Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cariboo-North MLA race grows to 4

Richard Jacques
BC Green Candidate - Cariboo-North
This afternoon - the race to become the 2017-21 MLA for Cariboo-North grew to 4 with the introduction of Richard Jacques from the BC Green Party.  Mr. Jacques also ran in the October 2015 Federal Election for the Green Party of Canada in the riding of Cariboo-Prince George, where he was not successful in that election

His bio from the BC Green Party website is below:

Richard is married and has 6 children, the two youngest are still at home, the rest are pursuing post-secondary educational studies. Richard is currently completing his British Columbia Teacher Certification through Faculty of Education at UBC.

After a tenure with the Manitoba Dept. of Corrections, Richard attended the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan; he was later posted throughout the Province of British Columbia where he would spend many productive years in First Nations Community Policing. For his work on the Organizing Committees for the 1997 APEC Conference and the 2001 Summit of the Americas, Richard was awarded two Prime Minister's Commendation for Service. In 2002, Richard was a founding member of the Sacred Wolf Native Friendship Centre in Port Hardy, BC. The Centre, which still operates today provides child protection, healing, and mental wellness services for the surrounding Indigenous communities.

During his lengthy career in First Nations policing, Richard and his family relocated numerous time across Canada; he spent much of his free time volunteering as a firefighter in both Fort St. James and Takla Landing before finally retiring in 2008 to pursue teaching full time.

In the fall of 2012, Richard was offered a teaching position in a remote First Nations community of St. Theresa's Point in northern Manitoba; he accepted the position, taught the Police Foundations Course; many of his graduates went on to join the Island Lake Tribal Police Force. He returned to UBC with his family in the fall of 2013 and continued his studies in Indigenous Education.

In the fall of 2015, Richard decided to pursue his passion for teaching at the K-12 level, he applied to the Faculty of Education University of British Columbia, he was accepted into the B.Ed./NITEP (Native Indian Teachers Education Program) where he is currently completing his Graduate Studies as Teacher Candidate

The other people in the race to become the 2017-21 MLA for Cariboo-North includes incumbent MLA Coralee Oakes from the BC Liberal Party, current Quesnel City Councillor (and BC NDP Candidate) Scott Elliott and current School District #28 (Quesnel) Board of Education Vice-Chair (and BC Conservative Party Candidate) Tony Goulet

The 41st BC General Election takes place on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017


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