Today, we earnestly pray that “the sufficiency of Your grace”, Your great strength and divine wisdom will rest on MLA, Judy Darcy as she seeks the best solutions for this challenging and needful portfolio You have chosen her to lead. May You cover her, and her family with good health and happiness, as You keep them all, protected and safe. We pray and give thanks in Jesus name. Amen
Judy Darcy was elected as MLA for New Westminster in 2013, and re-elected in 2017. She is the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and previously served as the Official Opposition Spokesperson for Health.
In 2003, Judy was honoured with the Council of Canadians Activist of the Year award, “in recognition of outstanding leadership in forging coalitions for the public good on important social issues.”
Judy previously served as National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada’s largest union, and was for many years the only woman to lead a national union in Canada. She was also Secretary Business Manager of the Hospital Employees Union in B.C. for six years. In this role, she led negotiations to reach a historic settlement for health care workers after the Supreme Court found that Bill 29 violated Charter-protected rights to collective bargaining.
Judy’s family immigrated to Canada from Denmark 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. Judy and Gary live in New Westminster.
She enjoys long walks, the farmers’ market, devouring good novels, hiking, kayaking, and watching the ever-changing activity and light on the Fraser River from her windows.