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Graham Mackenzie is a teacher, father, husband, and community activist. Graham juggles being a stay at home dad to his two kids, with a full time education career. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary's Master of Teaching program, and has made East Calgary his home for the last 5 years. He grew up working on a family farm committed to sustainable agriculture on Vancouver Island.
Graham believes in building strong communities, and is actively working towards making Calgary a better place to live for everyone. He volunteers and works for the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, which helps new members of the community learn English and other skills that are necessary to adjusting to life in Canada. Seeing first-hand the monumental adversity many new Canadians face has inspired and motivated him to work harder to foster a more inclusive, progressive city. Graham is also a dedicated volunteer and ardent supporter of Calgary's many cultural and music festivals. He is currently facilitating the creation of immigrant developed arts and cultural events.
Graham made the decision to run for the Green Party because he believes that their vision can create the Canada he wants to live in, and the Canada he wants to leave for his children. He strongly believes in proportional representation as a way to renew democracy in Canada, and also believes that tackling environmental concerns now is essential for ensuring quality of life for future generations. Graham also feels that Canada has the potential to become a world leader in renewable energy production, creating thousands of jobs and building a stable economy for generations to come.
Graham has grown increasingly frustrated with the current federal governments' lack of attention and leadership on these key matters. Graham knows that many Calgarians agree that new ideas and progressive thinking are necessary in government, and looks forward to engaging voters in thoughtful discussion over the upcoming weeks, months, and years to solve the challenges our community faces.