Welcome to my website where you can learn about my work in the Senate Chamber, in Senate Committees and in public policy areas of special interest to me, including health and fitness, sport and tourism. I have also included more general information about the role of the Senate in the Canadian Parliament.
I was appointed to the Senate in January, 2009 and chose to represent the region of Thompson/Okanagan/Kootenay in the interior of British Columbia. I grew up in Rossland, in the Kootenays and now live in Sun Peaks, in the Thompson region. The Okanagan, known for its lakes and wineries lies in between. It is a beautiful part of our country with wide valleys, lakes and beautiful mountains, and some of Canada’s best winter resorts.
Since being appointed to the Senate, I have been an active member of the Senate Standing Committees on Aboriginal Peoples, and the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, and more recently I have served on the Standing Committee for Social Affairs, Science and Technology. I encourage you to further explore the work of these committees here.
My background in sports has given me a passion for the promotion of health and fitness among Canadians. In 2014, my Bill to establish the first Saturday in June as National Health and Fitness Day every year across Canada passed unanimously in both the Senate and House of Commons. More information about National Health and Fitness Day can be found here.
In my remaining time as a Senator, I will continue to work on the promotion of healthy living among Canadians. I believe that Canada is facing a crisis due to inactivity, resulting in rising rates of obesity, especially among children and youth. The combination of inactivity and poor nutritional choices threatens the sustainability of our health care system. While this will be my main focus, I will also continue to use my background experiences to work on other important issues such as strengthening the Canadian tourism industry. More details about my background can be found on my personal website.
In order to be transparent and accountable for the use of public funds, detailed monthly expenses are posted as well.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I hope that you will find useful information here about the Senate and the important role it plays in a democratic society.
Please visit our site regularly as my work as a Senator is constantly evolving and this website will be updated on a regular basis.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our office at:
613-947-4052 (1-800-267-7362) or email me at: email@example.com.