Lord Jesus, we are grateful that You have MLA: Jane Thornthwaite serving in our legislature. We thank You for her enthusiasm and diligence in her role as Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement to the Minister of Education. We pray that she will be able to use her experience as a school board trustee and chair to make public education in British Columbia all that it can be. May she have an extra special Christmas season with her family and close friends. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
Jane Thornthwaite was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Student
Support and Parent Engagement to the Minister of Education on September
She was elected MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour in the
2009 general provincial election. She is a member of the Cabinet
Committee on Families First.
She previously served on the Select Standing Commitees on Children and Youth, Education and Finance and Government Services.
Since 2005, Jane was a School Trustee for the North
Vancouver Board of Education and topped the polls in both the 2005 and
2008 municipal elections. She was elected Chair of the North Vancouver
Board of Education in December 2008 and resigned from the Board June
2009 after being elected to the Legislature.
Previously, Jane was a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
(B.Sc., B.H.E.) with a 22-year career in health care. Jane’s work
experience includes positions in hospital dietetics and community
health, an instructor for a third year required Nutrition course at
UBC, a Corporate Nutritionist for an international Health Food Chain,
and a National Sales Representative for an international pharmaceutical
Her writing has been published in a wide variety of
publications and she has been a guest presenter and lecturer at
numerous colleges and universities.
As a former self-employed health consultant, Jane has
experience operating a small business and supporting a family as a
mother of three kids.
Jane has an extensive volunteer career on the North Shore and has lived in North Vancouver for over 19 years.