I’m from Ullapool and live in Strathpeffer with my husband and 3 children. I have worked for most of my professional life as a pharmacist specialising in psychiatry - first Craig Dunain then New Craigs Hospital in Inverness. Nearly 20 years on I am still fascinated by the people I meet and the stories I hear. I am a postgraduate tutor for my profession, so a keen advocate of continuing education and professional excellence. I use VC technology to bring people together to learn from all over NHS Highland, as well as the Northern and Western Isles. I have had a fairly active and varied role in my community – a brownie leader, an NCT antenatal teacher, a volunteer at the Ullapool book festival and a barmaid at the Helmsdale Highland games every year. I campaigned hard for independence in 2014. As a member of NHS for YES, I debated with Alex Neil and Neil Findlay. I spoke at public meetings, wrote letters, leafleted and helped out on various YES stalls. I even took part in a short theatre piece and organised a Blossom Event with Lesley Riddoch. I campaigned again for Ian Blackford in the General Election, arranging another Lesley Riddoch Land Reform event and helping the Strathpeffer Girl Guides to organise a hustings and get a badge in politics along the way.
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Together we can make Scotland better. My work in mental health has enabled me to develop the skills needed to help and advocate for the most vulnerable in our society. I know what lack of housing means to families, I’m face to face with people who use food banks, I know what lack of transport means for getting folk and their services in and out of remote and rural areas. I’ve seen the difference access to good broadband can make and how it can benefit communities while severely restricting areas that don’t have it. I’ve experienced personally the difference good education can make. And of course health and the ability to stay in your own home with the support to do so into old age is a human right, not something we should be arguing over.
My work in mental health has enabled me to develop the skills needed to help and advocate for the most vulnerable in our society.
As your MSP I will work tirelessly so that our region is at the forefront of policy decisions. We can ensure local employment is expanded in forestry, farming, crofting, fishing, responsible fish farming, tourism, energy, engineering and house building so that this is a growing, vibrant community - and of course to achieve our aim - Independence for Scotland.
I want the Highlands and Islands to be a vibrant place to live with opportunity for all and I believe that independence is the best way to achieve that.
I look forward to working with all of Team SNP to tackle in a co-ordinated way some of our local challenges: the issues of connectivity, fuel poverty, renewable energy, and employment opportunities. And of course, we will be well prepared for the next indyref!
Maree is one of those young women — busy enough with a career, her own family and Strathpeffer community action — who managed to find space and time from nowhere to make a big contribution in the indyref – and beyond.Lesley Riddoch Journalist, Broadcaster
Maree’s interest and knowledge in health matters will give her a strong platform to be a progressive and positive voice for the people of the Highlands & IslandsIan Blackford MP Member of Parliament for Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Maree is a very hardworking person with a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others. She is exactly the sort of person that we need to represent our Highlands and Islands interests in the Scottish Parliament and I hope she is widely supported to do that.Dr Paul Monaghan MP Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross
I fully endorse her candidacy for the list in the Highlands and Islands and know her abilities will stand the area in good stead when she gets to Holyrood.Alex Neil MSP Cabinet Secretary, MSP for Airdrie & Shotts
Maree has the qualities we need in an MSP for the Highlands and Islands. She is able, honest and trustworthy and I have no hesitation in endorsing her candidacy.Dave Thompson MSP MSP for Skye Lochaber & Badenoch