Hon. Judy Darcy, New Westminster

Father, thank You for the Honourable Judy Darcy. Thank You for the gifts You’ve given her that she has chosen to use serving our province. Thank You for her knowledge and experience. We ask, Father, that You would surround her with support: with collaborative people who will help her carry out her vision. May she be strengthened and encouraged by you every day. Protect her and her family. In Jesus’ name, Amen……

Judy Darcy was first elected MLA for New Westminster in 2013, and was re-elected in 2017. She was appointed British Columbia’s first and Canada’s only Minister of Mental Health and Addictions in July 2017 and has worked to combat the overdose crisis that is affecting families and communities across the province.  Judy also served as national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada’s largest union. Later, as secretary business manager for the Hospital Employees Union in B.C., Judy led negotiations that led to establishing collective bargaining as charter protected rights for the first time for B.C. healthcare workers in 2008. Born in Denmark, Judy’s family immigrated to Canada and shared many of the challenges that new Canadians face. She is married to human rights and labour lawyer Gary Caroline and has an adult son. She enjoys the Royal City Farmers’ Market, devouring good novels, hiking, kayaking.