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Mike Olscamp
MLA, Tantramar

Michael (Mike) Robert Olscamp was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the Sept. 18, 2006, provincial election. A Progressive Conservative MLA, he represents the constituency of Tantramar. He is a member of the standing committees on estimates and privileges. He is the official Opposition critic in areas of interest relating to agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries.

He was born in Campbellton and he lives in Sackville, where he has spent his entire professional life living and working with the people of Tantramar.

Following graduation from Campbellton Composite High School, Olscamp achieved journeyman status as an electrician. In 1972-73, he enrolled in the vocational teacher training program at the New Brunswick Institute of Technology in Moncton. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Education (Vocational Education) from the University of Moncton.

His belief in the importance of tradeís instruction led him to a career teaching vocational education at Tantramar Regional High School in Sackville. He gained valuable administrative experience while serving as vice-principal of TRHS in the early 1980s.

His unique set of skills was recognized by the federal government in the early 1990s when he was recruited as director of inmate programs at the Westmorland Institution in Dorchester.

Returning to a career in the field of public education, he taught at Port Elgin Regional Memorial School for four years. He then returned to TRHS to instil his love of history and ability in French in a generation of Tantramar students.

A sports enthusiast, Olscamp spent three decades coaching the Tantramar area youth. He coached basketball from the elementary through high school levels winning three provincial championships at the high school level. Prior to being elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, he served as the assistant coach of the Mount Allison Mounties Menís basketball team. For a number of years, he coached football at Tantramar High School.

Olscamp and his wife, Karen, a retired music teacher, have two sons, Andrew and William.

Last updated : 5/13/2010