Wednesday, October 17, 2012
MLA: Sue Hammell - Surrey-Green Timbers
Lord, surround MLA:Sue Hammell today and in the days to come with Your wisdom and guidance. May her thoughts and plans be established by You. Give her the ability to discern what is of real value. May she be filled with a healthy compassion and speak truth that is recognized and acted upon. Bless her family members; may love and faithfulness never leave them and may they win favor and a good name with all people. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
Sue Hammell was re-elected as the MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers on May 12, 2009. She was first elected in 1991, and re-elected in both 1996 and 2005.
Sue serves as Official Opposition Deputy House Leader and is the opposition critic for Women’s Issues, Child Care and Early Learning.
Sue has served in a number of cabinet positions during her political career, including Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Co-operatives, and the Minister for Women's Equality. In addition, she was Government Caucus Chair and was active on several legislative committees.
Sue is also a founding member of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, initiated in 1999 to provide funds for projects that will assist women to realize their potential and to create a safe place for them to live and work in British Columbia.
Sue has been working with Washington DC based National Democratic Institute since 2000. With NDI she traveled to the Middle East five times to work with emerging political parties and female candidates.
In 2002 Sue worked with the Surrey Aboriginal Society as their Executive Director. She developed the Society into a modern urban centre for aboriginal people with an annual budget of over 2 million dollars.
Born in Vancouver, Sue was raised on Sea Island in Richmond. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of British Columbia, she taught in Verdun, Quebec, in Courtenay and Surrey.
Sue is married and has one grown daughter, Sage. Sue and her husband John have lived in the Surrey Green Timbers area since 1990.