Abigail’s family has deep roots in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and helped pioneer the area. Abigail wants to bring that same pioneering spirit back to Innisfail-Sylvan Lake and Alberta politics.
Abigail was drawn to the Alberta Party because it strives to find practical and creative solutions to the province’s challenges and opportunities - and isn’t bound by dogma or old ideas.
Born in Russia, Abigail moved to a Penhold area family farm as a child after being adopted by Canadians, Casey and Dorothy Douglass. Dorothy’s family, the Hodgsons, helped settle the area.
Public services has been important to Abigail from an early age. As a teenager, she helped start the first student council at Gateway Christian School in Red Deer. She also served on the high school’s Parent Relations Board.
While studying at The King’s University in Edmonton, she held several positions on its student association, including two terms as student president. She also sat on multiple internal and external boards (these include Board of Governors and Senate for The King’s University), was involved with Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC) and participated in multiple lobby weeks. While most of her role consisted of advocating on behalf of her student body, she also took part in advocating on behalf of the 100,000+ post-secondary students in Alberta (through ASEC). Her passion for advocacy led her to have many opportunities to meet with municipal and provincial government officials. Abigail also ran the university’s student services department after graduating.
Abigail holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from The King’s University. She works for a media and communications consulting company.
Because Innisfail-Sylvan Lake is one of the youngest ridings in the province, Abigail wants to focus on making sure the riding’s schools, health care facilities and recreational infrastructure and services meet the needs of residents.
Other issues Abigail wants to champion:
Economic development, particularly in agri-food and agri-tourism sectors
Reducing rural crime
Increasing timely access to health services and long-term care
Attracting more young Albertans into public service