I’m not going to lie, there are very few country songs I actually like. I prefer watching Luke Bryan fall off the stage than actually sing on-stage and I’ve never been a fan of whiskey. Which only means one thing: I’ve got a lot to learn now that I’m an Albertan.
That’s right. Citiot- extraordinaire Alissa Marie Golob has officially moved to Calgary. Now, I know that Calgary is still a “city”, but the change from downtown Toronto living to Calgary living is going to be an adjustment. I can already tell. Almost running out of gas a few hours outside the city because there were no gas stations for miles has taught me that. Listening to my friend vehemently defend the quality of corn found in his hometown has taught me that. People walking by who actually look you in the eye and smile has taught me that. And I’ve only been here 4 days.
The reason for the move is simple: we needed a main employee of RightNow to be on the ground out West. With our high success rate working on multiple leadership races across various Western provinces, and with provincial elections happening over the course of the next few years, it was essential that campaign teams were established, more pro-life voters were identified and volunteers were trained on how to help local pro-life candidates in nomination races . Thankfully we have some amazing pro-life organizations on the ground already, including the Wilberforce Project, Saskatchewan Pro-life Association, United for Life BC and more that we’ve already been partnering with, which makes these initiatives seem a lot less daunting.
Not only that, but half of our targeted 50 ridings during the next federal election are all out West (to learn more about our #50forLife campaign, click here). So professionally it made sense in all aspects of the job.
Personally, I also felt it was time for a change. I’d been living in downtown Toronto for almost 8 years and was getting restless. I also traveled half the year, so the amount of time I actually spent in Toronto compared to out West seemed almost equal to me. One of my best friends Sharon, who I’ve known since I was 11 lives just outside of Calgary, which pretty much helped seal the deal for me. I’d been missing her crazy dance moves and adorably sassy toddler ever since she ditched me to get married. Also chinooks! You can’t underestimate the magnetic power of chinooks to someone who hates the cold. There were just so many reasons why it seemed like the best fit. Not to mention that I have another friend here who’s a die-hard Leafs fan. We will be hated as we cheer for the opposing team at pubs across Calgary together.
So, if you live in Calgary and are interested in getting a campaign team established in your riding to help a pro-life candidate, message me! If you’re a pro-life supporter living out West who wants to know more about our organization or are interested in having me come speak to your community, message me! If you want to fill me in on farming, Paul Brandt and how Fleury could let in two goals in 10 seconds….you got it. Message me!
Alberta is an aesthetically beautiful province with down-to-earth people and a thriving political culture. I’m looking forward to this new chapter.