Alide Forstmanis

For more than 20 years, Alide has been the administrative manager of the family owned industrial consulting company that provides consulting and software services for the chemical waste industry. 
She grew up in Sweden, to parents of Latvian heritage, where she studied English and Public Administration at the University of Lund and Nursing at the University of Stockholm.

Alide has been an active volunteer leader in many organizations including: board member of the Latvian National Foundation, Treasurer/Secretary of Kitchener-Waterloo Black Ribbon Day Committee, Speakers Chair of the Confederation Club Kitchener (invited PM Stephen Harper and Buzz Hargrove), Member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee, and board member of the Latvian Foundation. For 10 years, she has served as board member of Latvian National Federation in Canada and became its first female president. For almost 20 years, she has served as board member of Canadian political organizations. Alide is also one of three founders of Tribute to Liberty where she served as Board Chair from December 2008 to October 2012 and now as Treasurer.
For her many years of volunteering she has received;
Memory Medal for Advancing Latvia's Membership to NATO (2006)
Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
Canada 150 - special award by MP Harold Albrecht and MPP Michael Harris (2017)
The Order of the Three Stars -  the highest state decoration in Latvia (2019)

Alide is married; has three grown sons, two daughters in-law and three grandsons.