Hon. Darryl Plecas, Abbotsford South

Lord God, today we bring the Speaker of the provincial legislature, the Hon. Darryl Plecas to You. We thank You for Darryl’s many years of service to the people of Abbotsford and BC. Grant Darryl great wisdom today as he oversees the affairs of the house. We also pray Darryl would have favour with all parties during the spring session. Bless his wife Joanne and their family in Jesus’ name, Amen..………

The Honourable Darryl Plecas was first elected MLA for Abbotsford South in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. He was appointed Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on September 8, 2017. Prior to his election as MLA, Dr. Plecas was the RCMP Senior University Research Chair and Director for the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he worked for 34 years. He holds two degrees in criminology from Simon Fraser University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of British Columbia. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 books, international journal articles, and research reports. His most recent book, which he co-authored in his current role as professor emeritus at the University of the Fraser Valley, focuses on how government professionals can make better decisions. He is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award for Public Safety, the CCSA Award of Excellence, the University of the Fraser Valley’s Teaching Excellent Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Abbotsford.