Alana Suzanne DeLong is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. She was first elected in 2001 and reelected in both the 2004 and 2008 Alberta provincial elections. She serves as Co-chair of the Alberta Life Sciences Institute Board. She has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry.

“I thought it was amazing to get to know the organization, and it was a real eye-opener for me, and I really came to admire the organization. It’s, it wasn’t just their good works. It was their whole attitude towards life. It was their attitude towards community, their attitude towards family, and I really came to admire them.”

“I found Gülen’s teaching really interesting, because I think in every society, you have chisms. You have very strong differences of opinion. And his was very much, to me, a way of understanding the other side, and a way of having minds meet. And so it very much applies to me and the work that I’m doing as a legislator.”

“I really got the impression that Hizmet had a very subtle but strong effect on people. That it was part of the opening up of that society, the international opening up of that society. The attitudes that people took. That they, you know, I didn’t see them looking at themselves as just being, you know, an isolated group of people, or an isolated country in any way. I believe that it really helped them to see themselves as a part of the world, as a very positive part of the world.”