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MLA: HON. PETER BJORNSON – GIMLI

Our Heavenly Father, We come to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord to intercede on behalf of our MLA for Gimli, Hon. Peter Bjornson. We thank you for the gifts, talents, passions and insights you have instilled in him. We ask that you would give Peter an increase in wisdom as he serves this critical role as Minister of Education and Advanced Learning. Guide him through the presence and power of Holy Spirit so that he will know he will know that he is honouring you as he serves the people you have placed under his care. May your righteousness guard him so that in the intensity of his calling he will find rest and refreshment for his spirit, soul and body. In every relationship, whether personal or professional, he will be what you need him to be so that, through him people will experience your grace, mercy and truth. We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Minister of education and advanced learning

“I care about what you care about. Making life affordable,
creating opportunities and making sure services are there when you need
them.”

  • First appointed to cabinet in 2003
  • First elected in 2003

Peter Bjornson was elected in the June 2003 general election,
re-elected in 2007, and again in 2011. He was appointed the Minister of
Education, Citizenship and Youth by Premier Gary Doer in 2003 and
re-appointed after the 2007 election. In November 2009, he became
Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade under Premier Greg
Selinger. Finally, on October 18, 2013, he was appointed Minister of
Housing and Community Development.
A teacher by profession, Peter devoted 13 years of his life to his
students before entering politics. Peter’s involvement at the scholastic
level has included coaching volleyball and basketball, assisting with
student council, and participating in the drug and alcohol policy,
school improvement, and discipline committees. A teacher advocate and
member of the Evergreen Teachers’ Association Executive, Peter served as
president in 1996.
Peter has also served as a councilor for the Town of Gimli where he
gained valuable experience in local governance. During his term from
1998 to 2002, Gimli saw many improvements made and initiatives
undertaken such as upgrades to recreational facilities and other
infrastructure projects, including the harbour park development and a
new public works facility. During his term, Peter was a key player in
the historic municipal merger between the Town and RM of Gimli. There
was also a reduction in municipal taxes during his time on council.
A young entrepreneur, Peter ran a successful small business for 15 years.
During his six years as Minister of Education, Peter substantially
advanced Inclusive Education and Aboriginal Academic Achievement
initiatives and initiated the Education for Sustainable Development
grant program. He also increased funding for a number of important
programs and put forth many innovations in curriculum and resource
supports, including Safe Schools, Assessment for Learning, mandatory
physical education and nutrition policies, amongst many others.
Peter was raised in a household where community service wasn’t unique
or exceptional, but expected. He has served on the Gimli and District
Restitution and Reconciliation Committee for Youth Justice and was
president of the Kinsmen Club of Gimli. Peter was also co-chair for two
Kinsmen projects that raised capital funds for a new health centre.
Furthermore, Peter has represented the town of Gimli on the Gimli
Recreation Society, the Icelandic Festival Committee, the Gimli Youth
Advisory Board, the Western Canada Summer Games, the Gimli Fire
Committee, the Gimli Harbour Committee and the Canada Day Committee. He
also served as chairperson of the Parks and Recreation Committee.
Peter’s innovative teaching methods, curiosity, and desire for
excellence have been recognized through numerous awards such as the
Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in
Teaching Canadian History (2000 & 2003) and the Prime Minister’s
Award in 2001. Peter’s awareness of history and its impact on our
province as well as events that may shape our future make him an
excellent MLA to represent the constituency of Gimli.