Tuesday, March 31, 2009

MLA Spencer Herbert - Vancouver Burrard

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

Today we lift up Spencer Herbert in prayer, a man who is a strong community activist and who has involved himself in many issues to bring about improvement and positive change. Spencer is a man with a NOW and FUTURE vision that has and will ‘stand on guard’ for the welfare of the province as he actively participates and leads in keeping British Columbia the beautiful province it is meant to be. We pray that Spencer continues to hold the welfare of BC as a whole at the forefront of his and the government’s focus and intent. British Columbia is a province of incredible resource and wealth but it needs to be managed with wisdom and with deep concern for future generations – we pray that a man like Spencer would continue to bring creative answers and a fearlessness to tackle ‘problems’ that need addressing. Thank you Lord for men and women like Spencer who makes personal sacrifice for the betterment of not only our land but also for its peoples.
Spencer is the Opposition Critic for Arts and Culture.
A strong community activist, Spencer tackles issues head on. He 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.

Monday, March 30, 2009

MLA Dave S. Hayer - Surrey Tynehead

Today we are praying for David Hayer, member for Surrey-Tynehead. 
We thank you Lord for Dave Hayer and the untiring conscientiousness that he puts into every project and committee that he serves on. We pray for renewed strength for him as he continues to tackle a wide variety of issues and responsibilities. We are grateful Lord that such a gifted man as Dave serves in government. Let him continue to be a ‘voice’ to bring about needed change in his riding of Surrey-Tynehead as well as within the framework of his governmental responsibilities. We pray for protection for Dave and his family. Thank you Lord for the favor that rests upon Dave - we pray that this favor would continue in his life.
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. Dave received his award from Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, at a ceremony in New Delhi, India on January 9, 2007. 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.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

MLA Sindi Hawkins - Kelowna Mission

Today we are praying for Sindi Hawkins.  Sindi recently anounced that she is battling leukemia for a third time and that she is stepping away from her duties as an MLA effective immediately to focus entirely on her health and recovery. 
Today we lift up Sindi Hawkins in prayer. We ask Lord that you would pour out strength, health and Your overwhelming love upon Sindi today as she undertakes all the tasks that have been given to her to accomplish and complete. We thank you Lord for Sindi’s accomplishments not only in government but also her training in law, nursing and neuroscience. We ask Lord that just as Sindi would have an amazing ability to care for the ‘sick’ because of her nurses’ training let her have the ability to apply this into areas within government and the community that need attention, to root out problems and to bring health to what may appear as otherwise hopeless situations. There are many problematic areas within our communities that need to be brought back to a state of health so we ask that you would give Sindi the eyes to see, the ears to hear and the resources to effect change where change is needed.
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.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

MLA Randy Hawes - Maple Ridge-Mission

We lift up Randy Hawes in prayer today. We thank you Lord for Randy and his untiring concern in areas that some might want to ignore – some of these make people feel uncomfortable but not Randy. He has seen a need in areas that exist and need to be addressed so we give thanks for this man who has compassion and is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get involved.
We ask for continued strength for Randy as he serves his role in government. Bless him with favor in all that he undertakes on behalf of our province. We pray and ask that all hindrances or stumbling blocks that may try to distract Randy from the job he has been called to do would be removed and that the path before him would be clear and certain. Bless him and his whole family.

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.

Before becoming an MLA, Randy was in his third term as Mayor of the District of Mission. Randy was also Chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District, a member of the Fraser Valley Treaty Advisory Committee for four years, a four-year member of the James Sewer Treatment Plant Board, and a seven-year member (four as Chair) of the Fraser Valley Water Commission.
Randy started as a loans officer with the Toronto Dominion Bank in 1972 and worked as manager in a variety of locations throughout BC and the Yukon. Because he wanted to stay in Mission, Randy left the TD bank in 1986 to pursue a career in real estate and property development. Randy was elected to a one-year term as a District of Mission councillor in 1987 and became mayor in 1993.

Randy has been an active participant in many aspects of his constituency, including serving for two years on the Mission Community Health Council, five years on the District of Mission Justice Council, and three years on the Ferndale Penitentiary Citizens' Advisory Committee. Randy served as director of the Fraser House, a drug and alcohol treatment facility, was an honourary member of the Royal Canadian Legion's Branch 57, and is a member of the Mission Rotary Club. He also coached minor hockey for 15 years and minor baseball for 10 years in Mission.

Born in Edmonton in 1947, Randy and Alma married in 1969 and moved to Mission in 1979; they have three children and eight grandchildren. Randy's passions are playing golf, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Hon. Colin Hansen - Minister of Finance, member from Vancouver Quilchena

Colin Hansen was appointed Minister of Finance on June 23, 2008.
Today our prayer focus is for Colin Hansen and for the great responsibility he carries as Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Olympics. We pray for Colin and ask for wisdom for him as he manages the province’s financial matters as well as being responsible for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics. We know that with the economic times the way there are at present, that men in Colin’s position will need great foresight, knowledge and to have the ability to have a finger on the pulse of finances, resources and markets so our province stays the course through this period of what appears to be a downturn in the economy of the world. We ask that Colin would be a wise manager of all finances and when needed would preserve the integrity that comes with spending the taxpayers money. We ask that Colin would be given creative ideas to help with the continued need for funds to finish the Olympic endeavor and that this will showcase BC’s ability to manage money well.
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 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 also 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.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

MLA Sue Hammell - Surrey-Green Timbers

Today we are praying for MLA Sue Hammell, MLA for Surrey Green Timbers.

Lord, our prayer focus today is Sue Hammell and her far reaching work which has taken her out of province as well as country to participate in the betterment of women and to help women in positions of governmental power. Sue has been on the cutting edge of bringing about awareness on women’s issues, building programs to empower women to help realize their potential as well as working with Aboriginal people. Her concern for humanity is evident and is to be greatly appreciated. We thank you Lord for people like Sue who make the sacrifices to go beyond what may be considered their area of responsibility and who take what they have been given to bless others. In turn we ask that you pour blessings upon Sue and her family – we see a woman that is like many of the women of the Bible, women who were placed for ‘such a time as this’ to facilitate great things and to help their people, women who rose up as great leaders because they weren’t afraid to take risk or weren’t willing to take a backseat but who instead were ‘radical’ history makers. Continue to expand Sue’s territory, her ability to influence people and to bring about positive change.

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.

Sue has been working with Washington DC-based National Democratic Institute since 2000. With NDI she traveled to the Middle East five times to work with emerging political parties and female candidates.

In 2002, Sue worked with the Surrey Aboriginal Society as their Executive Director. She developed the Society into a modern urban centre for aboriginal people with an annual budget of over 2 million dollars.

Born in Vancouver, Sue was raised on Sea Island in Richmond. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of British Columbia, she taught in Verdun, Quebec, in Courtenay and Surrey.

Sue is married and has one grown daughter, Sage. Sue and her husband John have lived in the Surrey Green Timbers area since 1990.






Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Praying For the BC Judiciary

Today we are praying for the judges of British Columbia.  While they are not elected, they are an important part of our province and are in need of our prayers. 

Lord, You are the Righteous Judge of all the earth and today we are praying for the men and women who serve our communities and province as judges.  They have a difficult role to fulfill as they seek to uphold the law while at the same time bring forth verdicts that are appropriate and fair to all concerned.  God, grant them tremendous wisdom and discernment.  Help them as they deliberate over criminal, civil and family issues.  Use them as peacemakers and mediators.  Strengthen them as they serve in this crucial area. 

Amen

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MLA Guy Gentner - Delta North

Today we are praying for Guy Gentner, MLA for Delta North.
Heavenly Father, we gladly remember Guy Gentner in prayer today.  We ask that you would bless him indeed and that you would watch over him and strengthen him.  We ask that you would enable him to serve his constituents and our province with distinction and great grace.  Use him to speak for those who are unable to be heard by others, help him to be a defender of the weak and disenfranchised and finally, help him to walk humbly before both men and God.
Amen
Guy Gentner was elected as the MLA for Delta North on May 17, 2005.
Guy serves as Opposition Critic for Seniors' Health.
Guy Gentner served as a Delta Councillor from 1999 to 2005. As chair of the Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission, Guy re-organized the department that included a significant capitalization program for parks, recreation and the arts. Guy's efforts were instrumental in the delivery of an enhanced Sun God Aquatic Centre, Mackie Park Artificial Turf Field, improvements to our Watershed Park and the new Fire Hall Centre for the Arts.
Guy also chaired Delta's Planning and Environment Committee and Traffic and Safety Committee and served on many municipal committees including Finance, Foreshore and Harbours, Tour de Delta, and the GVRD's Parks Committee.
Guy's community involvement consists of Delta's Heritage Advisory Commission, Delta's Board of Variance and the Delta Arts Council. Guy helped form the North Delta/Newton Public Hospital Society, and is also a past president of the North Delta Ratepayers Association and former vice-president of the Burns Bog Conservation Society.
Through the mayor's bog task force, Guy contributed to the negotiating process that helped public purchase of Burns Bog.
Guy graduated from SFU, drove a bus for many years, fly fishes and is an advocate for outdoor recreation.

Monday, March 23, 2009

MLA Scott Fraser - Member for Alberni Qualicum

Today we are praying for Scott Fraser, member for Alberni Qualicum.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to bless Scott Fraser today.  We honour his track record of community service that is motivated by his concern for others.  We know that you reward those who give themselves for the sake of others and we ask that Your reward for Scott Fraser would be rich and deep.  Strengthen him and use him as a blessing to many others we pray.  Amen.

Scott Fraser was elected as the MLA for Alberni Qualicum on May 17, 2005.
Scott serves as Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.  From 1996 to1999 Scott served as the mayor of the District of Tofino and was involved in the creation of the first UNESCO World Biosphere designation in British Columbia.
Scott has also served on many organizations, including Alberni Clayoquot Regional District Board, Vancouver Island Regional Library Board, Clayoquot Sound Central Region Board, Tourism British Columbia, Vancouver Island Health Board, Tofino/Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, treaty advisory committees, fisheries committees and the Family Court Committee.


Scott was born in Ottawa, Ontario and has been a resident of BC since 1980. His background includes small business, labour, harbour management, fisheries and shellfish aquaculture.
Scott lived in Tofino with his wife and daughter for over 12 years. They now live in the Qualicum Beach area.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

MLA Rob Fleming - Victoria-Hillside

Today we are praying for MLA Rob Fleming, member for Victoria-Hillside.

Father, we thank you for men like Rob Fleming who have chosen to commit themselves to public service because of their convictions and vision.  We ask that your blessing would rest upon his life in great measure.  Renew his strength as he serves.  Refresh his vision for his riding and our province.  Enrich his relationships with those around him.  Use him as a voice for those who have no one to speak on their behalf.  May he experience Your love and grace in a tremendous way today.  Amen

Rob Fleming was elected to represent the riding of Victoria-Hillside on May 17, 2005.
Rob is the Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and is the Opposition Critic for Tourism and the Critic for Advanced Education.

Rob previously served two terms as a Victoria City Councillor. He was first elected in 1999 at the age of 28.
Rob was the Chair of the City's Finance and Personnel Committee and the Council liaison to the Advisory Transportation Committee. Rob also held the City's youth portfolio, was Chair of the Capital Regional District Health Facilities Planning Committee and Vice-Chair of the Capital Regional District Housing Corporation.

Rob has been involved in a number of community organizations, including the Work Place, the Veins of Life Watershed Society, and the Victoria Cool Aid Society Foundation.

Rob received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Victoria and has worked in research and communications since graduating.  Rob lives in Victoria with his wife Maura.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mike Farnworth

Today we are praying for Mike Farnworth, member for Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
Father, we thank you for the obvious trust and esteem the consitituents of this riding hold for Mr. Farnworth. We are reminded of his many years of faithful service, to the people of this province in the numerous position held as a Cabinet Minister. His service in foreign countries to build democractic governance programs in one-party systems is exemplary, and indicative of his passion to preserve the blessings of freedomfor others, we all enjoy in Canada.



We pray he will continue to know the blessings of God in his chosen profession.


Grant him wisdom , knowledge and an understanding heart, as he continues to serve the people of this province, with excellence.



Mike Farnworth was first elected as the MLA for Port Coquitlam Burke Mountain in 1991, and re-elected in 1996. Mike was re-elected again as MLA for this constituency on May 17, 2005.
Mike is the Opposition House Leader, and serves as Opposition Critic for Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Mike also served the people of Port Coquitlam as a three term City Councillor. During his time as the MLA for Port Coquitlam he served in numerous Cabinet positions, including Minister of Health and Minister of Social Development and Economic Security.

From 2001 to 2004, Mike worked in Bulgaria, the Balkans and most recently Iraq on democratic governance programs to help build multiparty democracies in former one-party states.

Mike was raised in Port Coquitlam and has lived there for over 30 years.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hon. Kevin Falcon - Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Member for Surrey Cloverdale

Today we are praying for the Hon. Kevin Falcon, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Member for Surrey Cloverdale.

Everlasting Father, It brings great delight to Your heart for us to pray for Your talented, and committed one, the Honorable Kevin Falcon. You have placed a spirit of excellence within him. We marvel at what he has accomplished so far and ask for Your guidance for all future assignments. Lord, being the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure is a tremendous responsibility. He needs Your wisdom that there is no shortage of. We thank You that You are so willing to give wisdom to those that ask You. Bless Mr. Falcon daily in his coming in and going out. Keep him strong, healthy and well rested so that he is fit to do the tasks set before him. In addition Father, please work in recreational time into his busy scedule as well, this would bless him abundantly.

Thank you that you are always available to hear our prayers. Amen

Kevin Falcon was first elected in 2001 to represent the riding of Surrey-Cloverdale, and was re-elected in 2005. He initially served as Minister of State for De-regulation. In this capacity, he spearheaded the province's reduction of red tape by one-third in the new government's first three years.


Kevin Falcon was appointed Minister of Transportation on January 26, 2004. As Minister of Transportation, he has led British Columbia 's most aggressive infrastructure investment program in provincial history. He fought to ensure the 1.9 billion dollar Canada Line would get built. The Minister is also steering the Lower Mainland Gateway transportation Project, a three billion dollar initiative that will ensure British Columbia 's potential as the Asia-Pacific Gateway to North America is realized.

As well, Minister Falcon currently oversees a multi-billion dollar capital program that includes the Kicking Horse Canyon , the Sea to Sky Highway and the William Bennett Bridge , among many others. Additional responsibilities include investment in airports throughout the province, along with leading government's critical ports strategy.

Minister Falcon's leadership recently earned him recognition in Vancouver Magazine's annual ranking of the city's 50 most influential leaders.

Before his election to the Legislative Assembly in 2001, Kevin Falcon was president of Access Group, a corporate communications firm he founded in 1998. He has also worked in the real estate development industry and was vice-president of Northwest Investment Properties. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University , and his real estate education at the University of British Columbia .

Mr. Falcon has been active with his local Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. He is a past director of the Vancouver Sea Festival, past-president of the Vancouver Junior Chamber of Commerce, and a former volunteer with the Cloverdale RCMP Bike Patrol.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Corky Evans - Nelson Creston

Today we are praying for Corky Evan, Member for Nelson-Creston.
To-day we are praying for Corky Evans, and give thanks for his many years of faithful service as an MLA in the Nelson-Creston riding.The trust and confidence in his leadership , by his constituents, as they continue to re-elect , speaks of the value he is to them in that community. We pray You will grant him with clear vision and sound ddecisions, for the best and wisest use of agricultural land in this province. Give him grace and favour, and a willing heart to seek You for guidance and direction.
Corky Evans was elected as the MLA for Nelson Creston in 1991, and was re-elected in 1996. He was once again elected to represent his constituents on May 17, 2005.
 Corky has served his community in a number of capacities, including as an elected representative to the Central Kootenay Regional District where he served three successive terms as a director and a member of the hospital board.

Corky has ten years experience as an MLA, during which time he served in many cabinet portfolios, including Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.


Corky has been responsible for many local and provincial initiatives, including the creation of the Columbia Basin Trust, and the BC Sharing charitable food program that facilitated the purchase of BC agricultural products for use by poor people.


Most recently Corky worked as Executive Director of a Nakusp Community Services Society.


Corky has lived in Winlaw for over thirty years.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

MLA Adrian Dix - Vancouver Kingsway

Today we are praying for Adrian Dix, member for Vancouver-Kingsway. 
Almighty God, Today we have the privilege of interceding on behalf of Adrian Dix. Thank You Lord for Adrian's talent and passion for people, communities, language education, government strategies, and media commentating that You have placed within him. We ask that You would give Mr. Dix great wisdom and understanding as he goes forth in his appointment as Opposition Caucus Deputy Leader and Opposition Critic for Health. Thank You God for the gift of communication that Adrian has been entrusted with. Place others in his life that would be an encouragement to him as he endevours to do his very best.


We pray that shower Your blessings upon Adrian this day and every day of 2009.

Amen


Adrian Dix was elected as the MLA for Vancouver Kingsway on May 17, 2005.  Adrian is the Opposition Caucus Deputy House Leader, and serves as Opposition Critic for Health.

Adrian has extensive experience as a non-profit director, education community leader, government strategist and media commentator.

For the past five years, Adrian travelled the province as Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French – BC and Yukon Branch, a non-profit organization promoting language education.


Adrian is a commentator on public policy whose regular columns were published in the Victoria Times-Colonist and The Source, a Vancouver multicultural newspaper. Over the past five years, he was regularly called upon to present views on public policy issues for local, provincial, national and international media.


Adrian also served as the Chief of Staff to Premier Glen Clark from 1996 to 1999.
Adrian grew up in Vancouver, graduated from University of British Columbia and now lives in the Collingwood neighbourhood

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hon. Micheal de Jong

Today we are praying for the Hon. Michael de Jon, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and Member for Abbotsford-Mt. Lehman

Dear Father, we come to you today on behalf of Mr. de Jong. We recognize that we are living in difficult times and there is a need for individuals who understand the times and know what to do for the good of the community. So we pray today that you would give Mr. de Jong insight into the next steps he must take and surround him with the right individuals to work alongside him. Please bless him and his team today and help them to walk in humility with a clear understanding of all that has been entrusted to them.

Michael de Jong was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation on Aug. 15, 2006.

He is also Government House Leader.

Mr. de Jong has previously served as Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services and Minister of Forests. Prior to that, he was deputy house leader for the Official Opposition and served as a critic for a variety of portfolios.


Mr. de Jong was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in a 1994 byelection to represent the electoral district of Matsqui. He was re-elected in 1996 and again in 2001 to the new riding of Abbotsford-Mount Lehman, where he was again re-elected in 2005.

Before his election, Mr. de Jong practised as a lawyer in his Abbotsford firm. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and a law degree from the University of Alberta.


Monday, March 16, 2009

David Cubberly - Saanich South

Today we are praying for David Cubberly, member for Saanich South.
Father we thank you for David Cubberley. We thank you for his vision and the forsight that he has led with in the past. We ask for fresh vision and hope to be upon him. We ask Father that you would grip him with your desires and hopes. We thank you father that you long for our children and youth. May you give David your heart as he serves. May he truly be a voice for the younger generation. We pray Father that you would give him such a heart as he serves our province. Father we also ask for you to help him to leave a great legacy for us within this land. In Jesus name we pray.
David Cubberley was elected as the MLA for Saanich South on May 17, 2005.

David spent 12 years as a Saanich Councillor. First elected to council in 1990, he has chaired the Saanich Finance Committee for the last five years.


In 2002 David was elected to the Capital Regional District Board, where he chaired the Environment Committee for two years. David also served as CRD Water Commissioner and on the Regional Planning Committee.


David served for seven years as an assistant to Ministers of Forests, Finance and
Environment. He worked on major policy reforms in forest practices, land-use protection, and recycling/waste diversion.


David was instrumental in building Victoria's acclaimed Galloping Goose and Lochside Trails, and is the originator of Saanich's Centennial Trails project, officially adopted for Saanich's 100th birthday in 2006.


David and his wife Susan and live in Strawberry Vale with their son Bryn.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Gary Coons - North Coast

Today we are praying for Gary Coons, Member for North Coast.
Lord, we thank you for Mr. Coons. Please be with him today as he deals with his daily tasks. We thank you Lord for his commitment and dedication towards areas of service. We ask today that you would grant him peace of mind and clarity of thought in all the decisions he is called to make.


Father we pray that you would continue to bless and strengthen him as he continues to serve his constituents and the legislature.

Amen.


Gary Coons was elected as the MLA for the North Coast on May 17, 2005. 
Gary serves as Opposition Critic for Ferries and Ports.


Gary has been an educator in the Prince Rupert School District for 27 years. He has taught Mathematics/Special Education and has been an active community advocate for many years.

His other interests include spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys coaching, playing racquet sports and taking advantage of the many outdoor activities that the North Coast has to offer.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Katrine Conroy - West Kootenay Boundary

Today we are praying for Katrine Conroy, member for West Kootenay Boundary.
Father we thank you for joy and life. We thank you that you have put that joy and life in Katrine. We thank you for the strength and passion that Katrine brings to her position. We pray your richest blessing upon her as she serves our province. May you grant her wisdom in all that she is faces. May joy lift her up and the others she works with to new heights of victory. We pray you would help her faithfully fulfill all of her duties. We ask for success on behalf of her and our province that we might move into more that is on your heart Father.



In Jesus name.


Katrine Conroy was elected as the MLA for West Kootenay Boundary on May 17, 2005.
Katrine is the Opposition Caucus Whip, and serves as Opposition Critic for Citizens' Services, FOI and Intergovernmental Affairs. Katrine Conroy has been successful in both community and career endeavors. Katrine has enjoyed successful careers as one of B.C.'s first female Steam Engineers, as an Early Childhood Educator, Administrator and College Instructor, and as a small business person.


Katrine has worked and volunteered in her community as the Executive Director of Kootenay Family Place, Co-Chair of the Castlegar and District Social Planning Council, Treasurer of the Regional District of Central Kootenay Community Futures Board, Hospital Board member, and founding Board member of the Community Social Services Employers Association.


With her husband Ed, Katrine lives in Pass Creek where they run a successful ranch breeding prize-winning Polled Hereford cattle. Together they have raised four children, and have three grandchildren.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Hon. Rich Coleman - Minister of Housing and Social Development

Today we are praying for the Hon. Rich Coleman, Minister of Housing and Social Development and Member for Fort Langley-Aldergrove.
Lord, we bring Mr. Coleman before you today. We ask that you would bless his work as Minister of Housing and Social Development. We recognize his commitment and dedication to service. We pray today that you would be with him and allow him to sense your presence throughout his day. Lord, we realize that his job can be challenging so we ask that you would grant him strength and courage and surround him with the right individuals to work alongside him.

Please allow your blessing to be with him and his colleagues today.  Thank you for hearing our prayer today.  Amen.



Rich Coleman was appointed Minister of Housing and Social Development on June 23, 2008.



He previously served as Minister of Forests and Range and Minister Responsible for Housing and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Mr. Coleman was first elected in 1996 to represent the riding of Fort Langley-Aldergrove and was re-elected in 2001 and 2005.

From 1996-2001, Mr. Coleman served in a variety of Official Opposition roles, including housing critic, forests deputy critic, and caucus whip. He also sat on the Official Opposition Caucus Committee on Crime.


Mr. Coleman has served as governor of the B.C. Kinsmen, president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, and as a director on several volunteer boards. He was awarded Rotary's highest honour, the Paul Harris Fellowship, and received a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003. He has also received the Canada 125 Medal for community service and was chosen Langley's Volunteer of the Year in 1988.

Before his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Coleman ran a real estate management and consulting company. He is also a former member of the RCMP and a security specialist.
Rich Coleman and his wife, Michele, live in Aldergrove and have two adult children.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hon. Murray Coell - Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Member for Saanich North and the Islands

Today we are praying for the Hon. Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for Mr. Coell and where you have placed him. Thank you for giving him a desire to work towards positive change for his community. We pray today that you would grant him wisdom knowledge and understanding when making his important decisions. Father, as he carries out his daily tasks we ask that you would be with him to serve with excellence and distinction. Let you blessing flow through him today.


In Jesus name, Amen.
Murray Coell was appointed Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development on June 23, 2008. He previously served as Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for Research and Technology since June 16, 2005.

 
Murray’s past portfolios include Minister of Human Resources and Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services.


Mr. Coell also served as Official Opposition critic for environment, for children and families, and for social services. He sat on the Select Standing Committees on Public Accounts, and on Environment and Tourism, as well as the Official Opposition Caucus Committee for Children.


He was first elected in 1996 to represent the riding of Saanich North and the Islands, and was re-elected in 2001 and 2005. He has served on the Government Caucus Committee on Communities and Safety, the Cabinet Committee of Agenda and Priorities, the Treasury Board, and the Public Sector Employers' Council.


Before his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Coell was a social worker, specializing in alcohol and drug rehabilitation as well as in services to those with mental disabilities. He also owned and operated a small business.


He received his bachelor of arts in social welfare from the University of Victoria.


Mr. Coell sat on Saanich Municipal Council for 12 years, six of them as mayor. He also chaired the Capital Regional District, the Saanich Police board and the Capital Regional District hospital board, and was deputy chair of the Municipal Finance Authority.


He served as a volunteer for 10 years on the board of Silver Threads Meals on Wheels and for five years on the board of the Queen Alexandra Hospital for Children.


Murray and Corinne Coell live in Central Saanich.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

David Chudnovsky

Today we are praying for David Chudnovsky, member for Vancouver Kensington.
Father, we pray for Mr. Chudnovsky today.  Thank you for his life and commitment to serve our province in this way. Let your blessing rest upon him in every way.  Cause him to be a source of blessing to his riding and to those he comes in contact with.  As he serves his community, reward him richly for the hours of sacrifice that he has generously sown on behalf of others.  Strengthen him and protect him with good health today we pray.
Amen.
David Chudnovsky was elected as the MLA for Vancouver Kensington on May 17, 2005.

David has lived in Vancouver-Kensington for more than 26 years with his wife and two children. David has been an active volunteer in his community, coaching hockey teams at Trout Lake and softball teams at Little Mountain.


David holds an Honours B.A. in History and Political Science from York University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. He served on the boards of Surrey-Delta Immigrant Services Society and the Charter for Public Education Network.


David has been a teacher for 28 years, including nursery school, elementary school, high school and university.


In 1999 David was elected president of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF). He was twice re-elected to represent the 45,000 public school teachers in B.C.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hon. Tom Christensen - Minister of Children and Family Development, Member for Okanagan-Vernon

Today we are praying for the Hon. Tom Christensen, Minister of Children and Family Development.
Heavenly Father, we know that children and families are near to your heart and that you place tremendous value on them and upon those who seek to protect their interests and concerns.  Thank you for Mr. Christensen and the many hours that he has invested in overseeing the provision of care for children and families in need of support and protection.  We bless him and the many people who work in his ministry on behalf of children and families.  We see that they have a difficult and challenging role and that many times they are misunderstood and find themselves in no-win scenarios.  We ask that first and foremost you would give the Minister wisdom and discernment as he seeks to provide leadership to this ministry.  Lord, let your hand be upon him in every way.  Bless his work and efforts. 
We also pray for his own family.  As you know, he recently announced that he would not be running for re-election because of his desire to spend time with his family. We ask that you would abundantly reward them with many days of quality time together and that you would bless his family tremendously as he shifts his focus to provide more time with them.

We ask these things in Jesus' Name.  Amen.
The Hon. Tom Christensen was appointed Minister Children and Family Development on August 15, 2006. He previously served as Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and Minister of Education.
Mr. Christensen was elected to represent the riding of Okanagan-Vernon in 2001.

He has served as Chair of the Government Caucus Committee on Education and as a member of the Legislative Review Committee, as well as the Select Standing Committees on Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills; and Legislative Initiatives.
Mr. Christensen graduated from the University of Victoria with a Law degree in 1994, and was called to the B.C. bar in May 1995. Prior to entering politics, he practiced law at Davidson, Camp & Company, and was a partner in the firm from 1999 to 2001.

Born and raised in Vernon, Mr. Christensen has been involved in a number of community organizations, having held such positions as president of the Downtown Vernon Association, director of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and chairperson of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundations Annual Light-a-Bulb Fundraising Campaign.


Mr. Christensen is married and has three children.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Raj Chouhan

Today we are praying for Raj Chouhan, member for Burnaby-Edmonds.
Father we thank you for bringing different ones with a wealth of experience and cultural diversification to our country. We thank you for bring Raj Chouhan to our province and for appointing him to this position. We thank you for giving him a heart to help others. We ask for clarity of thought and wisdom for him as he leads in our province. We ask for you to show him what is most important upon your heart and to help him to know how to work for the betterment of all. May you give him favor to communicate and bring about the changes you long to see established within our province. In Jesus name we pray.

Raj Chouhan was elected as the MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds on May 17, 2005. Raj serves as the British Columbia Official Opposition Critic for Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Immigration.


Born in the Punjab, Raj immigrated to Canada in 1973. As a student in India, Raj was actively involved in student union activities. On his arrival in Canada, Raj was greatly impacted by the plight of other immigrant workers and the wide disparity between the rich and poor in a prosperous country. This lead to his ongoing passion for community and social justice work.

 
Raj is the founding president of the Canadian Farmworkers' Union, and he served as the Director of Bargaining at the Hospital Employees Union for 18 years. Raj has also served as a member of the Labour Relations Board of B.C. and the Arbitration Bureau of B.C.

A founding member of the B.C. Organization to Fight Racism, Raj has worked relentlessly in promoting human rights and racial equality. He has served as the Vice President of B.C. Human Rights Defenders since 2003. Raj has taught courses on Human Rights, the B.C. Labour Code and collective bargaining since 1987. He has traveled across Canada to give seminars and attend conferences that raise awareness of issues regarding racism, poverty, worker rights, and discrimination


Raj and his family live in the Burnaby-Edmonds community. He and his wife Inder have two children, Amrita and Anu.


In addition to this, Raj works hard to support local community organizations. As well, Raj has participated in and promoted many programs offered through community organizations including neighbourhood safety, refugee assistance, and heath and wellness programs.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hon. Ida Chong - Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative

Today we are praying for the Hon. Ida Chong, Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative and Member for Oak Bay-Gordon Head

We humbly come before You today God on behalf of the Honorable Ida Chong. As we read through her many accomplishments and appointments it is very clear that she is a woman of great wisdom, integrity and passion. We thank You for raising Ms. Chong up to the appointment of Minister of Technology, Trade, Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Asis-Pacific Initiative. Lord, this is a great undertaking, please give Ms. Chong uncommon wisdom, solutions and strategies. May her team be one that gives her the respect and honor that is due her. Place Your hedge of protection around her through out this time of appointment. May her health be stronger than it has ever been and give her many times of relaxation and fun too!!


We pray this respectfully in Your name Jesus, Amen

Ida Chong was appointed Minister of Technology, Trade and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative on June 23, 2008.

Ida Chong previously served as Minister of Community Services, with responsibilities for local governments, Seniors' and Women's Issues and the B.C. Public Service Agency. In addition to her role as Minister, Ms. Chong also currently serves on Cabinet's Committee for Climate Action and B.C.’s Treasury Board.
Ms. Chong was appointed Community Services Minister in June of 2005 – having previously held Cabinet portfolios as Minister of Advanced Education and as Minister of State for Women’s and Seniors’ Services.

 
A native of greater Victoria, Minister Chong has represented her constituency of Oak Bay-Gordon Head since she first entered provincial politics in 1996. During her first term at the legislature she was the Official Opposition critic in a number of areas, including critic for Small Business and Deputy Critic of Finance.

Ms. Chong has been involved in her community for years - volunteering for a number of not-for-profit groups and serving as municipal councillor for the District of Saanich, from 1993 - 1996.



For nearly 20 years, she was senior partner in an accounting practice based in Saanich, catering to small and medium sized enterprises. While no longer in active practice, she proudly retains her credentials as a Certified General Accountant, having won a number of awards for her work in this field, including being named in 2006, a Fellow of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, a national designation for exemplary service.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Hon. Ron Cantelon

Heavenly Father we give thanks for Ron Cantelon and for his service in the riding of Nanaimo and Parksville. We lift him up in prayer asking that You would use him in ways that would even surprise him.
Mr. Cantelon was elected on May 17, 2005 in the riding of Nanaimo-Parksville and was appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Lands on January 30, 2009.



Prior to joining the Cabinet, Ron served on the B.C. Agriculture Plan Committee and the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture. He has also served as Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth and as Chair of the Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act. In addition, Ron has been a member of the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, the Special Committee of Selection, Treasury Board, and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development.


Ron first entered political life as a city councillor for the City of Nanaimo in 1999. He has also acted as Chair of the Nanaimo Conference Centre Advisory Committee, Chair of the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership, Director of the Nanaimo Regional District Board and President of the Port Theatre from 1994 to 1999.


Ron has won several awards including Tourism Nanaimo’s Citizen of the Year 1999, Re/Max manager of the year for Western Canada in 1999 and was one of the 125 notable citizens for Nanaimo’s 125th anniversary.


Ron Cantelon has five children and resides in Nanaimo.