It’s time to take back Fort Garry for the PC Party of Manitoba. With her background in small business, health care, education, and government, and skills she’s built while working in professional public and private sectors, Nancy Cooke is the person to do just that.
Nancy was born in Brandon, MB. She attended the University of Manitoba and her first career was as an occupational therapist.
After a decade working in Winnipeg, she lived in Petawawa, Ontario and later Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan as her husband Bill practiced dentistry for the Canadian Armed Forces. There, she continued to practice occupational therapy.
20 years ago, Nancy and Bill moved back to Winnipeg — motivated by their love for the city and desire to be close to family — and purchased a dental practice, which they still own today. Bill provides the clinical services with the highly-skilled team and Nancy is the managing partner of the business. Investing in and operating a small business has provided Nancy the opportunity to become experienced in business finance, human resources, and leading a team.
From 2016-18, Nancy in the Manitoba Legislature as the Special Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure. As a senior advisor to the Minister, Nancy gained an understanding of the complex infrastructure needs of the city and province, budgeting, internal and external communication processes, and infrastructure planning and design.
Last year, Nancy took a leave from that position to run in the 2018 Municipal Election, vying to be the first City Councillor of the newly-formed St. Norbert-Seine River ward. She was looking to apply the skills and knowledge she has developed to work for the people of Winnipeg.
Her bid for City Council was an exceedingly positive experience. While it came with many challenges, the four-month campaign only confirmed in her mind her desire to serve Winnipeggers in an official capacity and strengthened her motivation to achieve public office.
Nancy has substantial volunteering and fundraising experience. This includes a decade with the Darwin Parents’ Association, to which she brought a YMCA before and after school program, the Old St. Vital BIZ, for which she was the marketing chair, the St. Vital Community Action network, the Winnipeg Food Council, and the Manitoba League for Persons with Disabilities.
She’s also organized galas for Special Olympics Manitoba and the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, two charities she holds dear. She’s a member of Equal Voice — which pushes for more representation of women in government — and 100 Women Who Care — an organization which raises $40,000 annually for community causes.
Nancy and Bill are proud parents to son Austin, 23, and daughter Hunter, 19. Austin is graduating this summer with a Bachelor of Science — he majored in computer science and minored in math — from the University of Manitoba. Hunter works at a veterinary clinic and is working toward getting accepted into Red River College to become an animal health technologist.