“Gene Zwozdesky served the Legislative Assembly and all Albertans well during his tenure as Speaker, and throughout his more than 22 years in public life,” said Interim Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays Ric McIver. “His integrity, knowledge, wisdom and sense of humour are just a few qualities that are fondly remembered from his time in the Speaker’s chair.”
Before being elected Speaker by his peers in 2012, Zwozdesky served as Minister in a number of portfolios including Health and Wellness, Aboriginal Relations, Education and Community Development. Each of these roles allowed him to serve a diverse cross-section of Albertans and tackle important issues facing our province. One of his most notable achievements was introducing the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act in 2008, which honours the victims and acknowledges the many contributions that Albertans of Ukrainian descent have made in making Alberta what it is today.
“We congratulate Speaker Zwozdesky as he takes his rightful place in Alberta’s history books,” said McIver. “He has spent his entire career serving others, whether as Speaker, Minister, MLA, teacher or community advocate and as many of his former colleagues can attest, he made a real difference in every life he touched.”