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.

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