It is with grateful hearts, we pray for and welcome MLA Sonia Furstenau to her first year in the legislature. Her exemplary work in the community of Cowichan Valley and the many issues she has worked hard to change over the years, we trust will benefit other BC’ers. Dear Lord, grant her a good year of productivity and the best of relationships with colleagues and her new staff. Bless her with good health, safety in travel, and joy in service. In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Sonia was elected as MLA for Cowichan Valley in 2017. Prior to her election, she served as Area B Director for the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD), having been elected to the CVRD in 2014.
Sonia has long been involved in grassroots advocacy. She was National Administrator for Results Canada, a non-profit that works to end extreme poverty, and she served on the Board of Directors for Oikocredit, an international microcredit organization. Sonia was also a volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby, which is committed to finding solutions to the challenge of climate change. Sonia has worked as a teacher in the Victoria School District and in Shawnigan, where she taught History, English, and Theory of Knowledge. Sonia has a BA and an MA in History from the University of Victoria.
Sonia lives in Shawnigan Lake with her husband, Blaise, and their children.