God we bring Jane Thornthwaite before you today and thank her for her service to North Vancouver -Seymour district. Thank you for her energetic and creative abilities as she focuses on Child and mental health and Anti-bullying issues. May Jane experience renewed strength and passion for her portfolio as well as fresh ideas that will impact the lives affected. We pray also a protective covering over her and her family today and through this fall season, in Your Name, Amen.
Jane Thornthwaite was re-elected to a second term as MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour in 2013.
On December 18, 2014 she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Child Mental Health and Anti-Bullying for the Minister of Children and Family Development. She is also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow and Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, which published an interim report on child and youth mental health in B.C. in November 2014.
Prior to her current appointment, Jane was the Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement to the Minister of Education, a position which she had held from September 2012. She has also carried out duties on the Cabinet Committee on Families First and the Select Standing Committees on Children and Youth, Education, and Finance and Government Services.
Jane served as a School Trustee for the North Vancouver Board of Education and topped the polls in both the 2005 and 2008 municipal elections. She was elected Chair of the North Vancouver Board of Education in December 2008 and resigned from the Board June 2009 after being elected to the Legislature.
Previously, Jane was a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (B.Sc., B.H.E.) with a 22-year career in health care. Jane’s work experience includes positions in hospital dietetics and community health, as an instructor for a third year required Nutrition course at UBC, as a Corporate Nutritionist for an international Health Food Chain, and as a National Sales Representative for an international pharmaceutical firm.
Her writing has been published in a wide variety of publications and she has been a guest presenter and lecturer at numerous colleges and universities.
As a former self-employed health consultant, Jane has experience operating a small business and supporting a family as a mother of three kids.
Jane has had an extensive volunteer career on the North Shore and has lived there all of her life.