|MP for New Westminster—Coquitlam|
|Preceded by||Dawn Black|
May 27, 1966 |
New Westminster, British Columbia
|Political party||New Democrat|
|Residence||Coquitlam, British Columbia|
Fin Donnelly (born May 27, 1966) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election on November 9, 2009, representing the electoral district of New Westminster—Coquitlam as a member of the New Democratic Party. Prior to his election as a federal MP, he served two terms on city council in his hometown of Coquitlam.
An environmental activist, Donnelly has been active in raising public awareness of the rivers and watersheds of his home province of British Columbia. He has made fourteen marathon swims covering 3,200 km of BC's rivers, lakes and the ocean, including twice swimming the 1,400 km length of the Fraser River, saying Donnelly, after he swam the length of the Fraser River for the second time, to a man who accompanied him in a kayak, “wouldn’t it be amazing to get a program to have an experience that I just had.” The purpose of these swims has been to draw attention to the environmental impacts on rivers, stimulate critical thought and promote community stewardship.
Donnelly founded the Rivershed Society of British Columbia in 1996. The society's vision is one of people making sustainable lifestyle choices in the Fraser River Basin. Since founding the society, he has made over 500 presentations to more than 40,000 people, and has visited 150 schools in 50 BC communities. He was elected to Coquitlam City Council as a councillor in 2002.
A graduate of the University of Victoria with a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, Donnelly lives with his wife Lynda in Coquitlam.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Fin Donnelly||23023||-||–||–|
|Total valid votes||–||100.00%||–|
|By-election on November 9, 2009
resignation of Dawn Black
|New Democratic||Fin Donnelly||12,129||49.6||+7.8|
|Total valid votes||24,442|
|Total rejected ballots||–|
- "Tories take two in byelections". The Globe and Mail, November 9, 2009.
- Granger, Grant. "New Westminster News Leader - Turning the Fraser into a classroom". New Westminster News Leader. New Westminster News Leader. Retrieved September 6, 2012.