Senator Nancy Greene Raine
In my remaining time as a Senator, I will continue to work on promoting healthy living among Canadians. Canada is facing a crisis due to inactivity and poor nutritional choices resulting in rising rates of obesity, especially among children. This threatens the sustainability of our health care system.
Nancy Greene Raine, O.C., O.B.C. was appointed to the Senate in January 2009 by Prime Minister Harper to represent the province of British Columbia, primarily the Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay region.
Ms. Greene Raine is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia and a member of both Sports Halls of Fame. She was named Canada’s female athlete of the 20th century by the Canadian Press and Broadcast News. She won gold and silver medals in alpine skiing at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics and overall World Cup titles in 1967 and 1968. Her total of 14 World Cup victories (including the Olympics) is still a Canadian record. During her nine-year career she won a total of 17 Canadian Championship titles.
Since retiring from active competition, Ms. Greene Raine has been an advocate of sport both as a healthy recreation and for tourism. She and her husband Al Raine were instrumental in the early development of the Whistler-Blackcomb Resort and Sun Peaks Resort where Ms. Greene Raine has the title of Director of Skiing. She was Chancellor of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops from 2004-2011.
Since being appointed to the Senate, Ms. Greene Raine has been a member of the Senate Committee for Aboriginal Peoples, the Senate Committee for Fisheries and Oceans, and the Senate Committee for Social Affairs, Science and Technology.
Nancy Greene Raine has a passion for the promotion of health and fitness among Canadians. In 2014, her Bill to establish the first Saturday in June annually as National Health and Fitness Day across Canada passed unanimously in both the Senate and House of Commons.
Ms. Greene Raine and her husband Al have been married for more than 45 years and have 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren.