MLA: MYRNA DRIEDGER – CHARLESWOOD

God, our Heavenly Father, we ask for your Spirit to fill and fulfill our MLA from Charleswood, Myrna Driedger. We thank you for her willingness to represent the interests of her constituents. Grant Myrna physical strength and spiritual insight so the fruit of her work will make an eternal difference in the lives of those she serves. We ask this in and through the matchless name of Jesus our Lord, 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.