Sonia Furstenau was elected as the member for Cowichan Valley in 2017 and 2020. She is the Leader of the BC Green Party and their House Leader.
Sonia's constituency work is focused on continued efforts to protect Cowichan Valley watersheds, facilitating conversation between Government and community groups about child wellness, advocating for updated infrastructure in health and education, and supporting First Nations' leadership.
Prior to her election to the Legislature, Sonia served as Area B Director for the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) for three years.
Sonia has long been involved in grassroots advocacy. She was National Administrator for Results Canada, a non-profit that works to end extreme poverty, and she served on the Board of Directors for Oikocredit, an international microcredit organization. Sonia was a volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby, which is committed to finding solutions to the challenge of climate change.
Sonia has worked as a teacher in the Victoria School District and in Shawnigan, where she taught History, English, and Theory of Knowledge. Sonia has a BA and an MA in History from the University of Victoria.
When not in Victoria, Sonia spends time with her family enjoying the local arts, food, culture, and the many hiking trails of the Cowichan Valley.