s Centre national board of directors and co-chair of Child and Youth Friendly Red Deer.

She has also provided leadership to community programs that focused on restorative justice, crime prevention, food banks, high risk youth, mental health and local development.

“Before getting involved in the Alberta Party, I was frustrated at continually being told I had to fit into one political box or another,” she said. “In the Alberta Party, I found a party that is interested in common sense decisions, not prescribed ideology. Good ideas come from everywhere.

“And as a life-long Albertan, I have always wanted to play an active role in achieving solutions to the many issues we face in our province.”

Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor said Klooster is a respected local leader.

“I have had the privilege of working with her for several years. She’s exactly the kind of candidate we are looking for in the Alberta Party and I am delighted to have her on board.”

The Alberta Party has existed in one form or another since 1985.

In 2010, it decided to undertake a rebuilding effort and move the party to the centre of the political spectrum.