Saturday, October 31, 2009

MLA Dr. Terry Lake - Kamloops North Thompson

Dear Lord, thank you for Terry Lake's willingness to serve his province and its people. Give him surpassing wisdom in his heart and mind as he works in parliament. Thank you for choosing him, for no man can have anything that doesn’t come from you. Help him when choices are difficult to choose according to his conscience and lean on the wisdom You will grant him. Amen

Dr. Terry Lake was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Ranching Task Force to the Minister of Agriculture and Lands on June 10, 2009. He was elected MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson on May 12, 2009.

Terry is a veterinarian by profession and served as the Mayor of the City of Kamloops from 2005-2008 and as a city councillor from 2002-2005, a time when Kamloops reached record employment and construction and was recognized for service to residents by the National Quality Institute.

Terry is a recipient of the BC Veterinary Medical Association Award of Merit for service to the profession and has served as Vice President of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and Vice President of the Union of BC Municipalities. He was a member of the BC Transit Board of Directors for three years when transit service increased dramatically in Kamloops.

Community service has long been a part of Terry’s life whether serving as president of the Coquitlam Rotary Club in the 1990s or as president of the Kamloops Recreational Soccer League. One of his most rewarding experiences was traveling with Developing World Connections to Tangalle, Sri Lanka in 2008 to assist with tsunami relief.

Terry and his wife Lisa have three daughters, a dog and a cat.

Friday, October 30, 2009

MLA Jenny Kwan - Member for Vancouver Mount Pleasant

 Lord, we ask that you would give Mrs. Kwan all the resources necessary to perform her job efficiently and well. Use her many abilities to fulfill the objectives you had when you placed her in this very responsible position. Bless her with wisdom and give her favour with those who would enable her to do her job with integrity and compassion. Thank you for her willingness to serve and her sacrifice of time and effort for the benefit of the citizens of Vancouver- Mt. Pleasant.
Keep her family safe and blessed we pray, in Jesus Name.

Jenny Kwan was first elected as the MLA for Vancouver - Mount Pleasant in 1996, becoming one of the first Chinese-Canadians to sit in BC's Legislative Assembly and the first Chinese Canadian Cabinet Minister in the history of B.C. She was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and again on May 12, 2009.

Jenny is the Opposition Caucus Chair, and serves as Opposition Critic for Homelessness and Mental Health.

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hon.Kevin Krueger - Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts and Member for Kamloops

Dear Lord, thank you for your servant, Kevin. Thank you for his willingness to serve the people of Kamloops and his desire to serve you. Bless him as he serves in Cabinet and grant him wisdom in his deliberations, peace in his relationships and strength in making hard decisions. Grant him to walk in humility and pour grace on his heart and efforts. In Jesus Name, Amen

Kevin Krueger was appointed Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts on June 10, 2009. He was re-elected as MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson on May 12, 2009. He had served as Minister of Community Development since January 19, 2009 and as Minister of Small Business and Revenue and Minister Responsible for Regulatory Reform since June 23, 2008. Kevin previously was Minister of State for Mining.

Kevin Krueger was re-elected as MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson in 2005 after being elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2001. Kevin is also a member of the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources and Economy, where he previously served as Chair.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MLA Leonard Krog - Nanaimo

Father, thank you so much for Leonard Krog. Your word declares that wise and knowlegable leaders bring stability so Father I ask that You would continue to pour your wisdom and knowledge into your servant. Father that he would be blessed as he serves not only government but also the people. Thank you for his willingness to represent those who can not represent themselves. Father I ask that You would pour out blessings and favor upon him and his family as they choose a life of service.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Leonard Krog was elected as the MLA for Nanaimo on May 17, 2005 and again on May 12, 2009. He serves as Opposition Critic for the Attorney General. Born in Nanaimo and raised in Coombs, Leonard served as MLA for Parksville-Qualicum from 1991 to 1996.

Since 1980, Leonard has been a practicing lawyer in a Nanaimo law firm, most recently with his wife Sharon.  In addition, Leonard has served as the director and president of the Mid-Island Consumer Services Co-operative, chair of the United Way for Nanaimo and District, director of the Nanaimo City Centre Association, president of the Nanaimo City Bar Association, director and president of the Planned Parenthood Association's Nanaimo Branch, a member and supporter of Amnesty International and Lawyers for Social Responsibility.

Leonard and his wife Sharon live in Nanaimo. They have two children, Jessica and Parker.

MLA: Norm Macdonald - Columbia Revelstoke

Heavenly Father, thank you for blessing Norm MacDonald for a second term in office as MLA for Columbia-Revelstoke. Help him as he serves. We thank you for his past background as a principal and teacher for many years. Bless and protect him and his family in Golden.

In your name, Jesus. Amen

Norm Macdonald was re-elected as the MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.

Norm serves as opposition critic for Forests and Range. Recently the principal of Nicholson Elementary School, Norm has taught for more than 15 years in the Columbia Valley. He has a further six years experience teaching in Africa.

Norm served as a Councillor and was then elected Mayor of Golden in 1996. Norm Macdonald lives in Golden with his wife Karen and two teenage daughters.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

MLA: Maurine Karagianis - Esquimalt Royal Roads

We pray and ask for great wisdom to be with Maurine as she serves as the critic for Transportation, a post she's held in the past. Thank you Lord that she is bringing a past experience into this posting - help her to step into this with all that experience from the past plus much much more as we know that the issues pertaining to transportation are very diverse and complex in these days. We pray that Maurine will be equipped with great insights as she serves the constituents of her riding. Bless her and help her in every way we pray.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Maurine Karagianis was elected as the MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin on May 17, 2005, and re-elected as MLA for Esquimalt-Royal Roads on May 12, 2009.  Maurine serves as Opposition Critic for Transportation.

Maurine was elected as a municipal councillor in Esquimalt in 1996, and re-elected in 1999 and again in 2002.  Starting in 1998, she served three years with the provincial government as an assistant in the Ministry of Social Services and in the Ministry of Transportation and Highways.

Maurine recently ran a consulting business that worked with non-profit organizations and First Nations communities to create affordable housing.

Maurine chaired the Intermunicipal Committee from 1999 to 2002. She helped create and chaired the CRD Arts Committee until 2005, developed a regional arts strategy and led Esquimalt 's Public Arts Policy.  As a long-standing Director of the Veins of Life Watershed Society, Maurine has worked in support of environmental stewardship for the Gorge Waterway and watershed protection in the Capital Region.

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

Monday, October 26, 2009

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

Today we pray for Carole James, Leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party. We thank you Lord for Carole and bless her as she represents her constituents and serves as Party Leader.   We pray for Your wisdom and guidance as she leads the opposition party within our parliamentary system.  Amen

Carole James was elected Leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party on November 23, 2003.

Carole served as President of the B.C. School Trustees Association for an unprecedented five terms, commencing in 1995.

She was elected to the Greater Victoria School Board from 1990 to 2001. She has also served at the national level as the Vice-President of the Canadian School Boards Association. Carole has been appointed to numerous provincial initiatives, including the Independent B.C. Budget Review Panel, the Public Education Restructuring Consultation, the Ministry of Children and Families Secure Care Committee.

In addition to serving a two-year term as the Director of Child Care Policy for the government of British Columbia, she has served on the Greater Victoria Region Social Planning Council, the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Task Force on Violence Prevention.

In recognition of her work in the area of co-operative pre-schools, she was named an Honorary Life Member of the Vancouver Island Co-operative Pre-School Association.

In 2001, Carole moved to Prince George to serve as the Director of Child and Family Services for Carrier Sekani Family Services. As part of her management responsibilities, she coordinated the planning for regionalization of child and family services from the Ministry of Children and Families to an Aboriginal Authority. In July 2003, just prior to becoming Leader of the New Democrats, she became Coordinator with the Northern Aboriginal Authority for Families.

In May 2005, Carole was elected as the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill, and became the Leader of BC's Official Opposition in the BC Legislature.

Carole is the mother of two children, Alison and Evan. She was also a foster parent for 20 years, giving care to children and adults with special needs.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

MLA Vicki Huntingdon - South Delta

Dear Heavenly Father, we lift up Vicki Huntington to you and pray for the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit to be with her. We pray that Vicki’s l5 years on Municipal Council in Delta will be of tremendous value as she represents South Delta in the Legislature.  We thank you for her concern for her community and constituents.  Grant her the strength to serve with distinction.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Victoria (Vicki) Huntington is a native of Vancouver, BC and has a degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. Much of her early career was spent in Ottawa with the federal government. More recently, she served as an elected Councillor for the Municipality of Delta, BC.

For most of the 1970s, Vicki worked with the RCMP Security Service, beginning as a civilian member and later a Special Constable (Investigator) in the force. In preparation for this position, she was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the Canadian Army Intelligence Corps (Res).

Vicki served as Band Manager for the Gitanmaax Indian Reserve in Hazelton, BC. First-hand knowledge and understanding gained in this capacity was invaluable in her later work with the federal Minister of Indian Affairs & Northern Development; Nisga’a Task Group; and as Vice Chair of the Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee and its representative on the Provincial Treaty Negotiating Team.

During a number of years in Ottawa, Vicki served the Solicitor General of Canada; and the Ministers of both National Revenue and Indian Affairs & Northern Development. She was also involved in various capacities at the federal level with the Progressive Conservative Party. She returned to British Columbia in 1988 as the Director of the Federal Ministers’ Regional Offices in Vancouver.

Vicki has shown a particular interest in environmental matters. In this regard, she received an award from the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust for exceptional service.

A resident of Ladner (Delta), British Columbia, Vicki was first elected in 1993 to Delta Municipal Council and returned to Council at or near the top of the polls in the four subsequent municipal elections. She declined to run again in 2008.

Vicki was elected as an Independent MLA for Delta South in May 2009.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

MLA Rob Howard - Richmond Centre

Lord, we thank you for this representative for Richmond Centre who has brought many hours of service to his community, both volunteer and professional. We ask Lord that you give him insight into the diverse needs of this area. Give him, we pray, the people, the finances, the information and the support of all who work under and with him so he is able to represent this area with integrity, compassion and wisdom. We ask for your help in bringing those things to pass that will benefit both Richmond Centre and the Province of BC. Protect and bless his family physically, financially and spiritually we ask in Jesus Holy Name, Amen

Rob Howard was elected as the MLA for Richmond Centre in 2009.

Rob has served as President of Tourism Richmond, was co-Chair of the Vancouver chapter of the Real Estate Institute of BC and has served on the board of the Richmond Caring Place Society and the Heritage Commission. During his time on Richmond City Council, he chaired several committees including the Finance and Community Safety Committees.

Rob was the driving force behind the Richmond Airport Vancouver Rapid Transit Task Force and was a strong proponent of the City’s long-term financial plan. During his time as City Councilor, he was also deeply involved in the Asia Pacific Strategy.

Along with his wife Trudy and son Jay, Rob enjoys giving back to the community in which he has spent his life. Together, they have spent 12 years volunteering, assisting, coaching and running tournaments for the Richmond Minor Hockey Association.

Friday, October 23, 2009

MLA Douglas Horne - Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

Dear Lord, we are so thankful for Mr. Horne’s wealth of experience in Government and business. Bless him, Lord, in his desire to serve the community of Coquitlam-Burke Mountain with integrity and help him to fulfill the purpose for which you have placed him in this position of responsibility. Give him strength and stamina to get what needs to be done, done and the support necessary to do his work efficiently and well. Bless and protect his family and give him time to be an attentive husband and father.

In Jesus Name we ask it. Amen.

Douglas Horne was elected as the MLA for the riding of Coquitlam-Burke Mountain in 2009. He brings more than twenty-five years of experience in corporate development, communications, finance, government relations and public affairs.

Doug has been active in federal, provincial and civic politics for many years. In Ottawa, he served as Special Assistant to the Ministry of Industry Science and Technology and to the former Speaker of the House of Commons, John Fraser. Doug also worked towards the creation of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site.

Before entering politics, Doug was Managing Director – Corporate & CEO of Maple Leaf Studios Ltd. This leading international design and production studio has created innovative and engaging experiences for international themed attractions, World Fairs & Expos, visitor centres and destination resorts. Doug was instrumental in the success of British Columbia – Canada Place during the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy. This facility was built to promote the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the Province of British Columbia and Canada.

Doug has lived in Coquitlam on Westwood Plateau with his wife and two children since 1996.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

MLA: John Horgan - Juan de Fuca

Photo of MLA Heavenly Father You have blessed British Columbia with great resources but we haven't always been great stewards of these resources so we are asking that John would be a strong advocate on behalf of our energy, mines and petroleum resources. That John would be diligent in bringing to light areas that need to be overhauled, re-looked at and/or changed - these areas are a huge responsibility at this time as new methods and applications of energy need to be brought to the fore and as petroleum resources are in great demand. Help John to be strong as he stands in this position and give him creative ideas to bring to the table and to bring about good stewardship of the wealth within BC's resources.

In Jesus Name, Amen

John Horgan was elected as the MLA for Malahat-Juan de Fuca on May 17, 2005, and re-elected to the reconfigured riding of Juan de Fuca on May 12, 2009.
John serves as opposition critic for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
John was born and raised in Victoria.
A former long time public servant, he started his career in  Ottawa working in the House of Commons before returning to British Columbia to work for the provincial government. He has also worked in the private sector, running a management and consulting company.
John has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and completed his Master of Arts at Sydney University in Australia.
John and his wife Ellie have two sons who attend the University of Victoria.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

MLA: Gordon Hogg

Photo of MLA Dear Father - thank you for Gordon - for the heritage of service he received from his family, and for his years of service to our community. We pray for his daily health and strength - we trust You will give him wisdom as he brings leadership to committees, staff and colleagues. Protect him from disillusionment - fill him up again when he feels drained and discouraged. Give him courage to lead.

In Jesus' name we ask, Amen

Gordon Hogg was first elected to represent the riding of Surrey-White Rock in a 1997 byelection. He was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and again in 2009.
Gordon Hogg was appointed Minister of State for Mining on June 23, 2008.
He previously served as Minister of State for ActNow BC and Minister of Children and Family Development.
Mr. Hogg also served as chair of the Government Caucus and was a member of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee. He was also the chair of the Seniors Caucus Committee and has served on the Cabinet Committee for Agenda Development and the Select Standing Committees on Finance and Government Services; Sustainable Aquaculture; Children and Youth; Health and Social Services; Justice; Constitutional Affairs; and Intergovernmental Relations.
Previously, Mr. Hogg served as the Official Opposition Critic for education and human resources and was also a member of the Official Opposition Caucus Committees on Health and Education.
Mr. Hogg was a counsellor, probation officer and regional director for corrections prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly. He received his bachelor of arts in sociology and psychology from the University of British Columbia and his master’s degree in psychology from Antioch College
Mr. Hogg served on White Rock council for 20 years, for 10 of which he was mayor. He has been a board member of more than 15 committees and non-profit societies, including the Peace Arch Community Health Council and Peace Arch District Hospital. He has also been a foster parent and little league coach.
Gordon and his wife, LaVerne, live in White Rock and have one son.

Friday, October 16, 2009

MLA: Spencer Herbert - Vancouver West End

Photo of MLAToday we pray for Spencer Herbert B.C.'s youngest MLA. Father make him like a Timothy, strong in sprit and wise beyond his years, with faith, wisdom and truth that comes from you and your guidance in his decision making. Give him favour in the eyes community so that he can be a positive force in regards to matters concerning his community and the Province. We thank you for this opportunity to pray for this community and province. We ask this in your name. Amen

Spencer Herbert was elected MLA for Vancouver-West End on May 12, 2009. He served as MLA for Vancouver – Burrard from October 29, 2008 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn.
Spencer serves as opposition critic for Tourism, Culture and the Arts.
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.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

MLA: Hon. Kash Heed

Photo of MLASovereign God of justice and mercy,

We thank you that all power and authority rests in your hands, including those elected to our provincial government.

We lift up Minister Kash Heed to you at this time. We thank you for his life, his experience and his call to serve as an elected member of Legislature. As the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, we pray that you would grant him wisdom to navigate through all the complex issues of this area that affect the lives of every British Columbian. We pray for all the relationships between municipalities, organizations and individuals with whom he will be overseeing and networking. We ask that for understanding between them and that effective and peaceful resolutions will be made for the betterment of this great province.

We ask for your blessing to be upon him. As he leads, may he find the strength in You to lead with integrity and honor. Protect his health. May your keeping power be upon him, his wife and daughter.

To the glory of Your faithful and powerful name displayed in Christ Jesus, our Lord, Amen.

Kash Heed was appointed Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on June 10, 2009.
Minister Heed was elected MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview in the 2009 general provincial election.
Kash graduated from the B.C. Police Academy in 1979 and has spent the past 30 years serving the public in law enforcement.
Kash began his career as an officer with the Vancouver Police Department where he moved through the ranks of Constable, Detective, Sergeant, Inspector and Superintendent. During this same time, he completed his BA and MA at Simon Fraser University part-time.
While Superintendent in charge of the south part of Vancouver, and as an Inspector in the southeast quadrant of Vancouver he created the Gang Violence Task Force.
Heed was also head of the drug squad, led the Indo-Canadian gang task force and launched the COMPSTAT system, using computer technology to track crime.
In 2007, Kash was appointed Chief of the West Vancouver Police Department.
Kash lives in Richmond with his wife and new daughter.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MLA: Dave S. Hayer

Photo of MLA Dave S. Hayer
Our Heavenly Father, we humbly bring before You, Dave Hayer today. May You bless and keep him by the power of the resurrected Christ. Please help him to do well in his work, and to be able to handle the many responsibilities and pressures that are placed upon him. Please be with his wife Isabelle, and their four children. May You keep them in Your loving care. Please bless Dave Hayer and his family with good health, protection, and wisdom that comes from above. May he and his family feel our prayers and may they know without a doubt that there is a Heavenly Father who loves them so dearly. In the precious name of Jesus, our Lord, we pray, Amen.

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 and 2009.
He is currently serving as Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism and is a member of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, Select Standing Committee on Health and Select Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives.
Dave was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism on June 16, 2005. In this role, he works closely with Hon. Moira Stilwell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, who is responsible for the Provincial Nominee Program. Previously, Dave was a member of 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.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hon. Randy Hawes - Minister of State for Mining

Dear Father,  Your generosity. May we never take it for granted.

We bring Randy Hawes to You today. As Psalm 69:16 says “Answer me, O Lord, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.” We have no right to approach Your throne and appeal for help, yet You provide Your goodness and mercy so that we can approach You with qualities of Your own nature. We are not entitled to receive Your favour, but we truly appreciate onsiders the great province with which You have blessed us, with abundant scenery and natural resources, may he use his role as Minister of State for Mining to focus on the best ways to be custodians and stewards of these resources. Give him wisdom to see these resources as Your favour toward us, may his heart daily be drawn to You in praise for what You have provided, and may he daily seek Your wisdom so that his policies for management of the resources will be pleasing to You.

We ask You to richly bless him and his family with health and wisdom. And may You work through him to bring Your blessing to our province.

Randy Hawes was re-elected as MLA to represent the new riding of Abbotsford-Mission in the spring of 2009. Randy was first elected as MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission in 2001 and was re-elected in the May 2005 provincial general election.

Randy was appointed the Minister of State for Mining in June 2009.

Randy has served as Chief Government Whip as appointed by Premier Gordon Campbell, he has chaired the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Service, 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 nine grandchildren. Randy's passions are playing golf, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

MLA: Hon. Colin Hansen

Photo of MLAFather we bring to you today Colin and ask you to enable him to excel in his role as Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier. Bless his wife Laura, and their children and help them to cope with all the pressures placed on them as a family by this important role. Bless them with good health we pray; give Colin wisdom that comes from above in Jesus name we pray.

Colin Hansen was re-appointed Minister of Finance and appointed Deputy Premier on June 10, 2009. 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, 2005 and 2009.
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.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

MLA: Sue Hammell

Photo of MLAToday we lift up and pray for Sue Hammel. We thank you Lord for all that she has been involved with and done in the past. Sue is a 'hidden treasure' - she has a rich and diverse pool of talent and experience to share and offer as she once again is elected, her constituency being Surrey - Green Timbers. Whatever Sue is placed into and wherever she is sent to, we ask Lord that You bless her and continue to use her to bring about needed reforms, insightful initiatives, and positive influence. We give thanks for this woman who has contributed such a large measure of herself on the behalf of this province as well as outside our country. We also ask that Sue's area of influence would increase and great things would take place. We also pray for protection for Sue and her family.

Sue Hammell was re-elected as the MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers on May 12, 2009. She was first elected in 1991, and re-elected in both 1996 and 2005.
Sue serves as deputy opposition critic for Health Services.
Sue has served in a number of cabinet positions during her political career, 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 BC 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.

Friday, October 9, 2009

MLA: Guy Gentner

Photo of MLADear Father, Thank you for men like Guy Gentner who are called by the public (and You) to serve as a political leader for an area of our great Province. As Guy lives in the calling you've place on his life, please minister in his life, in his family, his wife Shirley and their two children. As he works on behalf of Delta North, grant him wisdom, stamina, resources that help him to be the best he can be and enhances the lifestyle of the residents of Delta North that he has been elected to represent. Please give him favor in the legislature and within the party that he's a member of. Let Delta North be known as a safe, family oriented community that loves the environment and works for the justice of everyone. Father, let Guy be given the privilege of leading us into that vision. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen

Guy Gentner was re-elected as the MLA for Delta North on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature May 17, 2005.
Guy serves as opposition critic for Intergovernmental Relations.
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 to include a significant capitalization program for parks, recreation and the arts.
Guy’s efforts as chair of the commission were instrumental in the delivery of an enhanced Sun God Aquatic Centre, Mackie Park Artificial Turf Field, improvements to the 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 Simon Fraser University, drove a bus for many years, fly fishes and is an advocate for outdoor recreation.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

MLA: Scott Fraser

Photo of MLA Lord we ask you to bless Scott as he serves our province in this way. We thank you that he has a special interest in Health Care issues, and Aboriginal Relations. These are important issues facing our society and we pray you will give him supernatural insight and ability in dealing with these initiatives. We ask you to bless his wife and daughter and help them with the demands placed on the family while Scott is serving in Parliament. We pray for your wisdom and guidance and for good health in Jesus name.

Scott Fraser was elected as the MLA for Alberni-Pacific Rim on May 12, 2009. He served as MLA for Alberni-Qualicum from May 17, 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn.
Scott serves as opposition critic for Community and Rural Development.
From 1996 to 1999 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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

MLA: Eric Foster

Photo of MLAHeavenly Father we pray for Eric Foster today. We ask that you would bless him as he serves the people of Vernon-Monashee. We thank You for his commitment to his community and track record of community service. Lord, we ask You to help him as he makes the transitiont to a new role. Surround him with strong people who will make his work a delight. Give him strength and wisdom to sustain him as he fulfills his mandate.

We ask this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Eric Foster was elected on May 12, 2009 as MLA for Vernon-Monashee in the general provincial election.
Eric served as the Mayor of the Village of Lumby for four years prior to his election as MLA, councillor for the Village of Lumby for 12 years and as a director of the North Okanagan Regional District.
He is a registered forest technician and for eight years served as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Auxiliary, as well as a director of the North Okanagan Community Futures Development Corporation.
Eric and his wife Janice have been volunteering, working and living in the North Okanagan for more than 20 years.
Eric is a great supporter of sports, the outdoors, his community, arts and culture.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

MLA: Rob Fleming

Photo of MLAToday we pray for Rob Fleming. As Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, we ask for wisdom and discernment over the finances of our Provincial Government and the clear and correct accounting reporting to its citizenry. We ask for God's strategies as he speaks into the tourism sector which is currently experiencing hardship due the global economic financial shakeup. May he be given insights into the whole arena of Advanced Education as we seek to provide post graduate studies of the highest and most excellent standards. We bless and honour his commitment to be a representative for the people and may God shield Rob and his wife Maura and family from the stresses and strains of public service.

Rob Fleming was elected on May 17, 2005 as the MLA for Victoria-Hillside, and re-elected on May 12, 2009 as the MLA for the re-configured constituency of Victoria-Swan Lake.
Rob serves as opposition critic for Environment.
Rob served as critic for post-secondary and sat as chair of the legislature’s Public Accounts committee.
Rob served two terms as a Victoria City Councilor before his election to the legislature. He chaired the city’s finance committee and represented Victoria at the Capital Regional District, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, the Capital Housing Corporation and Tourism Victoria. 
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.
Rob lives in Victoria with his wife Maura and daughter Rory. He is a dedicated soccer fan and player, and an avid user of Victoria's parks and beaches.

Monday, October 5, 2009

MLA: Mike Farnworth

Photo of MLAWe give thanks for Mike Farnworth today and the positions he holds within the the government. Here is a man that has been given many responsibilities - we thank you Lord for the favour upon him to hold these positions.

Grant him wisdom, understanding and the ability to walk in these powerful positions with a 'right spirit' - a spirit of justice, of righteousness, and holding to the plumb line of truth from which our country and province has been established upon. Bless him today and let peace surround him as he works within the framework of the positions he holds.

Mike Farnworth was elected as MLA for Port Coquitlam on May 12, 2009. He 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.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

MLA: Hon. Kevin Falcon

Photo of MLA Heavenly Father, we give thanks for this hard-working vibrant young man, chosen and entrusted with the new portfolio, as Minister of Health.

May You give him wise and strong leadership, to execute with excellence, the challenging demands of our health system.
We pray, You will surround him with a dedicated, skilled, capable and dependable staff, to strongly support him , that will carry out their responsibilities with integrity and faithfulness.
We ask that You will bless him with clear vision,and sound judgement, to seek for workable solutions and implement necessary changes, so vital to this portfolio.
Encourage and supply him with teams of expertise to innovate and initiate, wise decisions that will benefit all.
We pray especially he will be abundantly blessed with good health, body , soul and spirit. Amen!

Kevin Falcon was appointed Minister of Health Services on June 10, 2009.
Kevin Falcon was first elected in 2001 to represent the riding of Surrey-Cloverdale, and was re-elected in 2005 and 2009. Kevin Falcon was previously appointed Minister of Transportation on January 26, 2004. He initially served as Minister of State for De-regulation.
Kevin Falcon was appointed Minister of Transportation on January 26, 2004.
As well, Minister Falcon has previously overseen a capital program that includes the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Sea to Sky Highway and the William Bennett Bridge, among many others.
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.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

MLA: Mable Elmore

Photo of MLAWe pray for Mable Elmore today and ask that you would help her as she takes on her new responsibilities as MLA for Vancouver Kensington. Lord, we are so thankful that you have called the first Filipino Canadian to serve as an MLA. Thank you for granting us leaders with diversity and a broad perspective. Help her Lord as she sets up her community office and give her wisdom, as she is already dealing with a wide variety of concerns from her constituents on issues such as affordable housing, class sizes in schools, and workplace conditions.

We ask this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Mable Elmore was elected MLA for Vancouver-Kensington on May 12, 2009.
Mable serves as deputy opposition critic for Children, Family Development and Child Care.

Mable has been a transit operator for 10 years, driving a bus in Metro Vancouver while taking a role in her union, the Canadian Auto Workers Local 111, where she coordinated the "More Buses Now" campaign to improve public bus transit.
Mable is a second generation Filipino-Canadian who has also been active in the peace movement and on immigrant, social justice, women's and gay, lesbian and transgendered issues.

Friday, October 2, 2009

MLA: Doug Donaldson

Photo of MLAFather in heaven, we bring before you Doug Donaldson, MLA for Stikine.

Lord Jesus, you know Doug comes from an area of unsurpassed beauty and brings with him, not only the needs of his people, but represents the land in that part of our province.

Father, we ask that you will anoint him with strength, wisdom and purity, causing other members to raise their sights, as when an eagle soars overhead. We ask that he will bring into the Legislature the constant reminder that we have been given a gift in British Columbia's beauty, and that we are responsible to be wise in our treatment of that gift. Give him insight, Lord, that he is able to see the outcome of seemingly harmless plans, and we ask that, even though in Opposition, his voice will come through as clear as a flute, bringing joy and clarity, causing eyes to be lifted upwards in debates and legislations, that your purposes for this beautiful province be truly sought and followed.

In Jesus Name, Amen

Doug Donaldson was elected as MLA for Stikine on May 12, 2009 after four terms as a municipal councillor in Hazelton. Doug serves as deputy opposition critic for Finance.
Doug’s previous work in the Stikine included jobs in forestry, tourism, education, communications and journalism. He has been active on many local and provincial boards.
Doug lived in Smithers and Telkwa before settling in Hazelton. He has traveled extensively through the new Stikine riding, with many trips to the northern part of the constituency featuring a recent visit to Iskut to participate in a community coalbed methane forum organized by the Tahltan. Doug is married and has two adult children. He enjoys skiing, hiking, squash and tending to his chickens, turkeys, sheep and llamas. His formal education includes an undergraduate degree in biology and a graduate degree in journalism.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

MLA: Adrian Dix

Photo of MLAToday we pray for Adrian Dix and ask for your wisdom as he continues in his role as health critic. The Health portfolio has and will have many areas that need to be worked on. With the coming 'wave of baby boomers' that will flood the health care system there needs to be level-headed yet creative solutions to meet the challenges ahead.

We pray for great insight for Adrian as he works in this area. We ask that Adrian would work in a non-partisan way for the betterment of the people of British Columbia. We ask that the solutions presented would not about any one party but rather be focused on providing the best care for each and every British Columbian. Fill Adrian with brilliant and workable solutions to our health care system. Bless him and all that he does and will do in the future.

Adrian Dix was re-elected as MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature on May 17, 2005.
Adrian serves as opposition critic for Health Services.
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 & 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.