Murphy carries Liberal flag

Dr. Mary Ann Murphy will be the Liberal Party of Canada’s candidate in the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola in this fall's federal election.

Murphy will officially be acclaimed this evening at a celebration in West Kelowna.

Murphy holds a Ph.D. in health and social policy from the Heller School of Public Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Boston, with a dissertation on Canadian Constitutional Litigation and Social Policy. She also holds a masters degree in social work from the University of Calgary, and a B.a. from the University of Alberta.

Her practice background includes experience as a juvenile probation officer, social planning and research consultant, and as a strategic planner for the government of Ontario and a 500-bed chronic care hospital.

She has senior level policy experience, having worked as a project manager for an assistant deputy minister and as one of two staff to a 13-member committee of Ontario deputy ministers developing an anti-poverty agenda for that province. 

As a doctoral student, Murphy worked at the United Nations (in Vienna) on preparation for the first UN International Year of Older Persons. She was one of three recipients of a $150,000 Health and Welfare Canada doctoral fellowship.

She is an associate professor at UBC Okanagan and holds a cross-appointment in aging between the Irving K. Barber School of Arts of Sciences, and the Faculty of Health and Social Development. She is a leading UBC expert in the areas of seniors, aging, demographics, families, and global and comparative public policy.

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