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Ellected 13 - Asia Walker

Welcome to Ellected – the podcast about women in politics, by women in politics, and for anyone who supports women in politics.

In Episode 13 of Ellected, host Sarah Elder-Chamanara and Asia Walker, the Heritage Resources and Research Coordinator for Heritage Calgary, do a deep dive into the history of women on council in Calgary - starting from the very first, Annie Gale in 1917, to the present day. Asia and Sarah run down some interesting facts, more recent controversy, and share their mutual optimism to see more women elected.

Asia Walker is the Heritage Resources and Research Coordinator of Heritage Calgary. She holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) and a BA (Hons) in English, also from the University of Calgary. Asia’s interests lie at the intersection of heritage preservation and modern development, urban design, social infrastructure, and storytelling. She strives to lay a foundation for the exploration of all forms of heritage – our buildings, our landscapes, our ancestors, and our traditions. Previously, Asia has worked at B&A Planning Group, the Town of Banff, and as an independent planning and engagement consultant for the Lougheed House, a National Historic Site. She currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Mount Pleasant Planning Committee.

Sarah Elder-Chamanara is the founder, creative director and owner of Madame Premier, a feminist and political clothing company based in Calgary, Alberta. With the underlying principle of seeing more women and diversity in politics, elected and in backrooms, at every level, Madame Premier creates the opportunity for conversations about why politics needs to change. Madame Premier has been featured in the National Post, CBC, Forbes and Toronto Star. Sarah is currently planning on opening Madame Premier’s first retail location in summer 2021 in Calgary.