Melanie Mark will be B.C.’s tourism minister

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Last week, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced his top cabinet picks, and selected Vancouver-Mount Pleasant MLA Melanie Mark as the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

Mark holds the distinction of being the first First Nations woman to serve in the B.C. Legislature.

She was elected to the riding in 2016 and previously served as the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, before being given this new assignment.

Mark’s appointment was heralded by the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA).

“We look forward to working closely with Melanie Mark, the new Minister of Tourism, Arts Culture and Sport to tackle the significant challenges facing the industry, and ultimately moving the sector down the path to economic recovery,” said TOTA President and chief executive officer Glenn Mandziuk.

Mandziuk is currently serving as the chair of the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat.

The organization is a collaboration between the province’s regional destination management organizations and is giving key input on the province’s tourism recovery plan.

Joel Barde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sun Peaks Independent News Inc.