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Terry Lake

Minister of Environment, Government of British Columbia, Canada

Terry Lake was appointed Minister of Environment on March 14, 2011 after he was first elected as MLA on May 12, 2009 for the riding of Kamloops-North Thompson.

Terry served as Parliamentary Secretary for the Ranching Task Force and Parliamentary Secretary for Health Promotion. He also led the Sled Dog Task Force, which resulted in the toughest animal cruelty laws in Canada. He has spearheaded campaigns to ban the use of exotic animals in circuses and legislation to reduce the use of cosmetic pesticides.

Committed to science-based approaches, Terry is a veterinarian and faculty member at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Terry served as the Mayor of Kamloops from 2005 to 2008 and as a city councillor from 2002 to 2005 at a time when Kamloops reached record employment and construction and was recognized for service to residents by the National Quality Institute. 

Terry is a recipient of the BC Veterinary Medical Association Award of Merit for service to the profession and has served as Vice President of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and Vice President of the Union of BC Municipalities. He was a member of the BC Transit Board of Directors for three years when transit service increased dramatically in Kamloops.

Community service has long been a part of Terry's life, whether serving as President of the Coquitlam Rotary Club in the 1990s or as president of the Kamloops Recreational Soccer League. He and his family continue to work in Sri Lanka to rebuild infrastructure and assist with stray animal control efforts.

Terry and his wife Lisa have three daughters, a dog and a cat. 

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