Marilyn, 62, was born in Edmonton. She has spent most of her life in Edmonton and has also lived in Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
Both sets of her grandparents fled communism from Eastern Europe and settled west of Edmonton looking for opportunity in Alberta. Her father worked for the Canadian National Railway and then settled on one of the last homestead lands offered in western Alberta, carving a farm out of the wilderness near Wildwood. Marilyn and her siblings drove a tractor through swampland to meet the school bus before the road was built.
She graduated from Grand Trunk High School in Evansburg, Alberta, with the highest grades in English and Physical Education. She then completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, graduating as Valedictorian and receiving awards for Athletic Sportsmanship and Student Contribution.
Before she became a lawyer, Marilyn worked in many capacities, including farm hand, waitress, piano teacher, high school secretary, deli-clerk, Nurse’s Aide in both a Nursing Home and a Training School for severely mentally and physically handicapped children, and as an instructor for children and youth summer camps.
After her fourth child was born, she was determined to begin University and practice law. She began by correspondence through Athabasca University. During that time, she delivered the Edmonton Journal early in the morning hours so she could stay home with her children as long as possible. She received her Law Degree from the University of Calgary in 1995 and articled in Edmonton, where she has practiced law for twenty-two years. http://www.mccourtlaw.ca/lawyers/marilyn-burns…
Marilyn has dedicated much of her life working towards a responsible government in Alberta. She ran as a candidate for the Alberta Alliance Party in 2004 in the Stony Plain riding, winning nearly 2,000 votes with that start-up Party. She was a co-founder of the Wildrose Party and is now the Leader of the Alberta Advantage Party.
With her life of hard work, determination and clear thinking, it’s easy to see why she was described by a paralegal as “Velvet Over Steel” and by a Calgary Sun reporter as “a bundle of verve and veracity”.
Marilyn has also overcome tragedy. On December 3, 2014, her 29 year old son Daniel died suddenly from a blood clot, just weeks after her brother died of complications from chemotherapy. Through her losses and successes, she has become a powerful individual with a will to strive for the betterment of Alberta.
Marilyn enjoys meeting people and is dedicated to the best interests of Albertans.