Today we pray that the blessings of Your grace, peace and love would rest on MLA: Ron Cantelon. His faithful service to his community over the years was duly noted when he was chosen as Tourism Nanaimo's “Citizen of the Year” in 1999. His commitment to his community has never waned as he went on to become the MLA for his riding of Parksville-Qualicum in 2005. We pray, dear Lord, that You will continue to supply him daily with the spiritual, physical and emotional needs to help him fulfill his role as MLA with wisdom and a clear vision. Bless his family with Your divine protection and well being. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Ron Cantelon was re-elected for his second term on May 12, 2009 to the riding of Parksville-Qualicum. Ron is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors to the Minister of Health and sits on the Select Standing Committee on Health and the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs.
Previously, Ron served as Minister of Agriculture and Lands and was a member of the B.C. Agriculture Plan Committee and the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture. He was also Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth and Chair of the Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act. In addition, Ron has been a member of the Special Committee of Selection, Treasury Board, the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development.
Ron first entered political life as a city councillor for the City of Nanaimo in 1999. He has also acted as Chair of the Nanaimo Conference Centre Advisory Committee, Chair of the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership, Director of the Nanaimo Regional District Board and President of the Port Theatre from 1994 to 1999.
Ron has won several awards including Tourism Nanaimo’s Citizen of the Year 1999, Re/Max manager of the year for Western Canada in 1999 and was one of the 125 notable citizens for Nanaimo’s 125th anniversary.
Ron Cantelon has five children and two grandchildren.