Tracy Allard, your UCP candidate for Grande Prairie

Tracy Leigh Allard (Horsman)

I was raised in a conservative home and watched my parents and grandparents actively participate in their constituency associations including both federal and territorial campaigns.My first campaign involvement was in 1984, at the age of 13, working on the Mulroney Campaign as part of the Progressive Conservative Youth.

I have always had a strong interest in politics and, like many other business people, very much appreciated the advantages we enjoyed here in Alberta with an economy and government favourable to business. After the last election, I became very concerned about the direction in our province and was motivated to get involved personally and started attending meetings, got involved with Alberta Can’t Wait and looked for opportunities to support the cause.

I was excited to be approached to seek the nomination and was clear that I wanted to get involved whether it was my campaign or support of another strong candidate. That position made my supporters even more adamant for me to run because I am not running for the pay, the power or the prestige. My motivation is to restore the province to a land of opportunity for future generations. I am very concerned about the direction of our province (and our country) and I want to restore the economic landscape for my children and future grandchildren.

I also believe that we can’t maintain services to Albertans or social justice initiatives without funding. I believe there needs to be wisdom and common sense restored to these programs and policies.

Family

I was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1971. I attended University at UBC in Vancouver and was married after my university graduation in 1993. That same year, barely three months into married life, we opened our first business in Prince Rupert, BC. In 1997, we were presented with the opportunity to move to Grande Prairie and expand our business interests. Arriving in Grande Prairie from Prince Rupert was like a breath of fresh air as young entrepreneurs. We have never looked back and have made Grande Prairie our home.

My husband, Serge Allard, and I are the proud parents of three children – all born here in Grande Prairie. Nicolas aged 20, Alexander aged 17, and Isabelle aged 14

Work History

I have been a small business owner since 1993 – celebrating 25 years this year.

I have been an active hands-on business owner operating multiple business interests and finding ways to engage meaningfully in giving back to Grande Prairie.

Corporately, we actively support the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation, Big Hearts for Big Kids in support of Sunrise House, the Elder Care Shelter, Grande Prairie Minor Soccer, the Grande Prairie Storm, the Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir, South Peace Volleyball Club, the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, and multiple events and initiatives that enhance life in Grande Prairie . We were recently awarded the Friends of Education award by the Grande Prairie Public School District. We are particularly proud of this as we believe that youth are our future and investment in education is critical to sustaining a healthy society.

My husband and I are entrepreneurial in spirit and have found Grande Prairie to be a strong fit because of the “can do” attitude in the city and the innovative ideas. We are proud to live in a city that is known for industry and success and also known for generosity.

Board Work History Highlights

  • Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation Capital Cabinet 2015 to present
  • Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir Board – President 2014 to 2017
  • Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir Board – Secretary 2013
  • Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (International) Board of Directors 2013 to present
  • McLaurin Baptist Church Board of Elders 2005-2007

Education

  • Bachelor of Commerce Degree 1993 University of British Columbia with a specialization in Industrial Relations Management.
    Certificate of Disability Management from UBC Continuing  Studies 1996
 

I hope that fills you in a bit more on my position and my thinking. I sincerely appreciate any support you offer.

Please feel free to reach out with questions.
With much thanks,
Tracy Allard