About Carole

Class Photo

Class photo at South Park Elementary.
A class photo at South Park Elementary, where Carole attended as a child.

Family Dinner as a Child

Carole at a family dinner as a child.
Carole as a child at a family dinner.

Birthday Party

Carole blowing out the candles on a birthday cake.
An early birthday party.

Christmas

A typical childhood Christmas with her foster brothers and sisters.
A typical childhood Christmas shared with some of Carole's many foster brothers and sisters.

Four Generations

Four generations of women in Carole's family.
Four generations of women in Carole's family.

Carole and the Kids

Carole with her children: a young Alison and baby Evan.
Carole with her children: a young Alison and baby Evan.

Wedding

Carole and Albert Gerow on their wedding day, with children Evan and Alison.
Carole and Albert Gerow on their wedding day, with children Evan and Alison.

Meadow

Carole sitting in a meadow full of flowers.
Enjoying a sunny day and a beautiful meadow full of flowers.

Carole James was elected MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill in 2005 and served as Leader of the Official Opposition in our province for seven years. She is honoured to serve the people of the community she grew up in, raised her children in, and continues to live in.

Carole is the Official Opposition spokesperson for Finance. She previously served as Opposition critic for Children and Family Development.

A community leader for over 25 years, Carole served as President of the B.C. School Trustees Association for an unprecedented five terms, commencing in 1995.

She was elected to the Greater Victoria School Board from 1990 to 2001. She has also served at the national level as the Vice-President of the Canadian School Boards Association. Her experience and dedication to communities is reflected in a number of appointments to provincial initiatives, including the Independent B.C. Budget Review Panel, the Public Education Restructuring Consultation, and the Ministry of Children and Families Secure Care Committee.

In addition to serving a two-year term as the Director of Child Care Policy for the Government of British Columbia, she has served on the Greater Victoria Region Social Planning Council, the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Task Force on Violence Prevention.

In recognition of her work in the area of co-operative pre-schools, she was named an Honourary Life Member of the Vancouver Island Co-operative Pre-School Association.

Summer Vacation

Carole and Al on a beach with mountains in the background.
Carole and husband Al on holiday in 2010.

Picking Berries

Carole sitting and picking berries.
Picking berries.

Charlie's Closeup

Close-up shot of baby Charlie
Grandson Charlie, born February 3, 2011

Hayden

Toddler Hayden in a playground.
Charlie's big sister, Hayden

Evan and Charlie

Evan holding his baby son on the couch.
Carole's son and new dad, Evan, with son Charlie.

Beach Day

Family members sitting on the beach.
Carole's family at the beach.

Carole and Charlie

Close-up of Carole holding her grandson.
A proud grandma!

Al and Charlie

Close-up of husband Al with baby grandson.
...and a proud grandpa!

Hayden on the swing

Carole pushing her young granddaughter on the swing.
Having fun with granddaughter Hayden at the park.

Alison, Chris and Charlie

Daughter Alison, with husband Chris, and nephew Charlie.
Daughter Alison, with husband Chris, and nephew Charlie.

In 2001, Carole moved to Prince George to serve as the Director of Child and Family Services for Carrier Sekani Family Services. As part of her management responsibilities, she coordinated the planning for regionalization of child and family services from the Ministry of Children and Families to an Aboriginal Authority. In July 2003, just prior to becoming Leader of the BC New Democrats, she became Coordinator with the Northern Aboriginal Authority for Families.

In November of 2003 Carole was elected Leader of the BC New Democrats, and served as Leader of the Opposition in the BC Legislature from May 2005 to December 2010.

Carole is married to Albert Gerow, a First Nations artist and elected Chief of the Burns Lake First Nation. She’s the mother of two children, Alison and Evan, and a proud grandparent to Hayden and Charlie. She was a foster parent for over 20 years, giving care to children and adults with special needs.