Lord, today we pray for Tom Shypitka, as he has chosen to consider public service, and to give of his time and talents to serve as the new MLA for Kootenay East. We pray that you would grant him insight and discernment as he considers the best way to serve not only the constituents of his Kootenay riding, but also as a conscientious member of the opposition in our provincial legislature this year. Bless Tom in all of his athletic and volunteer activities, as he seeks to balance this with the challenges of this important new role in our legislature. Bless him and his wife, Carrie, and their 3 children in this coming year as he takes on this new challenge and opportunity in his life.
Tom Shypitka was elected MLA for Kootenay East in 2017.
Prior to his election, Tom was a financial advisor and served as a Cranbrook city councillor, director of the East Kootenay Regional District and hospital board, as well as vice chair of the Central East Kootenay Community Directed Funds Committee and chair of the Cranbrook in motion committee.
Tom enjoys volunteering his time working with several health-based local charities, coaching minor baseball, soccer, and curling. He is an avid curler and is a three time provincial champion at the national level, playing at the Brier twice and narrowly missing the opportunity to represent Canada at the Olympics.
Tom’s hobbies include snowboarding, learning to hunt, karaoke, cooking, entertaining, guitar, but mostly enjoying the Kootenay lifestyle by hiking with his wife or camping with the family.
Tom is married to his beautiful wife Carrie, and has three children, Dustin, Allie and Adam.