Val Anderson was first elected in 1991 and was re-elected in 1996, and again in 2001. During his time in Opposition Mr. Anderson served as the Deputy Critic for Social Services. He currently serves on the Government Caucus Committee on Communities & Safety. He is also a member of the Legislative Select Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs and Health, as well as serving on the Multicultural Committee. He previously served as a member of the Legislative Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct.
Prior to serving as an MLA, Val was a minister in the United Church of Canada and a former professor at the Vancouver School of Theology. He was coordinator and editor of Canadian Multi Faith Action.
Val has been active in community work. He was the founding chair of the Vancouver Food Bank and the Pacific Youth and Family Addiction Service Society. He received the Good Neighbour Award in 1990 along with honours from the Social Justice Foundation of BC.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Divinity from St. Andrew's College. He has a Master of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and has completed two years on a doctoral program at Boston School of Theology.
Val and Joyce Anderson have three children and four grandchildren.