Wayne Stetski is the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia. He was elected to the House of Commons in 2015 and has been named the party’s critic for National Parks.
Stetski has spent his entire life in public service. A former Mayor of Cranbrook from 2011 to 2014, he focused on bringing a collaborative approach to City Hall. As Kootenay Regional Manager for the BC Ministry of Environment, Stetski represented the region on the Columbia River Treaty Local Government Committee and the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Treaty Advisory Committee. He oversaw the Environmental Stewardship Division for the East and West Kootenays, responsible for Fish and Wildlife, BC Parks and Ecosystems, managing a multimillion dollar budget and a large staff with offices in Cranbrook, Nelson, Revelstoke and Invermere.
Stetski also cochaired the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program and was the Provincial Authority Member overseeing the management of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.
Following his retirement from the BC government, Stetski was the Manager of the East Kootenay Conservation Program.
Stetski and his wife Audrey have lived in Cranbrook for 25 years. He has given back to his community in many roles, including Chair of the Cranbrook/Kimberley United Way, Chair of the College of the Rockies Math and Science Advisory Committee, and Coach/Manager with Cranbrook minor hockey and Cranbrook minor ball.