Thursday, September 13, 2012

MLA: Hon. Shirley Bond - Prince George-Valemount - Minister of Justice and Attorney General

"I will bless the Lord who has given me council; My heart also instructs me in the night season. I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved." Psalm 16:7-8. We offer up a special prayer of blessing for the MLA: Hon. Shirley Bond who has a very full plate not only as representative of her riding but also has the added responsibilities of Minister of Justice and Attorney General. We ask for strength for her every day, wisdom to tackle the difficult problems and an abiding sense of Your everlasting arms lifting her up and through the seemingly intractable situations that she must confront on a daily basis. Oh Lord, our kind and eternal sovereign, watch over this dear precious lady, her husband, children and grandchildren. Keep them ever under your divine watchfulness and loving care. In Jesus blessed name, we pray. Amen and Amen.

Shirley Bond was elected in 2001 and 2005 as the MLA for Prince George-Mount Robson, and re-elected for a third term in 2009 as the MLA for Prince George-Valemount.

Shirley was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General on February 8, 2012.  Prior to her new role, she was appointed Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on March 14, 2011 and Acting Attorney General on August 18, 2011.  She is the first woman in British Columbia to hold these positions.

As Minister of Justice and Attorney General, she is responsible for police and correctional services, the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, crime prevention and victims’ assistance, and emergency management. As Attorney General, she is also responsible for criminal justice and family law, court administration, legal aid and public legal education, family maintenance and legal services to government.

With over ten years of Cabinet experience, Shirley has served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for Early Learning and Literacy, Minister of Advanced Education, and Minister of Health Services.

Shirley currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board, member of the Legislative Review Committee and as a member of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth.

Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, she served three terms on the Prince George School Board, the last as chair. She also worked with the continuing education department of the Prince George School District, becoming its business manager. She was given the B.C. Interior, North & Yukon Woman of Distinction Award for her work in public education.

She was protocol director for the 2001 Special Olympic Summer Games and sat on the boards of Carey Theological College, the Personal Living Choices Society, the Trinity Opportunity Fund Grants Committee and the City of Prince George's Standing Committee on Youth.

Shirley lives in Prince George with Bill, her husband of more than 30 years and they love spending time with their twin adult children and their families, especially grandsons Caleb and Cooper.

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