Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MLA: Hon. Steve Thomson - Kelowna-Mission - Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Heavenly Father, You created us in Your image and likeness and told us to “rule over all the earth”.  You have entrusted the care and cultivation of the earth to humankind. Today our prayer is for MLA: Hon. Steve Thomson who plays a key role in the stewardship of resources in our province.  We ask that Your purposes would reign.  Establish the plans and goals that are in unity with Your plan and cause to fade away whatever is not from You.  Bless MLA: Thomson in his work and in his leisure.  May his family be safe, healthy and enjoy strong relationships. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Steve Thomson is currently the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. He previously served as Minister of Natural Resource Operations, Minister of Energy, Minister of Agriculture of Lands, and was elected to represent the riding of Kelowna-Mission on May 12, 2009.

Born and raised in Kelowna, Steve comes from a pioneer family who continues to operate the original family farm established in 1896.

Steve is the former executive director of the BC Agriculture Council and has developed his career and experience working on behalf of British Columbia farmers and ranchers.  He has served as General Manager of the BC Fruit Growers Association and the BC Milk Producers Association.

He has been selected for many leadership roles and advisory positions dedicated to the continuous improvement of our province. Steve brings to his role of MLA for Kelowna Mission extensive leadership expertise, experience in economic development and a clear understanding of how to get things done in government. He has served the community and province as president of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and chair of the BC Chamber of Commerce and has represented those organizations and others on provincial government task forces focused on red tape reduction and small business development.  He has also served as a director of the Kelowna Museum, the Okanagan Innovation Fund and the BC BioEnergy Network.

He has a great love of sports and had a long career in rugby including the opportunity to play for the Canadian National Rugby Team. Current interests include golf, gardening and being an ardent rugby fan.

Steve is a husband, father and grandfather.  He is married to Brenda and has three children and five grandchildren.


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