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B.C. Minister turns political.

A VANCOUVER MINISTER is taking her pastoral care skills into politics. Rev. Jane Swatridge, minister at West Vancouver, said it was her ability to listen--along with an eclectic set of skills--that made MP John Weston offer her a job as his executive assistant.

In her new position, she will be responsible for coordinating three constituency offices, listening to people in a riding she calls massive geographically and demographically, and acting on behalf of the Conservative MP. He describes me as his 'alter ego,' she said. When he has to be in Ottawa, I'm him.

Before she entered ordained ministry 12 years ago, Swatridge took her undergraduate degree in political science, worked in legal publishing, and then in marketing and advertising.

This is the culmination of everything I'd done. One of the reasons I want to do this is because of the magnitude of the changes you can make in people's lives--and you can do it in good time.

The riding spans six coastal communities, and boasts the longest name in Canada West Vancouver--Sun-shine Coast--Sea to Sky Country.

--C. Purvis

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Title Annotation:Community News; Jane Swatridge
Author:Purvis, C.
Publication:Presbyterian Record
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CBRI
Date:Sep 1, 2011
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