Sindi Hawkins was appointed Deputy Speaker on September 12, 2005 and has previously served as Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations and as Minister of Health Planning.
Ms. Hawkins also served as Official Opposition critic for health, and for employment and investment. She sat on the Select Standing Committees on Health and Social Services, and on Women's Equality. She also sat on the Official Opposition Caucus Committee on Health.
She was first elected in 1996 to represent the riding of Okanagan West. She was re-elected in 2001 in the new riding of Kelowna-Mission.
Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, Ms. Hawkins worked as a registered nurse in general duty, intensive care, management, education and consulting. She set up her own company as a lawyer with an interest in medical-legal issues. She received both her bachelor of nursing and her bachelor of law degrees from the University of Calgary . Ms. Hawkins has a post-graduate certificate in neuroscience nursing from the Montreal Neurological Hospital . She was recognized as one of the first nurses in Canada to be certified in neuroscience nursing by the Canadian Nurses Association.
Ms. Hawkins has been involved in preventing elder abuse, served on an anti-racism committee and worked with a non-profit society to aid visible minority and immigrant women. She has been involved with and has supported numerous charitable and non-profit fundraising events in her community.
Ms. Hawkins lives in Kelowna.