Sunday, May 6, 2012

MLA: Hon. George Abbott - Shuswap - Minister of Education

Lord, we ask that Your hand would be upon MLA: Hon. George Abbott our Minister of Education. Lord we know that the education of the youth of British Columbia is something dear to Your heart because our youth are our most valuable resource. Your Word says in James 1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God..". We know You know the pressing immediate issues related to public education that need resolution and we pray that You would lead us to that solution that is the best for our province.  We pray that You would not only give Minister Abbott wisdom but also supernatural revelation, vision and insight for the future that will continue to insure our public education system is one of the best. We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
George Abbott is currently the Minister of Education. Previously, he served as Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.  He was re-elected as MLA for the Shuswap on May 12, 2009. George is also a member of the Priorities and Planning Committee and the Cabinet Committee on Families First.

Prior to the 2009 election, he served as Minister of Health since June 16, 2005, Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services and Minister of Sustainable Resource Management.

George has also been deputy house leader for the Official Opposition and was critic for municipal affairs and forests. He was Deputy Chair of the Select Standing Committees on Forests, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and was a member of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs. Additionally, he sat on the Official Opposition Caucus Committee on Crime.

First elected as MLA in 1996 to represent the riding of Shuswap, George was re-elected in 2001 and again in 2005. Before his election to the Legislative Assembly, George was a political science instructor at Okanagan University College. He also owned the oldest and largest berry farm in the Interior.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and his Master of Arts in political science from the University of Victoria.

George was the chair of the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District. He was also involved in amateur sports as a minor hockey coach.

George and Lesley Abbott live in Sicamous and have three children.

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