CHARLOTTETOWN - The Green Party of Prince Edward Island announced the first nomination contestant to be approved to seek the Green Party of PEI nomination for the upcoming by-election in District 10, Chris van Ouwerkerk.
Chris van Ouwerkerk has never followed a set path. He’s also never stopped working since he started in a grocery store meat department at 14. His journey started in Charlottetown at the QEH as the son of long haul truck driver and a Registered Nurse, and that journey has included touring parts of Canada and the United States in a band, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in History from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Law degree from the University of New Brunswick, starting a beef jerky brand and opening a butcher shop all while driving back and forth between PEI and New Brunswick for the first 2 years, while also falling in love and having a daughter with his wife Jenn. He has been lucky enough to live in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Saint John, New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Ottawa, Ontario and Vancouver British Columbia while never staying away from PEI for too long.
As the founder and owner of Jercules: Fine Beef Jerky since June 2015 and Butcher & Butcher: Fine Island Meat since January 2016, he has used his position to raise funds for and support many community organizations including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Pride PEI, the Boys and Girls Club, Maritime Greyhound Adoption Program, the REACH Foundation, Inner City Youth Skills Camps, Big Brothers Big Sisters, among many others.
Chris became a father for the first time in August, 2020. He was also admitted to the Bar in 2020. He lives in Charlottetown with his wife Jenn and his daughter Elsie.
Chris van Ouwerkerk contact information for media inquiries: 902-314-0725
The party has set a deadline of noon on Sunday, October 4th as the deadline for any new nomination applications.
A nomination meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30pm at the Irish Cultural Centre (582 N River Rd). The proceedings will be broadcast online, with members residing in District 10 given first preference for the limited in-person participation that can be accommodated. Pre-registration of in-person meeting participants is required.