Danielle Larivee was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the Member for the constituency of Lesser Slave Lake on May 5, 2015. She was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta on October 22, 2015. On February 2, 2016 six new members of Cabinet were sworn in, allowing Ms. Larivee’s focus to shift solely to Municipal Affairs.
She previously served as a member of the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing and as a member of the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future.
A nurse by trade, Ms. Larivee is a passionate advocate for the well-being of Albertans. Prior to becoming an MLA, she spent more than 17 years caring for the people of the Lesser Slave Region. During this time, she also spent two years working in home care for the Driftpile First Nation and two years as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) instructor with Northern Lakes College.
Ms. Larivee served as the co-chair of Alberta’s Mental Health Review Committee. As a result, on February 22, 2016 The Valuing Mental Health report was released, which included 32 recommendations aimed at supporting mental health by strengthening service delivery for Albertans with mental illness and addictions.
In her role as Minister of Minister Affairs, Ms. Larivee has worked to modernize Alberta’s Municipal Government Act. With 710 sections, the MGA is the province’s second-largest piece of legislation and touches the daily lives of Albertans by guiding how the communities they live in are governed, funded and developed.
Having lived through both flooding and forest fires in her home town of Slave Lake, Ms. Larivee is committed to ensuring that when an emergency happens, Albertans have the help they need, when they need it. She was named the lead Minister during the Fort McMurray wildfires and used her personal experience to guide an efficient, effective and compassionate provincial response.
Ms. Larivee holds a bachelor of science in midwifery from the Midwives College of Utah and a Bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alberta. She also is an alumnus of the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta.
Together with her three children, Ms. Larivee lives in Slave Lake. She has called that community home for more than 35 years and with its abundance of rivers and lakes, she enjoys kayaking any chance she gets.