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.
The Hoekstras moved to Lacombe in 1992 and settled happily on Bruns Crescent. Cora and Pete are now empty nesters but regularly enjoy the company of their children and eight grandchildren.
From 2005 to 2020, Cora worked for the Parent Link initiative in Central Alberta, a gathering place for families of young children where they could access support and receive education. In May of 2020 she became the Manager of the very busy Mission Thrift Store in Red Deer.
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 13 years Cora, along with her husband Pete, organized the Lacombe Community Christmas Dinner with support from the City of Lacombe.
Councillor Hoekstra was elected in October 2017, and reelected in October 2021. She served 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
Councillor Hoekstra was re-elected in October 2021. She now serves on the Lacombe Police Commission, the Affordable Housing Strategy Steering Committee, and the Intermunicipal Development Plan Committee.
"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 is a place to enjoy for individuals and families."