Member of Parliament
Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Steven was raised in Manitoba and obtained a degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Manitoba.
He worked in the mining industry until a car accident left him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down. In spite of this, Steven went on to return to university and obtain a Master of Business Administration (MBA). During this time, he also served two terms as President of the University of Manitoba’s Students Union.
First elected to the House of Commons in 2004, Steven has been re-elected ever since. He is the first permanently disabled person to be elected to Parliament. Most recently, he was appointed Minister of State (Democratic Reform).
Stephen has enjoyed serving on numerous boards and community organizations. In 2002, he received the Commemorative Medal for the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee. He has also been inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and received the Christopher Reeve Award from the Canadian Paraplegic Association in 2010.
A biography of Steven’s life was released in the fall of 2008, called “What Do You Do If You Don’t Die, The Steven Fletcher Story”, written by Linda McIntosh.