Wednesday, November 30, 2011

MLA: Hon. Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid - Vancouver-Fairview

Our prayers go out to MLA: Hon. Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid today for strength and wisdom in the handling of her new portfolio as Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government. May she draw on Your resources and know Your guidance and direction  is there for her daily.  In her busiest of days, grant her Your peace that passes all understanding. We pray she will be encouraged as she tackles the hard issues always knowing she is covered by prayer. Dear Father, bless her and her household with good health and happiness and with safety in her travels always. In Jesus Name, Amen

Margaret was elected MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in the 2009 general provincial election. She was appointed Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government on September 26, 2011.  She also serves as Chair on the Cabinet Committee for Open Government and Engagement.

Margaret was appointed Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment and Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Relations on October 25, 2010. She previously served as Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Learning and Literacy from June, 2009 to October, 2010.

Margaret has been a family physician for 23 years. She served on the board of the BC Medical Association for 12 years and was president in 2006-2007. The BCMA is a voluntary association of 11,000 members comprised of British Columbia's physicians, medical residents, and medical students. During her time with the BCMA, Margaret met with key leaders from government and other organizations.

Margaret experienced the health care system as a patient after an early diagnosis of breast cancer in 2007. She received treatment and has fully recovered. 

Originally from Saskatchewan, Margaret and her husband Robert moved to Rossland, BC in 1989.  Since the mid-1990s, both Robert’s and Margaret’s work brought them more frequently to Vancouver, where ultimately they decided to settle. Margaret enjoys golf, bridge, playing piano, kayaking and treasures the time she spends with family and friends. 

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