Rick Lebitschnig grew up in Crofton and his first political memories are of Orange and black Tommy Douglas signs on his grandfather’s lawn. Rick joined the NDP in 1976 to attend the Young New Democrats Convention in New Westminster as a visitor.

Later that year, he returned to Crofton and joined the Cowichan-Malahat Provincial NDP executive as the YND rep. and later alternate Provincial Council Delegate for a short while before moving away for school and work.

Rick has been active in the NDP as an executive member and as a campaign volunteer almost continuously since joining the party, serving on various Provincial and Federal executives in Prince Rupert, Prince George, North Vancouver and Kamloops before returning to Crofton in 2006 and joining the Cowichan-Ladysmith executive as a member at large.

Rick joined the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford EDA in 2015. During the 2015 Federal Election, Rick was a member of the data coordination team.