Come drop by the Fernwood Community Centre from 4:00 – 6:00pm on Wednesday, September 5th, and meet Carole James, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill.
Carole and her constituency office staff will be on hand to meet constituents, listen to ideas, hear concerns, and maybe even assist with a provincial government-related issue. Drop-in to say hello, enjoy some light refreshments, and to learn a bit more about the Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group.
About Carole James:
A community leader for over 25 years, Carole served as President of the B.C. School Trustees Association for an unprecedented five terms, commencing in 1995. She was elected to the Greater Victoria School Board from 1990 to 2001. She has also served at the national level as the Vice-President of the Canadian School Boards Association.
Her experience and dedication to communities is reflected in a number of appointments to provincial initiatives, including the Independent B.C. Budget Review Panel, the Public Education Restructuring Consultation, the Ministry of Children and families Secure Care Committee. In addition to serving a two-year term as the Director of Child care Policy for the government of British Columbia, she has served on the Greater Victoria Region Social Planning Council, the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Task Force on Violence Prevention. In recognition of her work in the area of co-operative pre-schools, she was named an Honorary Life Member of the Vancouver Island Co-operative Pre-School Association. In 2001, Carole moved to Prince George to serve as the Director of Child and Family Services for Carrier Sekani Family Services. As part of her management responsibilities, she coordinated the planning for regionalization of child and family services from the Ministry of Children and Families to an Aboriginal Authority.
In July 2003, just prior to becoming Leader of the New Democrats, she became Coordinator with the Northern Aboriginal Authority for Families. In November 2003 Carole was elected Leader of the BC New Democrats. She led the NDP from two seats in BC’s legislature to 34 seats. Carole was also elected as the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill, and served as the Leader of BC’s Official Opposition in the Legislature for seven years until Dec 2010. She is currently the critic for the Ministry of Social Development
Carole is the mother of two children, Alison and Evan. She was also a foster parent for 20 years, giving care to children and adults with special needs.