Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hon. Rich Coleman - Minister of Housing and Social Development

Heavenly Father, we thank you that You have called Rich Coleman to serve all the people of BC. We pray that You would continue to use his training and experience to fulfill Your purpose in the many tasks he is required to perform. Give him wisdom, strength, peace and the ability to discern Your perfect will each day. Bless him with quality time for his home and family and protect them, Lord. Give him favour with his constituents and his colleagues as he does the job You have called him to do. Provide him with the support of good employees and those in positions which would enable him to do things in the way the job requires. We ask it in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

Rich Coleman was first elected in 1996 to represent the riding of Fort Langley-Aldergrove and was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009.

Rich Coleman was appointed Minister of Housing and Social Development on June 23, 2008.

He previously served as Minister of Forests and Range and Minister Responsible for Housing, as well as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

From 1996-2001, Mr. Coleman served in a variety of Official Opposition roles, including housing critic, forests deputy critic, and caucus whip. He also sat on the Official Opposition Caucus Committee on Crime.

Mr. Coleman has served as governor of the B.C. Kinsmen, president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, and as a director on several volunteer boards. He was awarded Rotary's highest honour, the Paul Harris Fellowship, and received a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003. He has also received the Canada 125 Medal for community service and was chosen Langley's Volunteer of the Year in 1988.

Before his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Coleman ran a real estate management and consulting company. He is also a former member of the RCMP and a security specialist.

Rich Coleman and his wife, Michele, live in Aldergrove and have two adult children.

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