God in heaven today we lift up the Hon. Josie Osborne, Minister for Land, Water, Resource Stewardship and Fisheries. We thank you for Josie’s years of service to Tofino as mayor and her advocacy for fisheries and our environment. Grant to her wisdom and divine strategies today as she continues her important work on behalf of our province and its abundant resources. May she sense your presence and goodness as she takes time to play in your creation. Amen.
Josie Osborne was elected as MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim in 2020. She is the Minister of Municipal Affairs and is a member of the Planning and Priorities Committee and the Cabinet Committee on Social Initiatives. Josie grew up on Vancouver Island and has lived in Tofino for over 20 years, first moving there to work as a fisheries biologist for the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and later as executive director of an environmental education non-profit organization. She was the Mayor of Tofino from 2013-2020 and served as Chair and Vice-Chair for the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District. During her time in local government, Josie chaired the Tofino Housing Corporation and was a strong proponent for active transportation and regional transit. She has served as Chair of the Board for the Island Coastal Economic Trust, and in 2017, she was appointed by the BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change to the BC Clean Growth and Climate Action Advisory Council. Josie lives with her husband on 10 acres in Tofino with their dog, three goats, and a coop full of chickens.