Janice Sarich

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Janice Sarich
MLA for Edmonton-Decore
In office
Preceded by Bill Bonko
Succeeded by Chris Nielsen
Personal details
Born (1958-04-26) April 26, 1958 (age 59)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Steve
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
Alma mater University of Alberta
Occupation Executive 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.

Her community volunteer contributions include serving on the Alberta Association of Former MLAs as a Board of Director and Chair of the Speakers' Bureau, being 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?". She was a Junior Achievement volunteer who shared her business knowledge and experience with junior high students. For more than ten years she served on 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]

Alberta general election, 2012: Edmonton-Decore
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Janice Sarich 5,724 42.53%
Wildrose Chris Bataluk 2,909 21.61%
New Democratic Ali Haymour 2,669 19.83%
Liberal Ed Ammar 2,157 16.03%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -3.2%

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Chris Nielsen 10,435 67.7%
Progressive Conservative Janice Sarich 2,827 18.3%
Wildrose Dean Miller 1,305 8.5%
Liberal Bradley Whalen 691 4.5%
Green Trey Capnerhurst 150 1.0%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing 47.87%


  1. ^ "Sarich's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography". 
  2. ^ "Ripley pledges deficite won't hurt students". Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2006-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Board asks for debt extension". Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2006-02-20. 
  4. ^ The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 286–289.