Steinbach, Manitoba , Canada
May 05, 2007 07:44pm
|Info||Born and raised in Steinbach, Kelvin has deep roots in South Eastern Manitoba. Whether helping out on his grandfather's farm in the Pansy/Grunthal area or volunteering at the Mennonite Museum in Steinbach, Kelvin's parents taught him the value of hard work. |
Following his graduation from the Steinbach Regional Secondary School in 1987, Kelvin enrolled in the University of Manitoba, ultimately earning his Honours degree in Commerce and a Bachelor's degree in Law. During this time he paid his way through University working evenings and weekends at what was then Penner Foods.
Early on, Kelvin realized the importance of community involvement in building a successful and compassionate province. He has served as Vice-President of Southeast Helping Hands Food Bank and of the Steinbach Arts Council and has been a Director for several other organizations. Kelvin is currently a member of the Southeast Rotary Club which raises money for wothwhile local causes.
In addition to working in a major financial institution and with a property development company, Kelvin worked for several years as the Executive Assistant to former Steinbach MLA's Albert Driedger and Jim Penner. He also served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Culture, Heritage and Citizenship, and was the first Legislative Intern to be elected to the Manitoba Legislature.
In 2003, Kelvin became the youngest MLA ever elected in the Steinbach Constituency. After serving as Critic for Conservation and Lotteries, Kelvin was appointed chief Justice Critic in January 2005. In 2006 he was also named House Leader for the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives. He serves on several committees including the Standing Committee of Justice.
Kelvin enjoys writing and has published several articles including in the Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law. In 2006 he published a book on the life of former Steinbach MLA, Jim Penner, entitled "A Life Well Lived."
In 1997, Kelvin married Kim Hiebert from New Bothwell and have one son Malachi who was born September 30, 2006. They have been members of Southland Community Church in Steinbach for the past 10 years.