Tuesday, June 30, 2009

MLA: Marc Dalton

Lord we bring Marc Dalton before you and thank you for raising him up to sit in this provincial governmental role. Even as Solomon prayed at the outset of his government, we ask that you would grant Marc divine wisdom to know how to best represent the people of Maple Ridge-Pit Meadows and understanding as to how to bring his experience and expertise to the table in a way that would serve the province.

As a new MLA, we ask you would give Marc fresh and creative ideas to contribute to the caucus, ideas that address the many complex problems facing the province at this time, especially in the educational arena. Let him be a voice for change, for integrity, for justice. Let him be salt and light, a blessing both to his colleagues and to his community. Let him walk before You with Your full favour and blessing upon him.

Marc Dalton was elected as MLA to represent the riding of Maple Ridge-Mission on May 12, 2009.

Previously, Marc worked as a long-time teacher in the Maple Ridge School District at both the elementary and high school levels. He has a Bachelors Degree in French and History and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, both from Simon Fraser University. Raised in a military family he lived in bases across the country and served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves after graduating. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Maple Ridge.

Mr. Dalton is Aboriginal (Metis) and speaks French. He has led student exchanges to Quebec to promote unity, French language fluency and an appreciation of Canadian culture. He has attended the Teachers Institute of Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa and has been active in politics at all different levels over the past 25 years.

Mr. Dalton is a resident of Maple Ridge and has been married to his wife, Marlene, for 24 years. They have three grown children.

For several years, Mr. Dalton worked as a volunteer with youth and reaching out to the needy. Currently, he and Marlene are involved with feeding the homeless in downtown Maple Ridge.

Monday, June 29, 2009

MLA Kathy Corrigan - Burnaby Deer Lake

Lord we bring Cathy before your throne of grace and we bow our hearts as we pray for Cathy

Draw her close to you Lord in these days, may she hear your voice speaking to her,guiding her thoughts as she is about the business of goverment.Give her strength, focus and wisdom as she seeks to make right choices . May her mind be sharp and resolute in the face of adversity and may she not be swayed in the authority given her. Thankyou Lord for equipping her for the task ahead.In Jesus name Amen.

Kathy Corrigan has lived in Burnaby for more than 30 years. She has served for nine years on the Burnaby school board and was chair of the board for two years.

She has deep roots in this community and cares about the issues that matter to all of us.

Kathy and husband Derek Corrigan, who is the Mayor of Burnaby, have raised four children here.
Kathy’s commitment to her community is rooted in the many years she spent as an active parent and volunteer in Burnaby. Her involvement includes serving on parent advisory committees, coaching and supporting sports teams, and writing a column on education for the Burnaby NOW.

Kathy Corrigan is a lawyer by training and now works as a policy analyst, specializing in social, labour and trade policy.

Kathy’s training and experience, combined with her commitment to her community will make her an effective MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

MLA: Gary Coons

Father God, We  thank you for Gary Coons, and his desire to serve the people of British Columbia. I pray a blessing on him and his family and our communities in the North. There are some challenging times that we are, and will be facing, so I pray for wisdom to prevail in all situations, and that You will be instrumental in guiding all decisions that will be made.

In Jesus name, Amen

Gary Coons was elected as the MLA for the North Coast on May 17, 2005 and again on May 12, 2009.

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, June 27, 2009

MLA: Katrine Conroy

Dear Father, please sustain Katrine in her work as an MLA, and in her private life. We pray that whatever committees and meetings she is part of she will be diligent and courageous. May you give her a thankful heart and count this position for the people of British Columbia as a trust.

Bless and pour your grace upon her.

In Jesus Holy name. Amen.

Katrine Conroy was elected as the MLA for West Kootenay Boundary on May 17, 2005, and re-elected to represent Kootenay West on May 12, 2009.

Katrine is the Opposition Caucus Whip, and serves as Opposition Critic for Citizens' Services, and Labour. 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, June 26, 2009

MLA: Hon. Rich Coleman - Minister of Housing and Social Development

Lord, thank you for an MLA who strives to make a difference in the community . We ask that you continue to bless his desire to provide homes for the homeless and give him wisdom in all other areas for which he is responsible. We especially ask that he be enabled to focus on areas dear to your heart. Bless and protect his home and family, in Jesus Name , Amen.
Rich Coleman was first elected in 1996 to represent the riding of Fort Langley-Aldergrove and was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009.
 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, as well as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

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, June 25, 2009

MLA: Hon. Murray Coell - Minister of Labour and Member for Saanich North and the Islands

"Knowing that you oh Lord move the hands of the kings of the earth to perform your purpose we present to you the right honorable MLA Murray Coell. Our prayer is that you endow him with the spirit of wisdom like Solomon so that he can carry out his duties confidently and with a sense of renewed vision. Keep his mind from unhealthy alliances which would compromise the quality of service that is dispensed through his ministry. May you provide him with leaders of integrity that will champion the vision he sets forth and may each of the men and women that serve under him develop a strong sense of cohesiveness as a team that works well together. May unity be their portion and may they fulfill the mandates in the coming years that will improve the quality of education in our province. Above all protect them from a mindset that would be insular instead of visionary. May they walk in the light that enables them to see where things must change for the betterment of future generations. This we ask in the strong name of Jesus Christ!

Murray Coell was re-elected to the riding Saanich North and the Islands in the 2009 election. On June 10, 2009, he was appointed to serve as Minister of Labour.

Previously, Minister Coell served as Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for Research and Technology. In addition, Minister Coell’s past portfolios include Minister of Human Resources and Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services.

Minister 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, 2005 and 2009. 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, Minister 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.

Minister 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, June 24, 2009

MLA: Raj Chouhan

Father , we give thanks to-day for the privilege to pray for MLA. Raj Chouhan. It has been proven once again, by his constituents in Burnaby -Edmonds, the value and confidence they have in Raj to lead them for another term.

His experience to anticipate and discern the needs of his community is evident. May he be strengthened by wisdom and good judgement as he seeks to find new and fresh ways to implement change that will benefit all he serves so faithfully.

Dear Lord, watch over him, prorect and keep him safe as he travels. Richly, bless his wife and their two children, as they seek to have quality time to-gether. We pray for continued good health and happiness.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Raj Chouhan was elected as the MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds on May 17, 2005 and again on May 12, 2009. 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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

MLA: Hon. Ida Chong - Minister of Healthy Living and Sport

Lord, we come to you today for the Hon. Ida Chong.

Father, we pray that you will fill her with divine wisdom. We ask that she will have insight into the Kingdom of Heaven in British Columbia: That her words in Cabinet Meetings will reflect your Kingdom, and that all who are seated there will hear and begin to grasp what she is saying, and their responsibilities to this view. We ask this whether she is addressing her own portfolio, or sitting in meetings on other matters. We ask that through her, your influence will spread through our Provincial government and into the fibre of how we do things here in British Columbia.

We also ask that you will protect her from her enemies and those who would work against your will: That her words will be seen to be truth and will overcome.

We ask that through her, Jesus, you will be glorified.

Ida Chong was re-elected to represent the riding Oak Bay–Gordon Head in the 2009 election. On June 10, 2009, she was appointed to serve as Minister of Healthy Living and Sport.

Minister Chong’s previous cabinet portfolios include Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development, Minister Responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative, Minister of Community Services, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister of State for Women’s and Seniors’ Services. In addition to her role as Minister, she also served on the Cabinet Committee for Climate Action and B.C.’s Treasury Board.

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.

Minister Chong has been involved in her community for years – volunteering for a number of not-for-profit groups and serving as municipal councilor 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.

Monday, June 22, 2009

MLA Ron Cantelon - Member for Parksville Qualicum

Heavenly Father we give thanks for Ron Cantelon and for his service in the riding of Parksville Qualicum. We lift him up in prayer asking that You would use him in ways that would even surprise him. Bless and protect him as he serves the people of his riding and our province.

In Jesus Name,


Mr. Cantelon was elected on May 12, 2009 in the riding of Parksville Qualicum 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.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hon. Gordon Campbell, Premier and Member for Vancouver Point Grey

Our Father in heaven,

I thank you that you are the author and architect of the life of our Premier, the Honourable Gordon Campbell. You have called him into being; you have gifted him for leadership. I pray, along with others all across BC, that you will grant him, beyond the common: wisdom to understand the times and to lead accordingly, peacemaking skill to bring together that which has been broken, a teachable spirit to learn and to excel, blessing and protection for his personal and family life and deep-rooted character to leave a legacy that far outshines any mere accomplishment. You, Lord, have instructed us to pray for those in authority over us and I do so today with anticipation that you will do even more than what we ask for.
I pray all of this in the name of Jesus,

Gordon Campbell was sworn in as British Columbia's 34th Premier on June 5, 2001.
 Mr. Campbell was elected leader of the B.C. Liberal Party in September 1993. He was elected to the B.C. Legislature in 1994 in a by-election to represent the riding of Vancouver-Quilchena and was re-elected in 1996, 2001, 2005, and 2009 for Vancouver-Point Grey.

Mr. Campbell attended public school in Vancouver. After graduating he received a scholarship to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He worked his way through university in the dining hall and as the associate to the secretary of the college, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He later received a Master's of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

He was a secondary school teacher, basketball and track coach in Yola, Nigeria, working under the auspices of CUSO. He then became an assistant to former Vancouver mayor Art Phillips. From 1976 to 1981, he worked with Marathon Realty, where he became general manager of development. In 1981, he founded Citycore Development Corporation.

In 1984, Mr. Campbell was elected to Vancouver City Council. From 1986 to 1993, he served as Mayor of Vancouver for three successive terms.

Mr. Campbell and his wife Nancy, a school vice-principal, have two sons.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

MLA Stephanie Cadieux - Surrey Panorama

Stephanie Cadieux, Surrey-Panorama

Heavenly Father, we lift up Stephanie Cadieux in prayer to you and thank You for her. We ask that You bless her indeed as she begins her new position as MLA representing the people of Surrey-Panorama. That she be able to learn that which is required of her quickly, and become a strong advocate for her constituents. Give her the stamina and strength required to as she fulfils her duties; shower her with Your abundant blessings, O God we pray. In Jesus’ Name.

Stephanie Cadieux was elected MLA for Surrey-Panorama in the 2009 general provincial election.

Living with a spinal cord injury since a car crash at the age of 18, she became a strong community advocate for programs to assist people with physical disabilities to achieve their goals and regain independence. In 2007, Stephanie worked with 2010 Legacies Now to develop an Accessible Tourism Plan for BC.

Stephanie worked with the BC Paraplegic Association for eight years, most recently as director of marketing and development. She has been an active community volunteer and was the president of Realwheels Society, Ambassador for the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation, as well as a member of the advisory panel and a researcher with International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD).

Stephanie was voted one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40, in 2007.

Stephanie has lived Surrey for seven years with her husband and enjoys sailing and travel.

Friday, June 19, 2009

MLA Jagrup Brar - Surrey Fleetwood

Today we are praying for Jagrup Brar, the member from Surrey-Fleetwood

Heavenly Father, we come to you on behalf of Jagrup Brar and thank you for him, for his willingness to serve the people of this Province. As the Opposition Critic for Employment and Income Assistance, we ask that you give him much wisdom in providing helpful and constructive criticism as he works with the governing party. Let him be an instrument of help to those who are in desperate need in this difficult economic time. Strengthen his marriage and his relationship with his daughter we pray. In Jesus name.
Jagrup Brar was first elected as the MLA for Surrey Panorama Ridge on October 28, 2004 and was re-elected on May 17, 2005, and re-elected to represent Surrey-Fleetwood on May 12, 2009.

Jagrup is the Opposition Critic for Employment and Income Assistance, as well as Opposition Critic for Small Business.

Born in India, Jagrup moved to Canada to study at the University of Manitoba where he earned a Master's degree in Public Administration. Jagrup moved to British Columbia from Winnipeg ten years ago. Since then, Jagrup and his family have put down strong roots in Surrey.

An involved member of his community, Jagrup is a dedicated local volunteer, and has taken time to help a variety of local organizations providing services to young people, seniors and new Canadians.

For over a decade, Jagrup worked in the public and non-profit sectors, assisting professionals with career development and working with employers to develop strategies to recruit a highly-skilled, multicultural workforce. As the Executive Director of the Surrey Self Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society (SEEDS), Jagrup trained new entrepreneurs to develop and launch successful small business ventures.

Jagrup is married and lives in Surrey with his wife Rajwant and their daughter.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hon. Shirley Bond - Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

Our Heavenly Father, to-day we come to You in the name of Jesus to pray for Shirley Bond. We give grateful thanks that she will , once again, serve this province for yet another term.
As she faces the challenges of her new portfolio, as Minister of Transportation, we pray You will grant her great wisdom, knowledge and understanding, with special clarity of vision.
We pray the sufficiency of Your grace will give her courage, strength, confidence and sound judgement that will always sustain her through the many daily challenges of making decisions, adjustments and innovative changes.
Encourage her with a strong supportive, dependable staff, ever ready to carry out their responsibilities with integrity and faithfulness.
We give thanks for her faithfulness and recognize the daily sacrifices made by herself and her family, to discharge the myriad of duties as an MLA. in order to serve the people of this province, she does so well.
Father, bless her abundantly with good health, happiness, as well as protection and safety, as she travels.

Shirley Bond was re-elected to a third term as MLA for Prince George-Valemount on May 12, 2009 and appointed Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure on June 10, 2009.

Shirley was previously appointed Minister of Education and Minister responsible for Early Learning and Literacy on June 16, 2005 and Deputy Premier on September 20, 2004. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board, chairs the Cabinet Committee on New Relationship Coordination, and is a member of the Cabinet climate Action Committee.
Shirley was elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2005 to represent the riding of Prince George-Mount Robson. She previously served as Minister of Advanced Education and Minister of Health Services.
Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, she served three terms on the Prince George School Board, the last as chair. She also worked with the continuing education department of the Prince George School District, becoming its business manager. She was given the B.C. Interior, North & Yukon Woman of Distinction Award for her work in public education.
Minister Bond has an arts and science diploma from the College of New Caledonia and, up until becoming MLA, was working on a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at the University of Northern BC.
She was protocol director for the 2001 Special Olympic Summer Games and sat on the boards of Carey Theological College, the Personal Living Choices Society, the Trinity Opportunity Fund Grants Committee and the City of Prince George's Standing Committee on Youth.
Shirley and Bill Bond live in Prince George. They have twin adult children.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

MLA Harry Bloy - Burnaby Lougheed

Lord, we bring Mr. Bloy before you today. We ask that you would bless his work as an MLA. 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 for the road that lies ahead of him. Harry Bloy was first elected in the riding of Burquitlam in 2001 and was re-elected in the May 2005 provincial general election. He won election to the Legislature for a third time in 2009 for the new riding of Burnaby-Lougheed.

Thank you for hearing our prayer today.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Harry served on the Government Caucus Committee for Natural Resources and Economy and three Select Standing Committees: Finance and Government Services; Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills; and, Legislative Initiatives. In addition, he was the Deputy Chair of Committee of the Whole.

Previously, Harry served on the Crown Corporations, Public Accounts, Finance and Government Services committees. He was also a member of the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Prior to being an MLA, Harry was the President of a local telecommunications company. Harry earned a marketing diploma from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto after which he worked as a systems analyst before moving into retail. Starting as a district manager, he became national marketing manager for a countrywide retail chain. In 1979 Harry and his brother opened the first in a series of convenience stores and over the next 12 years developed, operated and expanded the chain before selling the business. Since the early 90's, Harry has been involved in a number of businesses including the distribution of dairy products and in an executive office leasing company.

Throughout his life, Harry has believed in the importance of volunteering. He served on the board of directors and was a founding member of the Burnaby Optimist Club. Harry also serves as a member of the Regional Council of Scouts Canada-Burnaby Region.

Harry's extensive community involvement in the riding dates back to 1979 and has included the Burquitlam Community Association, Burnaby Mountain Mantas Summer Swim Club (of which he was a founding member), former President of the Burnaby Arts Council, Burnaby Minor Lacrosse, District Parent Advisory Council and the Parent Advisory Council for his children's elementary school. He has also volunteered for many events and projects including the Healthy Heart Fun Run and Walk, Mothers March of Dimes and the BC Summer Games.

Born in 1946 in Sudbury, Ontario, Harry and his wife Anita married in 1977 and have lived in the constituency since 1978; they have three children, Jeremy, Katie and Candice. Harry enjoys walking, photography, volunteering and gardening.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hon. Iain Black - Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development and Member for Port Moody Coquitlam

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for Iain Black and his position in government, and for believing in our Nation of Canada.  Thank you for the difference he has made.

We ask for increase of favor in every area of his life.  Help him as he provides leadership within his ministry and the province.  Bless, and protect him and his family. Amen

Iain Black was appointed Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development  on June 10, 2009. He was elected to represent the new riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam in the 2009 provincial general election. He was first elected as an MLA for the former Port Moody-Westwood riding in 2005.

In addition to his role of MLA, he has been appointed to the BC Provincial Treasury Board, and three Select Standing Committees of the Legislature including Finance and Government Services, Public Accounts, and the Special Committee to Appoint a Conflict of Interest Commissioner (where he served as Chair). In addition, in December 2006 Iain was appointed by the Premier as Chair of the Government Caucus Committee (GCC) on Natural Resources and the Economy. The GCC reviews legislation, policies and programs, and makes recommendations to Cabinet. Prior to entering politics, Iain spent his entire career in the technology industry, and has been leading technology companies since 1995.

At the point of his election, Iain was president of the Banking Solutions Group of Open Solutions Canada (formerly Datawest Solutions Inc.), the largest provider of banking systems outsourcing and development to Canadian credit unions. Prior to Datawest, Iain served as president & CEO of The Electric Mail Company Inc., where over three years he evolved the software and services firm into a profitable world leader in business email technology. Prior to that, his leadership experience included serving as president or chief operating officer of both publicly traded and private British Columbia technology companies, and as a partner with a national professional services firm. He embarked on his entrepreneurial ventures after starting his career with IBM Canada Ltd.

Iain’s list of community volunteer and board director roles includes his ongoing coaching of two youth soccer teams in Coquitlam, and his five year term on the Board of Directors of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, a hospice for children with life-limiting illnesses. A recipient of the 40-Under-40 award in 1998, “recognizing top business achievement in British Columbians”, Iain is an experienced speaker at North American business and technology industry conferences, who holds an Honours degree in business from the University of Manitoba.

Iain and his wife, Chris, reside in the Westwood Plateau district of the riding with their three children.

Monday, June 15, 2009

MLA Dawn Black - New Westminster

Today we are praying for Dawn Black, member for New Westminster.

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for Dawn Black and her enthusiasm and desire to make a difference in our province.  Grant her wisdom, grace and new strategies each day.  We ask for continued blessings and protection for her and her family.

In Jesus Name,


Regrettably, Dawn's profile was not available on the Legislature site when we were preparing this profile.  We will add it as soon as it is available.  We did find the following profile information from another site and hope that you find it helpful as you pray for her.

Dawn was the Member of Parliament for New Westminster—Burnaby from 1988 to 1993, and was re-elected for New Westminster—Coquitlam in 2006.

Dawn served as a Member of the Board of the Justice Institute of BC, Habitat for Humanity, the Progressive Housing Society and Legal Services BC

Dawn is an effective representative and vocal advocate for her constituents
Dawn lives in New Westminster with her husband Peter. She is the proud mother of three sons, Stuart, Matthew and David, and a grandmother to seven young grandchildren, Christopher, Ian, Meagan, Lauren, Kate, and twins Maggie and Becca.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hon. Bill Bennett - Minister of Community and Rural Development, Member for Kootenay East

Lord, we thank you that you have called Bill Bennett to serve You and our Province in this wway.  We ask for your blessing upon him and his family in abundant measure.  Give him Your wisdom and strength as he fulfills his responsibilities and serves the people of the East Kootenays.  Watch over him and protect him in every way.

We ask this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Bill Bennett was re-elected as MLA for Kootenay East on May 12, 2009.

Bill Bennett was appointed Minister Community and Rural Development on June 10, 2009. In 2007, he became Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, a member of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, and Chair of the BC Outdoor Caucus. He previously served as Minister of State for Mining.

Bill Bennett was elected to represent the riding of East Kootenay in the 2001 provincial election and re-elected in 2005. Bill served on the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources and is a member of the Kootenay Caucus. He was also deputy chair of the Parliamentary Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, a member of the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources, a member of the Premier's Olympic Live Sites Committee, the Caucus Committee on Treaties, the Waste Management Review Committee and is a legislative member of the committee for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region. Bill served on the Committee of Development of the Provincial Noxious Weed Strategy, the Land Use Task Force as well as the Small Scale Salvage Committee and the Mining Task Force.

He formerly served as deputy chair of the Legislative Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations and as a member of the Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct Committee, Standing Orders and Private Bills Committee.

Before being elected, Bill was a partner in a Cranbrook law firm. In 1976, he earned an honours degree in English from the University of Guelph and in 1992 a law degree from Queen's University.

Bill owned and operated successful fly-in wilderness lodges in the Northwest Territories and Manitoba from 1977 to 1992. In 1988, he worked as a tourism consultant with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs and to the Manitoba Keewatin Tribal Council.

Bill was a Cranbrook Rotary Club member who has also served as BC Chamber of Commerce first vice-chair (1999), Cranbrook & District Chamber of Commerce president (1997 & 1998), Kootenay Ice WHL franchise committee member (1998), and Kootenay Bar Association president (1998). In 1997 and 1998 he was elected Cranbrook Business Person of the Year.

Born in 1950, Bill and his wife Beth married in 1974 and have two children, Dylan and Daniel. They have lived in the constituency since 1994. Bill is a passionate snowboarder who also hunts, fishes and hikes.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hon. Patrick Bell - Forests and Range and Minister Responsible for the Integrated Land, Member for Prince George Mackenzie

Today we are praying for the Hon. Pat Bell.

Father, today we pray for Pat Bell. We pray you will keep him, watch over him and bless him with health. We ask that you give him wisdom in his critical role in Forests and Range and Minister Responsible for the Integrated Land Management Bureau; as he partners to lead our government.

Give him insight, opportunity and favor with all parties, interests and governments.

May you grant him Your favor and may you provide all he needs to govern with strength.

Thank you for him - help him O God.

Pat Bell was re-elected to a third term as MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie on May 12, 2009.

Bell was appointed Forests and Range and Minister Responsible for the Integrated Land
Management Bureau on June 10, 2009.  He previously served as Minister for Agriculture and Lands and as Minister of State for Mining.

Bell was elected to represent the riding of Prince George North in the 2001 election and re-elected in 2005.

He has served on the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources and B.C. Task Force on Mining, and as chair of the Small Scale Salvage Review Committee. Bell has also served on the Legislative Select Standing Committees on Education and Crown Corporations.

Prior to becoming an MLA, Bell owned a trucking company and co-owned a logging company. He owns two Wendy's Restaurants in Prince George.

Committed to youth sport, Bell chaired the junior golf program at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club from 1993 to 1997. He also coached high school volleyball and supported the Prince George Barracuda Swim Club. Bell served for several years on the Tourism Prince George Board of Directors.

Born in Vancouver and educated at the University of British Columbia, Bell has lived in Prince George since 1988. He and his wife Brenda have three children.

Friday, June 12, 2009

MLA Donna Barnett - Member for Cariboo-Chilcotin

Today we are praying for Donna Barnett, the member for Cariboo Chilcotin. 
Heavenly Father, we come to you on behalf of Donna Barnett.  We thank you for her broad experience that has prepared her very well for this role.  Lord, we ask that as she enters this new chapter of service and sacrifice in her life that you would bless her greatly and help her in every way.  Give her great grace as she adjusts to new responsibilities and opportunities.  Help her serve with distinction and excellence we pray.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Donna Barnett was elected MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin on May 12, 2009.

A self-employed business owner and realtor, Donna served as mayor of the District of 100 Mile House from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1996 to 2008.

During that time, Donna served as co-chair of the Council of Resource Community Mayors, as well as chair of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition. Additionally, she was a member of the federal government’s Minister of Natural Resources Committee and a member of the Premier's Climate Action Team.

Donna’s political experience is very diverse. She has been either a member of or involved in: the Cariboo Regional District and Hospital District, Community Policing, the Premier's Task Force on Opportunities, Land Use Planning, Health Care, the Restorative Justice Committee, the Regional Economic Development Committee, the BC Open Learning Agency, the Board of Directors for the Cariboo College and the Chamber of Commerce.

With over 35 years of community involvement, Donna has been a Rotarian, a member of the 100 Mile House Kinettes, a member of the 100 Mile Outriders Club, chair of the Spirit of BC 100 Mile House Community Committee, chair of the100 Mile Chapter of Kisport, chair of the 100 Mile & District Safety Committee, a member of Measuring up the North 100 Mile Committee, chair of the 100 Mile Advisory Committee for the Industrial Hemp Pilot Project, a member of the 100 Mile House Museum Society, a member of the Lower Bridge Creek Watershed Society and served as chair of the South Cariboo Planning Council.

Donna has been the recipient of many awards including the 2008 Women in Resource Communities Woman of the Year Award and 2006 BC Government Community Achievement Award.

Donna and her husband Jack have two grown children and one grandchild.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hon. Bill Barrisoff - Speaker and MLA for Penticton

Today we are praying for the Hon. Bill Barrisoff, Speaker and Member for Penticton Okanagan Valley.

Almighty and Everlasting Lord,

This day we have the privilege of praying for Bill Barisoff, who holds the position of Speaker. We acknowledge the immense accomplishments and abilities that Mr. Barisoff has, and the desire to serve his constituents. Thank you for his committment to our country, Government and the people of Canada. Give him the stamina he needs to keep up with such a busy scedule and the ability to keep balance between his family life and work. We ask Your abundant blessings will shower over Bill, Edna, Glen, Michael, Darren, Eliza and Kayla today and all throughout 2009.
Bill Barisoff was elected Speaker on September 12, 2005 and has served as Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection and Minister of Provincial Revenue.
Mr. Barisoff previously held a variety of critic roles for the Official Opposition, including agriculture, transportation and highways and aboriginal affairs. He served on the province's Motor Carrier Commission and was a member of the Select Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs and on Agriculture.
He was first elected in 1996 to represent the riding of Okanagan-Boundary and was re-elected in 2001 for Penticton-Okanagan Valley .
Mr. Barisoff, who was born and raised in Oliver, owned a trucking firm before his election to the Legislative Assembly.
He served as a school trustee for 18 years, including eight as chair of the Southern Okanagan school board; was a volunteer firefighter in Oliver for over 25 years; and sat on the Okanagan Labour Relations Council. He was also chair of the Oliver Recreation Commission for one year.
Bill and Edna Barisoff live in Oliver. Their family includes sons Glen, Michael, Darren, daughter-in-law Eliza and grand-daughter Kayla Ramos Barisoff.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

MLA Harry Bains - Surrey Newton

Heavenly Father, we thank you so much for Harry Bains.  We are grateful for individuals who are committed to living their lives for something that is larger than they are.  We see his commitment to service and to his community and we ask that you bless him greatly for his willingness to serve through leadership.  As he begins a new term as MLA we ask for Your hand to rest upon him and to strengthen him.  Protect him, help him and bless him we pray.

In Jesus Name,  Amen

Harry Bains was elected as the MLA for Surrey-Newton on May 17, 2005 and again on May 12, 2009.

Harry serves as Opposition Critic for the Olympics and Sport.
Harry has been active in the Surrey community for many years. He has years of experience in education having served on the Kwantlen College Board of Governors between 1993 and 1999. He has also volunteered with organizations like Habitat for Humanity.
Harry was an elected officer of Steelworkers-IWA Canada local 2171 for over fifteen years. He served most recently as Vice president of his local, where he led negotiations and engaged in bargaining for better working conditions for working people.

Harry and his wife Rajvinder live in Surrey. They have two children, Kulpreet and Jasmeen.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

MLA Robin Austin - Member for Skeena

Today we are praying for Robin Austin, Member for Skeena.

We give thanks for Robin Austin and for the position he holds in the government. Father, we lift him up today in prayer and ask that you would bless him for his commitment. We pray for him and his family and ask that you would strengthen each and everyone as it isn’t easy for families to be apart especially as a father to three active teens. We pray for a bond of unity and peace for his home.

Robin Austin was re- elected as the MLA for Skeena on May 12, 2009.

Robin serves as Opposition Critic for Fisheries and is the Opposition's lead Critic on Rural Issues.

Robin was employed as a Community Schools Coordinator for a Non-Profit Society in Terrace. Prior to entering the social work field, Robin spent 20 years working in the Private Sector for both large corporations and small businesses associated with the Hotel/Tourism industry.

Robin has a B.A. from Strathclyde University in Scotland as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Northern BC.

Robin and his wife have been married for twenty years and are the parents of three active teenagers.