Nancy Strand became active in federal politics during the 2000 Federal Election which coincided with her retirement from the Alberta Treasury Branches after 22 years as an Accounts Manager. She was EDA president and Director in Edmonton Centre through most of the last decade in addition to many senior campaign roles (volunteer coordinator, office manager) and various EDA and regional committee assignments.
Nancy graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a BA in English Literature and History. Subsequently she and husband, Bill, and their five children, Craig, Annemarie, Kristen, Matthew, and Paul moved west and became firm supporters of the Oilsands after many years living in Fort McMurray, relocating to Edmonton in 1990.
Both before and during her Treasury Branch years, Nancy was a very active volunteer, working with three other couples to create and operate a community weekly newspaper in Ontario, acting as Chair of Father Patrick Mercredi HS Parent Advisory Group, and Secretary of the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association and Midget Division Coordinator among other activities.
In addition to National Council duties, she has worked on numerous provincial and municipal campaigns in Alberta. Much of her non-political time is spent with seven grandchildren, Steven, Sara, Braden, Oliver, Gibson, Bella, and Ariana, ages 5-19. Traveling, swimming, and reading plus the odd game of golf are her other passions.