Nancy Cooke — a voice, champion, and advocate for St. Norbert-Seine River
Nancy has crafted a strong connection to the St. Norbert-Seine River community over the last 20 years. This fall, she wants to use her love for the area and the skills she’s built working in professional public and private sector environments to bring growth, vitality, and vibrancy in the role of your city councillor.
Nancy sees running for council as a logical next step to what she’s already done for the community in the last two decades. She understands that community collaboration and making the voices of the people heard are keys to creating change.
Nancy has substantial volunteering and fundraising experience. This includes a decade with the Darwin Parent’s Association, to which she brought a YMCA before and after school program, the Old St. Vital BIZ, for which she was the marketing chair, and the St. Vital Community Action network.
She’s 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 was born in Brandon, MB. She attended the University of Manitoba and her first career was as an occupational therapist. She practiced at the St. Boniface Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg, specializing in burns, before moving to 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.
In 1998, Nancy and Bill moved back to Winnipeg, motivated by their love for the city and desire to be close to family, and opened a private dentistry practice. Five years ago, they bought and renovated Elm Park Dental, where Bill practices to this day and Nancy remains as the managing partner.
Nancy and Bill have two children — Austin, 23, and Hunter, 18 — both of whom attend the University of Manitoba.
Nancy has worked with the Department of Infrastructure in the Manitoba Legislature for the past two years. The role provided her with opportunities to learn about government priorities, budgeting, internal and external communication processes, and infrastructure planning and design.
Nancy recognizes forward thinking and planning as integral to meeting the demands of a growing community. As a city councillor, she will strive to listen to the community’s priorities and ensure they are being addressed.
Nancy loves the community in and around the Red and the Seine for its beautiful green spaces, accessibility to many amenities, and it’s friendly, familiar feel.
In her spare time — yes, she manages to find some, somehow — Nancy puts the area’s green spaces to good use. She enjoys cycling on the Bishop Grandin Greenway Trail and along the Seine River. She also loves to stroll with her Golden Doodle, Lilo, through the extensive network of walking paths.