David is our Conservative Party of Canada Candidate in Saanich-Gulf Islands. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry, and Nursing from Laurentian University. David also has a Juris Doctor of Law from the University of Alberta. Prior to law school, David worked for years in our Hospitals as a critical care nurse, and has taught clinical nursing for both the University of Alberta, and Laurentian University.
After completing his law degree David spent a year working with the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta before articling with a prominent national law firm. In 2007 he relocated to Vancouver where he spent seven years working for British Columbia’s largest provincial firm as a civil litigator. When his wife finished her fellowship in Cardiology, David and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Rajala, relocated to Saanich to start their family. As a litigator David has appeared before all levels of court in both British Columbia and Alberta on a variety of matters and currently practices law under his own name here in Saanich.
An avid outdoorsman, David can be found running at Elk Lake or cycling around Saanich. He also enjoys camping with his wife and their boys at Goldstream Park. Interested in politics since high school, David has served as a volunteer with the party in a number of capacities over the past decade, including Membership Chair, Policy Chair, Candidate Nomination Committee Chair, and as Official Agent. Most recently, David was the Conservative Candidate in the 2019 election and has been active with the local community and Conservative Association since. David and Jennifer have two young sons, Gregory and Alexander.
David’s local community involvement includes:
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary – Director – 2014 to 2018
Victoria Bar Association – Director – 2016 to 2020
First Open Heart Society of Victoria – Director – 2014 to 2016
Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay – Volunteer – 2018 to present
Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign – Volunteer – 2017 to present
Saanich–Gulf Islands Conservative Association – Director – 2015 to present
Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association – Director – 2020 to present
- J.D. Law – University of Alberta – 2005
- BSc. Nursing – Laurentian University – 1999
- BSc. Biochemistry – Laurentian University – 1997