Norm Letnick was re-elected to a third term as MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country on May 9, 2017. He is the Official Opposition Health Critic and served four years as BC’s Minister of Agriculture. Norm has been married to Helene for 38 years, they have three adult children living in Kelowna and two grandchildren.
Prior to his election as an MLA in 2009, Norm sat on municipal council in both Kelowna (2005-08) and Banff (1992-98) and was a tenured associate professor in Okanagan University College’s business program. His business experience comes from having owned several financial services and technology-related small businesses.
Norm has and continues to serve the public in many ways apart from his elected role including: past president or chairperson of the Kelowna Gyro Club, Banff Rotary Club, a not-for-profit housing corporation, the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital Board, and the Kelowna Affordable Housing Task Force. The Canadian Cancer Society Community Champion Award recipient, Norm is currently a member of the Kelowna Rotary Club, both the Kelowna and Lake Country Chambers of Commerce and chair of the 5th annual walk up Knox Mountain for Health and World Peace.
Norm has volunteered all his life including over a decade of serving the homeless at Kelowna’s Inn from the Cold, The Kelowna Gospel Mission, and purchasing a fourplex for use by the Kelowna Welcome Inn Society as a transition home from addictions. He is the lead organizer for the Lake Country Terry Fox Run, and is a volunteer baby hugger at the Kelowna General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Norm holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a Rhodes Scholarship nomination from the University of Calgary, a Master of Business Administration from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, and achieved candidacy status for a PhD in Health Economics from the University of British Columbia and writes monthly columns for the Kelowna Daily Courier on health matters.