Lord Jesus, we thank You for MLA: Lana Popham and her willingness to serve the province of British Columbia and her riding of Saanich South. We are grateful for her heart that wants to make the political, environmental and economic environment of this province a better place for all citizens. Father, we pray that You would continue to give her Your wisdom, strength, guidance and joy as she fulfills her various roles as a MLA. May You see that she spends the right amount of time with family and friends this summer in order to feel relaxed and rejuvenated as she continues tackling the challenges of government. Thank You Jesus. Amen.
Lana Popham was elected as a Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for the Constituency of Saanich South on May 12, 2009.
She is also the New Democratic Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Agriculture.
Lana was raised on Quadra Island and has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia.
Lana has an extensive track record as a community leader, advocate and environmental activist. For example, her recent contributions include being a:
Member of Saanich's Planning, Transportation and Economic Development Committee,
President the Vancouver Island Grape Growers Association,
Chair of the Certification Committee for the Islands Organic Producers Association,
Commissioner on the Peninsula Agricultural Commission, and a
Voting Member of the Agri-Food Initiative Advisory Committee.
In late 2007, Lana launched a campaign called “Think Outside the Bag” to reduce the use of disposable bags. While initially dismissed by cynics, in less than two years this campaign has helped to dramatically change how consumers use plastic bags and contributed to a sea change with many grocery stores and other retailers no longer offering them.
Lana has lived in Saanich South since 1996. She is married to Jon Popham, a fire-fighter, and has one young son. The family owns and operates Barking Dog Vineyard, the first certified organic vineyard on Vancouver Island.