Jesus, we are grateful for MLA: Hon. Rich Coleman, a man whose life has been dedicated to public service and who comes from a heritage of the same. May this year be one of fulfillment for him and his colleagues. May You help him accomplish those things that have been on his heart but have not yet come to fruition. May You provide him all the resources he needs as well as the strategic relationships necessary to see his projects to completion. Give him those times of refreshing in the midst of his busy schedule so that he can be even more effective. Amen.
Rich Coleman was appointed Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier on September 5, 2012.
He was re-elected for a fourth term as MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove in the 2009 general election.
Rich’s previous cabinet positions include Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Housing and Social Development, and Minister of Forests and Range.
Rich’s dedication and passion for public service was shaped by his parents—a father who was a civil servant and a mother who was school teacher. They taught their children that community came first, and that serving others was the noblest thing a person could commit themselves to. That community-first attitude has guided Rich his entire life.
Before entering public life, Rich was governor of the BC Kinsmen, president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, Langley’s 1988 Volunteer of the Year, and a director on several volunteer boards. As a member of the Aldergrove Kinsmen Club in the 1980s, Rich oversaw the volunteer fundraising and construction efforts that built the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, a vital community facility which houses a preschool, library, workout area, and meeting space. The Club was also involved in building a successful housing project in Aldergrove. Rich is a life member of the Kinsmen.
In recognition of his tireless and long-term work in the community, Rich has been awarded both Rotary’s top honour, the Paul Harris Fellowship, and the Kinsmen’s highest honour, the Hal Rogers Fellowship. Rich was the second person ever honoured with the Hal Rogers—the first being Kin founder Hal Rogers himself.
Rich has been elected four times (1996, 2001, 2005, and 2009) as MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove. He and his wife Michele live in the Fraser Valley.