Social Development and Social Innovation
Honourable Michelle Stilwell
Michelle Stilwell was elected MLA for Parksville-Qualicum on May 14, 2013, and she was appointed Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation on Feb. 2, 2015.
She has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Healthy Living and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors. She is a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow and previously served as Government Caucus Chair.
Prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Michelle was a motivational speaker and community advocate for persons with disabilities and children with special needs. Michelle is also an ambassador for ActNow BC and the Rick Hansen Foundation, and has worked on the B.C. government’s 10 by 10 Challenge to increase employment of persons with disabilities.
In 2012, Michelle was presented with the first key to the City of Parksville and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
She is the only Canadian female athlete to be a Paralympic champion in two separate summer sports (basketball and athletics).
Michelle graduated from the University of Calgary in 1999 with a science degree and moved to Oceanside in 2001. Michelle and her husband, Mark, have been married for 15 years and together have a son named Kai.