"I want to express my gratitude in the confidence shown to me that I can lead this great organization for the ensuing year. Support from Alberta through the annual election process as well as that shown to me by my home Lodge-Bassano Royal Purple #294. Thank you!"
My work is for the County of Newell as Councilor. I was recently re-elected for my second term so will serve until 2021. This casual work affords me time to commit to Royal Purple.
Canadian Royal Purple Past National Presidents: Regina MacLean whose theme was Constructive Solutions. Anne Marie Helferty whose theme was Try a little kindness. Terri Paziuk with theme Your Cause is My Cause. Lorraine Pezzutto with theme Give it Your Best Shot. Thank you! For without you and your leadership we would not be here today. I am grateful, our members and our communities are grateful!
My chosen theme is “Attitude of Gratitude”. Reflecting and appreciating the positive things in our world creates a positive space for more to come in. I would describe myself as a traditional/realist. By that I suggest to you that my belief in tradition is strong with a clear understanding that if we are not changing, we are standing still or stepping backwards. Research suggests there’s a link between the benefits of gratitude and your well-being. Your mental health is influenced by what you focus on — in other words, if you focus on the positive, the benefits will reflect in health, wealth and happiness. My mantra is Live, Love, Laugh and I wish that for each and everyone you!
I look forward travelling to meet members over the next ten months where we will learn from each other and grow this organization to benefit our communities as we have for the past 104 years. Canadian Royal Purple is a four year sprout that will grow with your Attitude of Gratitude and hard work.
My Royal Purple experience began 15 years ago when my mother-in-law, who I affectionately call Grandma; a life member and a 54 year perfect attendance member invited me to join. Since that time, I have served as Honored Royal Lady or secretary every year since. In 2014 I was elected as the first National Director by members of Alberta Royal Purple Lodges Association Society for Canadian Royal Purple and the learning curve continues.
Supporting me at home is my husband of 37 years, two adult children and their spouses as well as 4.25 grandchildren. Doug and I operate a hobby farm of approx. 150 acres of land. We both work off the place day to day only to reinvest back into the operation. Daughter, Della and Kyle live at Stavely, Ab and gave us Cody-Rae(3year old) and Riggs (now 9mos). Son, Kyle and Megan live in our farm yard and gave us Sadie (3yrs old) and Brynlee (2yrs old). They are expecting their third child in December. We love our children, grandchildren and our horses. Roping, pleasure riding and training are careers or hobbies of each family member. Doug and I are truly blessed!