Father we lift up the Honorable Coralie Oakes before you with thanksgiving. Thank you for her willingness to serve the Province of British Columbia as a Minister in the areas of small business, red tape reduction and matters of liquor distribution in Cariboo North. Grant her the insights and wisdom to manage these portfolios. May she be given understanding and compassion to build up and support those in small business and strategies to reduce the red tape. We ask for stamina and good health to do the work assigned her and the courage to implement the needed revisions. Amen.
Coralee Oakes was elected MLA for Cariboo North on May 14, 2013.
On June 10, 2013 Coralee was appointed Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Prior to her election to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Coralee was a two-term Quesnel City Councillor, and served as the Executive Director of the Quesnel and District Chamber of Commerce.
Coralee is a Past President of the British Columbia Chamber Executives and has also served as a Director on the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executives, Cariboo Chilcotin Tourism Association and numerous local not-for-profit organizations.
In 2007, Coralee was appointed to the provincial Small Business Roundtable, representing rural small businesses, and was appointed to the Minister’s Council on Tourism in 2009. The same year, Coralee received the B.C. Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year award. She has also received the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association award of contribution.