Hon. Mary Collins P.C.
From 1984 - 93 Mary served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament representing the constituency of Capilano – Howe Sound in BC. From 1989-93 she was a Cabinet Minister and was the first woman to hold the position of Associate Minister of National Defence. She also served as Minister of Health, Status of Women, Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State for Environment.
After spending five years in Russia working with the World Health Organization on health reform and health policy, she returned to Vancouver in late 2007, and is now the Director of the Secretariat of the BC Healthy Living Alliance and continues to participate in many national and international health related events.
She was a Study Group Chair in the 1980 Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Conference, was involved in establishing the Canadian Governor General’s Study Conference and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Canada/Caribbean Emerging Leaders Dialogue.
Mary was born in Vancouver and graduated from Queen’s University in Political Science. She has three adult children and continues to be an active participant in many community activities and Boards as well in the advancement of women in political life. She is a member of the Vancouver Police Board, executive member of the Vancouver International Women’s Forum, and Advisor to the Congress of Women Voters.
She has honorary degrees from Royal Roads Military College and Royal Roads University. She was the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from Queen’s University in 1999 and in 2009, was the inaugural recipient of the Kathleen Beaumont Hill award given by the Vancouver Queen’s University Alumni for service to the university and the country.