Dearest Heavenly Father, we are thankful for Your wisdom in positioning MLA: Bill Routley as MLA for the Cowichan Valley and Deputy Opposition Critic for Forests and Range. We are blessed to have him in these roles of service to our province at this time. We appreciate the experiences and skills he brings to his position and ask that You would guide him and prepare him so that he will make wise and timely decisions in all that he is involved in. May he feel invigorated to continue in his work and grant that he would have Your perspective in each matter that he attends to. Bless him and his family with health and quality time together. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Bill Routley was elected MLA for Cowichan Valley on May 12, 2009.
Bill serves as deputy opposition critic for Forests and Range.
Bill began his career in the Forest industry working at the Youbou Sawmill where he became active first as the Safety Chairman, and then as Plant Chairman. He was elected the President of IWA Local 1-80; now USW-Steelworkers Local 1-1937.
Bill served as a Pension Trustee on the IWA-Forest Industry Pension Plan. He was a member of the IWA-Forest Industry Pension Audit Committee, and was a Trustee on the IWA-Forest Industry Health and Welfare Benefit Plan. Bill's service to the community includes five years as a School Trustee in Lake Cowichan (1980 -1985).
Bill and his wife Charmaine enjoy the company of their two grown children, son Noah and daughter Alisha who have provided the gift of five wonderful grandchildren; ages four to nine years. While Bill and Charmaine currently reside in Duncan, they started their family in Youbou and then lived at Marble Bay on Lake Cowichan for many years. Bill and Charmaine were very active in Lake Cowichan with their involvement in Boy Scouts(Beavers) and Girl Guides.
Bill and Charmaine owned a home decorating business "Decorating Den" for many years.