UCP government appoints 2 people to Alberta Foundation of the Arts

Earlier this week, Alberta‘s lieutenant governor appointed two people to the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, as recommended by Leela Aheer, the minister of culture, multiculturalism, and status of women.

The two new members are:

  • Yasmin Jivraj
  • Andrea True Joy Fox

Yasmin Jivraj is a co-owner of Dexcent, an engineering consulting firm based in Edmonton. Prior to that, she owned an IT consulting firm called Acrodex, which she sold in 2015.

Jivraj also sit on the government-appointed NAIT board of governors, a position she’s held since 2017, as well as the board of directors for the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. She was also appointed to a 3-year term to the Alberta Economic Development Authority board of directors in 2014 but stepped down shortly after the NDP were elected in 2015.

In 2008, Jivraj donated $975 to the Edmonton–Whitemud PC constituency association.

Her company, Acrodex, donated $1,000 to the Calgary–Elbow PC constituency in 2004; $1,950 to PC candidate Shiraz Shariff’s 2004 election campaign; $1,000 to the Edmonton–Whitemud PC constituency in 2008; $1,000 to Dave Hancock’s PC election campaign in 2008 in the Edmonton–Whitemud riding; $2,000 to Fred Horne’s PC election campaign, $500 to Farouk Adatia’s PC election campaign, and $500 to Doug Horner’s PC election campaign, all during the 2012 provincial election; and $2,000 to Stephen Mandel’s PC by-election campaign in 2014 in the Edmonton–Whitemud riding.

Her company Dexcent also donated to the Edmonton–Whitemud PC constituency in 2008: $900. That must’ve been her home riding.

Her husband, Nadir Jivraj, donated $500 to Chris Labossiere’s PC election campaign in 2015.

Andrea True Joy Fox is a Lethbridge-based teacher, artist, and podcast host. True Joy Fox was the 2008 Miss Blackfoot Canada.

There were no records of political donations for True Joy Fox.

Both new members join 7 other members of the AFA board of directors:

  • Mary Rozsa de Coquet (chair)
  • Paul R. Baay (vice-chair)
  • Aleem Bharwani
  • Maryann Chichak
  • Tom Jackson
  • Peter Kiss
  • Nabil Malik

Both of the new appointments are 3-year terms, set to expire in November 2023.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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