Our prayers and thoughts are with Hon. Shirley Bond to-day as she attends to the needs of our province in this new and challenging portfolio as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
Her dedication and commitment to past portfolios she so ably filled, along with her years of valuable experience, can only fit her for what she is now called to do with confidence and expertise.
May she know Your love and presence daily for strength in body, mind and spirit. Grant her an abundance of Your Divine wisdom and clear vision for innovative changes where needed in order to meet the challenges of this fast changing world.
We are aware of the sacrifices and demands there are on the lives of her. and her family; so we ask for Your blessing of protection safety , health and happiness and the Peace that passes all understanding for each one.
Shirley Bond was appointed Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on March 14, 2011. She was re-elected for a third term as MLA for Prince George-Valemount in 2009.
Shirley has previously served as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Minister of Education and Minister responsible for Early Learning and Literacy and Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister of Health Services.
She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board, chaired the Cabinet Committee on New Relationship Coordination, and sat as a member of the Cabinet climate Action Committee. She is also part of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth.
Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, she served three terms on the Prince George School Board, the last as chair. She also worked with the continuing education department of the Prince George School District, becoming its business manager. She was given the B.C. Interior, North & Yukon Woman of Distinction Award for her work in public education.
Minister Bond has an arts and science diploma from the College of New Caledonia and, up until becoming MLA, was working on a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at the University of Northern BC.
She was protocol director for the 2001 Special Olympic Summer Games and sat on the boards of Carey Theological College, the Personal Living Choices Society, the Trinity Opportunity Fund Grants Committee and the City of Prince George's Standing Committee on Youth.
Shirley and Bill Bond live in Prince George. They have twin adult children.