A Calgary resident will represent the Liberal Party in the Macleod riding in the federal election on May 2.
Nicole Hankel joins incumbent Conservative candidate Ted Menzies, New Democrat Janine Giles and the Green Party’s Attila Nagy in the race.
“My campaign is active and grass roots,” Hankel said last week. “I will be travelling across the riding knocking on doors, putting together coffee shop gatherings, and engaging people in open and honest discussion about the issues that matter to them most in this election.”
Hankel said her experience working with community organizations and registered charities provided insight into people’s concerns with issues such as crime and crime prevention, child care, education, health care, seniors issues, immigration and environment.
Hankel, 39, is a lifetime southern Albertan who lives in southeast Calgary with three parrots, and is an avid motorcyclist. Her other hobbies include hiking, camping, photography, reading and creative writing.
Hankel started and ran a publishing company in Calgary for 16 years, and was also the owner and operator of a printing company for nine years.
Hankel has worked in a variety of industries including heavy manufacturing, oil and gas, accounting, service, journalism and communications.
A graduate of the University of Calgary, Hankel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and has done post-secondary studies through Athabasca University focusing on work, organization and leadership.
Hankel has been recognized by numerous community groups for her dedication and commitment.
Hankel decided to seek office because she is concerned about the country’s future.
“It is not enough to be concerned,” Hankel said. “It is time to make a difference. I believe that I can make a real difference by engaging in this election as a candidate. This starts with listening to and discussing people’s concerns. By encouraging frank and open discussion by ordinary Canadians. By engaging with those people who live and work right here in southern Alberta, I can help build a Canada I can be proud of.”
Hankel is a Liberal because of what she calls the party’s track record of solutions that work for all Canadians.
“I am confident that the Liberal Party has the right solutions for Canada, and I am excited to be part of that solution.”