The new MP for Lethbridge, Rachael Harder, has been named the Conservative Party’s critic for youth and persons with disabilities.
Harder was raised on a farm and says that the experience instilled in her a strong work ethic and resourcefulness. She worked for 16 years in both the private and nonprofit sector.
Before being elected to the House of Commons, Harder worked as a consultant and public speaker. She spent two years interviewing 18-34 year olds across the country to study social, cultural and spiritual trends. Her research was co-published by James Penner and Associates in 2012.
At the age of 11 Harder started her own small business raising dogs and running a boarding kennel. She ran the business for six years and earned enough to pay for her university tuition and participation in four international humanitarian missions.
Harder attended college in Saskatchewan before moving to Lethbridge and earned a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences.
Harder has been a volunteer all her life. She has served on the Community and Social Development Committee, advising city council, and worked with the Canadian Mental Health Youth Anti-stigma Leaders Steering Committee and volunteers regularly at her church and for various community events, including the Lethbridge 2019 Canada Winter Games bid events, and 2015 Alberta 55+ Winter Games.