Father, we earnestly pray for first year MLA: Michelle Stilwell. We are delighted and grateful to note that the knowledge and compassion she gained while previously working with the disabled of this province will bring great value to her role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Healthy Living. We pray also her exemplary perseverance in becoming a Paralympic Champion will only be enhanced in her work in the legislature in 2014. May she be blessed with good health, happiness and continually strengthened by Your word that declares in Deuteronomy 33:25 ” as thy days, so shall thy strength be.”. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Michelle Stilwell was elected MLA for Parksville-Qualicum on May 14, 2013.
She is Government Caucus Chair and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Healthy Living. She is also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow, and the Cabinet Working Group on Core Review.
Prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Michelle was a motivational speaker and community advocate for persons with disabilities and children with special needs. Michelle is also an ambassador for ActNow BC and the Rick Hansen Foundation, and has worked on the B.C. government’s 10 by 10 Challenge to increase employment of persons with disabilities.
In 2012, Michelle was presented with the first key to the City of Parksville and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
She is the only Canadian female athlete to be a Paralympic champion in two separate summer sports (basketball and athletics).
Michelle graduated from the University of Calgary in 1999 with a science degree and moved to Oceanside in 2001. Michelle and her husband Mark have been married for 15 years and together home school their son Kai.