Linda Klassen's Canadian Metis, French, Irish heritage affirms her belief that we are one 'race', one family, with the same needs and goals for 'life, liberty, happiness', and justice. As the wife of a concrete construction worker, she lives the struggles and challenges of the average Canadian family. They have two daughters, a son and two grandchildren. She views family as the most important, yet most threatened and financially oppressed institution in our 'post modern' society.
From 1989 to 2001, Linda worked as Community Outreach Coordinator with the Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre, St. Catharines. Through networking and liaisoning with other service and government agencies such as: Police Services, Offices of Ontario Attorney and Solicitor General, Womens' Shelters, Family and Children Services, Sexual Assault Treatment Centre, Niagara Centre for Youth Care, and many others, she gained much insight into the crippling plagues of our society.
Gained experience while serving on a variety of committees: participating in political and fund raising activities, speaking at high schools and community service agencies in the region, petition circulation, report and letter writing in addition to the ongoing counseling, advocacy and referral aspects of the position.