Executives and Riding Reps, Not Table Format


President – Ginny Hasselfield.  

Ginny Hasselfield was the leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party between 1996 and 1998.  A former Manitoba teacher and principal, she was also president and co-founder of Cross-Cultural Communications International Inc., a company that provided diversity training and education throughout Canada.  In 1995, she was awarded the Manitoba YM/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

Past President – Rabi Alam, MA, MBA

Chair. Delta EDA seniors committee
Chair. Policy Committee Delta –Newton Liberal Riding 2003 -2012
Volunteer. Refugee Settlement, Food Bank, Community Issues

Past Occupations:

  • Visiting Prof, Napier University MBA extension program. Shanghai University campus 2000-2002
  • Careers in public service in senior/executive management’ with Govt. of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia 1971 1992
  • Federal Negotiator, Treaty Claims, Prairie Region Govt. of Canada 1993-1998.


  • Enjoy time with five Grandchildren
  • Hiking rated trails in countries
  • Outdoor activities

Vice President – Wilf Hurd

Wilf Hurd was born and raised in British Columbia; he has resided primarily in White Rock and Langley.  Mr. Hurd was elected to the British Columbia Legislature in the October, 1991, election as the MLA for South Surrey-White Rock and served from then until 1997. During that time he served on numerous Legislative Committees, including Agriculture; Forests, Lands and Parks; Aboriginal Affairs; and Natural Resources. His has worked in journalism and creative writing,  speechwriting, detailed proposal writing, government relations strategic plans, correspondence and connecting with government. His community involvement includes serving on several committees

Secretary – Treasurer: Margaret McDonald

Past President of SLCBC and Past Co-Chair, Anglophone of the National SLC – Ken Halliday

Membership/Liaison Chair – Judith Higginbotham

Judy taught physical Educationjudith-h and English for 10 years. While bringing up her family, she volunteered in her community, and worked as editor, writer and broadcaster for local publications. First elected in 1983 as a City Councillor in Surrey, she served for 25 consecutive years, retiring in 2008. Having served the Liberal Party for 40 years and having worked in every federal election, she ran as a candidate in 2016 narrow losing in a two way race in south Surrey – White Rock. An energetic and  passionate Liberal best describes Judy. She is the SLCBC Membership/Liaison Chair.

Policy Chair – Judy Berg – Retired federal Director Public Affairs, Alberta/NWT Region

Director At Large – Paul Stanwood

Dr. Stanwood is a longtime professor of English, now Emeritus, at UBC, with special interest in the period of Shakespeare. He received the UBC Alumni Association Faculty Citation Award for community service, in part recognizing twenty-five years of leadership in Scouts Canada. A delegate to National Liberal conventions in Montreal and Vancouver, he is currently a member of the executive of Vancouver Quadra EDA.

National SLC Regional Director, Canada West – Sukhdev (Dave) Aujla

List of Riding Representatives

Abbotsford: Brenda Leiren

Burnaby-North Seymour: Margaret (Peggy) Stewart


Margaret Stewart owns niche publisher Magnetewan Books, who released “Radio Ladies” in 2012.  B.A.(Engl.Lit) SFU 2000, background as paralegal and broadcaster.  Family involved with Liberals since 1838 Toronto (some were jailed for hiding MacKenzie rebels) and loves her beautiful Riding with great passion.

Burnaby South:  Mindi Cofman

Caribou-Prince George: John DeGrace

john-degrace-600x600Now semi-retired, John DeGrace is a professional geoscientist with many years experience working in prospective areas of both eastern and western Canada. He also had a long history as a senior university administrator, acting as Director of Research Development and later as University Registrar at UPEI in Charlottetown; and then as Registrar and University Secretary at UNBC in Prince George.

Chilliwack-Hope: Vic Froese

Cloverdale-Langley City: Marilyn Fischer

Marilyn worked with Legal Services of BC and then as a social worker at Child and Family Services BC, Royal Columbian Hospital and Langley Memorial Hospital. She volunteers at the Langley Seniors’ Resource Center, she launched Senior Life Choices Consulting Service and she was appointed to the Senior Advisory Council of Langley. She Chairs Triple A Seniors Housing, she is a member of Langley Seniors Action Table and she is President of her strata council.

Courtenay-Alberni: Pat Kermeen

Delta: Phil Horan

Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke: Mel Dobres

Fleetwood-Port Kells: Ian Kennett

Kelowna-Lake Country: Judy Berg

Judy worked in senior management careers including communications for federal depts of employment, immigration, unemployment insurance and western economic diversification. She held leadership positions in a children’s rehabilitation hospital, an inner city child care, and in employment and post-secondary education on First Nations communities. She authored a self-help book and has facilitated seminars on “achieving success” in Canada and the US.  She has a keen interest in policy development and stakeholder consultation processes.

Nanaimo-LadySmith:  Helen Shaw

Retired Professor (Critical Thinking, Advanced Composition, Media Studies)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith EDA:
Communications Chair 2013-2014
Policy Chair 2015-2019: Secretary 2016 to present
Parksville Probus Club:
Social Chair 2013-2015
Speakers Committee Member 2014 to present
Vice President 2015
President 2016 to present

North Island-Powell River: Shirley McLoughlin

North Okanagan-Shuswap: Penny Gabriel

North Vancouver: Joanne Barker

Port Moody-Coquitlam: Kay Norton

Saanich-Gulf Islands: Christine Blackburn BA, HBSW, MAIS

christine-blackburn-600x600As a lab technician, Christine came to Canada from England and worked at the Universities of Toronto and Western Ontario. In Ontario she worked as a journalist and in distance education. .  Christine has recently retired from her position as assistant to the Health Promotion Director, Department of National Defence, Esquimalt, to complete her Masters of Integrated Studies, Athabasca University. She serves on the executive of a United Church children’s camp.

South Surrey-White Rock: Judith Higginbotham

Surrey-Newton: Tirath Sarai

Vancouver Centre: Jennifer Canas

Vancouver Quadra:  Doreen Braverman

Vancouver-Granville:  Candice Hartman

Victoria: Syd Haskell

West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky: Judith Berg

Ridings that Need Reps

  • Cowichan–Malahat–Langford
  • Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo
  • Kootenay–Columbia
  • Langley-Aldergrove
  • Mission–Matsqui–Fraser Canyon
  • New Westminster–Burnaby
  • North Okanagan-Shuswap
  • Pitt meadows-Maple Ridge
  • Prince George–Peace River–Northern Rockies
  • Richmond Centre
  • Skeena-Buckley Valley
  • South Okanagan–West Kootenay
  • Steveston- Richmond East
  • Surrey Center
  • Vancouver East
  • Vancouver Kingsway