Lord, we thank You and are privileged that You want us to pray for those who are our governmental leaders. Today we pray for MLA: Spencer Chandra Herbert and ask for Your protection, help, joy, strength and wisdom to be with him. Continue to strengthen those networks and relationships that will be the connections that he needs to allow him to fulfill his duties even more effectively. We thank You for his passion to serve; may it grow and flourish. May he be encouraged and refreshed during the summer months. We pray and ask these blessings in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Spencer Chandra Herbert was re-elected MLA for Vancouver-West End in May 2013. He was first elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Burrard in 2008 in a by-election, and then elected as the first MLA for the new riding of Vancouver-West End in 2009.
Spencer serves as Opposition Critic for the Environment. He previously served as Opposition Critic for Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the B.C. Lottery Corporation and Gaming Policy.
A strong community activist, Spencer was voted Vancouver’s Unsung Hero by readers of the Westender, and twice voted Best MLA by readers of the Georgia Straight.
A strong advocate for equality and human rights, Spencer introduced legislation to ensure transgender people are explicitly protected in B.C.’s Human Rights Code. He has been an active voice for the environment, and his work in the legislature was instrumental in the Pacific Salmon being adopted as British Columbia’s official fish.
Spencer’s work for the creative economy and tourism industries led to the highest level of support for the B.C. Arts Council in B.C.’s history, and the restoration of an industry-led tourism marketer.
Spencer served as an elected Vancouver Park Board commissioner from 2005 to 2008. Before becoming an MLA, Spencer was an award-winning artist and arts producer working primarily in theatre and dance. He was the associate producer of the United Nations World Urban Festival.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Spencer lives in the West End with his partner Romi, a community developer.