Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your sovereign appointment of the MLA for Langley, the Honourable Mary Polak, as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. In Your wisdom, You have brought her to this position to bring about the plans and designs You have for our province at this time. May You guide and instruct her and grant her all the wisdom necessary to carry out Your plans and desires relating to this Ministry. May great insight and understanding be hers and may Your path be clear before her. Lord may Your will be done as you give Minister Polack the courage and decisiveness necessary in making decisions. Bless her with health and surround her with loving friends. We ask this in Jesus’ name.
Mary Polak was appointed Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure on September 5, 2012.
She was re-elected to the B.C. Legislature in 2009, having represented the constituents of Langley since 2005.
Prior to her new post, Mary served as the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister Responsible for Child Care, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, andParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for the Conversation on Health.
Mary previously sat on the Cabinet Committee on New Relationship Coordination and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development as well as on the Government Caucus Committee for Natural Resources and the Economy, the Select Standing Committees on Children and Youth, Education and Public Accounts, the Cabinet Committee on Agenda Development and the Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act.
Before being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Mary was director of operations for a small polling and research firm and a trustee and former chair of the Surrey School Board. Under her leadership, Surrey became the first school district in B.C. to balance its books according to generally accepted accounting principles. She also led an initiative to make Surrey the first school district in the province to publish school-by-school results for both elementary and secondary schools.
Throughout her nine years in local government, Mary worked with many regional and provincial organizations. As a representative to the Lower Mainland Consortium of School Districts for Successful Settlement, she twice presented briefs to the Federal Immigration Commission. In the mid 1990s, Mary chaired the Council of British Columbia School Districts, and in 2003 was elected to the board of directors of the British Columbia School Trustees Association.
Mary lives happily in the Willoughby area of Langley.