Brewin, Hon. Gretchen Mann
Speaker of the House, B.C. Legislature
Gretchen Mann Brewin was elected as the New Democratic Party's candidate representing the constituency of Victoria-Beacon Hill in 1991 and 1996. In 1996 she was appointed Deputy Speaker and in 1998 became Speaker of the House in the B.C. Legislature.
Born on December 23, 1938 in Ottawa, the daughter of Walter and Marjorie Mann.
Ms. Brewin obtained her B.A.(honors) degree from the University of Victoria. She served as a trustee with the Scarborough Board of Education from 1969 to 1972. She was an NDP candidate in the 1979 federal election. Elected to Victoria city council the same year, she served as a councilor until chosen the city's first woman mayor in 1985, and served in this office for two consecutive terms, also chairing the City of Victoria Police Board. She was a member of the Victoria Commonwealth Games board of directors; member of the board of directors for the B.C.Ferry Corporation; member of the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada; member of Capital Regional District Board; member of Greater Victoria Water District and Provincial Capital Commission. She also served on the Native Friendship Centre Capital Project committee, Silver Threads Service, Project Literacy, Capital Regional Housing Corporation, and B.C. Transit Commission. Ms. Brewin is a member of the Anglican church.
She has four adult children, Gillian, Andrew, Jennifer and Allison, and six grandchildren.
Interests include women's issues, the arts and her family.
Constituency office: 970 Blanshard, Victoria. Telephone: (250)382-9898.