We pause to pray today for the Honourable Michelle Mungall, as you have called her to serve not only the riding of Nelson-Creston, but also to serve in the important capacity as the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Thank you, Lord, that she has a heart for social justice and community development. Give Michelle insight and discernment as she considers the best utilization of the significant resources that you have granted our beautiful province. Bless Michelle and her husband, Zak, in all of their activities and volunteer involvements in this coming year.
Michelle Mungall was first elected MLA for Nelson-Creston in 2009, and re-elected in 2013 and 2017. She is the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. In 2002, Michelle was the youngest person ever elected to Nelson city council, and seven years later, at age 31, Michelle became the first woman elected as MLA in Nelson-Creston. Michelle served as the Official Opposition Opposition spokesperson for social development. She also served as the Caucus Deputy House Leader. As a passionate speaker and volunteer, Michelle is a strong voice for the Kootenays. Her university studies and her career in community development have led Michelle to champion social justice and financial security both in her community and internationally. She was a Nelson city councillor from 2002 to 2005. Her career has included working for the Nelson Committee on Homelessness, and managing West Kootenay non-profits including the Nelson Food Cupboard and a micro-finance organization.
Michelle and her husband Zak live in Nelson. They enjoy skiing, hiking, local arts and being active in the region.