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 Deborah Grey   OC   BEd   LLD   
MP  (Ret'd)

                                                      Deborah Grey  OC  BEd  LLD  MP (Ret'd)

Deborah Grey was born on July 1st, 1952 in Vancouver BC. She graduated from the University of Alberta in Edmonton with a double BA - in Arts and Education. From 1979 to 1989 Deborah taught high school at Alberta's Frog Lake Indian Reserve and in Dewberry, Alberta. Her history-making political career took a turn when, in 1989, she won a by-election becoming the Reform Party's first Member of Parliament. She served in that position for fifteen and a half years, watching the growth of Reform, which transitioned into the Canadian Alliance. She was instrumental in building bridges with the Progressive Conservative Party, which eventually amalgamated into the Conservative Party of Canada. She was Canada's first-ever female Leader of the Official Opposition, serving in that position from March to September, 2000. Deborah retired from elected office in June, 2004, after winning four straight elections.

Deb and her husband Lewis are happily semi-retired in Qualicum Beach, BC. They enjoy riding their matching motorcycles around Vancouver Island.

After leaving office, Deb has become a professional speaker with the National Speakers' Bureau. She continues to travel across Canada addressing groups on leadership, balancing work and play, and relationship building. She has been involved with many charity events: as Honourary Chairman for 'Ride For Sight', Ride For The Breath of Life (cystic fibrosis), Edmonton Dream Centre (a women's shelter), Ride For Dad (for prostate cancer) view photos, Santa's Anonymous Toy Run, Tim's Camp Day view photos and Deb Grey Ride of Hope For Haiti.

In December 2007 Deborah was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for Public Service. She has also received the Queen Elizabeth II 50th and 60th Jubilee Medals. In addition to that, she has received the Alberta Centennial Medal and an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Trinity Western University view awards photos.

In 2011, Grey was a member of the International Republican Institute Electoral Observation Mission in Nigeria, also known as the IRI EOM view photos.

In 2011 she was invited to participate in the Women's Democracy Network (WDN) in Laos, Nigeria view photos.
                             
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        Photographs: International Republican Institute Electoral Observation Mission, Nigeria
                                                               (IRI EOM) (2011)

 

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Deb took several Tim Horton's "Roll Up The Rim" coffee cups to
Canada's High Comissioner Chris Cooter and colleagues in Nigeria

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Deb with her colleagues

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Deb and colleagues

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Deb and IRI Team colleagues

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Deb and IRI Team colleague Jamie Tronnes

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Deb with Nigerian woman

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Nigerian man proudly holding his Voter Registration Card

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A voting station

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The ballot box

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Man casting his vote

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Counting the ballots

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"Don't Sell Your Vote" poster

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Polling Station poster

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Campaign poster

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Campaign poster

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Notice of Poll

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Nigerian women lining up to vote

   
 

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Nigerians lining up to vote

 

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Nigerian women in line to vote

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Young Nigerian boy

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Baby in line asleep

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Village children

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Village children

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Deb with soldiers

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Deb with baby

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Deb with police officer

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Village girl

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Village girl

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Goat walks through town

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Huts along the road

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Boy crosses a market street

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Hand-made scaffolding

 

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Gecko

 

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Marketplace

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Village men waiting to vote

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Village man with his dog

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Mother walks her children to the school bus

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Election posters cover the town walls

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Armed soldier

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Huge rock along the road

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Interesting structure

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View over the town

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Deb's hotel

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Deb's hotel room
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Deb on route to Africa

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Deb took this picture of the Rockies as she flew over

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Photographs: Women's Democracy Network (WDN), Nigeria (2011)
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The delegation of the Women's Democracy Network

 
 
 
 
 
 
   

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Deb with conference delegates

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Deb with delegates Lisa and Sarah at the mall

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View from the hotel

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Ride For Dad photographs
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The Ride For Dad bus

Tim's Camp Day photographs
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Deb with Tim Horton's employee
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Deb with friend Lucille

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Deb with friends

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Deb with Tim's owners
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