Father, we thank you for Lana Popham, member for Saanich South. We thank you for Ms. Popham’s experience and deep conviction regarding sustainable living on Vancouver Island and our province. We ask that you would continue to give her favour as she supports those who make their living off the land and that you give her divine strategies for keeping our province healthy and sustainable. We thank you for her years of public service and ask for your blessing on her life, relationships, and family, Jesus’ name.
Lana Popham was re-elected as MLA for Saanich South in May 2013. Lana is the Opposition Spokesperson for Agriculture and Food.
Lana was raised on Quadra Island in a do-it-yourself community, where growing food, raising animals and harvesting from the sea was a way of life.
Her interest in urban planning led her to UBC where she graduated with a degree in geography.
In 1996, Lana made her home in Saanich South where she lives with her husband, a firefighter, and their teenage son. She co-founded and operated Barking Dog Vineyard, the first certified organic vineyard on Vancouver Island. She also managed a crew of vineyard workers who took care of many vineyards on the Saanich Peninsula.
Lana served on Saanich’s Planning, Transportation and Economic Development Committee and on the Peninsula Agricultural Commission. She was also president of the Vancouver Island Grape Growers Association, chair of the Certification Committee for the Islands Organic Producers Association, and a member of the Investment Agriculture Board.
After being elected in 2009, Lana served as Opposition critic for agriculture for four years. She travelled the province extensively, meeting with farmers, agricultural associations and food advocacy groups. She has championed numerous agricultural initiatives, including the Buy BC program, improvements to meat regulations and increased institutional procurement of local food.
As the MLA for Saanich South, Lana actively supports her constituents and has organized over a dozen community meetings, gatherings, rallies and marches. She has also spearheaded successful initiatives such as safety improvements to the intersection of Pat Bay Highway and Sayward Road.
Lana entered politics to improve the quality of life in Saanich, promote sustainable agriculture and strengthen the provincial response to climate change.