(born May 27, 1966) is a Canadian
politician, who was elected to the Canadian House of Commons
in a by-election
on November 9, 2009, representing the electoral district
of New Westminster—Coquitlam
as a member of the New Democratic Party
.. The Globe and Mail
, November 9, 2009. Prior to his election as a federal MP, he served two terms on city council in his hometown of Coquitlam, British Columbia
An environmental activist
, Donnelly has been active in raising public awareness of the rivers
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
. 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.