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.
Prior to being sworn in as minister, Michelle served as the Government Caucus chair and parliamentary secretary to the minister of health for healthy living and seniors. She was a member of Treasury board, Select Standing Committee on Health, Legislative Assembly Management Committee, and Finance & Audit Committee. Currently she is a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow and Cabinet Working Group on Mental Health.
Michelle graduated in 1999 with a science degree from the University of Calgary. Prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Michelle was a international motivational speaker and community advocate for persons with disabilities and children with special needs. She worked on the B.C. government’s 10 by 10 Challenge to increase employment of persons with disabilities, was an ambassador for ActNow BC and the Rick Hansen Foundation, as well as an active volunteer on several community and sport related boards.
A six time Paralympic gold medalist and 10 time World Champion, she is the only Canadian female to be a Paralympic champion in two separate summer sports (basketball and athletics). In 2012, Michelle was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was presented with the first key to the City of Parksville.
Michelle and her husband Mark have lived in Oceanside since 2001 and have been married for 19 years. Together they raise one active teenage son, Kai.