Heavenly Father, we bring to you today the Honourable Jennifer Whiteside. We pray that you would give wisdom and insight in how to lead and serve our province. Thank you for her experience that she brings to her role, and for her heart for those who are overlooked. We ask that you would strengthen and bless her today we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jennifer Whiteside was elected MLA for New Westminster in 2020 and was appointed the Minister of Education. She now serves as the Minister for Mental Health and Addictions Previously she was the chief spokesperson and lead negotiator for the Hospital Employees’ Union, she has fought for better public healthcare and the rights of healthcare workers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked tirelessly to protect seniors and workers in nursing homes across the province. While leading B.C.’s first campaign for a living wage, she fought to ensure that work lifts people out of poverty and allows them to support their families and fully participate in their communities. Jennifer has worked for community organizations and labour unions at the provincial and national level, and in those roles has championed a wide range of social justice issues from accessible post-secondary education and affordable public childcare, to Medicare and health equity. Jennifer was born and raised in New Westminster, holds a degree in History from Simon Fraser University.