DR. ROBERT KITCHEN – MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
Dr. Robert Kitchen was elected as Souris-Moose Mountain’s Member of Parliament on October 19, 2015. Robert won with 70.1% of the vote. On November 20, 2015 Robert was appointed Critic for Sport under the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet.
Born in England while his father, Major-General C.G. Kitchen (retired), was serving overseas for the Canadian Military, Robert had a unique opportunity to travel the world at a young age. He was exposed to many different government structures in countries such as England, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and the United States, leaving him with an interest in politics at a very young age.
After graduating from high school Robert attended the University of Waterloo, graduating with a B.Sc (Hons.) degree in Kinesiology. He then attended Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), followed by a two-year specialty fellowship in Chiropractic Clinical Sciences. This included a six-month residency working through the Royal University Hospital department of Orthopedics in Saskatoon. Following the completion of his formal education, Robert was employed at the Chiropractic College for the purpose of coordinating and teaching neurology and orthopedics, while at the same time working as a Clinician. After moving to Estevan in 1989 and beginning his existing practice at Royal Heights Chiropractic Centre, he continued his education at the University of Regina in Educational Administration completing a Post-Graduate Diploma.
Robert met his wife, Donna, while he was attending Chiropractic College in 1981 and they have been married for over 30 years. They have lived for the past 25 years in Estevan and will always call it home. Donna has been a registered nurse her entire adult life and is currently a case manager for Estevan Home Care. They have also been fortunate to raise three wonderful children; Andrew, Kathryn and Stephen. They were raised in Estevan and are now working within the province; Andrew a teacher in Saskatoon, Kathryn a lawyer in Estevan and Stephen a Geologist also residing in Estevan. Robert and Donna are very proud of the commitment they have made to their education as well as the contributions they have made to their respective communities.
Robert considers himself a down to earth individual grounded in the everyday needs of a family. He has had the same challenges as most husbands and fathers when it comes to raising a family in today’s world. He believes that staying involved with your family is paramount to raising good citizens. Robert and Donna have always felt it was important to stay involved in their children’s lives and teach them respect and understanding. They were taught to respect and value their parents and grandparents before them – something Robert feels has shaped his civic responsibility as well as his children.
Robert has always tried to portray these values through his involvement within his community. In Estevan, Robert is involved with the community through a number of volunteer opportunities with various organizations. These include: the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, the Boy Scout movement, Estevan Minor Hockey, and Estevan Minor Soccer. Robert has always felt that he also has a corresponding responsibility to his profession. Within the Southeast health community, Robert has been a representative for the medical professionals in the initial changes to the health district. Additionally, he is the Chiropractic representative to the Sun Country Health Region Practitioner Liaison Committee and for four years was also a representative to the St Joseph’s Hospital ethics committee.
As a result of his involvement, Robert is also no stranger to provincial and federal committees. For six years he was the Registrar for the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan. This position involved regulating and monitoring chiropractors throughout the province to ensure their practices were safe and in the best interest of the public. He has served the past ten years on the executive of the Canadian Federation of Chiropractic Regulatory and Educational Boards, serving as President and Chairman for the past six years. Through this position Robert has had the opportunity to deal with labour mobility issues both nationally and internationally. As a result, he have been involved in developing standards for foreign trained practitioners from accredited and non-accredited programs and working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as well as the Department of Labor on the aspects of labor mobility.
With respect to his political involvement, Robert has supported and identified with Conservative values since a young age. As a result, he has volunteered with various Conservative organizations. While in University he was involved in many conventions and leadership campaigns in Ontario, both provincial and federal. He continued his involvement with Conservative politics once he and his family moved to Saskatchewan. Once here, Robert became involved with the Reform Party and assisted with Preston Manning’s visit to Estevan and attended the party’s convention in Vancouver. As the Reform party morphed into the Conservative Party Robert became a member of the Souris Moose Mountain Riding Association as a board member, a position he has held for a number of years. In October 2013, Robert and his Daughter had the opportunity to attend the CPC convention in Calgary as Souris-Moose Mountain delegates.