Maureen Towns is serving her third year as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Elk Island Public Schools, Alberta's fifth largest school district. She is a member of the Senate of the University of Alberta. Ms. Towns is a passionate supporter of public education and the benefits it provides to the community and to Canadian society.
Ms. Towns received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University in 1977 and was admitted to the Ontario bar in 1979. Shortly after, she moved to Edmonton, where she joined the Alberta bar in 1980. She became a Crown prosecutor in 1986 and worked as a part-time Crown prosecutor for 14 years in Edmonton and Newmarket, Ontario.
Since 1996, she has been a Sessional Lecturer at the Alberta Justice Staff College, teaching Legal Studies to special constables and Legislature and courthouse security personnel. Her work in these areas has deepened her commitment to the Charter of Rights and the important role it plays in Canadian society.
Ms. Towns was born in Germany where her family was stationed with the RCAF. She and her husband Cal have lived in Sherwood Park for 20 years where they have raised three daughters.