LETHBRIDGE - "I was alone when I got to Lethbridge. I had two kids, two suitcases, and I don't even know if I had $200 on me."
Since that time in 1979, Lethbridge Council Candidate Louise Saloff says she has not only acquired three college diplomas, but also a degree from the University of Lethbridge.
She was employed as a social worker for 27 years, before recently retiring. She says she believes in a fair and just community where everyone is given an equal opportunity to access resources, supports and education.
"I felt many of the hardships and tragedies that children and families face, so I do have a sensitivity around that area."
Saloff says she has fought for the challenged and disadvantaged, and recognizes the struggles that marginalized communities face.
She adds that she has been on the board of the Aboriginal Housing Society, the Urban Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge, and was Vice President of the Metis Nation of Alberta Local 2003 for 10 years.
Saloff also plans on advocating for seniors, including promoting ideas for affordable snow, garbage and recycling removal, and she hopes to help 're-vamp' the transit system so that there are more direct routes for riders, especially students.
If elected, she plans to make council her priority.
"If you're going to run for city council you need to give it 110 per cent and you need to be available for the people, because you are representing the people of Lethbridge. Your role is to listen and advocate for the people."
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