Eileen Clarke was elected as the new MLA for Agassiz on April 19, 2016. In addition to her duties as MLA, she was appointed by the Premier to serve as Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations.
A lifelong resident of Gladstone, Manitoba, Eileen has a diverse background as an entrepreneur, municipal politician, and community activist.
Eileen became a business owner and manager at the age of 18, growing her local jewellery, gift, and flower shop into what became known as “Manitoba’s Largest Gift Shop”. Eileen is an active member of the local Chamber of Commerce and has served in a number of executive positions including President throughout her over 35 years volunteering with the Chamber. In 1998, she was named the Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for Impact of the Local Economy.
After selling her business in 2005, Eileen enjoyed a very short retirement before being acclaimed as Mayor of Gladstone in 2006. During her 8 years as Mayor, was an active member of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, serving as Urban Midwestern Director and being elected the association’s Vice President in 2010. She was also a leading voice opposing the closure of Hydro and MAFRI offices in rural Manitoba and funding cuts to Rural Economic Development.
Outside of business and public service, Eileen is also passionate about improving the quality of life for Manitoba seniors. She has been actively involved with Age Friendly Manitoba since it was founded in 2008 and has developed a deep understanding of the services and partnerships needed for our seniors to age in place with dignity and peace of mind.
Eileen is proud to have called Gladstone home her entire life. While juggling the demands of running a growing business, she and her husband Bob raised two wonderful children and are now proud grandparents. She is proud to serve her community as MLA and is committed to bringing a better future to Manitoba.