Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MLA John Slater - Boundary Similkameen

Father, we come to you today praying for John Slater from the Okanagan constituency, Boundary-Similkameen. You know that we are grateful for the environment of British Columbia, for our water and our land. We ask that you, as Creator, will guide John as he deals with the issues surrounding Water Supply and Allocation, and Environment and Land Use. Fill him with awe as he remembers, "Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea...call us to rejoice in Thee".

Bless him in his calling, Father, in these areas and in his constituency and that, as he responds to all the demands, his joy will increase and you be glorified.

In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.

John Slater was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Water Supply and Allocation to the Minister of Environment on June 10, 2009. He was elected as MLA for Boundary-Similkameen on May 12, 2009. He will also be serving on the Environment and Land Use Committee. He currently owns and operates Desert Edge Nursery, a retail/wholesale operation selling vegetable and nursery products.

John is a well-known proactive community leader in the South Okanagan having served Osoyoos for twelve years on city council and then six years as Mayor.

For nearly 30 years in Osoyoos, John has been actively involved in the community. For more than 20 years he coached youth basketball, soccer, hockey and baseball. He was a Kinsman as well as serving as Director for the Osoyoos & District Recreation Commission, the Osoyoos Child & Youth Committee, the Osoyoos Chamber of Commerce, the Okanagan Regional Library, the Interior Vegetable Marketing Agency & Greenhouse Growers Association, and was a Director of the BC Vegetable Marketing Commission.

Born and raised in Kelowna, John studied at the University of Victoria but soon returned to the Okanagan moving to Osoyoos in 1980. Over the years, he has owned and operated tourism and service industry businesses. He established a nursery and greenhouse business specializing in vegetable production where he became very involved in agricultural issues and organizations.

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