Grande Prairie MLA Tracy Allard has announced that she won’t be seeking re-election this spring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease on March 9, 2020.

MLA Tracy Allard recently shared on her Facebook page, "I am fortunate to have a team of health care professionals working with me to manage this neurodegenerative condition and I am grateful for each one of them."

Part of successful symptom management includes healthy diet, regular exercise, consistent sleep, and minimal stress, which Allard says certainly does not align well with the schedule, lifestyle and demands placed on an MLA.

Allard says she will be stepping away from public life to focus on her health and her family.

She is extremely grateful to the people of Grande Prairie for allowing her to serve them in this important role, saying that it’s been a tremendous honour. "In particular, I want to thank those of you who have engaged with me over my term in office, allowing me to hear your stories and perspectives. It has been my absolute privilege to serve you."

Tracy Allard was elected MLA for Grande Prairie in 2019.

Information provided by Tracy Allard/Facebook page