Janice Sarich

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Janice Sarich
Janice Sarich Near Window.jpg
MLA for Edmonton-Decore
In office
Preceded byBill Bonko
Succeeded byChris Nielsen
Personal details
Born (1958-04-26) April 26, 1958 (age 62)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
ResidenceEdmonton, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Alberta
OccupationExecutive Business Strategist and small business owner

Janice Sarich (born April 26, 1958 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a former Canadian politician, who represented the electoral constituency of Edmonton-Decore in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from March 3, 2008 to May 5, 2015 as a Progressive Conservative.

Political career[edit]

Sarich's first bid into electoral politics was in 2001, when she ran for a seat in Ward 2 on the Edmonton Catholic School District's board of trustees.[1] She defeated Ward 2 incumbent trustee Ronald Zapisocki by 602 votes to win the seat. During her first term, Sarich earned a reputation as a tight fiscal conservative, at times calling on the board to have its budget audited after reporting a 10 million dollar deficit.[2][3] In her bid for reelection in 2004, Sarich polled the most votes out of all 14 candidates in the Catholic district race and outpolled her Ward 2 opponent Jim Urlacher by a margin of almost 2 to 1. She did not seek reelection in 2007, allowing her to run for a seat in the Alberta Legislature.

In the 2008 provincial election, Sarich received 46% of the vote and defeated Liberal incumbent Bill Bonko by 723 votes to win the constituency of Edmonton-Decore. Following the election, Sarich was appointed to Cabinet by Premier Ed Stelmach to the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Education Minister, Dave Hancock and served in this role until 2011. Highlights while serving as Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Education included mandated to support the Minister in the evaluation of education infrastructure, chair and release the task force report "Building Financial Capacity for School Board Trustees and Superintendents", and to serve on the committee and contribute to the report "Inspiring Education-A Dialogue with Albertans."


Janice Sarich was born April 26, 1958 in Edmonton. She obtained a Master of Education (Educational Administration) degree and a Bachelor of Physical Education (Administration) both from the University of Alberta. She holds Project Management and Project Leadership certificates from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), and from the Institute of Corporate Directors she holds certificates in the ICD-Rotman (NFP) Governance Essentials Program and the ICD-Rotman Boardroom Financial Essentials. Prior to entering public life, Sarich was a small business owner and President of a business consulting company for over 20 years providing expertise in the areas of strategic planning, policy, and governance in the private and public sectors.

Janice's community volunteer contributions include: a business mentor with interVivos, Board of Director and Chair, Speakers' Bureau with the Alberta Association of Former MLAs, and served as an advisory committee member to the Junior League of Edmonton and Catholic Social Services. Sarich served on Public Interest Alberta's Democracy Task Force, which examined potential areas of democratic reform in Alberta, and was one of the contributors to the publication "Democratic Renewal In Alberta Discussion Paper", and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights Symposium report, "A More Democratic Alberta: How Do We Get There?". While elected as a School Board Trustee, Sarich volunteered with Junior Achievement Northern Alberta & NWT to share her business knowledge and experience with junior high students. For more than ten years she served on numerous boards, committees, and published articles in the corporate health and wellness industry.

Election results[edit]

2008 general election[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results[4] Turnout 32.96% Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
Progressive Conservative Janice Sarich 4,577 45.71% 15.30%
     Liberal Bill Bonko Sr. 3,895 38.89% -5.95%
New Democratic Sidney Sadik 1,301 12.99% -2.43%
Green Trey Capenhurst 241 2.41% *
Total 10,014
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 66
Eligible electors / Turnout 30,584  %
Progressive Conservative gain from Liberal Swing 10.63%

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Decore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Janice Sarich 5,722 42.36 -3.35
Wildrose Chris Bataluk 2,911 21.55
New Democratic Ali Haymour 2,721 20.15 +7.16
Liberal Ed Ammar 2,153 15.94 -22.95
Total valid votes 13,507
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 165
Eligible electors / Turnout 28,766 47.53 +14.57
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -12.45
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results: Edmonton-Decore". Retrieved July 16, 2018.

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Edmonton-Decore
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Chris Nielsen 10,531 67.91 +47.76
Progressive Conservative Janice Sarich 2,847 18.36 -24.00
Wildrose Dean Miller 1,289 8.31 -13.24
Liberal Bradley Whalen 691 4.46 -11.48
Green Trey Capnerhurst 150 0.97
Total valid votes 15,508
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 105
Eligible electors / Turnout 32,518 48.01 +0.48
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +35.88
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results: Edmonton-Decore". Retrieved July 16, 2018.