Monday, March 26, 2012

MLA: Hon. Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid - Vancouver-Fairview - Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government

As we touch Your throne of grace Lord for MLA: Hon. Margaret Mac Diarmid, we appreciate and give thanks for her gift of constant servitude and the daily giving of herself to the people of British Columbia.  As You measure out the sufficiency of Your grace to-day, we pray her cup will be filled, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Grant her clarity of mind, wisdom and justice in determining solutions for the many issues she deals with daily. Cover her and her family with Your love and peace. In Jesus' Name, we pray.

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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