Monday, December 14, 2009

Hon. Steve Thomson - Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Member for Kelowna Mission

Today we come together and give thanks for the Honorable Steve Thomson.
Heavenly Father, You have place him in the position of Minister of Agriculture and Lands, and with it come many commitments and challenges.

We thank You for blessing the Honorable Steve Thomson, enabling him to succeed in the many roles you have set before him. Continue to bless him with leadership and insight and the desire to serve our Province.

We pray that You would bless him and his wife Brenda abundantly with good health, happiness as well as protection and safety. Continue to strengthen the bonds they have with their children and their grandchildren, in Jesus name we pray. Amen

Steve Thomson was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Lands on June 10, 2009. He was elected to represent the riding of Kelowna-Mission on May 12, 2009.

Born and raised in Kelowna, Steve comes from a pioneer family who continue to operate the original family farm established in 1896.

Steve is the former executive director of the BC Agriculture Council and has developed his career and experience working on behalf of British Columbia farmers and ranchers. He has served as General Manager of the BC Fruit Growers Association and the BC Milk Producers Association.

He has been selected for many leadership roles and advisory positions dedicated to the continuous improvement of our province. Steve brings to his role of MLA for Kelowna Mission extensive leadership expertise, experience in economic development and a clear understanding of how to get things done in government. He has served the community and province as president of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and chair of the BC Chamber of Commerce and has represented those organizations and others on provincial government task forces focused on red tape reduction and small business development.

He has also served as a director of the Kelowna Museum, the Okanagan Innovation Fund and the BC BioEnergy Network.

He has a great love of sports and had a long career in rugby including the opportunity to play for the Canadian National Rugby Team. Current interests include golf, gardening and being an ardent rugby fan.

Steve is a husband, father and grandfather. He is married to Brenda and has three children and five grandchildren.

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