Wednesday, March 30, 2011

MLA Norm Letnick Member for Kelowna-Lake Country

Thank You God for Norm Letnick. Thank You for his leadership in many areas in parliament. Lord, please be close to Norm and may he feel Your presence. Guide his hands and mind as he continues to serve Kelowna - Lake Country.

Norm was elected as MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country on May 12, 2009 in the provincial general election.

Norm serves on the Legislative Review Committee. Previously, he was the Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders, and private Bills – and was on the Select Standing Committees on Public Accounts, as well as Finance and Government Services. He is also the President, Francophone Parliamentary Assembly, B.C. Section.

His previous community involvement includes serving on Kelowna City Council from 2005-2008, sitting on the council of St. Charles Garnier Parish and serving as president of the Kelowna Gyro Club. Norm continues to be an active member of the Gyro Club, as well as the Kelowna Rotary Club. Norm also founded the Snow Buddy program in Kelowna, which matches able-bodied volunteers with seniors who require assistance to keep their walkways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

As a City Councilor, Norm served on the Housing Committee; the Downtown Entertainment District Task Force; the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Task Forces; and as chair of the city’s Affordable and Special Needs Housing Task Force.

As well, Norm represented the central Okanagan on the province’s single business license implementation committee which resulted in reduced cost and red tape for mobile businesses throughout the Okanagan/Similkameen, and he worked as the selection process leader on the City of Kelowna’s Roads Task Force which recommended transportation network access improvements to the new W. R. Bennett Bridge.

Before moving to Kelowna, Norm lived in Banff and owned two H&R Block franchises, a Motorola dealership, and a computer store. He served on the Banff Tourism Bureau, as president of the Banff Rotary Club, secretary/treasurer of the Banff Shine Club, and was chairman of both the Banff Hospital Board and Municipal Planning Commission. Norm also served the Banff community as a city councilor, first elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1995. He was also president of the Banff Housing Corporation developing over $20 million in affordable housing.

Before entering public life, Norm was a tenured Associate Professor in the business program at Okanagan University College. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, a Master of Business Administration degree from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in health economics at UBC Okanagan, focusing on international research to improve health care for British Columbians.

Norm was the 2009 recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Regional Community Champion Award for his work with the Gala of Hope helping to fund raise $624,000 over three years.

He is bilingual in English and French, enjoys sports, reading, good movies and helping others reach their full potential. He and his wife Helene have three children.

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