Carla is passionate about economic and social justice. She is committed to working for a future that is economically and environmentally sustainable for all.Carla is married to Guy Marsden. They have made the Cathedral area of Regina their home, together with their three children, for the last 20 years. She grew up on a mixed farm near Lang, Saskatchewan.
Carla is the Assistant Executive Director at a l, where she helps manage the women’s shelter, which includes program development, staffing, public speaking, and building partnerships with community organizations on issues related to violence and housing. She is a registered social worker and has over 20 years’ experience in that field, including work with Dales House, the Paul Dojack Centre, and the Regina General Hospital’s Women and Children’s Team.
Carla has a twenty-year history of community involvement and activism. She was a founding member and spokesperson for RealRenewal which led the fight to save Ecole Connaught Community School and to promote change in education. As a member of the School Community Council at Connaught, she organized a walking school bus and walk to school event to draw attention to the benefits of local neighbourhood schools. She also served as a board member for two community preschools.
In 2009, Carla was first elected as the Trustee for Subdivision 5 on Regina Public School Board. She was one of only two trustees who voted against the demolition of the historic Connaught School. She also opposed the closures of Dieppe, Haultain and Athabasca Schools.
Carla has been a long-time activist, working on many campaigns including volunteering for the Regina Water Watch coalition in the 2013 waste water treatment plant referendum. She has also helped on many NDP campaigns in the last 15 years.
For most of her life, she has been an active volunteer and leader in our community including work with the Sask. Abilities Council, Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism, Saskatchewan Action Committee—Status of Women, Camp Easter Seal, Autism Resource Centre, the help line at Regina Sexual Assault Centre, MS Society, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Cathedral Area Community Association, soccer, softball and FADA Dance.She was named “Favourite School Board Trustee” in 2014 by the readers of Prairie Dog magazine.