Wednesday, March 30, 2011
MLA Norm Letnick Member for Kelowna-Lake Country
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.