Throughout her life, Avalon Roberts has demonstrated a passionate interest in public service and political debate. While raising her family and pursuing her career she was an active supporter of community sports, served on the Board of the Calgary French School, and was elected President of the Alberta Psychiatric Association for a one-year term.
Ms. Roberts completed a degree in Nursing Science at McGill University and, after a year working in that field, sought a degree in Medicine from the University of Ottawa, followed by specialty training in paediatrics and then psychiatry. She currently works in community psychiatric practice in Calgary.
Her initial foray into active political life was provoked by the need to defend the public provision of health care in Alberta and throughout Canada. She has been both Calgary and Provincial Chairs of the Friends of Medicare. Ms. Roberts is also secretary of Calgary Elbow Liberal Constituency Association and worked tirelessly on Dr. Harold Swanson’s campaign against Ralph Klein in the 2001 Provincial election.
Raised in a home where social democracy was highly valued, Mr. Roberts believes that prosperity and the civil society thrive when fairness and equal access to education, health care and human rights exist. She is most concerned to preserve a Canada where individuals can flourish in the context of community support.
Ms. Roberts was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland and has lived in six of Canada’s ten provinces, calling Alberta home since 1980.