Tracy Allard was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Grande Prairie, on April 16, 2019.Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Mrs. Allard was a business owner, having franchised Tim Hortons restaurants in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and in Grande Prairie.Active in her community, Mrs. Allard serves as a director with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. She was board president of the Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir and sat on the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation Capital Cabinet.Mrs. Allard holds a bachelor of commerce and a certificate in disability management, both from the University of British Columbia.She, together with her husband, Serge, is a two-time recipient of a friends of education award from the Grande Prairie public school district and Le Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest, respectively. They are proud parents to three children – all three born in Grande Prairie.Q: It is Tuesday night, what are you having for dinner?A: Fish or chicken street-style tacosQ: If you didn’t do what you do for a living, what would you be?A: I would work in the charitable sector specifically to address cultural roots of poverty.Q: What person has influenced your life the most?A: My grandmother, Dorothy “Dot” Wood, was my biggest cheerleader and she modelled presence with people like no other person I know. She valued relationships highly and I always felt incredibly valuable and important when I was with her.Q: What is your favourite sport?A: Volleyball because our daughter is a competitive player and it’s SO FUN to watch our team beat the big guys from Edmonton and Calgary. Go Grande Prairie!Q: Favourite movie of all time?A: Tough question! Tie between “The Proposal” and “Finding Nemo”Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?A: Apathy.Q: What’s your most embarrassing moment?A: Falling backwards off my “exercise ball” office chair in a meeting with my senior leadership team. Clearly some core work required!Q: What’s your favourite TV show?A: “This is Us.”Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be?A: Time travel as I find history fascinating and would love to go back and witness pivotal events in historyQ: What’s the one thing you haven’t done that you would love to do?A: Write a book.Q: If we’re buying, you’re having…?A: A Smarties Blizzard.Q: Last book you couldn’t put down?A: “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” – the true story of Pino Lella who led Jews escaping the Nazis over the Alps. I believe that the lessons learned from the world wars are fundamental to healthy societies and I read at least one book per year of a personal encounter during the wars. I cry my eyes out every time and marvel at the sacrifices made by generations that have afforded me the freedom I enjoy as I live in the best country in the world.Q: If an actor could play you in a movie, who would it be?A: Sandra Bullock because she is hilarious and would highlight my sense of humour. (Also, she is one of my favourite actors and I would be so flattered!)Q: What is the best thing about Grande Prairie?A: The people – Grande Prairie is a city that still functions like a small town and is a place where newcomers are welcomed and invited to belong. The innovation and creativity of the people in Grande Prairie is remarkable and is, in my opinion, a key factor in the success of our region.Q: What do you find most rewarding about serving as MLA for Grande Prairie?A: It is incredibly rewarding to represent Grande Prairie as MLA and there are many moments that come to mind as I contemplate this answer. The single most rewarding experience in this role is the opportunity to truly assist someone in solving an issue.Q: What are some of your short and long-term goals representing the region?A: Short-term – be available and responsive to the people of Grande Prairie as needs arise and strike a youth advisory council to engage youth in the political process.Long-term – celebrate the opening of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, complete the twinning of Highway 40, secure more long-term care beds for seniors, and dramatically reduce the criminal activity in our city and our region.Q: If you could go anywhere in the world on a holiday, where would you go and who (living or dead) would you take with you?A: Hawaii with my family including my grandma who passed away in 2006.Q: What do you do to relax?A: Pray or read.Q: What are your words to live by?A: Love conquers all.