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.