Saturday, January 31, 2009

John Nuraney - Burnaby-Willingdon

Today we are praying for John Nuraney, the MLA for Burnaby-Willingdon

John Nuraney was first elected as MLA for the riding of Burnaby-Willingdon in the 2001 provincial general election and was re-elected in 2005.  John has served on a variety of parliamentary committees such as the Select Standing Committees on Health and Finance and Government Services. He is also a member of the Government Multicultural Caucus Committee, Asian Economic Development Committee and the Government Caucus Committee for Education. Earlier he served as Chair of the Special Committee to Review the Police Complaints Process. John was also a member of the Government Caucus Committee for Health.

John owns five A&W Restaurants, and since 1978 has built seven new restaurants, creating over 100 new jobs. From 1955 to 1957 John trained with the Jubilee Insurance Company in Mombasa, Kenya, following which he obtained his professional insurance designation while working in London and Zurich.

John was the Financial Director of an international company until 1966 when he purchased and operated, until 1973, a successful electronic and music business which worked in partnership with Decca Records in Brussels recording, producing and distributing Zairian music.

John immigrated to Canada from Zaire in 1974 after his assets and business were nationalized by the Zairian government in 1973. After settling in Vancouver John worked with MacNaughton & Ward as a commercial insurance agent and a commercial realtor until 1978. John earned the Vancouver Real Estate Board's Medallion Status in 1977.

John's volunteer and community service experience included: Burnaby Rotary Club director and past president; Michael J. Fox Theatre director; Metrotown Community Policing Advisory Group member; and Family Services of Greater Vancouver director. John is an active volunteer helping to meet the needs of the less fortunate; he instigated the "Penny Harvest" project which feeds hungry children in Burnaby, a project which to date has served over 3,000 meals.

Born in Kenya, John has lived in the constituency for five years; he and his wife Gulshan have three children. John enjoys outdoor activities as well as chess and bridge and speaks French, Swahili, Lingala, Hindi and Gujarati.

Heavenly Father we lift up John Nuraney to you and ask that you would pour out blessings upon him 100 fold so he can continue to be used to bless others. Here is a man of great and diverse experience. We see his heart towards he needs of people and the action that he has taken to help. Continue to use him within his community to effect change and use him within the political realm to bring greater understanding in the areas of business, finance and job creation. We give thanks for the time he devotes to being a volunteer and to community service. Give him fresh insights to bring to the table that will be both helpful and a blessing to the people he works with and the community he lives in.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Senator Richard Neufeld

Today we are praying for Senator Richard Neufeld.

Richard Neufeld has spent close to two decades in public service to the people of British Columbia. First elected to represent the riding of Peace River North in 1991, Mr. Neufeld has been re-elected on three separate occasions. Since 2001 Mr. Neufeld has served as British Columbia’s Minister of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources. Mr. Neufeld has also served as the on the council of Fort Nelson, including five years as mayor. Prior to his involvement in public life, Mr. Neufeld owned and operated his own business.

Heavenly Father, we bring Senator Neufeld before you.  We thank you for the promotion that you have brought to his life.  We ask that as he moves into this new area of service that You would go before him and help him as he makes adjustments.  Let your blessing be on his family as this transition will affect them as well.  Use him as a voice of wisdom and counsel within our Senate we pray.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hon. Joan McIntyre - Minister of State for Intergovermental Relations, member for West Vancouver-Garibaldi

Today we are praying for the Hon. Joan McIntyre, Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations.

Joan McIntyre was appointed Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations on June 23, 2008. She was first elected in the riding of West Vancouver-Garibaldi in the 2005 provincial general election.

In 1980, Joan co-founded the well-known BC polling firm of McIntyre & Mustel Research Associates Ltd. She sold her interest in 1996 to work independently and to concentrate more on the qualitative side of the research business.

Throughout her career, Joan has conducted political research and provided counsel on many campaigns. She has also mentored and encouraged young people to become engaged in the political process to ensure they have a direct say in their future. A long time supporter of the 2010 Olympic Bid, Joan was appointed in 2002 to a communications advisory committee for the Bid and was fortunate to be in Prague for the winning IOC announcement.

Joan currently sits on two Cabinet Committees, Agenda Development and Legislative Review. She also serves as the Deputy Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and is a member on the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations and the Agricultural Planning Government Caucus Committee.

Joan grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and attended the University of Toronto's Trinity College. She graduated with an Honours BA in Political Science in 1971. An avid skier and sailor, Joan takes full advantage of living in one of the healthiest and active ridings in Canada.  Joan and her husband Andrew Pottinger have lived in West Vancouver-Garibaldi since 1983 and they have two children, Leigh and Drew.

Father we thank you for the Hon. Joan McIntyre. We thank you for the position she stands in as Minister of state for Intergovernmental Relations. We ask that you would give her wisdom to know what is best in providing leadership for governmental relations. We ask for favor for communication and focus to help others work together well. Grant her discernment and strong interpersonal skills to help bring about the best for our provincial government. Father would you also strengthen her health and bless her family.

In Jesus name,

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jen McGinn - Vancouver-Fairview

Today we are praying for Jenn McGinn member for Vancouver-Fairview.

Jenn McGinn was elected MLA for Vancouver – Fairview on October 29, 2008.  Jenn is the Opposition Critic for Community Living B.C.

In both her professional career and through volunteer service Jenn has worked to make a real difference in the lives of young people, women, seniors and families.  Prior to the by-election, Jenn had been an Account Manager with Vancity’s Community Business banking team.

She is a former Vice-President of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House and past Executive Director of the South Granville Seniors Centre. She was also the director of development for the Surrey Women’s Centre.

A resident of Vancouver since 1993, Jenn has been active in her community. She is past president of the Britannia Community Services Society and served as volunteer co-ordinator of the Vancouver Stonewall Festival. She is a member of the Co-operative Auto Network.

Lord, we thank you today for Jenn McGinn and her willingness to serve the people of Vancouver-Fairview.  We know that the transition into public service can bring many challenges as well tremendous rewards.  We ask that as she embarks on her new career that you would help her as she adjusts and grant her wisdom as she encounters new challenges.  Grant her health and strength and great favor with those she works with.

In Jesus Name,  Amen

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

MLA Dennis MacKay - Bulkley Valley-Stikine

Today we are praying for Dennis MacKay, member for Bulkley Valley-Stikine.

Dennis was first elected to the riding of Bulkley Valley-Stikine in the 2001 provincial general election. He currently serves on the Legislative Assembly’s Select Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs and Crown Corporations and is a member of the Government Caucus Committee on the Economy and Government Operations. Dennis is also a member of the Northern Caucus committee and is Caucus Liaison to the Minister of State for Mining.

Previously, Dennis served on the Special Committee to Review the Police Complaints Process, the Special Committee to Appoint a Police Complaint Commissioner, the Government Caucus Committee on Communities and Safety, the BC Task Force on Mining, the MLA Pine Beetle Task Force, and the Small-Scale Salvage Review Committee. He was also Caucus Liaison for the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Before becoming an MLA, Dennis worked as a private investigator, a provincial coroner, and a security patrol agent. After serving as a Regular Member of the RCMP from 1961 to 1989, Dennis performed general policing duties, spent two years with the RCMP's Musical Ride, worked in the General Investigation Section, and served as Prosecutor and Detachment Commander.

Dennis has served as the Smithers Community Services executive director. He was a member of Northwest Community College board, and represented this board at the Advanced Education Council of BC. Dennis also served as an arbitrator for the Timber Harvesting Contract Mediators and Arbitrators. Dennis has volunteered as an International Ski Federation (FIS) technical delegate, minor league baseball coach, hockey coach and Lions Club International secretary.

Dennis and his wife Edith married in 1966 and moved into the constituency in 1981; they have two children and three grandchildren. Dennis enjoys curling, downhill skiing, golf and jogging.

Father in Heaven;

We bring before you today Dennis MacKay. We thank You for his long committment and heart for the people of Canada. Lord, give him favor with others when dealing with difficult issues. Thank You for the many years experience he has had in so many areas, that is such an asset to him now serving on the Legislatives Assembly's Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Crown Corporations. We ask for Your wisdom that is more than enough for any situation.

Thank You Lord that Mr. MacKay is a man of honor and integrity. Bless his wife Edith today, their two children and three grandchildren. Keep them all safe and healthy, and may there many opportunities for family time this year of 2009.

In Your loving name, Amen

Monday, January 26, 2009

MLA Norm MacDonalad - Columbia River-Revelstoke

Today we are praying for Norm MacDonald, the member for Columbia River-Revelstoke.
Norm Macdonald was elected as the MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke on May 17, 2005.

Norm serves as Opposition Critic for Education.  Recently the principal of Nicholson Elementary School, Norm has taught for more than 15 years in the Columbia Valley. He has a further six years experience teaching in Africa.
Norm served as a Councillor and was then elected Mayor of Golden in 1996. Norm's leadership helped strengthen the community’s traditional industries while diversifying the economy through development of the value-added and tourism sectors.

Norm Macdonald lives in Golden with his wife Karen and two teenage daughters.

We give thanks for Norm MacDonald ‘s teaching gift that has been used here in Canada and abroad. We give thanks for the leadership qualities that he walks in and ask that he would continue to be used both in leadership and in teaching. Here is a man with much to offer so we pray for doors of opportunity to be opened for him to be used in greater ways throughout the year 2009. We pray for opportunities of mentorship that will bring people into Norm’s sphere of influence and that will be blessing to him as well as to others. We pray that all would be well within his family and that his family would continue to be a strong support to him.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

MLA John Les

Today we are praying for John Les, MLA for Chilliwack-Sumas.
John Les was first elected to represent the riding of Chilliwack-Sumas in 2001 and re-elected in 2005. He served as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and as Minister of Small Business and Economic Development.
Mr. Les has also served as Government Caucus Chair, and also chaired the Legislative Special Committee on the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. Mr. Les has served on the Government Caucus Committee on Economy and Government Operations, as well as the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations. He has also been chair of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, and was formerly a member of the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills.

Before being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Les served for three years as a Chilliwack municipal councillor before serving as Mayor from 1987 to 1999. During his 13 years as Mayor, he served on a number of bodies, including: the Fraser Valley Regional District; the Municipal Finance Authority of B.C.; the Union of BC Municipalities; and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, including a stint as president.

Before he became involved in municipal government, Mr. Les was active in business and property development, as well as community activities, such as restorative justice, the Community Police Access Centre non-profit society, and the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

Mr. Les is an Honorary Rotarian, who was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his exemplary community service, by the Rotary Club of Chilliwack.

Mr. Les and his wife Mattie live in Chilliwack and have six children and four grandchildren.

Lord, we thank you for those You have called to community service and for leaders like John Les who have given themselves to their communities in response to the desires that you have placed within their hearts and minds.  We pray for Mr. Les today and ask that you would bless him and his family today.  May he know a fresh measure of your compassion and grace in his life today.  Lift off the burdens that weigh him down today as he yields them to You.  May this be a day marked with Your joy, strength and peace in his home, relationships and work.

In Jesus Name,  Amen.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Richard T. Lee - MLA for Burnaby North

Today we are praying for MLA Richard Lee, MLA for Burnaby North.
Richard T. Lee was first elected as the MLA for the riding of Burnaby North in 2001 and was re-elected in the May 2005 provincial general election and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia-Pacific Initiative on June 16, 2005.
Currently, Richard also serves as member of the Legislative Select Standing committee on Finance and Government Services and a member of the Select Standing Committee on Education.

Previously, Richard served as member of the legislative Special Committee to Review the Police Complaint Process, a member of the Special Committee to Appoint a Police Complaint Commissioner, Vice-chair of the Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner, a member of the Government Caucus Committee on Economy and Government Operations, a member of the Government Caucus Multicultural Committee and Chair of the Government Caucus Asian Economic Development Committee.

Before being elected to the Legislature, Richard was a programmer analyst at TRIUMF, Canada's national particle research facility. In 1976 he earned a Combined Honours Bachelor of Science degree from UBC in physics and mathematics and in 1980 a Masters of Science from UBC in Applied Mathematics. While studying, Richard worked as a research assistant from 1975 to 1977 and then as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1979 with the Department of Mathematics in UBC. From 1979 to 1982 he worked as a programmer at TRIUMF and in 1982 became a programmer analyst. Richard attended the United States Particle Accelerator School at Berkeley in 1989 and once again in 1990 at Harvard University.

Richard's community service included: British Columbia Heritage Language Association director; Burnaby District Parents’ Advisory Council member, and Burnaby Chinese Parents Association vice-president; Burnaby Multicultural Society director; Burnaby Voters Non-Partisan Association director; Civic Education Society director; Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement chairperson; and, British Columbia Table Tennis Association Honorary President.

Born in 1954, Richard and his wife Anne married in 1986 and have lived in the constituency since then. They are also the parents of three children. Richard pastimes include badminton, basketball, table tennis and bridge.

We pray for Mr. Lee today, we are aware of the value and trust the constituents in his riding have for him in Burnaby North by re-electing him as their MLA . His value too, in the legislature, is noted by the many committees he is called on to serve. May he know the touch of Your presence on his life , as You give guidance, to serve with excellence, in the work You have chosen him to do, in the political arena of this province. May Your blessings be abundant in the lives of Richard's family.  Amen

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Harry Lali - MLA for Yale Lillooet

Today we are praying for Harry Lali, MLA for Yale Lilloet.
Harry Lali served as Minister of Transportation and Highways from February, 1998, to February, 2001. He was the longest serving NDP Highways Minister in British Columbia. Previously, Harry served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests from June, 1996, to February, 1998. Currently he is the Opposition Critic for B.C. Lotteries, Gaming Policy and I.C.B.C.

In 1988, Harry was elected City Councillor in Merritt for one term. In 1991, Harry was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Yale-Lillooet, re-elected M.L.A. in 1996, and again a third time in 2005.

Harry was born in 1955 in Jullundur District, Punjab, and currently lives in Merritt. He was educated at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and South Asia Area Studies. Harry is the founder of the group that established the Chair of Punjabi and Sikh Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Before his election to the Legislature, Harry was an Employment Counsellor for the federally-sponsored Merritt Outreach Program from 1986 – 1991. He has also worked at MOSAIC in Vancouver. Harry is a former member of the IWA Local 1-417 when he spent 11 summers working in the sawmill industry in Interior B.C. Harry is also a former co-owner of a sporting goods store.

From 2001 – 2006 Harry owned his own business that was involved in international development and technology transfer to developing countries, namely in the field of environmental technologies and power generation.

Harry and his wife, Rani, are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter.

We bring Harry Lali , his wife Rani and their three children to You this morning, to bless with provision to meet their every need, and to give them happy quality time with one another. Since making this his country of choice in which to live and work, we are grateful and impressed with the accomplishments he has worked hard for . We appreciate his willingness to now , share his knowledge and expertise to motivate others in his community. We pray You will reward him with honour and favour for his involvement to bring change ,to improve lives, in his community. as well as in his role as MLA.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MLA Stan Hagen Dies Suddenly

Premier Gordon Campbell announced last night.B.C. Agriculture Minister Stan Hagen died suddenly onTuesday.

Mr. Hagen was MLA for Comox Valley, had served in several ministries after first being elected in 1986. 
"He was the embodiment of what we call an honourable member of the legislature," Campbell told The Province. "He never thought a bad thought about anybody. It is pretty shocking."

Along with many others, we want to extend our prayers and condolences to Mr. Hagen's wife and family.  As a Christian, Mr. Hagen knew the power of prayer in his own life and we encourage our many prayer partners to remember his family at this time.   

Jenny Wai Ching Kwan - MLA for Vancouver Mount Pleasant

Jenny Kwan was first elected as the MLA for Vancouver - Mount Pleasant in 1996, becoming one of the first Chinese-Canadians to sit in BC's Legislative Assembly and the first Chinese Canadian Cabinet Minister in the history of B.C. She was re-elected in 2001, and again on May 17, 2005. Jenny is the Opposition Caucus Chair, and serves as Opposition Critic for Homelessness and Mental Health.

Born in Hong Kong, Jenny Wai Ching Kwan immigrated to Canada with her family when she was nine years old. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) from Simon Fraser University. Jenny began working as a community legal advocate in the Downtown Eastside shortly after graduation.

Jenny was elected to Vancouver City Council in 1993 --becoming the youngest councillor in Vancouver’s history -- and served for three years as the sole representative of Vancouver's progressive municipal political party, COPE.

In 1998 Jenny was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs, becoming BC's first Chinese-Canadian cabinet minister. Jenny also served as Minister of Women's Equality and Minister of Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers and was the provincial government’s lead person in developing the Vancouver Agreement.

Jenny's work in the areas of women's rights, community development, housing and anti-poverty advocacy has earned her a well-deserved reputation as a committed social activist who has made principle her priority.

Jenny is married and lives in East Vancouver with her husband, daughter, son and stepson.

Father, we give thanks for this dynamic young woman Jenny Kwan who has become the first Chinese Canadian to become a Cabinet Minister in the history of British Columbia. What a testimony to give encouragement to us as we recognize the great possibilities that are here in Canada for any one of us no matter our ethnic origin. We thank you for her example and her perseverance that has brought her to this moment in history. Let her light so shine that it helps direct young people, in particular, to desire to serve in community works and the political field. We pray that Jenny would used as a voice that would bring attention to those less fortunate as well as the many social issues that reside within our cities and let her be the instrument of transformation within the province. We pray for health and protection for her and her family.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hon. Kevin Krueger - Kamloops North Thompson

Today we are praying for the Hon. Kevin Krueger, Minister of Community Development and member for Kamloops North Thompson

Kevin Krueger was appointed as Minister of Small Business and Revenue and Minister Responsible for Regulatory Reform on June 23, 2008.  Mr. Krueger previously served as Minister of State for Mining.

Kevin was re-elected as MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson in 2005 after being elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2001. He was named as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier responsible for Rural Development in the fall of 2006. Kevin is also a member of the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources and Economy, where he previously served as Chair.

While in Opposition, Kevin served as the Critic for Labour. Kevin served as the Caucus Whip as well as a member of the Select Standing Committee on Education. Kevin was named to the Legislative Standing Committees for Committee of Selection and the Special Committee for the Citizen’s Assembly on Electoral Reform. He was also a member of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee. He previously was a member of the Small Scale Salvage Committee.

Before becoming an MLA, Kevin worked with the Insurance Corporation of BC for 20 years, and at the time of his departure was a road safety regional manager.

His community work includes the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops Community Counterattack Committee, Rotary Club past-president, co-ordinator with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and secretary of the Protocol Committee for the 1993 Canada Summer Games. He arranged the twinning of the Rotary Clubs of Kamloops and Uji, Japan. He is a former board member, executive councillor and shop steward of the Office and Technical Employees Union, Local 378. He was a director of the Prince George and District Credit Union.

Kevin and his wife, Debbie, a school teacher, have six children, including two daughters-in-law, and a son-in-law. They are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.

Lord, we bring Mr Krueger before you today. We thank you for Your blessing upon him.  You have ordered his steps and brought him to this very important place of leadership in our province.  We thank you for his service, his sacrifice and his commitment to the people of British Columbia.  We ask that as he gives oversight to his particular portfolio that you would empower him to serve with excellence and distinction.  Strengthen those who surround him and support his work.  We pray for those who serve in his ministry as well.  Help them to do their work with excellence.  Lord we ask that in spite of the many economic challenges and obstacles in our world, that you would cause our province to prosper and be blessed financially.  Amen.

Monday, January 19, 2009

MLA Leonard Krog - Nanaimo

Today we are praying for Leonard Krog - MLA for Nanaimo
Leonard Krog was elected as the MLA for Nanaimo on May 17, 2005.  Leonard serves as Opposition Critic for the Attorney General.  Born in Nanaimo and raised in Coombs, Leonard served as MLA for Parksville-Qualicum from 1991 to 1996.  Since 1980, Leonard has been a practicing lawyer in a Nanaimo law firm, most recently with his wife Sharon.
In addition, Leonard has served as the director and president of the Mid-Island Consumer Services Co-operative, chair of the United Way for Nanaimo and District, director of the Nanaimo City Centre Association, president of the Nanaimo City Bar Association, director and president of the Planned Parenthood Association's Nanaimo Branch, a member and supporter of Amnesty International and Lawyers for Social Responsibility.
Leonard and his wife Sharon live in Nanaimo. They have two children, Jessica and Parker.

We pray Your blessings will rest on Leonard today. May he know the sufficiency of Your grace as he carries out his work as an Attorney of Law, and in his role as MLA for the people of Nanaimo.

We pray You will give him a voice that will be heard, as his position of influence continues to bring integrity, and honesty to the justice system in this province.  We thank You for his dedication and commitment to give able and strong leadership in this important riding.

Father , we know You understand the sacrifices a family is called on to make, when involved in public service, so we pray, Leonard ,his wife Sharon , his children Jessica and Parker, will be abundantly blessed with good health , happiness and quality time with one another.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Maurine Karagianis - Esquimalt-Metchosin

Today we are praying for Maurine Karagianis.
Maurine Karagianis was elected as the MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin on May 17, 2005. Maurine serves as Opposition Critic for Transportation. Maurine was elected as a municipal councillor in Esquimalt in 1996, and re-elected in 1999 and again in 2002.

Starting in 1998, she served three years with the provincial government as an assistant in the Ministry of Social Services and in the Ministry of Transportation and Highways.

Maurine has an extensive business background with 15 years in the fashion industry in retail, wholesale and import/export from South East Asia; and 10 years in publishing for the tourism market and international motorcycle industry including trade show and TV production.

Father God, We bring Maurine Karagianis before you today.  She is serving as Opposition Critic for Transportation. She brings to this appointment many years of experience in many different areas, all committed to serving the people of Canada, of which we are truly grateful. Thank You Lord that You have placed within Maurine talent, foresight, commitment, passion, dedication and grace. Speak to her this day and every day solutions, creative ideas, workable formats and strategies as she faces the many challenges of transportation. Place others in her life that are like minded and will work along side her and share her vision. We pray that You would open doors for her that need to be open, and shut doors that need to be shut. Keep her safe as she travels back and forth. We speak a blessing over Maurine this day and pray she feels supported.

In your loving name, Amen

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Daniel Jarvis - North Vancouver-Seymour

Today we are praying for MLA Daniel Jarvis.
Daniel Jarvis first became an MLA in 1991 for North Vancouver-Seymour, and was re-elected in the riding in 1996 and 2001. While in Opposition he served as the Deputy Critic for Children and Families, the Energy and Mines Deputy Critic, and the Critic for ICBC. He currently serves as a member of the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources as well as a member of the Legislative Standing Committee for Crown Corporations. He also served on the Mining Task Force.

Daniel has lived and worked on the North Shore for 40 years and is a fourth generation British Columbian. Before being elected to the BC Legislature he was involved in the real estate and construction industries. He also worked in the general insurance industry for ten years.

Daniel and Dianne Jarvis have two children and three grandchildren, all of whom live on the North Shore.

Father we thank you for the years of service that Daniel has given to our communities, province and families. We thank you for raising up ones like Daniel to champion rights for others. We do pray your richest blessing upon him. May you continue to sustain him with joy. Father we ask you to raise up many more men and women who will give their lives to serve others. At this time may you give Daniel wisdom and insight in his diverse portfolio. We ask especially for strategic wisdom for his portfolio of resources and mining. We thank you Father.

In Jesus name,

Friday, January 16, 2009

Carole James, Leader of the Opposition, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill

Today we are praying for Carole James. 
Carole James was elected Leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party on November 23, 2003.
Carole served as President of the B.C. School Trustees Association for an unprecedented five terms, commencing in 1995.  She was elected to the Greater Victoria School Board from 1990 to 2001. She has also served at the national level as the Vice-President of the Canadian School Boards Association. Carole has been appointed to numerous provincial initiatives, including the Independent B.C. Budget Review Panel, the Public Education Restructuring Consultation, the Ministry of Children and Families Secure Care Committee.
In addition to serving a two-year term as the Director of Child Care Policy for the government of British Columbia, she has served on the Greater Victoria Region Social Planning Council, the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Task Force on Violence Prevention.  In recognition of her work in the area of co-operative pre-schools, she was named an Honorary Life Member of the Vancouver Island Co-operative Pre-School Association.
In 2001, Carole moved to Prince George to serve as the Director of Child and Family Services for Carrier Sekani Family Services. As part of her management responsibilities, she coordinated the planning for regionalization of child and family services from the Ministry of Children and Families to an Aboriginal Authority. In July 2003, just prior to becoming Leader of the New Democrats, she became Coordinator with the Northern Aboriginal Authority for Families.
In May 2005, Carole was elected as the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill, and became the Leader of BC's Official Opposition in the BC Legislature.  Carole is the mother of two children, Alison and Evan. She was also a foster parent for 20 years, giving care to children and adults with special needs.

Father we come on behalf of Carole James and pray that she would be blessed for her deep commitment to serving in government as well as watching over the Victoria-Beacon Hill area to which she serves. We pray for health and strength for her as she serves. She has been given a great role to fulfill so we ask that she would be protected as she works so diligently in many areas. Continue to pour out a powerful unction for great leadership for this year. Use her to minister justice and wisdom.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Olga Ilich - Richmond Centre

Today we are praying for Olga Ilich, member for Richmond Centre.
Olga Ilich served as Minister of Labour and Citizen Services from August 15, 2006 to June 23, 2008. Prior to that she served as Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts. She was elected in the riding of Richmond Centre in the 2005 provincial general election.

Olga has been involved in a number of community, professional and business organizations and recently was a Director of UBC Properties Investment Ltd. Previously, she served as Chair of the BC Assessment Authority, Director of the Vancouver International Airport Authority, member of the City of Richmond Advisory Design Panel and President of the Urban Development Institute, Pacific Region.

Lord we thank You that you give us leaders to steward and direct the affairs of our province.  We thank you that you have chosen and prepared Ms. Ilich to serve our province in this way.  Continue to help her as she serves the people of her riding.  As she prepares to conclude her time as MLA in just a few months, we thank you for her service and pray that these last months would be very rewarding and satisfying for her.  Direct her future paths and let your blessing be on her we pray.  Amen

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Al Horning - Kelowna-Lake Country

Today we are praying for MLA Al Horning, Kelowna-Lake Country
Al Horning was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2005 to represent the riding of Kelowna-Lake Country.  Previously, Al was an alderman on Kelowna City Council from 1980-1988 and elected to Kelowna City Council as councillor again in 2002. He served as the Member of Parliament for Okanagan Centre from 1988 to 1993.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Al moved to Rutland, BC at an early age where he attended Rutland Elementary and High School. Al was a realtor and President of Sun Country Realty Ltd and an orchardist before being elected as an MP.
Al’s extensive community service includes serving as Director, Central Okanagan Regional Hospital Board; Director, Kelowna General Hospital Board; Director, Okanagan Water Basin Board; Director, Central Okanagan Regional District and Director, Economic Development Commission. He was Director of Sports and Facilities for the 1980 BC Summer Games and President and Manager of the Kelowna Molsons Intermediate Hockey Club, and has coached and managed many fastball and hockey teams.
Al and his wife Donna live in Kelowna and have three children and a new grandson. In his spare time, Al enjoys playing golf.

Father, we bring Al Horning before you this morning.  You have blessed our province with a man who has served us very well in many ways.  We pray that today you would place your blessing upon his life in a very rich way.  Help him in the meetings that he has.  Direct his conversation and thoughts.  Fill his heart and mind with Your wisdom and insight today.  Amen

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

John Horgan - Malahat-Juan de Fuca

Today we are praying for MLA John Horgan, Malahat Juan de Fuca
John Horgan was elected as the MLA for Malahat - Juan de Fuca on May 17, 2005. John is the Opposition Critic for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. John was born and raised in Victoria.
He attended Trent University in Ontario and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then moved to Australia and completed a Master of Arts degree at Sydney University.
A former long time public servant, John began his career working in the House of Commons. He returned to British Columbia in the 1990's to work for the Harcourt government
In 2001, John, with his partners, started a management and research consulting company. John and his wife Ellie have two sons at the Univeristy of Victoria, Nate and Evan.

Dear Jesus,
We thank You Lord for the appointment You have entrusted Mr. Horgan with as Opposition Critic for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Thank You Lord that John's many years as a public servant has given him knowledge and experience working within our Government's frame. Father give him fresh revelation for the tasks that are set before him. Give Mr. Horgan much needed solutions for every challenge he faces. We ask for unity amongst his team and the peace that You provide.

May John, his wife Ellie and sons Nate and Evan be blessed this 2009 with strong health, wisdom, fun and family times.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hon. Gordon Hogg - Surrey White Rock

Today we are praying for the Hon. Gordon Hogg, Minister of State For Mining, MLA for Surrey-White Rock.
Gordon Hogg was appointed Minister of State for Mining on June 23, 2008. He previously served as Minister of State for ActNow BC and Minister of Children and Family Development.
Mr. Hogg also served as chair of the Government Caucus and was a member of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee. He was also the chair of the Seniors Caucus Committee and has served on the Cabinet Committee for Agenda Development and the Select Standing Committees on Finance and Government Services; Sustainable Aquaculture; Children and Youth; Health and Social Services; Justice; Constitutional Affairs; and Intergovernmental Relations.
Previously, Mr. Hogg served as the Official Opposition Critic for education and human resources and was also a member of the Official Opposition Caucus Committees on Health and Education.  Gordon Hogg was first elected to represent the riding of Surrey-White Rock in a 1997 by-election. He was re-elected in 2001 and again in 2005.
Mr. Hogg was a counsellor, probation officer and regional director for corrections prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly. He received his bachelor of arts in sociology and psychology from the University of British Columbia and his master’s degree in psychology from Antioch College.
Mr. Hogg served on White Rock council for 20 years, for 10 of which he was mayor. He has been a board member of more than 15 committees and non-profit societies, including the Peace Arch Community Health Council and Peace Arch District Hospital. He has also been a foster parent and little league coach.
Gordon and his wife, LaVerne, live in White Rock and have one son.
Heavenly Father, we lift up the Hon. Gordon Hogg to you and ask that you would pour out a blessing upon him today. We give thanks for his heart, passion and involvement in so many areas within the government and the community. He is a man of many talents , gifts and education so we pray that he would continue to be used in ways that will bring about reforms that match those talents and that will be accepted by leadership as great ideas and for those reforms and fresh insights to have great influence in the political arena as well as within the social and spiritual atmosphere to which he is involved. Strengthen him for serving for 2009 and we pray for protection for him and his family.  Amen.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Spencer Herbert - Vancouver Burrard

Today we are praying for Spencer Herbert, MLA for Vancouver Burrard.

Spencer Herbert was elected MLA for Vancouver – Burrard Oct. 29, 2008

A community activist, Spencer was elected to serve as Vancouver Parks Commissioner in 2005. He was voted “Unsung Hero” by the readers of the WestEnder and one of Vancouver’s three best politicians by the readers of Georgia Straight.  Spencer's achievements include initiating the first of many fundraising drives to restore storm-damaged Stanley Park and helping improve environmental sustainability at parks throughout the city. He was instrumental in the improvements to Nelson Park in the West End, and Emery Barnes Park in Yaletown.
Spencer’s background is in the arts and culture industry. He was the associate producer of the United Nations World Urban Festival and has been a facilitator and lecturer with Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, the GLBT Centre and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.

He's also worked actively with the Coal Harbour Residents Association, the West End Residents Association, the Stanley Park Ecology Society, the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre and the Save St. Paul's Coalition.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Spencer enjoys baseball and is a keen community gardener.  Spencer lives in the West End with partner Romi, a community developer.
We pray for Spencer Herbert today.  Help him as he begins his career as an MLA.  We ask that you would help him to use his many gifts and abilities to help many people in his riding and across our province.  Bless him with courage, wisdom and compassion we pray.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Dave S Hayer - Surrey Tynehead

Today we are praying for MLA Dave S Hayer - Surrey Tynehead
Dave S. Hayer was first elected to the BC Legislature as MLA for the riding of Surrey-Tynehead in the 2001 provincial general election and was re-elected in 2005.

Dave was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism and Immigration on June 16, 2005. In that role, he works closely with Hon. Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development who is responsible for the Provincial Nominee Program. He also works with Hon. Wally Oppal, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism, on a variety of immigration issues. Previously he worked with the Minister Economic Development. Dave also is a member of the Select Standing Committee on Health, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, the Select Standing Committee on Legislative Issues and the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills.
In January 2007, Dave received a prestigious award from the Government of India. The Pravasi Bharatia Samman Award is annually given to people of Indian heritage, no longer living in India, who have achieved excellence in their chosen fields of endeavour. Dave was presented with the award for his "active leadership in the community, his contributions to public service and for his achievements in government". At the presentation ceremony, Dave was described as a "great friend of India and has been a strong voice in the Indo-Canadian community against terrorism and violence". He was the only Canadian among 15 people from other countries to be given the Pravasi Bharatia Samman Award this year. Dave is only the second Canadian to be presented with this honour.  In 2008 Dave was selected by the Vancouver Sun as one of the 100 top most influential Canadians of South Asian descent making a difference in BC.
Previously, Dave served as Chair of Surrey Caucus; Caucus Liaison for the Minister of State for Mental Health and Addictions Services; vice-chair of the Caucus Committee for Asian Economic Development; member of the Government Caucus Committee on Multiculturalism & Diversity and Government Caucus Committee on Health; member of the Cabinet Committee on Environment and Resource Development for the Ministry of Skills Development and Labour and Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management; member of the Select Standing Committees on Finance and Government Services, Education, and Aboriginal Affairs; the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; member of the Government Caucus Committee on Government Operations, Select Standing Committee member on Crown Corporations and Caucus Liaison for the Minister of State for Intermediate, Long Term and Home Care.

Before his election to public office, Dave was a Surrey businessperson, Assistant Publisher of the Indo-Canadian Times, Kwantlen University College Governor, real estate agent, and he worked in the newspaper and forestry industries and as labourer in a steel factory. Dave earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in 1982 and from 1981 to 1982 he completed taxation courses at the University of British Columbia. Dave served as the General Manager of the Canadian Accounting Aggregates Public Accountants from 1983 to 1988 following which he joined the Indo-Canadian Times.

Dave's current involvements include: member of the Rotary Club of Surrey, Surrey Chamber of Commerce and the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce. Some previous business involvements include: BC Chamber of Commerce director (1999-2001); Surrey Chamber of Commerce president (1996-97), vice-president (1994-96), director (1992-94); Vancouver Board of Trade Small Business Council member (1995-2000); Indo-Canadian Business Association vice-president (1993-2000); Ethnic Press Association of BC vice-president (1994-99), treasurer/director (1991-99); and, City of Surrey Economic Development Strategy Advisory Committee member (1995-2000).

Some of Dave's former community involvements include: Rotary Club of Surrey president (1999-2000), vice-president (1996-98); Surrey Community Crime Prevention Society president (1995-96); South Fraser Child Development Centre Christmas Party chair (1988-2001); and Surrey & White Rock Home Support Association director (94-95). As well, Dave initiated the Surrey Police Officer of the Year Awards and initiated the building of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce Building.

Born in 1958 in India, Dave moved to Surrey in 1972 and into the Surrey-Tynehead constituency in 1991. He and Isabelle Martinez, who married in 1981, have four children. Dave enjoys working on community projects, reading, swimming and walking.

Lord, You have blessed our country with Dave Hayer and we thank You for him.  We celebrate his many successes and rejoice over his prestegious recognition as a community leader.  Thank you that he has modeled the virtues of service and sacrifice.  Today we ask that he would experience Your grace in great measure.  Empower him as he continues to make a difference in his community and in our province.  Amen

Friday, January 9, 2009


The weather is causing signifcant challenges all across BC.  Roads are closed due to avalanches and mudslides.  There is significant flooding in the Fraser Valley and in Chilliwack in particular.  A state of emergency has been declared.  We've been asked to pray that the rain would stop and the flood waters will recede.  There are families that have been forced to evacuate their homes and some homes have sustained serious damage. 
Lord, today we ask that you would intervene in our weather situation.  You know that the recent snow and rain is creating havoc in our province and has begun to seriously affect the lives of many people.  We pray especially today for the people in the Chilliwack area who are being affected by the flood.  Lord, let your grace be upon them.  We ask that you would cause the rains to stop in spite of the forecast and for the flood waters to recede.  We also pray for Mayor Sharon Gaetz and the city administration and workers who are doing their best to address this situation.  Grant mayor Gaetz wisdom as she provides leadership.  Use her to strengthen and encourage those who have been evacuated.  Help the many workers who are working long hours as well.  Give them great success as they do their part to deal with this disaster.  Show us your great power we pray.  Amen

Sindi Hawkins - Kelowna-Mission

Today we are praying for Sindi Hawkins, MLA for Kelowna-Mission.
Sindi Hawkins was appointed Deputy Speaker on September 12, 2005 and has previously served as Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations and as Minister of Health Planning.  Ms. Hawkins also served as Official Opposition critic for health, and for employment and investment. She sat on the Select Standing Committees on Health and Social Services, and on Women's Equality. She also sat on the Official Opposition Caucus Committee on Health.

She was first elected in 1996 to represent the riding of Okanagan West. She was re-elected in 2001 in the new riding of Kelowna-Mission.  Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, Ms. Hawkins worked as a registered nurse in general duty, intensive care, management, education and consulting. She set up her own company as a lawyer with an interest in medical-legal issues. She received both her bachelor of nursing and her bachelor of law degrees from the University of Calgary . Ms. Hawkins has a post-graduate certificate in neuroscience nursing from the Montreal Neurological Hospital . She was recognized as one of the first nurses in Canada to be certified in neuroscience nursing by the Canadian Nurses Association.

Ms. Hawkins has been involved in preventing elder abuse, served on an anti-racism committee and worked with a non-profit society to aid visible minority and immigrant women. She has been involved with and has supported numerous charitable and non-profit fundraising events in her community.

Ms. Hawkins lives in Kelowna.

Heavenly Father, we pause to give you thanks for Sindi Hawkins.  We see her tremendous accomplishments and abilities.  We thank You for her life and the tremendous impact she has had on so many lives.  She is a gift from You.  Today we ask that you would minister to her.  We thank you for your healing touch in her life as she recovers from Leukemia. Give her your strength today.  Help her as she serves her consituents as an MLA and the BC Legislature as a Deputy Speaker.  Bless her today we pray.  In Jesus Name, Amen. 

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Randy Hawes Maple Ridge-Mission

Today we are praying for Randy Hawes, the MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission
Randy Hawes was first elected as MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission in 2001 and was re-elected in the May 2005 provincial general election. In June, Randy was appointed Chief Government Whip by Premier Gordon Campbell.

Randy has served as Chair of the Government Committee on Health, and has been a member of the Legislative Assembly's Select Standing Committee on Health. In addition, he serves on the Legislative Assembly's Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Special Committee to Select a Merit Commissioner and chairs the Burrard Thermal Options Committee. Formerly, Randy was Chair of the Special Committee to Appoint a Chief Electoral Officer, and served on the Government Caucus Committee on Communities and Safety and the Small-Scale Salvage Review committee.
Father, we thank you for Randy Hawes.  We ask that as people across British Columbia pray for him today that he would experience You at work in his work.  Help him as he meets with constituents, works with his caucus and serves on committees. We ask that his work would be a joy and not a burden.  That he would see solutions to challenges and find great satisfaction in his work and role.  We ask that you would bless his wife, his children and his grandchildren today. Amen.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Hon. Colin Hansen - Vancouver Quilchena

Today we are praying for the Hon. Colin Hansen the MLA for Vancouver Quilchena
Colin Hansen was appointed Minister of Finance on June 23, 2008. He previously served as Minister of Economic Development (June 16, 2005 to June 23, 2008), Minister of Health Services (June 5, 2001 to December 14, 2004) and a previous appointment as Minister of Finance (December 15, 2004 to June 15, 2005).
He was first elected in 1996 to represent the electoral district of Vancouver-Quilchena and was re-elected in 2001 and 2005.
Colin sits on the Government Caucus Committee for Natural Resources and the Economy as well as Treasury Board and the Agenda Development Cabinet Committee.
Colin served as health critic for the Official Opposition, as well as the critic for Employment and Investment, and for Labour. He sat on the Select Standing Committees on Crown Corporations and on Economic Development, Science, Labour, Training and Technology. He previously sat on the Official Opposition Caucus Committees on Health and Economy.
Colin received his bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Victoria in 1975. Before his election to the Legislative Assembly, he and his wife Laura owned and operated a small business they established in 1988. Prior to that, he was vice-president of finance and administration for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Colin served as a director of the Vancouver-Yokohama Sister City Society and chair of the Vancouver Museum board of trustees. Colin and Laura Hansen have two children and live in the Dunbar area of Vancouver-Quilchena.
Father we are so thankful for those You have entrusted to give leadership to the key areas in our province.  Today we bring Colin Hansen before you.  We recognize that we are living in turbulent economic times and that we need individuals who understand the times and know what to do directing the financial affairs of our province.  We understand that there many complex challenges in this area and that workable solutions require something more than just ordinary wisdom.  We pray for our Minister of Finance today and ask that you would give him and his team tremendous wisdom as they provide stewardship over the finances of our province.  Grant them insight and strategies that would allow British Columbia to prosper in spite of the global economic challenges.  Help them to walk in humility with the clear understanding that everything that has been entrusted to them comes from You. 
We pray especially that your blessing would rest on the minister today and that he would find wisdom, strength and courage to fulfill his role within our province today.  Most importantly, may he know your blessing in his personal life and as a husband and father.  Thank You for hearing us today. 
In Jesus Name, Amen.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sue Hammell - Surrey - Green Timbers

Today we are praying for Sue Hammell, the MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers
Sue Hammell was first elected as the MLA for Surrey – Green Timbers in 1991 and was re-elected in 1996. She was re-elected again on May 17, 2005. Sue was elected Assistant Deputy Speaker of the Legislature. Sue served in a number of cabinet positions as MLA, including Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Co-operatives, and the Minister for Women's Equality. In addition, she was Government Caucus Chair and was active on several legislative committees.

Sue is also a founding member of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, initiated in 1999 to provide funds for projects that will assist women to realize their potential and to create a safe place for them to live and work in British Columbia.

Lord, we bring Sue Hammell before you today.  We ask You to bless her work as an MLA.  She has been a faithful public servant and has served our province in many capacities during her career as an MLA.  We especially see her interest in assisting women and ensuring that they are able to live and work in safety.  We thank you for people like her who take an interest in equality and protection. 
Father, we ask that you would continue to help her as she serves her constituents and the Legislature as a Deputy Speaker.  Grant her favor and grace today.  May she know your blessing upon her work and life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen

Monday, January 5, 2009

Hon. Stan Hagen - Comox Valley

Today we are praying for the Hon. Stan Hagen, the MLA for Comox Valley.
Stan Hagen was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Lands on June 23, 2008, and previously served as Minister of Sustainable Resource Management, Minister of Human Resources, Minister of Children and Family Development, and Minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts.

From 1989 to 1991, Stan served as BC’s Minister of Regional and Economic Development during which he led the establishment of the Small Business Assistance Program and the Business Start-Up Program. In 1990, Stan was appointed Minister of Education, was a member of six cabinet committees and chaired the Canadian Council of Ministers of Education.

Born in New Westminster in 1940, Stan and Judy married in 1967 and have five children.

Father, we thank you for a legacy of leadership and service.  We come to you on behalf of Mr. Hagen today and ask that he would experience Your touch on his life today.  May he know Your presence and love in his life today. 
As he carries out his responsibilities as Minister of Agriculture, we ask that you would be with him and help him to serve with excellence and distinction.  Help him as he gives oversight and leadership to this part of our government and economy.  Give him fresh and new ideas and strategies that will cause the Agricultural sector in our province to prosper and grow in every way.  Let your blessing be on him and flow through him today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.