Thursday, December 23, 2010

MLA Shane Simpson Member for Vancouver - Hastings

We thank You today for MLA Shane Simpson and his servants heart for the people of BC. We ask You to affirm the direction for this new season, for his riding of Vancouver-Hastings. Preserve the integrity of our leaders in these times of trials and upheavals. Help Shane to discern the times and increase wisdom and grace to him. Just bless and protect Shane and his family.
In Jesus Name we pray

Shane Simpson was re-elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Hastings on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.

Shane serves as opposition critic for Housing and Social Development.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Shane has lived, worked, and engaged in community-building activities in East Vancouver for more than 35 years.

In his professional career, Shane has worked as the Director of Policy and Communications for Smart Growth BC, Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, Instructor in the Community Economic Development program at Simon Fraser University, Executive Director of the Worker Ownership Resource Center, Legislative Coordinator for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, coordinator and fundraiser for the Ray Cam Cooperative Center, executive assistant to former Vancouver East MP Margaret Mitchell, and as a self-employed consultant on business and economic development for labour, co-operative and non-profit groups.

Shane was the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for his contribution to community in 2002. In 1992, he was awarded the Governor General's 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal for Community Service.

Shane, his partner Cate Jones and their daughter Shayla, live in the Burrardview neighbourhood of Vancouver Hastings.





Wednesday, December 22, 2010

MLA Bob Simpson Member for Cariboo North

We give thanks for MLA Bob Simpson today, who now serves as an Independent. We pray You will grant him peace, and give him renewed strength and energy and a new vision for 2011, in the riding You have chosen him to lead and care for. We pray You would strengthen his faith and family. Protect and keep them safe and well. May the quality time he spends with them be abundantly blessed. Our Father, Your word declares in Jer. 29:11--for I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. We trust and pray Your word will be quickened to his heart. In Jesus’ Name we pray.

Bob Simpson was re-elected as the MLA for Cariboo North on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.

Bob served as opposition critic for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

A former small business owner and entrepreneur, Bob was most recently Corporate Manager, Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development for a major forest products company.

Born in Scotland, Bob's family immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967 and he moved to British Columbia in 1973 when he joined the Canadian Navy. He has two undergraduate degrees and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Victoria.

Bob is a former National Triathlon Champion in his age group and was named BC’s Male Triathlete of the Year in 2002; he is also an avid mountain biker and runner.

Bob, his wife Trish, and their two teenage children live in Quesnel.





























We give thanks for MLA Bob Simpson today, who now serves as an Independent. We pray You will grant him peace, and give him renewed strength and energy and a new vision for 2011, in the riding You have chosen him to lead and care for. We pray You would strengthen his faith and family. Protect and keep them safe and well. May the quality time he spends with them be abundantly blessed. Our Father, Your word declares in Jer. 29:11--for I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. We trust and pray Your word will be quickened to his heart. In Jesus’ Name we pray.








Bob Simpson was re-elected as the MLA for Cariboo North on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.









Bob served as opposition critic for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.







A former small business owner and entrepreneur, Bob was most recently Corporate Manager, Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development for a major forest products company.







Born in Scotland, Bob's family immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967 and he moved to British Columbia in 1973 when he joined the Canadian Navy. He has two undergraduate degrees and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Victoria.









Bob is a former National Triathlon Champion in his age group and was named BC’s Male Triathlete of the Year in 2002; he is also an avid mountain biker and runner.







Bob, his wife Trish, and their two teenage children live in Quesnel.











Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MLA Nicholas Simons Member for Powell River - Sunshine Coast

Heavenly Father, we pray for Nicholas Simons today. We ask that You will bless him and continue to give him wisdom in his area of responsibility that You have placed him in. We thank You for his influence in working for the care and safety of the children within our province. We ask that You will give him insight to be more affective in this area. We ask You will give him favour and bless him, his family and staff as they rest and relax during the Christmas break.

Nicholas Simons was first elected as MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast on May 17, 2005.

Nicholas serves as deputy opposition critic for Housing and Social Development.

Nicholas has spent over fifteen years working in the areas of health, justice, social services and child welfare.

He served as the Executive Director of Health and Social Development for the Sechelt Nation from 1997 until his election in 2005. In this role he oversaw Health, Child Welfare, Alcohol and Drugs, Financial Assistance, and Justice Programs. He also negotiated funding for innovative preventative health and social services.

Prior to his employment with the Sechelt Nation, he worked as a child-protection social worker for the Ministry for Children and Family Development, as a Financial Assistance Worker, and as the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Northwest Territories. He has been a consultant for the Federal, Northwest Territories, and First Nations governments in areas including law reform, child welfare, and legal.

He has lectured in Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), in which he has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa (1986) and a Master's degree from SFU (1993). He has taught child-protection social work to social workers working in First Nations communities.

Nicholas has been active in the arts community both as a cello teacher and performer. He has performed and recorded with local, national and international artists and is the former President of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council.





Monday, December 20, 2010

MLA Michael Sather Member for Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows

Lord, please continue to encourage Michael and his family as they serve in leadership over Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows. When things get difficult, Lord may You cover him with Your peace. May his passion for life be an inspiration to others. Please watch over him and guide him.

Michael Sather was re-elected as the MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.

Michael serves as deputy opposition critic for Environment.

Michael attained a teaching certificate from the University of Alberta and taught school in Alberta. Michael later attained his Bachelor of Science in Zoology at the University of Alberta.

He moved to British Columbia in 1974 and pursued a career studying wildlife for the next ten years. In 1985 he became a wilderness guide and set up a small business as owner/operator of Hummingbird Nature Tours in Maple Ridge.

Michael also served as the Constituency Assistant to former NDP MLA Bill Hartley.

Michael attained his Masters Degree in Psychology in 1998 and was employed as a Mental Health Therapist for the Fraser Health Authority for three and a half years prior to being elected MLA.

Michael has an extensive background and experience in agriculture, education, environment, small business, social services and health care.

Michael lives with his spouse, writer and conservationist Annette LeBox. He has two stepchildren, Christian and Sara.









Sunday, December 19, 2010

MLA John Rustad Member for Nechako Lakes

John RustadGracious and Eternal Heavenly Father, we pray a special blessing upon MLA Rustad as he endeavours to use wisely the talents with which he has been blessed to serve the people of this great province of British Columbia. May he work graciously with the other folks on these important committees so that great good may accrue to the citizens of this province. In our precious Savior's Name we pray. Amen and Amen!

John Rustad was re-elected to represent the newly redistributed riding of Nechako Lakes on May 12, 2009, and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Silviculture to the Minister of Forests and Range on June 10, 2009. He was previously elected as MLA for the riding of Prince George-Omineca in the 2005 provincial election.

John currently co-chairs the Farm Assessment Review Panel and has chaired the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, the Select Standing Committee to Appoint a Police Complaint Commissioner and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development. He was also a member of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, the Select Standing Committee on Education, the Selection Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services and the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Since 2005, John has chaired the Northern Caucus of B.C. and has toured extensively throughout the North to listen and bring forward issues that affect those communities. He is also a chair of B.C.’s Outdoor Caucus and government representative to PNWER (Pacific Northwest Economic Region).

Born and raised in Prince George, John has worked in the forest industry for more than 20 years. He formed Western Geographic Information Systems Inc. in 1995, offering a consulting service to the forest industry. Previously he was the Geographic Information Systems department manager for Timberline Forest Inventory Consultants in Prince George. John also owns a woodlot license and has been involved in land development projects.

Elected as a school trustee in 2002, John has worked on innovative projects throughout the district, including the South Fort George Family Resource Centre, a project designed to combine social services from a variety of agencies. John also championed the renovation and expansion of the College Heights Secondary School (CHSS) through a self-financed project; and advocated for the new Trade and Technical Program of Excellence for Grade 10-12 students and the Healthy Choices Committee designed to promote healthy choices in diet and exercise within schools.

John and his wife Kim were married in 1995. John is an avid soccer player and he and Kim enjoy theatre, golf, skiing and the outdoors.









Thursday, December 16, 2010

MLA Doug Routley Member for Nanaimo - North Cowichan

Thank You Lord for Doug Routley who serves the constituents of Nanaimo-North Cowichan. Thank You for the unique and varied background that Doug brings to areas of service within government sector. Bless him in those areas of service where he has a passion to see change. Undergird him today with Your strength.

Doug Routley was elected as the MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan on May 12, 2009. He served as MLA for Cowichan-Ladysmith from May 17, 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn.

Doug serves as opposition critic for Citizens’ Services.

Doug was born May 9, 1961 in New Westminster, BC and grew up in Duncan.

He comes from a family of educators and attended the public schools of the Cowichan Valley and attended Camosun College before traveling to Japan, where he lived and worked for one year.

Doug has experience in logging, as a sawmill worker, treeplanter and in construction. He also has been a business owner and operator, school custodian and School Trustee.

While in Japan, Doug taught English and studied Sumea, traditional Japanese ink painting. He was a bicycle racer and while training in Japan, met a bicycle manufacturer. After his return to Canada, Doug established a bicycle retail and wholesale company which had dealers throughout Canada and the USA.

Doug has two daughters, Sasha, 21 and Madeline, 13.







Wednesday, December 15, 2010

MLA Bill Routley Member for Cowichan Valley

We give thanks, dear Heavenly Father, for MLA Bill Routley, Opposition Critic for Forests and Range. His long personal career and wide experiences in the forest industry gives him credibility and value as he voices his concerns in the legislature. May he seek Your divine wisdom and direction for this key role You have placed him in. May he be blessed with times of quality rest from his busy schedules, as well as good health and safety as he travels. Rom 15:13: We pray this word for Bill, that he and his family be filled with joy, peace and hope as he serves his constituents and the people of this province with integrity and honour.
In the strong Name of Jesus. Amen.

Bill Routley was elected MLA for Cowichan Valley on May 12, 2009. Bill serves as deputy opposition critic for Forests and Range.

Bill began his career in the Forest industry working at the Youbou Sawmill where he became active first as the Safety Chairman, and then as Plant Chairman. He was elected the President of IWA Local 1-80; now USW-Steelworkers Local 1-1937.

Bill served as a Pension Trustee on the IWA-Forest Industry Pension Plan. He was a member of the IWA-Forest Industry Pension Audit Committee, and was a Trustee on the IWA-Forest Industry Health and Welfare Benefit Plan. Bill's service to the community includes five years as a School Trustee in Lake Cowichan (1980 -1985).

Bill and his wife Charmaine enjoy the company of their two grown children, son Noah and daughter Alisha who have provided the gift of five wonderful grandchildren; ages four to nine years. While Bill and Charmaine currently reside in Duncan, they started their family in Youbou and then lived at Marble Bay on Lake Cowichan for many years. Bill and Charmaine were very active in Lake Cowichan with their involvement in Boy Scouts(Beavers) and Girl Guides.

Bill and Charmaine owned a home decorating business "Decorating Den" for many years.









Tuesday, December 14, 2010

MLA Linda Reid Member for Richmond East

Thank You Lord for MLA Linda Reid and her riding of Richmond East. We ask for a greater measure of grace and wisdom as she serves as Deputy Minister. We are honored to have leaders who care about our young people. We ask for courage and integrity to make decisions that are pleasing to You. Bless Linda and her family with peace and protect them each day. May they sense your hand guiding them.
In Jesus Name we pray.

Linda Reid was nominated as Deputy Speaker on June 10, 2009. Previously, she was Minister of State for Childcare from June 16, 2005 to June 9, 2009. She also served as Minister of State for Early Childhood Development from June 5, 2001. She was first elected in 1991 to represent the riding of Richmond East and was re-elected in 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2009.

Linda previously served in a variety of critic roles for the Official Opposition, including children and families, health, attorney general, municipal affairs, and science, technology and research.

She sits as a member of the Government Caucus Committee on Education.

Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, Linda worked as a language therapist, teacher and school administrator for the Richmond School District.

She graduated from the University of British Columbia with an education degree and earned a master of arts from UBC specializing in education, exceptional learners, language acquisition and public administration.

Linda was the BC chair for the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and a director of the Garden City Hospice Society. She has been active in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Asia-Pacific Business Association, and the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children and the Family Court Committee of Richmond. She was a founding member of the Richmond Chinatown Lions Club and was chair of the British Columbia Youth Parliament board from 1986 to 1991.

Linda and her husband Sheldon live in Richmond and have two children – Olivia and Will.









Monday, December 13, 2010

MLA Bruce Ralston Member for Surrey-Whalley

Thank You Lord for Bruce Ralston who serves his constituents of Surrey-Whalley.  Give Bruce wisdom as he serves in various capacities of Finance.  Give him clarity and insight into situations that are not always easily defined.  Bless him with peace in dealing with weighty issues.

Bruce Ralston was re-elected as the MLA for Surrey - Whalley on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.

Bruce serves as opposition critic for Finance. Bruce is currently the chair of the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts. He has also been a member of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services since 2006.

Bruce is a lawyer in Surrey, where he has operated his own law firm for 18 years.

From 1995 to 2006, Bruce was elected to four consecutive terms as a member of the VanCity Savings Credit Union board of directors. He served as the chair of the board from 2001 to 2003. In 2003 BC Business magazine recognized Bruce as one of BC’s leading five board chairs. From 2003 until 2005, Bruce acted as the chair of the board of VanCity Enterprises, a VanCity subsidiary with a mandate to provide innovative housing solutions throughout the Lower Mainland.

Bruce also served on the Surrey City Council from 1988 to 1993, where he promoted planned development for healthy neighbourhoods for Surrey families. He is a former board member of Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Surrey Public Library.

A former president of the BC NDP, Bruce was born in Victoria and grew up in Vancouver. He has degrees in history and law from the University of British Columbia and a degree in history from the University of Cambridge in England.

Bruce is married to Miriam Sobrino. They have three children, 20, 18 and 15, who grew up in Whalley and attended public schools in Surrey and New Westminster. The elder two attend Canadian universities, while the youngest is entering Grade 10. The family is active in their community through a number of community and sports organizations.









Sunday, December 12, 2010

MLA Lana Popham Member for Saanich South

Lord, thank You for the many contributions that Lana has brought to Parliament.  Many are already benefitting from her hard work.  Please continue to support her and enable her to continue to serve at this great capacity.  Please put a hedge of protection around her and her young family as she seeks to serve Saanich South.

Lana Popham was elected as a Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for the Constituency of Saanich South on May 12, 2009.

She is also the New Democratic Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.

Lana was raised on Quadra Island and has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia.

Lana has an extensive track record as a community leader, advocate and environmental activist. For example, her recent contributions include being a:

Member of Saanich's Planning, Transportation and Economic Development Committee,

President the Vancouver Island Grape Growers Association,

Chair of the Certification Committee for the Islands Organic Producers Association,

Commissioner on the Peninsula Agricultural Commission, and a Voting Member of the Agri-Food Initiative Advisory Committee.

In late 2007, Lana launched a campaign called “Think Outside the Bag” to reduce the use of disposable bags. While initially dismissed by cynics, in less than two years this campaign has helped to dramatically change how consumers use plastic bags and contributed to a sea change with many grocery stores and other retailers no longer offering them.

Lana has lived in Saanich South since 1996. She is married to Jon Popham, a fire-fighter, and has one young son. The family owns and operates Barking Dog Vineyard, the first certified organic vineyard on Vancouver Island.









Thursday, December 9, 2010

MLA Hon. Mary Polak Langley Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister Responsible for Child Care

Photo of MLA Mary PolakDear Lord, thank You for Mary Polak and especially her concern for the children and families of our province. Please give her insight and wisdom today so she can strengthen the foundations of our society. Also, please bless her family and her constituents as they support her in work for our families.

Mary Polak was appointed Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister Responsible for Child Care on June 10, 2009. She was re-elected to the B.C. Legislature in 2009, having represented the constituents of Langley since 2005.

Prior to her new Cabinet post, Mary served as the Minister of Healthy Living and Sport and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for the Conversation on Health.

Also, Mary previously sat on the Cabinet Committee on New Relationship Coordination and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development as well as on the Government Caucus Committee for Natural Resources and the Economy, the Select Standing Committees for Children and Youth, Education and Public Accounts, the Cabinet Committee on Agenda Development and the Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act.

Before being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Mary Polak was director of operations for a small polling and research firm and a trustee and former chair of the Surrey School Board. Under her leadership, Surrey became the first school district in B.C. to balance its books according to generally accepted accounting principles. She also led an initiative to make Surrey the first school district in the province to publish school-by-school results for both elementary and secondary schools.

Throughout her nine years in local government, Mary has worked with many regional and provincial organizations. As a representative to the Lower Mainland Consortium of School Districts for Successful Settlement, she twice presented briefs to the Federal Immigration Commission. In the mid 1990s, Mary chaired the Council of British Columbia School Districts and in 2003, was elected to the board of directors of the British Columbia School Trustees Association.

Mary lives happily in the Willoughby area of Langley.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MLA Pat Pimm Member for Peace River South

Heavenly Father Who created the universe and set the earth in motion, we ask You to look upon our MLA Pat Pimm, Your representative in the Northern Caucus. We ask that You would guide his steps as he oversees our Province’s Crown Corporations. We ask that You give him wisdom and courage as he faces the many decisions of his portfolio. We also ask that You would sustain his health and bless his family, in the wonderful name of Jesus, amen.

Pat Pimm was elected MLA for Peace River North in the 2009 provincial election.

Upon being sworn in to office, Pat was appointed as the Chair of the Northern Caucus and currently sits on three Select Standing Committees: Crown Corporations, Parliamentary Reform and Legislative Initiatives. In June 2010, Pat was appointed a member of Treasury Board.

A long-time resident of the Peace River region, Pat served twelve years as councillor for the City of Fort St. John from 1993-2005. For six years, he was chair of city hall’s Finance Committee, responsible for overseeing the municipality’s budget process.

With 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry, he was co-chair of the BC Oil and Gas Conference in 2002 and 2005, bringing together industry stakeholders to identify further strategies and opportunities for economic development in British Columbia’s northeast region. He has also served on a variety of other local community boards and committees.

Pat possesses an extensive background in the construction industry. He is president of Alpha Controls Ltd, a company that provides construction, maintenance, and electrician services for numerous projects. He is also a director and vice-president of the North Peace Construction Association.

Pat is a director of the British Columbia Golf Association and past president of the Lake Point Golf and Country Club. He is a long-time youth sports volunteer, having coached golf, hockey, and minor league fastball. He enjoys travel, curling, and playing hockey. Pat is married to Jody and the father of two daughters and two sons.





Tuesday, December 7, 2010

MLA Hon Barry Penner Chilliwack-Hope Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Attorney General

Lord of grace and mercy who rules the Universe with power, authority and grace we come to You at this moment to pray for the Hon Barry Penner. May he realize that You care about him and that as he has been entrusted with this very important portfolio of protecting this beautiful world You have created for us may he realize that he needs Divine direction in fulfilling this sacred trust. Bless his efforts and empower him with insight and wisdom. We ask this in the precious name of Jesus who created all that we observe. Amen

Barry Penner was re-elected as MLA to represent the new riding of Chilliwack-Hope in the spring of 2009.

Barry was first elected to represent Chilliwack in 1996, and was re-elected in the renamed riding of Chilliwack-Kent in 2001 and 2005.

Mr. Penner was appointed Minister of Environment in June, 2005. He is the longest serving Environment Minister in BC History and is currently the longest serving Environment Minister in Canada.

Barry was raised in Chilliwack. He studied political science and economics at Simon Fraser University to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree. He later earned his law degree from the University of Victoria. A former park ranger and sawmill worker, Barry also worked as a B.C. Legislative intern in Victoria. In 1991, he worked for an International law firm in Bangkok, Thailand and then later practiced law in Chilliwack until his election in 1996.

Barry was appointed by Premier Campbell as the co-chair of B.C.’s Alternative Energy and Power Technology Task Force in April 2005. He is keenly interested in renewable energy and conservation technologies.

Barry previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader, as Chair of the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources, and was a member of the Legislature's Standing Committee on Crown Corporations.

Barry has also chaired the Legislature’s Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills, and served as a member of the Legislature's Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, and the Cabinet Committee for Legislative Review.

Premier Campbell appointed Barry in 2001 to lead BC's delegation to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). He served as President of PNWER from June 2002 to July 2003 and remains active in PNWER issues.

Barry represents and lives in the electoral district of Chilliwack-Hope.









Monday, December 6, 2010

I knew it was going to happen. I just didn't expect that it would happen today. As you probably know by now, Carole James has resigned as leader of the NDP. After the emergency Caucus meeting scheduled for Sunday afternoon was cancelled, I thought that perhaps things were settling down, cooler heads were prevailing and a truce was in the works. That was apparently not the case.


I've met Ms. James. For a time she was my MLA. When we first moved to Victoria, she would walk past my house on the way to her office. She is a very nice person. Some would say that she was too nice for politics. I'm not sure if I agree. I think we need good and decent people to serve as leaders in our province.

This might not be the first time in the history of our province that both major political parties are searching for a new leader, but it's certainly the first time in a long time. Who would have guessed 6 months ago that the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition would both resign as leader of their respective party before year end and within weeks of each other?

Generally speaking we crave structure and order. We want (and need) systems and processes to keep our society, government, culture and lives running smoothly. For the most part, God is inclined towards order and structure too. The planets stay on their orbital paths. The ocean remains within the limits He has given it. Apples, as Sir Isaac Newton noted, fall down from trees because of the law of gravity.

Given that God has established unchangeable, unalterable order and patterns, we might be led to conclude that He is most comfortable in that kind of environment. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm convinced that God is prone to use chaos, vacuums, and 'unorthodox' approaches to accomplish His amazing plans and purposes. There was nothing orthodox about a virgin bringing forth a son but it was part of His perfect plan.

We find ourselves at a remarkable moment in BC history. Could it be that God is in a reorganizing process on behalf of our province? Could it be that in His divine wisdom, He is working something out in the lives of two leaders who have just stepped doown and in the process of preparing others to take their place? I think this is EXACTLY what is taking place. He removes and raises leaders as He sees fit. Removal is not necessarily judgement and raising is not necessarily endorsement. It's more a matter of God putting the appropriate person in place for the specific time and season that their gifts were required to accomplish HIS plans and purposes.

The next few months promise to be very interesting on the political scene. I'll keep you posted. Keep on praying!

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of You, for You have made known to us the king’s demand. (Daniel 2:20-23, NKJV)


MLA Michelle Mungall Member for Nelson - Creston

Today, dear Father, our prayers go out to MLA Michelle Mungall, as she fulfills her role as Opposition Critic for Advanced Education and Labour Market Development. Michelle is also the first women to be elected to government in the Nelson-Creston area, so we pray You will help her to implement and accomplish the changes needed in Nelson - Creston. We pray You will bless her with favour in her relationships with colleagues, and continue to give her the strength and boldness in advocating equality and fairness for her constituents. May she know the wisdom and grace of God in all of her endeavours.
 In Jesus’ Name we pray.

At the age of 31 years-old, Michelle became the first woman elected as MLA in Nelson-Creston. Seven years earlier, in 2002, she set another record as the youngest person ever elected to Nelson City Council.

Michelle serves as deputy opposition critic for Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.

Her university studies and her career in community development eventually brought her to Zambia, where she worked to better the lives of girls with HIV/AIDS. Michelle served as Nelson City Councillor (2002-2005); Community Coordinator, Nelson Committee on Homelessness; National Programs Assistant, YWCA Zambia; and managed the Nelson food security and micro-finance non-profit organizations.

Michelle holds a BA (Honours) in Political Science from University of Alberta and a MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University.

She was the 2008 Recipient of the National Social Sciences Humanities Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and is bilingual in English and French.

Michelle and her partner Zak reside in their Nelson home. They enjoy skiing, hiking, local arts and being active in the region.





















Sunday, December 5, 2010

MLA Don McRae Member for Comox Valley

Thank You Lord for MLA Don McRae and his riding of Comox Valley. As we join our prayers today and give thanks for Don McRae, we ask for wisdom and discernment to guide him, for courage and grace that he may walk through open doors, and integrity of heart to see a righteous government arise. We ask for Your hand of protection to be upon Don McRae and his family, and the richest of blessings.
 In Jesus Name we pray.

Don McRae was elected on May 12, 2009 as MLA for the riding of Comox Valley. Don is the Convener of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and is a member of the Select Standing Committee on Health and Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

Don was born and raised in the Comox Valley. For the past 14 years he has taught at GP Vanier Secondary School. Aside from teaching Social Studies, Military History, and Psychology, he has also served as a rugby coach, athletic director, department chair, and Staff Leadership Committee Chair.

Don has served as a Courtenay City Councillor for the past seven years. During his time on council, he has served as a municipal director for both the Comox Strathcona Regional District and the newly restructured Comox Valley Regional District. He has also been a member of the Comox Strathcona Hospital Board, vice-chair of the Comox Valley Sewer and Water Committees and numerous community organizations and boards. In 2008, he was also appointed by Premier Campbell to the Citizen’s Conservation Council.

He is an avid jogger and enjoys hiking and fly fishing. Don has been married to his wife Deanne for 14 years and they have a six year old daughter, Gracie Ava.



Thursday, December 2, 2010

MLA Hon. Mary McNeil Vancouver-False Creek Minister of Citizens' Service

Thank You Lord for Mary McNeil and how she has served her constituents in various capacities.  Thank You for giving Mary the opportunity to be placed in key roles for international events in this province.  Keep her steadfast in her desires to be part of change.  May she feel Your touch today.

Mary McNeil was appointed Minister of Citizen Services on June 11, 2010. She previously served as Minister of State for The Olympics and Actnow BC.

Minister McNeil was elected MLA for Vancouver-False Creek in the 2009 general provincial election.

Most recently, Mary served as president and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation for eight years. She has served in key roles for international economic events including the G7 meetings in Halifax and Toronto, APEC in Vancouver and the XI international conference on AIDS. Mary has also served on the Vancouver Police Board for four years.

Mary was born and educated in Vancouver and has lived in Yaletown for 11 years with her husband of 38 years, Rod. She has raised four daughters and currently has eleven grandchildren.







Wednesday, December 1, 2010

We lift up Joan to You today and thank You that You love her so much. Bring people around her that know You to refresh and encourage her today Lord. Thank You that she is a willing servant to her riding and give her the strength she needs to be productive and creative in her day to day business. Bless her in all she does Lord, Amen

Joan McIntyre was first elected in the riding of West Vancouver-Garibaldi in the 2005 provincial general election and re-elected in the riding of West Vancouver-Sea to Sky in 2009.

Joan was appointed to the Agenda and Priorities Committee on June 10, 2009. She previously served as Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations.

In 1980, Joan co-founded the well-known BC polling firm of McIntyre & Mustel Research Associates Ltd. She sold her interest in 1996 to work independently and to concentrate more on the qualitative side of the research business.

Throughout her career, Joan has conducted political research and provided counsel on many campaigns. She has also mentored and encouraged young people to become engaged in the political process to ensure they have a direct say in their future.

A long time supporter of the 2010 Olympic Bid, Joan was appointed in 2002 to a communications advisory committee for the Bid and was fortunate to be in Prague for the winning IOC announcement.

Joan currently sits on two Cabinet Committees, Agenda Development and Legislative Review and is a member on the Agricultural Planning Government Caucus Committee. She has served as the Deputy Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, and was a member on the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations.

Joan grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and attended the University of Toronto's Trinity College. She graduated with an Honours BA in Political Science in 1971. An avid skier and sailor, Joan takes full advantage of living in one of the healthiest and active ridings in Canada.

Joan and her husband Andrew Pottinger have lived in West Vancouver since 1983 and they have two children, Leigh and Drew.









Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MLA Norm Macdonald Member for Columbia River - Revelstoke

"Father, Norm has a heart for teaching and training children both here and in a third world like Africa.  May Your Presence be felt as he serves both his family and his constituency.  Please give him in-depth knowledge and wisdom regarding his role in Forest and Range and Integrated Land Management. We ask that You anoint him for his leadership role in the Columbia River - Revelstoke region.  In Jesus' Name, 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 Forest and Range and Integrated Land Management.

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.





Monday, November 29, 2010

MLA Hon. Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid Vancouver-Fairview Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment and Minister Responsible for the Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat

Today as we pray abundant blessings on Hon. Margaret MacDiarmid and on all she is entrusted with as minister of Education, we are also very aware of the importance of this particular portfolio to our children, the youth and adults of this province. We pray her dedication and commitment to this responsible position will be abundantly rewarded by granting her divine wisdom, clarity of vision, and ability to make right and sound decisions, for a smooth running educational system in this province. Our prayer for Hon . Margaret Mac Diarmid. Psalm 27:14 "Wait on the Lord be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait I say on he Lord." Amen

Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid was appointed Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Learning and Literacy on June 10, 2009.

Minister MacDiarmid was elected MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in the 2009 general provincial election.

Margaret has been a family physician for 23 years. She served on the board of the BC Medical Association for 12 years and was president in 2006-2007. The BCMA is a voluntary association of 11,000 members comprised of British Columbia's physicians, medical residents, and medical students. During her time with the BCMA, Margaret met with key leaders from government and other organizations.

Margaret experienced the health care system as a patient after an early diagnosis of breast cancer in 2007. She received treatment and has fully recovered.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Margaret and her husband Robert moved to Rossland, BC in 1989. Since the mid-1990s, both Robert’s and Margaret’s work brought them more frequently to Vancouver, where ultimately they decided to settle. Margaret enjoys golf, bridge, playing piano, kayaking and treasures the time she spends with family and friends.





Sunday, November 28, 2010

MLA Norm Letnick Member for Kelowna-Lake Country

Thank You God for Norm Letnick. Thank You for his leadership in many areas in Parliament. Lord, please be close to Norm and may he feel Your presence. Guide his hands and mind as he continues to serve Kelowna - Lake Country.

Norm was elected as MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country on May 12, 2009 in the provincial general election.

Norm is the Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders, and Private Bills and is on the Select Standing Committees on Public Accounts as well as Finance and Government Services. He is also the President, Francophone Parliamentary Assembly, B.C. Section.

His previous community service experience includes serving on Kelowna City Council from 2005-2008, the Kelowna Rotary and Gyro Clubs, and a council member of St. Charles Garnier Parish. Norm has served on the city’s Housing Committee, the Downtown Entertainment District Task Force, the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Task Forces, and as chair of the city’s Affordable and Special Needs Housing Task Force.

As well, Norm represented the central Okanagan on the province’s single business license implementation committee which resulted in reduced cost and red tape for mobile businesses throughout the Okanagan/Similkameen, and he worked as the selection process leader on the City of Kelowna’s Roads Task Force which recommended transportation network access improvements to the new W. R. Bennett Bridge.

Before moving to Kelowna, Norm lived in Banff and owned two H&R Block franchises, a Motorola dealership, and a computer store. He served on the Banff Tourism Bureau, as president of the Banff Rotary Club, secretary/treasurer of the Banff Shine Club, and was chairman of both the Banff Hospital Board and Municipal Planning Commission. Norm also served the Banff community as a city councillor, first elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1995. He was also president of the Banff Housing Corporation developing over $20 million in affordable housing.

Before being called to Provincial service, Norm was an instructor in the business program at Okanagan College and he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, a Master of Business Administration degree from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in health economics at UBC Okanagan, focusing on international research to improve health care for British Columbians.

Norm was the 2009 recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Regional Community Champion Award for his work with the Gala of Hope helping to fund raise $624,000 over three years.

He is bilingual in English and French, enjoys sports, reading, good movies and helping others reach their full potential. He and his wife Helene have three children.









Thursday, November 25, 2010

MLA John Les Member for Chilliwack

Thank You Lord for John Les who takes a particular interest those who serve our communities in small businesses. Lord, we ask that You guide him in his new position as Parliamentary Secretary for HST. Thank You for the wealth of knowledge and background that he brings to this position. Release to him creative ideas and solutions in all that he encounters today.

John Les was re-elected as MLA to represent the new riding of Chilliwack in the spring of 2009.

John has served as Solicitor General, Minister of Small Business and Economic Development.

Mr. Les was first elected to represent the riding of Chilliwack-Sumas in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.

He served as Government Caucus Chair, and also chaired the Legislative Special Committee on the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. Mr. Les has served on the Government Caucus Committee on Economy and Government Operations, as well as the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations. He has also been chair of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, and was formerly a member of the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills.

Before being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Les served for three years as a Chilliwack municipal councillor before he became Mayor from 1987 to 1999. During his 13 years as Mayor, he served on a number of bodies, including Chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District; Trustee of the Municipal Finance Authority of B.C.; Director of Union of BC Municipalities; and President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

In his private business career, Mr. Les was a partner in a Chilliwack dairy operation, an award-winning realtor, as well as the owner of a successful land development company.

Mr. Les is an Honorary Rotarian, who was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his exemplary community service, by the Rotary Club of Chilliwack.

Mr. Les and his wife Mattie live in Chilliwack and have six children and 13 grandchildren.









Wednesday, November 24, 2010

MLA Blair Lekstrom Member for Peace River South

Dear God, we thank You that we can bring before You today MLA: Blair Lekstrom from Peace River South. We thank You God for this MLA who loves the outdoors and had served the people of BC since 2001 in various positions. We ask Lord that You continue to give Blair the stamina and wisdom as he continue to serve the Peace River South area and the people of BC for Your glory.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Blair Lekstrom was re-elected to a third term as MLA for Peace River South on May 12, 2009.

Blair has served as Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Minister of Community Development. He was first elected in the 2001 provincial general election in the riding of Peace River South, and was re-elected for a second term in the 2005 general election.

Previously, Blair chaired the Legislative Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services (2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006) and served on the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Agriculture Policy Development Committee, the Legislative Review Committee and the Government Caucus Committee on the Economy. In the past he has also served as the Chair of the Legislative Committee to review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the BC Offshore Oil and Gas Committee. He has been a member of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, the Select Standing Committee on Health, the Northern Caucus Committee, the Cabinet Committee on Agenda & Priorities, and the Legislative Committee on the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.

Before becoming an MLA, Blair was serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Dawson Creek. He was first elected mayor in 1996, after serving for three years as a councillor.

Born in 1961 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Blair moved to Dawson Creek later that year and has lived there ever since. Following graduation from South Peace Secondary School, Blair started with BC Tel in 1979 and worked for the next 17 years as an installer-repairman until his election as Mayor in 1996. He was a Peace River Regional District member and served on the North Central Municipal Association executive.

Blair's previous appointments include serving as a Municipal Finance Authority board member, North Central Municipal Association president, BC Task Force on Bank Mergers member, BC Agri-Food Policy Working Group member, and Union of BC Municipalities executive member.

Blair's community involvements included: Dawson Creek & District Hospital Foundation board member, Board Member, Pouce Coupe Long-Term Care Facility as well as participation in a wide range of community groups in his capacity as Mayor of Dawson Creek.

He and wife Vicki were married in 1982. They have two children. Blair is an avid motorcyclist and enjoys working on and riding his Harley Davidson. Other hobbies include: carpentry, camping with his family, and playing baseball and hockey.









Tuesday, November 23, 2010

MLA Richard T. Lee Member for Burnaby North

We are very thankful for the cultural diversity that exists in our province. You have prepared Mr. Lee to serve his constituents as an advocate and a leader. Help him to excel in this avenue of service in the same way that he has excelled prior to entering politics. Give him tremendous favour within his community and within his caucus so that the needs and concerns of his constituents can be heard and well cared for.  Let your blessing be upon him and his family today.
 We ask this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Richard T. Lee was first elected as the MLA for the riding of Burnaby North in 2001 and was re-elected to his third term in the May 2009 provincial general election. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia-Pacific Initiative on June 16, 2005.

Currently, Richard also serves as a member of the Legislative Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Select Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives and a member of the Select Standing Committee on Education.

Previously, Richard also served as member of the Legislative Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, the Legislative Special Committee to Review the Police Complaint Process, the Special Committee to Appoint a Police Complaint Commissioner, Vice-chair of the Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner, the Government Caucus Committee on Economy and Government Operations, the Government Caucus Multicultural Committee and as Chair of the Government Caucus Asian Economic Development Committee.

Before being elected to the Legislature, Richard was a programmer analyst at TRIUMF, Canada's national particle research facility. In 1976, he earned a Combined Honours Bachelor of Science degree from UBC in physics and mathematics and in 1980 a Masters of Science from UBC in Applied Mathematics. While studying, Richard worked as a research assistant from 1975 to 1977 and then as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1979 with the Department of Mathematics at UBC. From 1979 to 1982 he worked as a programmer at TRIUMF and in 1982 became a programmer analyst. Richard attended the United States Particle Accelerator School at Berkeley in 1989 and once again in 1990 at Harvard University.

In 1971 Richard moved to British Columbia where his grandfather settled since 1913. He and his wife Anne married in 1986 and have lived in Burnaby since then. They have three children.









Monday, November 22, 2010

MLA Harry Lali Member for Fraser - Nicola

We bring Harry Lali before You and ask Your blessing on him as he serves his constituency. Thank You for his willingness to use his resources in the best way he is able. Let him know that You love him Lord and care about everything he does. Be with his family too as they interact together in their homes.

Harry Lali served as Minister of Transportation and Highways from February, 1998, to February, 2001. He was the longest serving NDP Highways Minister in British Columbia. Previously, Harry served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests from June, 1996, to February, 1998.

Harry serves as opposition critic for Multiculturalism.

In 1988, Harry was elected City Councillor in Merritt for one term. In 1991, Harry was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Yale-Lillooet, re-elected MLA in 1996, and 2005. He was elected to a fourth term on May 12, 2009.

Harry is 51 years old and was born in Jullundur District, Punjab, and currently lives in Merritt. He was educated at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and South Asia Area Studies. Harry is the founder of the group that established the Chair of Punjabi and Sikh Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Before his election to the Legislature, Harry was an Employment Counsellor for the federally-sponsored Merritt Outreach Program from 1986 – 1991. He has also worked at MOSAIC in Vancouver. Harry is a former member of the IWA Local 1-417 when he spent 11 summers working in the sawmill industry in Interior B.C. Harry is also a former co-owner of a sporting goods store.

From 2001 – 2006 Harry owned his own business that was involved in international development and technology transfer to developing countries, namely in the field of environmental technologies and power generation.

Harry and his wife, Rani, are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter.














Sunday, November 21, 2010

MLA Dr. Terry Lake Member for Kamloops-North Thompson

"Father, You have gifted Dr. Terry Lake with a heart full of mercy and service. We ask for Your Hand of Protection over him, his wife Lisa and their three daughters [dog and cat included]. We ask You endow him with Your Wisdom and Discernment as he fulfills his role as Parliamentary Secretary for the Ranching Task Force. May he know Your Presence as he serves the people of Kamloops - North Thompson.
 In Jesus' Name, 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.





Thursday, November 18, 2010

MLA Jenny Wai Ching Kwan Member for Vancouver - Mount Pleasant

Today dear Father our prayers go out to MLA. Jenny Kwan as she ably fulfills her role as Opposition critic for Small Business, Technology and Economic Development as well as her role as a wife and Mom. May her family be blessed and assured of Your love and care to keep them well and safe by the assurance and the promise of Your word . Phil. 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. We pray her years of experience and proven capabilities in the legislature may give value and credibility to the good changes she desires to see accomplished for Vancouver- Mount Pleasant. Grant her favour with her colleagues and a voice that will be heard.
In Jesus Name we pray. Amen

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 serves as opposition critic for Small Business, Technology and Economic Development.

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










Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MLA Hon.Kevin Krueger Minster of Social Development Kamloops-South Thompson

Lord Jesus, we pray for Kevin Krueger today. We are grateful for his years of service to our province and to You. As he serves our province today in his role as Minister of Tourism and Culture, we ask that Your blessing would flood his life and overflow into the lives of those he works with and into the work that You have given to him. Help him as he gives leadership to an important sector of our economy. Grant him creativity, courage and a clear sense that You are with him and helping him. Use him as source of encouragement and strength to those he encounters today.
We ask this 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 and Minister of Small Business and Revenue and Minister Responsible for Regulatory Reform. 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.