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MLA: Hon. Michelle Stilwell – Parksville-Qualicum – Minister of Special Development and Social Innovation

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Dear Lord, our prayers and congratulations, go out to Hon. Michelle Stilwell, with thanksgiving for this strong, courageous vibrant young woman and twice Olympic Gold Medal Winner. We are indeed blessed, as a province to have her expertise and well learned perseverance to execute with excellence, in leading, this very important Portfolio. Bless her with Your divine wisdom and continued strength according to the power of Your word   Col 1:9-11. We give you thanks for answered prayer in thy Name, Jesus. Amen.

Michelle Stilwell was elected MLA for Parksville-Qualicum on May 14, 2013.

She is Government Caucus Chair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Healthy Living and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors. She is also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow as well as the Treasury Board.

Prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Michelle was a motivational speaker and community advocate for persons with disabilities and children with special needs. Michelle is also an ambassador for ActNow BC and the Rick Hansen Foundation, and has worked on the B.C. government’s 10 by 10 Challenge to increase employment of persons with disabilities.

In 2012, Michelle was presented with the first key to the City of Parksville and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

She is the only Canadian female athlete to be a Paralympic champion in two separate summer sports (basketball and athletics).

Michelle graduated from the University of Calgary in 1999 with a science degree and moved to Oceanside in 2001. Michelle and her husband Mark have been married for 15 years and together home school their son Kai.