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Lethbridge voters donated over $96,000 to NDP during 2019 election

All NDP donations go directly to the party, who distributes money to constituency associations. I combed the party donations and create a list of donors from Lethbridge

Earlier this week, I published two stories about campaign finances in the Lethbridge–East and Lethbridge–West ridings.

Both stories showed the NDP candidates having received no donations. None of the documentation filed by the candidates or the constituency association showed donations.

This created a bit of a stir: with NDP supporters thinking I wasn’t reporting the facts correctly and UCP supporters thinking there was something nefarious going on.

From what I can tell, all donations to the NDP seem to go directly to the party, then the party distributes money to the constituency associations. For example, during the election campaign the party received $3,670,425.92 in donations, $96,079.50 of which came from Lethbridge residents. In their annual financial statements, both Lethbridge constituency associations showed no donations for all of 2019 (including the campaign period), but showed revenue in the form of transfers: $11,500 for Lethbridge–East and $13,500 for Lethbridge–West.

So, I decided to go through the party donations and create a list of donors from Lethbridge, which I’ve presented below.

Keep in mind a couple of things. First, just because someone donated to the party doesn’t mean the intended to donate to the local candidates. Second, this method will exclude any donors who live outside of Lethbridge but who had intended on donating to the Lethbridge candidates. Third, the list doesn’t include donations under $250. Finally, the report doesn’t delineate by riding, so neither will this story, which means the list is going to be huge.

All that being said, here’s the list.

Naturally, Shannon Phillips donated to the party; she was the candidate in Lethbridge–West. She donated $3,000. Maria Fitzpatrick, the Lethbridge–East candidate donated $2,205.

Kristin Ailsby is a provincial judge and the chair of the Lethbridge College board of governors. She donated $3,950.

Inventor James Spenceley donated $3,500.

Richard Butt, an education professor at the University of Lethbridge, donated $2,600.

Jonathan Wyman donated $2,500.

William Shields, a urologist, donated $2,200. Full disclosure: he performed my vasectomy.

Local potter Elaine Harrison donated $2,050.

U of L professor Bruce McKay donated $2,000. McKay’s spouse, Flora, donated $1,975.

Joy Morris, a math professor at the U of L, donated $1,775.

Leona Jacobs, a university librarian, donated $1717.50. Jacobs’ late partner, Mark Sandilands, ran as the NDP candidate in the Lethbridge–West riding in 2001 and 2004, as well as in the federal Lethbridge riding in 2008 and 2011.

Local retired boxer Max Gibb donated $1,700.

Veronica Horn, a psychologist, also donated $1,700.

Maureen Ebel donated $1,650.

John Warren, former vice-president of Dying With Dignity, donated $1,500.

Dennis Connolly, another math professor at the U of L, donated $1,340.

Local retired lawyer Michael Dimnik donated $1,250. Dimnik’s spouse, Michelle, a learning support teacher with the Lethbridge School District, donated $900.

Jacqueline Preyde, academic research project officer at the U of L, donated $1,245.

U of L social work professor Peter Gabor donated $1,200.

Harald Bettger, an anesthesiologist, donated $1,065.

Marion S. Wright donated $1,050.

U of L management professor John Usher donated $1,015. Usher’s spouse, Wendy Faith Usher, an English professor, donated $525.

The following individuals all donated $1,000.

  • Patricia Chuchryk, a retired sociology professor who taught at the U of L
  • Charlene Davidson, executive director of the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta
  • Catherine Kingfisher, a U of L anthropology professor
  • Local event promoter Ron Sakamoto
  • Trent Takeyasu, a system administrator at the U of L
  • Jason Vandenhoek, executive director of Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation
  • Maureen Willms

Rose Rossi, general manager of Rocky Mountain Turf Club, donated $900.

U of L art professor Dagmar Dahle donated $850.

Wolf Holzmann, a retired U of L computer science professor, donated $800.

Ashlea Golding, who works in immigrant services with Lethbridge Family Services, donated $780. Golding’s partner, Keith McLaughlin, was Phillip’s chief financial officer during the election.

Toby Boulet is the team manager for the U of L rugby team and donated $775.

Betty Boreham donated $697.50

U of L chemistry professor Peter Dibble donated $680.

Aaron Fitchett, vice-principal at Winston Churchill High School, as well as board chair of ARCHES Lethbridge, donated $678.50.

Robert MacKinnon donated $675.

U of L Art Gallery administrative manager Jon Oxley donated $650.

Darcy Bendig donated $645.

Marshall Jaremco donated $625.

Phillips mother, Barb Phillips, donated $625. Barb’s spouse, Mike McCague, donated $500.

Phil Williams, a member of the local executive for the Alberta Teachers Association and a teacher at Mike Mountain Horse School, donated $600.

Retired entomologist Bob Byers donated $595.

Norm Leclaire, former business agent for UFCW, donated $575.

Robert Campbell donated $570.

Larry Conley, maintenance manager at Lucerne Foods, donated $552.50

Cheryl Bradley, secretary for Southern Alberta Group for Environment, donated $540.

Geography professor Jim Byrne donated $540.

Judy Sheppard donated $525.

Principal of Dr. Probe School, Heather Hadford, donated $507.

The following people each donated $500.

  • Mary Anderson
  • Katherine Carlson
  • Françoise Fabre
  • Biologist Lorne Fitch, the provincial riparian specialist for Alberta Cows and Fish
  • Shannon Frank, executive director of Oldman Watershed Council
  • Kim Gallucci, general manager of ENMAX Centre
  • Suzanne Lint, executive director of the Allied Arts Council
  • Joan Mcneil
  • Photographer Trever Miller
  • Bev Muendel-Atherstone, chair of the Lethbridge chapter of Friends of Medicare. Bev ran as the NDP candidate in the Little Bow riding during the 2012 and 2015 provincial elections.
  • Bob Prysiazny
  • Sandra Riddell, reverend at Knox United Church in Taber
  • Danny Roberts, director of learning with Livingstone Range School Division
  • Howard Tennant, former president of the University of Lethbridge

Leslie Lavers, retired registrar for the U of L, donated $450.

Retired U of L history professor James Tagg donated $450.

Rosemary Shannon, massage therapy instructor at Lethbridge College, donated $440.

Tad Mitsui donated $437.

Management professor Debra Basil donated $425.

Theatre professor Lisa Doolittle also donated $425.

Nancy Grigg, associate dean with the U of L Faculty of Education, donated $425.

Mary Shillington donated $422.50. Mary’s spouse, Terry, donated $375.

Tony Pargeter donated $410.

The following individuals donated $400:

  • Joan Blair
  • Judith Brandley
  • Brigitte Byers
  • English professor Helen Connolly
  • Nikki Crisfield
  • Rosemarie De Clerck-Floate, research scientist at the Lethbridge Research Centre
  • Kelly Dinsmore, fitness instructor at Kinetic Fitness
  • Engineer Jeff Drain
  • Keith Harrison
  • Optometrist Morley Johnson
  • Evon Jones
  • Learning support teacher Elisabeth Keatings
  • Anna Linville, manager of advancement services at the U of L
  • Shannan Little, an associate director the Lethbridge Research Centre
  • Retired dentist Douglas Miller, as well as Miller’s spouse Anne
  • Trevor Potter, minister at McKillop United Church
  • Russell Wilton

Colleen Quintal, staff representative with CUPE, donated $385.

Political science professor at the U of L, Alan Siaroff, donated $375.

Patrick Lenon also donated $375.

Andre Royer, a senior design technologist with Stantec, donated $350. Royer’s partner Jeff Carlson is a member of Lethbridge City Council.

Kim Farrell donated $335.

Susan MacLean, a registered physiotherapist at Chinook Rehabilitation Program, donated $335.

U of L health researcher Susan Yanicki donated $325.

Lori Olson, founder of WNDX School, donated $307.

The following individuals each donated $300.

  • Galt Museum executive director Susan Burrows-Johnson
  • Paul Deurloo
  • Jane Edmundson, member support librarian at Chinook Arch Regional Library System
  • U of L new media professor Leanne Elias
  • UFCW delegate Cindy Lou Hamabata
  • Trevor Harrison, U of L sociology professor and the director of the Parkland Institute
  • U of L glaciologist Hester Jiskoot
  • Kristina Larkin, manager of youth settlement services at Lethbridge Family Services
  • Ian MacCulloch
  • Daryl Manderville, owner of Dak’s Painting
  • Jan Newberry, U of L anthropology professor
  • ESL consultant Sue Oguchi
  • U of L philosophy professor Kent Peacock
  • Marc Roussel, U of L chemistry professor
  • Don Ryan
  • Krysty Thomas, research assistant at the Lethbridge Research Centre and president of the Lethbridge Labour Council

Former 1971 Lethbridge–East NDP candidate Douglas Poile donated $295.

Melanie Decillia, an employee of Alberta Health Services, donated $280.

Christy Bates, speech language pathologist with Lethbridge School Division, donated $$275.

Jacqueline Mckay donated $275.

Carol Sekiya donated $275.

Realtor Kimberly Campbell donated $270.

Jim Thibault donated $260.

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By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 5 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on political news, social issues, and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left. I recently finished writing a book debunking several capitalism myths. My newest book writing project is on the labour history of Lethbridge.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him, and I’m queer.

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