Fenske Highlights Local Opportunities, Youth
Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA-Elect, Jacquie Fenske, outlined her commitment to the constituencyâ€™s youth, and the regionâ€™s immense economic opportunities in her victory speech to supporters on Monday evening.
â€śI know that Albertans have spoken, and theyâ€™ve said, as the Premier said, we have a province that wants to look forward, and not backwards,â€ť said Fenske. â€śAnd, we in Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville have unending opportunities; we have the petrochemical industry, and we have agriculture… Which as Iâ€™ve said many times in my speeches, [weâ€™re] one of six countries in the world thatâ€™s going to produce more than we consume — we have such an opportunity.â€ť
Fenske also indicated the importance of youth: â€śAnd then the other thing we started in all of this was to include youth — Iâ€™d like to continue to do that, because as a former teacher, I think itâ€™s important to be able to ensure that we donâ€™t have a generation that hasnâ€™t gone by without actually voting; that is very important to me.â€ť
Fenske also said she is paying particular attention to the needs of the constituencyâ€™s many municipalities: â€śI want you to know that the support of the towns, and the villages and the counties and the cities is going to be very important,â€ť she said. â€śI want to represent you well, and I think all of the elected people who are here who have helped in ensuring that I knew and understood what the issues were of your community.â€ť
Speaking to OEP, Fenske reiterated her commitment to youth: â€śI want to continue to hear what [youth] have to say, because they have a voice, and they need to know that their voice makes a difference,â€ť she explained. â€śI want to get them involved… it has to come from them… we need to know how to engage them.â€ť
Fenske was also candid about her biggest fear during the campaign — as she put it — â€śthat I was going to lose.â€ť
â€śWhen you have all these people supporting you… you donâ€™t want to let them down in any way, shape, or form,â€ť she explained. â€śSo, you want to make sure youâ€™ve turned over every rock and worked hard for them, because it moves beyond you as time goes on.â€ť