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Green candidate announced for Yorkton-Melville

Third candidate to declare in riding
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Valerie Brooks, Green Party of Canada candidate for Yorkton-Melville in 2021.
YORKTON / MELVILLE - The Green Party has announced a candidate for the Yorkton-Melville Riding with Valerie Brooks getting the local nod. 

“It is my pleasure to announce that the Green Party of Canada has approved my candidacy to run in the upcoming Federal Election on September 20th for the Yorkton-Melville constituency. It has always been a dream of mine to participate in our democracy as a candidate; and I’ve found a great fit with the Green Party, and the right time in my life to pursue it,” said Brooks in a prepared statement sent to Yorkton This Week Sunday. 

In the statement Brooks noted the principles of the party as drawing her to run. 

“The Greens value sustainability in all areas of life,” she stated. “Living sustainably means understanding the wholistic and interdependent nature of the world we live in. A sustainable society balances and manages ecological, fiscal, and social needs not as separate entities, but as a complex web. The Green Party has a great vision based on this understanding to achieve a higher standard of living for all Canadians.” 

Brooks was born and raised on a farm near Hudson Bay, and now resides in Saltcoats - after spending the past couple years in Yorkton.  

“My partner of 30 years and I have realized what a diverse and beautiful area it is we call home,” she stated. “We have three grown children all pursuing their passions in various locations across Canada, who support me from afar. We are also the happy dog owners of Otter.” 

Brooks holds a Master of Education degree focusing on Treaty Education and Reconciliation.  

“I have worked as a professional educator in many schools, grades, and divisions for the past 20 years, as a teacher and administrator. This hands-on experience has allowed me to hone my skills as a mediator and see things from all perspectives. I also understand the struggles that entrepreneurs and small business owners face, as we’ve owned and operated two businesses ourselves,” she stated. 

“I have grown to understand this riding -- and the communities that make up the riding -- and am truly committed to serving the whole constituency. In the next few weeks, I look forward to meeting more voters and answering their questions.”