Hon. Judy Darcy, New Westminster

Father, we thank you for tireless leaders like Hon. Judy Darcy. We ask you for a double portion of strength, wisdom and support as she and British Columbia’s leaders stand up to meet the increased challenges of our government, families and communities during the COVID-19 close downs and into our recovery. 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.