Welcome to Ellected – the podcast about women in politics, by women in politics, and for anyone who supports women in politics.
In Episode 14 of Ellected, Sarah talks with Lana Bentley, a registered social worker who just wrapped up an unsuccessful bid to be on Calgary city council. Lana and Sarah delve into the recent revelation of alleged sexual misconduct by a Calgary City Councillor who ran for re-election, and won by only 100 votes. They discuss the need for systemic change in politics and policing are often talked about but result in less frequent change.
Lana Bentley is a registered social worker with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University of Calgary. She spent much of the early years of her career working in the area of mental health as a family and group therapist. She has taught in the post-secondary system for nearly ten years. Her passion for effecting change led her to pursue leadership positions in healthcare and human services where she worked her way up from the supervisory level to her current role as a director.
Most recently, Lana ran in the Ward 6 city council race. She came second with 9,400 votes. Over the years, Lana has been involved with housing initiatives, mentorship for young professionals, domestic violence prevention efforts, and free drop-in counselling programs. Lana is committed to ensuring our community is safe and accessible for all.