Teresa Woo-Paw

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Teresa Woo-Paw
Teresa WOO-PAW 2010 Calgary Stampede Parade.jpg
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Northern Hills
In office
March 3, 2008 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byGary Mar
Succeeded byJamie Kleinsteuber
Personal details
Born (1958-10-29) October 29, 1958 (age 60)
Hong Kong
Political partyAlberta Party
Other political
Progressive Conservative
ChildrenJadine, Jason and Cordelia
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Calgary
OccupationSocial worker

Teresa Woo-Paw (simplified Chinese: 鲍胡嫈仪; traditional Chinese: 鮑胡嫈儀; pinyin: Bào-Hú Yīngyí; born October 29, 1958) is a Canadian politician and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Calgary-Northern Hills as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Woo-Paw was born in Hong Kong. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 1982 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and has been an active member of the Calgary-Mackay community for more than 30 years.

Professional career[edit]

Prior to her election to the Legislature, Woo-Paw was employed as a private consultant providing diversity training, program facilitation and instruction. Throughout her career, she has worked for the Calgary Health Region, Cultural Diversity Institute, United Way of Calgary, the Canadian Red Cross, Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association and the Calgary Immigrant Aid Society. She has also founded six organizations, and served with several others. Amongst them are:[1]

Political career[edit]

Woo-Paw first sought public office in 1995 for the position of Public School Board Trustee for Wards 3 and 4 with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE), of which she was also the Chair. She ran for the position of Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the first time in the 2008 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Mackay. In that election, she received 48% of the vote. Woo-Paw served as deputy-chair of the Standing Committee on Private Bills as well as a member of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Public Safety and Services, the Standing Committee on Public Safety and Services, and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Personal life[edit]

Woo-Paw is married to Borick Paw. The couple has three adult children: Jadine, Jason and Cordelia. Her active community involvement has earned her many prestigious awards including the Alberta Centennial Commemorative Award, the Queen's Jubilee Award for Multiculturalism and Community Services, the YWCA's Women of Distinction Award, the Immigrant of Distinction Award and Canada 125th Commemorative Award for Community Services.[2]

Election results[edit]

2008 Alberta general election results ( Calgary-Mackay ) Turnout 34.5%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Teresa Woo-Paw 6,249 48%
     Liberal Tianna Melnyk 4,051 31%
Wildrose Alliance Rob Gregory 1,608 12%
Green Ryan Smith 581 5%
     NDP Daena Diduck 422 3%
Total 12,911 100%
Alberta general election, 2012: Calgary-Northern Hills
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Teresa Woo-Paw 6,144 49.02%
Wildrose Prasad Panda 4,637 37.00%
Liberal Kirstin Morrell 1,058 8.44%
New Democratic Stephanie Westlund 694 5.54%
Alberta general election, 2015: Calgary-Northern Hills
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Jamie Kleinsteuber 6,641 38.2
Progressive Conservative Teresa Woo-Paw 5,343 30.7
Wildrose Prasad Panda 4,392 25.3
Liberal Harry Lin 1,000 5.8
Total valid votes 17,376 100.0
Rejected, spoiled and declined 160
Turnout 17,536 46.1
Eligible voters 38,004
Source: Elections Alberta[3]


  1. ^ "Calgary-Mackay MLA Constituency Office website biography".
  2. ^ "Woo-Paw's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography".
  3. ^ "2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-08-01. Retrieved 2017-08-01.