Elected to the House of Commons in 2015, Sheri Benson is the Member of Parliament for Saskatoon West. She has been named the NDP’s critic for Labour.
As CEO for the local United Way since 2009, Benson has worked with community, labour and business groups to launch Saskatoon’s first-ever Plan to End Homelessness. The success of the Housing First Program proved that, with solid leadership, poverty can be addressed and money saved at the same time. Benson also implemented the organization’s groundbreaking Aboriginal Engagement Strategy. Under her leadership, United Way support for community programs has grown 60%.
To further strengthen community services, Benson co-founded the Saskatoon Collaborative Funding Partnership and has co-chaired the Saskatoon Regional Intersectoral Committee.
Benson was the inaugural Justice of the Peace for Saskatchewan’s Victims of Domestic Violence Act. In 2014, she was recognized with the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Community Building.
She is one of six LGBT MPs in the current Parliament.
Benson has worked, lived and raised a family in Saskatoon West for more than 20 years. As a proud mother and grandmother, she is dedicated to building a better country. Benson says that her policy priorities are affordable housing and better social safety nets.