Heavenly Father, we are grateful that MLA: Bill Routley, official opposition critic for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, entered the arena of British Columbia politics. We thank You that he is able to use his many years of expertise in the Forest Industry and related environmental issues in guiding our legislature's oversight of the natural resources that our province has. Provide him all of the resources, vision, wisdom, strength, personnel and contacts, required to fulfill the plans he has to both employ and sustain our natural resources. May this Christmas season be a time of refreshing and relaxation with family and friends. Amen.
Bill Routley was elected MLA for Cowichan Valley on May 12, 2009.
Bill serves as deputy official opposition critic for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
Bill began his career in the Forest industry working at the Youbou Sawmill where he became active first as the Safety Chairman, and then as Plant Chairman. He was elected the President of IWA Local 1-80; now USW-Steelworkers Local 1-1937.
Bill served as a Pension Trustee on the IWA-Forest Industry Pension Plan. He was a member of the IWA-Forest Industry Pension Audit Committee, and was a Trustee on the IWA-Forest Industry Health and Welfare Benefit Plan. Bill's service to the community includes five years as a School Trustee in Lake Cowichan (1980 -1985).
Bill and his wife Charmaine enjoy the company of their two grown children, son Noah and daughter Alisha who have provided the gift of five wonderful grandchildren; ages four to nine years. While Bill and Charmaine currently reside in Duncan, they started their family in Youbou and then lived at Marble Bay on Lake Cowichan for many years. Bill and Charmaine were very active in Lake Cowichan with their involvement in Boy Scouts (Beavers) and Girl Guides.
Bill and Charmaine owned a home decorating business "Decorating Den" for many years.