Democratic engagement is defined by the Community Index of Wellbeing as taking part in the democratic process through political institutions, organizations, and activities. This month we are discussing how democratic engagement impacts rural communities, how it can make it better and how it links to other factors affecting quality of life. Our two conversation leaders are Jacquie Fenske and Ken Merkel.
Jacquie currently serves as the chair for Elk Island Community Futures and is on the board of Silver Skate Festival Her past board positions include the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions as well as local Ag society and sports boards. She has extensive committee experience on All-party committees of Public Accounts, Energy, and Communities and Families as well as a host of municipal committees including the Strathcona Agriculture Service Board where she served as chair for several terms.
Jacquie has a passion for promoting the opportunities the agriculture industry presents through food, events and innovation. Her knowledge of politics, the food service industry and the potential to bring urban and rural Albertans together provides much of what motivates her to get involved.
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