Cora Hoekstra grew up on a dairy farm on the Calgary and Edmonton Trail, just north of Morningside. Cora completed elementary and junior high school in Lacombe, and high school in Ponoka. She pursued and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics, majoring in Family Studies, at the University of Alberta.
Cora met her husband Pete in Edmonton. They moved to Lethbridge, where they lived for six years. She was an instructor at the community college on the Peigan Reserve. The Hoekstras moved to Lacombe in 1992 with a new baby in tow. They settled happily on Bruns Crescent, and over the course of a few years added three more kids to their family. Cora and Pete are now empty nesters but regularly enjoy the company of their children and four grandchildren.
In 2005, Cora started working for Central Parkland Parent Link, first as the coordinator of the Ponoka Parent Link Centre and two years later as the coordinator of the Lacombe Centre. She has continuously worked for the Parent Link initiative. She now serves as the manager of the Central Parkland Parent Link Network, which has centres in:
Cora is an active volunteer in Lacombe. She was the coordinator for Rainbows, a support program for children and families dealing with grief. She then became a board member for the Lacombe and District Family and Community Support Services, and volunteered at the Food Bank.
Cora served as a member of the Lacombe Christian School Board for two terms, and was a member of its finance and education committees. For the last 11 years Cora, along with her husband Pete, have organized the Lacombe Community Christmas Dinner with support from the City of Lacombe.
Councillor Hoekstra was elected in October 2017. She serves on the following municipal boards and committees:
- Emergency Management Advisory Committee
- Lacombe Regional Emergency Partnership
- Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
- Airport Review Committee
- Central Alberta Regional Trails Initiative
- Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce
- Lacombe and District Rikubetsu Friendship Society
- Lacombe Foundation Board
I love Lacombe. We have stayed here because it is home. Our family has thrived in this community; I have watched other families thrive. I want to be part of a city council that ensures Lacombe remains attractive to individuals and families for years to come.
As we raised our family, we loved all that we could access in Lacombe. We could take swimming lessons, play soccer, go to church, play rec hockey, take music lessons, enjoy concerts, watch movies, dance, meet friends, help neighbours, shop, buy our groceries. In 25 years I have never gone anywhere else for a large grocery-shopping trip. I’ve always shopped in Lacombe for our food and am quite a passionate advocate for shopping local in general.