THUNDER BAY — The Conservative Party of Canada has chosen Adelina Pecchia to carry its colours in the next federal election in the riding of Thunder Bay - Rainy River.
Pecchia was born in Italy and grew up Thunder Bay.
She is an ordained member of the clergy and has worked as a pastor, associate, and worship leader.
Pecchia has a BA in history and religious studies and a Masters degree in theological studies, and is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation.
In a news release, the riding association said she has worked in "many social conscious activities and positions" in Canada, Europe and Africa.
Pecchia has written for the Ethics page of the London, Ont. Free Press and had her own column with Luther Seminary Press.
The announcement stated that she is a strong advocate for seniors and marginalized people.
Pecchia was a founding member of the Neighbourhood Watch program in Thunder Bay.
She is married to social worker Dennis Pringle.
She was not immediately available for an interview, but Pecchia stated that her goal is to make sure that the Thunder Bay, Fort Frances and Rainy River area is not excluded from employment opportunities, training, economic revitalization and accessible health.
It's widely expected that Prime Minister Trudeau will call an election this month, perhaps within a matter of days.
Other candidates in Thunder Bay - Rainy River include incumbent Marcus Powlowski for the Liberals, Yuk-Sem Won for the NDP, and Alan Aubut for the People's Party of Canada.