Hedy Fry has been the MP for Vancouver Centre since 1993. Prior to the 2015 election she was the party’s health critic and the BC Caucus Chair. As an MP she has served as Secretary of State for the Status of Women and Multiculturalism, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
She also worked on cabinet committees on such issues as health, justice, human rights and social development. Her priorities for her riding include tourism, including promoting the burgeoning film industry and growing small business.
Fry has represented Canada around the world including at United Nations multilateral conventions, La Francophonie and the Commonwealth. She was Canada’s representative at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban. Prior to the conference she led the first UN Youth Against Racism Secretariat. She was recently named the Special Representative on Gender Issues of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly.
Fry was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She has an undergraduate degree in French, Spanish and English literature and won a scholarship to study for a Master’s in English literature at Oxford University but opted instead to study medicine. She did a one-year intensive program earning her a Bachelor of Science before going on to complete her medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland.
Fry emigrated to Canada in 1970 and began practicing family medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital for more than 20 years. During this time she served as president of the Vancouver Medical Association, the BC Medical Association and the Federation of Medical Women. She was also active in the Canadian Medical Association.
Fry worked with the Premier of British Columbia, Bill Vander Zalm, to create Canada’s first retirement plan for doctors. She also led the CMA to recognized the importance of aboriginal self-governance as a determinant in aboriginal health.
Fry lives in Vancouver and has three grown children.