Born in Brandon, Nancy Cooke attended the University of Manitoba and her first career was as an occupational therapist.
After a decade working in Winnipeg, she lived in Petawawa, Ontario and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan as her husband Bill practiced dentistry for the Canadian Armed Forces. During their time as a military family, Nancy continued to practice occupational therapy.
Twenty years ago, Nancy and Bill moved back to Winnipeg — motivated by their love for the city and desire to be close to family — and purchased a dental practice, which they still own today. Bill provides the clinical services with a highly skilled team and Nancy is the managing partner of the business. Investing in and operating a small business has provided Nancy the opportunity to become experienced in business finance, human resources, and leading a team.
Following the 2016 election, Nancy worked in the Manitoba Legislature as the Special Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure. As a senior advisor to the Minister, Nancy gained an understanding of the complex infrastructure needs of the city and province, provincial budgeting, and infrastructure planning and design.
Nancy has substantial volunteering and fundraising experience. This includes a decade with the Darwin Parents’ Association, the Winnipeg Food Council, and the Manitoba League for Persons with Disabilities.
She has also organized galas for Special Olympics Manitoba and the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, two charities she holds dear. She’s a member of Equal Voice — which pushes for more representation of women in government — and 100 Women Who Care — an organization which raises $40,000 annually for community causes.
Nancy and Bill are proud parents of two grown children. Son Austin is graduating this summer with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba, and daughter Hunter currently works at a veterinary clinic with the goal of entering the Animal Health Technologist program at Red River College.
Nancy looks forward to putting her extensive experience in business and government as a member of the PC Team and the next MLA for Fort Garry.