Mary Ann Murphy is set to be acclaimed as the Liberal Party’s candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.
The official acclamation takes place tonight at a celebration in West Kelowna.
Murphy’s background includes experience as a juvenile probation officer, social planning and research consultant, and as a strategic planner for both the Government of Ontario and a 500-bed chronic care hospital.
She has senior-level policy experience, having worked as a project manager for an Assistant Deputy Minister and as one of two staff to a 13 member committee of Ontario deputy ministers developing an anti-poverty agenda for that province.
As a doctoral student, Mary Ann worked at the United Nations (Vienna) on preparation for the first UN International Year of Older Persons. She was one of three recipients of a $150,000 Health and Welfare Canada Doctoral Fellowship.
Murphy is currently an associate professor at UBC Okanagan and holds a Cross-Appointment in Aging between the Irving K. Barber School of Arts of Sciences, and the Faculty of Health and Social Development. She is a leading UBC expert in the areas of seniors, aging, demographics, families, and global and comparative public policy.