Father for MLA Myrna Driedger and her strong voice as a critic for Health and
Status of Women in Manitoba’s legislative assembly. Empowering women and the protection of
children are important to Ms. Driedger.
I pray Proverbs 31 over her: “She
sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks, her lamp
does not go out at night, she opens her arms to the poor and extends her hand
to the needy….Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works
bring her praise at the city gate. May
she be clothed with strength and dignity, able to speak with wisdom. May faithful instruction be on her
tongue.” Bless her with peace and joy in
all areas of her life. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Myrna’s path in life is rooted in her strong desire to make a difference. Having served as a nurse, a leader in the area of missing and exploited children, and as an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly in Manitoba, Myrna’s many roles have reflected this calling to help make her community a better place.
Myrna is currently the Health Critic of the PC Party of Manitoba as well as the Critic for the Status of Women. She has also held a number of diverse critic roles in the past including that of Deputy Leader, Critic for Finance, Child & Family Services, and Education. During her time in government, she was the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Health.
In 2011, Myrna was elected Chair of the Canadian Region of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) by her peers from across the country. In September, 2012, Myrna was also elected the Vice-Chair CWP International. CWP works for better representation of women in legislatures throughout Canada and the Commonwealth.
Before entering public life, Myrna had a successful and rewarding career as a registered nurse with experience in general duty, nursing education, medical and nursing research, patient education, and nursing administration. Her nursing experience has led her to have a passionate voice for a better health care system.
As President and Executive Director of Child Find Manitoba, Myrna was a leading advocate for the protection of children. Her fierce determination and leadership were the driving force behind the early development of Child Find Manitoba, which is now recognized across Canada as a central player in child protection issues.
Myrna’s professional achievements have earned her recognition on the “Canadian Who’s Who” list as well as the “Who’s Who of Canadian Women”. For service to her community, Myrna was presented the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
Not afraid to take on a challenge, Myrna is a strong voice for health, education, justice, and economic issues, and is a champion of youth, seniors’ and women’s issues. Her persistence, as well as her strong belief in the power and ability of women, led to the establishment of the Nellie McClung Foundation and the memorial on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature.
Myrna and her husband, Hal live in Charleswood with their two sons, Rhys and Curtis. She enjoys cooking, gardening, photography, and the occasional round of golf.