Jane Thornthwaite was re-elected to a third term as MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour in 2017. On December 18, 2014, she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Child Mental Health and Anti-Bullying for the Minister of Children and Family Development. She is also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow. She also chairs the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, and is a member of Select Standing Committees Crown Corporations and Education.
Jane Thornthwaite was re-elected to a third term as MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour in 2017.
On December 18, 2014, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Child Mental Health and Anti-Bullying for the Minister of Children and Family Development. She was responsible for promoting two school-based programs, the anti-anxiety mental health FRIENDS program and ERASE Bullying. Jane produced videos on the FRIENDS program and anti-cyberbullying tips for parents, teachers, and students.
Jane was chair of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, which published an extensive report on child and youth mental health in British Columbia in January 2016. Many of the recommendations included in the report have been acted on by government.
Jane is an advocate for many causes including animal welfare, B.C.’s film and television industry, and her local search and rescue organization, North Shore Rescue.
In March of 2013, Jane introduced a private member’s bill titled Standards of Care for Breeders of Companion Animals, which outlined specific requirements for dog and cat breeders in B.C. to ensure the welfare of their animals. Her advocacy led to legislation being introduced in the spring of 2017 to help shut down puppy mills.
Prior to being elected as MLA, Jane served as School Trustee for the North Vancouver Board of Education. She was elected Chair of the board in December 2008.
Previously, Jane was a Registered Dietitian R.D.N. (B.Sc., B.H.E.) with a 22-year career in health care, including positions in hospital dietetics and community health, as a UBC instructor, as a corporate nutritionist for an international health food chain, and as a national sales representative for an international pharmaceutical firm.
As a former self-employed health consultant, Jane has experience operating a small business and supporting a family as a mother of three children.
She has an extensive volunteer career in North Vancouver and has lived there for 27 years.