Lord, We ask that You would continue to encourage MLA: Honorable Don McRae and may all of his days in 2014 be rewarding ones. Give him the wisdom and courage to persevere with all of the things that you have for him to accomplish in our province. We pray also You will give him strength to handle any situation that he may encounter as fulfills his duties as Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation and representative of his constituents of Comox Valley. In the midst of all that he has to do, we pray that his time with his family will be a renewing and encouraging time for them all. In Your holy name Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Don McRae was re-elected on May 14, 2013 as MLA for Comox Valley. He was appointed Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation on June 10, 2013.
Don is a member of the Priorities and Planning Committee and Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow.
Don has previously served as Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture, and Convener of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs. He was a member of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, the Select Standing Committee on Health, and the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.
Don was born and raised in the Comox Valley. For 14 years he taught at GP Vanier Secondary School. Aside from teaching Social Studies, Military History, and Psychology, he has also served as a rugby coach, athletic director, department chair, and Staff Leadership Committee Chair.
Don has served as a Courtenay City Councillor for seven years. During his time on council, he has served as a municipal director for both the Comox Strathcona Regional District and the newly restructured Comox Valley Regional District. He has also been a member of the Comox Strathcona Hospital Board, vice-chair of the Comox Valley Sewer and Water Committees, and a number of community organizations and boards. In 2008, he was appointed by Premier Campbell to the Citizens’ Conservation Council.
He is an avid jogger and enjoys hiking and fly fishing. Don has been married to his wife Deanne for 14 years and they have two daughters, Gracie and Chloe.