Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MLA Scott Fraser Alberni-Pacific Rim

Dear God, we thank You that we can come before You today knowing that You always hear and answer our prayers. We bring before You today Scott Fraser elected for the Alberni-Pacific Rim region. We thank You God for placing Scott on Vancouver Island where You are utilizing his love of nature for the benefit of all the people of BC. We ask Lord that You will make him a champion, rooted to the ground and steady in his political and personal growth like the Port Alberni Ancient trees. That he will be as a tree planted by the water bringing forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper.
In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

MLA Eric Foster Member for Vernon-Monashee

Instead speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. (Eph. 4:15)  Heavenly Father we thank You for Eric and his unfailing service in Vernon-Monashee. We thank You for his spirit of perseverance and a love for nature that helps him strive to see the best solutions achieved in his area of influence. We pray for his continued health and strength to be able to render the the best job he can for this province. 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.

Monday, June 28, 2010

MLA Rob Fleming Member for Victoria-Swan Lake

My Lord God and Savior Jesus; I humbly bring Rob Fleming before You today as his Father, his Creator , Friend and Ally in all he does. As Rob walks with the Lord I pray that Your mighty hand Lord, will be with him. Lord, I pray Rob will glorify You in all that he does. May he be Your gladiator. As Rob serves on committees and in community places I pray people would see his purpose as Yours. I ask that as You protect Rob Fleming in his government seat , that there will be many successful days ahead for him, Your faithful servant of the people. I pray Your protection and favor over Rob’s home and family. I pray Your Joy for his wife Maura and wisdom for his daughter Rory. You are God and I pray Rob Fleming will always serve You first with strength, wisdom and gratitude.

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, daughter Rory and son Jack. He is a dedicated soccer fan and player, and an avid user of Victoria's parks and beaches.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

MLA Mike Farnworth Member for Port Coquitlam

Our loving, Heavenly Father, we bless You for another new day in the life of MLA Mike Farnworth, Opposition Critic to the Attorney General. May he know Your word that declares, “His compassions fail not and they are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness!"

And so today we also recognize and give thanks for his many years of faithful, dedicated service to this province and particularly for the people in his riding of Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. We pray You will grant him continued new vision, courage, clarity of direction and abundant strength to carry out the work of this position. Protect him in his travels and the enjoyment of good health. In the strong Name of Jesus we pray.

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.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

MLA Mable Elmore Member for Vancouver-Kensington

Dear God, we thank You that we can come before You today knowing that You always hear and answer our prayers.

We bring before You today Mable Elmore elected for the Vancouver-Kensington region.

We thank You God for Mable’s passion for families and children. We recognize in her Your positive force of energy and we ask that You will use that passion through her for bettering the community. We thank You God that you had placed Mable Elmore among us and we ask that You will bless her with your presence and make Yourself known to her.

In Jesus' name, we pray. 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.

MLA Hon. Kevin Falcon Surrey-Cloverdale Minister of Health Services

Heavenly Father,

We pray today for Hon. Kevin Falcon appointed Minister of Health, and elected to represent Surrey-Cloverdale riding. We thank You for the wonderful leaders You have raised up in our Nation. We recognize their exceptional giftings and talents, and also recognize their limits, as mere men and women. We know God is not limited, and will do exceedingly more than we could imagine when we ask.Grant Hon. Kevin Falcon wisdom, knowledge and understanding as he serves in his riding of Surrey-Cloverdale. Clear vision and insight to fulfill his responsibilities. Strengthen him and bless him with favor and protection.

In Jesus Name Amen

Kevin Falcon was appointed Minister of Health Services on June 10, 2009.

MLA Falcon was first elected in 2001 to represent the riding of Surrey-Cloverdale, and was re-elected in 2005 and 2009. He was previously appointed Minister of Transportation on January 26, 2004 and initially served as Minister of State for De-regulation.

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 earned him recognition in Vancouver Magazine's annual ranking of the city's 50 most influential leaders in 2008.

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.

Kevin 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.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

MLA Doug Donaldson Member for Stikine

God we are pleased to ask You to bless Doug Donaldson. As he serves as the deputy opposition critic for Finance may You give him wisdom, insight and clear understanding into the needs of our province. We ask that You keep him full of energy and life; may he enjoy the umbrella of Your safety and of Your continual care.

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.

Monday, June 21, 2010

MLA Adrian Dix Member for Vancouver-Kingsway

Dear Lord, we are coming to Your Throne of Grace today on behalf of Adrian Dix, that he might be aware of Your divine Presence leading, guiding and directing his steps each day. Grant him strength, wisdom and a clear mind for the responsible position as Opposition Critic for Health. May the work of his hands bring the fruits he desires for the good of all. We pray he will be blessed with safety in travel, enjoyment of good health, and a Peace that passes all understanding.

In Jesus' great Name we pray. Amen.

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.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

MLA Hon. Michael de Jong Abbotsford West Attorney General and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Lord, we come to You today for Michael de Jong: Attorney General, Minister of Public Safety, and Solicitor General. Your servant, Paul, tells us how hard he worked, and then said, “but it was not I, but the grace of God that was with me”. We ask that You will come alongside Michael in the ministries You have for him at this time. May he be aware of Your strength and guiding hand, that much good will be accomplished to the benefit of all British Columbians. We also lift up his family to You for their care and protection.
Thank you, Lord. Amen.

Michael G. de Jong, Q.C., was named British Columbia’s Attorney General on June 10, 2009. The five-term MLA previously served as Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizen Services, and Minister of Forests.

Michael de Jong was re-elected on May 12, 2009 as the MLA for the newly named constituency of Abbotsford West, an area he has represented since first being elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in a 1994 byelection. The constituency was then known as Matsqui, a name that continued through the 1996 general election until 2001. The riding was then renamed Abbotsford – Mount Lehman, a designation that was held through the 2005 election until the 2009 general election.

In addition to his role as Attorney General, Mr. de Jong also serves as Government House Leader, a post he has held since 2005.

Prior to his roles in government, Mr. de Jong served as Deputy House Leader for the Official Opposition and was Opposition Critic for a variety of portfolios.

Before his election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 1994, Mr. de Jong served two terms as an elected School Trustee for Abbotsford School District 34, and was a practicing lawyer with his own Abbotsford firm. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and a law degree from the University of Alberta.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

MLA Marc Dalton Member for Maple Ridge-Mission

Heavenly Father, we pray for Marc Dalton today. Thank you that You have put him into a place of influence and leadership within our province. Help him to be a good steward of what You have entrusted to him. We ask today that You would bless him as he serves You. Give him favour in every area of his life so that he can be an effective MLA. Bless his wife, his family and his staff.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

MLA Gary Coons Member for North Coast

Father we lift Gary Coons to you today. I know your eyes have been upon this man and I pray that his ears and his eyes will be open to understand that which you are doing in this present day. We pray that you will lead him and that he would have your discernment in the decision-making processes that he makes. We Bless him this day. In Jesus Name.

Gary Coons was re-elected as the MLA for the North Coast on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature on May 17, 2005.

Gary serves as deputy opposition critic for Transportation and Infrastructure.

Gary has been an educator in the Prince Rupert School District for 27 years. He has taught Mathematics/Special Education and has been an active community advocate for many years. His other interests include spending time with his family and friends.

He also enjoys coaching, playing racquet sports and taking advantage of the many outdoor activities that the north coast has to offer.

Monday, June 14, 2010

MLA Katrine Conroy Member for Kootenay West

Our gracious, Heavenly Father, today our prayers go out to MLA, Katrine Conway.

We truly give thanks for her courage, compassion and selflessness in the giving of herself to others. We trust she is well on the way to recovery. May You uplift and refresh her spirit as she prepares to come back to work.  Bless her with wisdom, grace and clarity of direction in this responsible position she holds as Party Whip for the Opposition. We appreciate her leadership qualities and her willingness to serve in the legislature, to champion good change for our province and especially for the constituents in her riding of W. Kootenay Boundary. May You abundantly bless Katrine’s personal life as she balances her work load away from home and her role as wife and mother. Keep her and her family all safe and well.
 In Jesus' precious Name. Amen

Katrine Conroy was elected as the MLA for Kootenay West May 12, 2009. She served as MLA for West Kootenay-Boundary from May 17, 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn.

Katrine Conroy has been successful in both community and career endeavors. Katrine has enjoyed successful careers as one of B.C.'s first female Steam Engineers, as an Early Childhood Educator, Administrator and College Instructor, and as a small business person.

Katrine has worked and volunteered in her community as the Executive Director of Kootenay Family Place, Co-Chair of the Castlegar and District Social Planning Council, Treasurer of the Regional District of Central Kootenay Community Futures Board, Hospital Board member, and founding Board member of the Community Social Services Employers Association.

With her husband Ed, Katrine lives in Pass Creek where they run a successful ranch breeding prize winning Polled Hereford cattle. Together they have raised four children, and have five grandchildren.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

MLA Hon. Rich Coleman Fort Langley-Aldergrove Minister of Housing and Social Development

As the Minister for Housing and Social Development, may he find strength to persevere through these difficult economic times. May he seek Your wisdom Lord, to find solutions to critical social issues. May You watch over and protect Mr. Coleman, his wife and children as he fulfills the duties set before him.

Rich Coleman has been British Columbia’s Minister of Housing and Social Development since 2008. Under his leadership, the provincial government has launched efforts to curb homelessness, including programs like Housing Matters, family and seniors rental assistance programs, and buying, renovating, and managing single-room occupancy apartments.

Before entering public life, Rich was governor of the BC Kinsmen, president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, Langley’s 1988 Volunteer of the Year, and a director on several volunteer boards. As a member of the Aldergrove Kinsmen Club in the 1980s, Rich oversaw the volunteer fundraising and construction efforts that built the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, a vital community facility which houses a preschool, library, workout area, and meeting space. The Club was also involved in building a successful housing project in Aldergrove. Rich is a life member of the Kinsmen.

In recognition of his tireless and long-term work in the community, Rich has been awarded both Rotary’s top honour, the Paul Harris Fellowship, and the Kinsmen’s highest honour, the Hal Rogers Fellowship. Rich was the second person ever honoured with the Hal Rogers—the first being Kin founder Hal Rogers himself.

Rich has been elected four times (1996, 2001, 2005, and 2009) as MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove. He has previously served as Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and Minister of Forests and Range. He and his wife Michele live in the Fraser Valley.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

MLA Hon. Murray Coell Saanich North and the Islands Minister of Labour

Father, Your word says, “six days shall you labour but on the seventh do no work”. Labour is honourable in your sight. It is Your word that says, ‘a worker is worthy of his hire’.We ask that You will guide Murray in the decisions he must make each day:  Decisions that affect all of us, and in many families, their very survival. We ask for provision for those under his administration, and joy to rise up in the work places in this province. Be with him and his family, in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

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

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

Minister Coell also served as Official Opposition critic for environment, for children and families, and for social services. He sat on the Select Standing Committees on Public Accounts, and on Environment and Tourism, as well as the Official Opposition Caucus Committee for Children.

He was first elected in 1996 to represent the riding of Saanich North and the Islands, and was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009. He has served on the Government Caucus Committee on Communities and Safety, the Cabinet Committee of Agenda and Priorities, the Treasury Board, and the Public Sector Employers' Council.

Before his election to the Legislative Assembly, Minister Coell was a social worker, specializing in alcohol and drug rehabilitation as well as in services to those with mental disabilities. He also owned and operated a small business.

He received his bachelor of arts in social welfare from the University of Victoria.

Minister Coell sat on Saanich Municipal Council for 12 years, six of them as Mayor. He also chaired the Capital Regional District, the Saanich Police board and the Capital Regional District hospital board, and was deputy chair of the Municipal Finance Authority.

He served as a volunteer for 10 years on the board of Silver Threads Meals on Wheels and for five years on the board of the Queen Alexandra Hospital for Children.

Murray and Corinne Coell live in Central Saanich.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

MLA Raj Chouhan Member for Burnaby-Edmonds

Heavenly Father;

We thank You for Raj Chouhan, elected as MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds, serving as Official Opposition Critic for Labour.Raj has served in promoting human rights and racial equality, travelling across Canada to give seminars and attending conferences that raise awareness of issues regarding racism,poverty worke rights, and discrimination.As we read in Acts10:34,35 God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right. We are blessed to live in a Country that is free, and are thankful for Men and Women who stand up for truth and righteousness.We ask for wisdom, understanding and greater insight for Raj as he continues to serve the people in our province.Bless and strengthen him as he continues in this journey to stand up for what is right in Your eyes.
In Jesus Name Amen

Raj Chouhan was elected as the MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds on May 17, 2005 and re-elected on May 12, 2009. Raj serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Labour. Previously Raj served as critic for Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Immigration. Raj also serves as the Opposition Deputy-Whip since 2007.

Before immigrating to Canada in 1973, Raj was involved in student union activities in India. On his arrival in Canada, Raj was impacted by the plight of immigrant workers and developed a passion for community and social justice work.

Raj is the founding president of the Canadian Farmworkers' Union, and he served as the Director of Bargaining at the Hospital Employees Union for 18 years. Raj has also served as a member of the Labour Relations Board of B.C. and the Arbitration Bureau of B.C.

A founding member of the B.C. Organization to Fight Racism, Raj has worked in promoting human rights and racial equality. He has served as the Vice President of B.C. Human Rights Defenders since 2003. Raj has taught courses on Human Rights, the B.C. Labour Code and collective bargaining since 1987. He has traveled across Canada to give seminars and attend conferences that raise awareness of issues regarding racism, poverty, worker rights, and discrimination.

In addition, Raj supports many programs offered through community organizations including neighbourhood safety, refugee assistance, and health and wellness programs for seniors.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

MLA Hon. Ida Chong Oak Bay-Gordon Head Minister of Healthy Living and Sport

Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things, (Phil 4:8)

Lord God,  we thank You today for a leader of Ida’s quality and capacity and ask that every day her steps continue to be ordered and directed by You in the portfolio of Healthy Living and Sport. We pray for continued inspiration to motivate her staff and indeed the public to become more involved in active living as we know this is how You designed us to be. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen

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

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

A native of greater Victoria, Minister Chong has represented her constituency of Oak Bay-Gordon Head since she first entered provincial politics in 1996. During her first term at the legislature she was the Official Opposition critic in a number of areas, including critic for Small Business and Deputy Critic of Finance.

Minister Chong has been involved in her community for years – volunteering for a number of not-for-profit groups and serving as municipal councilor for the District of Saanich, from 1993-1996.

For nearly 20 years, she was senior partner in an accounting practice based in Saanich, catering to small and medium sized enterprises. While no longer in active practice, she proudly retains her credentials as a Certified General Accountant, having won a number of awards for her work in this field, including being named in 2006, a Fellow of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, a national designation for exemplary service.

Monday, June 7, 2010

MLA Ron Cantelon Member for Parksville-Qualicum

Heavenly Father we express our gratefulness to You that we are privileged to live in this beautiful and blessed place. We are also grateful for the men and women who give freely of their time and treasure to serve the people of this province. And so we pray for Ron Catelon who as the Government Caucus Chair has tremendous responsibilities. We pray for him wisdom and patience and understanding as he wrestles with the day to day duties of provincial government. He is where he is because You have placed him there. May he also reach out to You for daily guidance as he endeavours to fulfil his mandate responsibly and with integrity. We ask these things in the precious name of our loving Saviour Jesus the Christ. Amen

Ron Cantelon was re-elected for his second term on May 12, 2009 to the riding Parksville-Qualicum. Ron is the Government Caucus Chair and a member of the Select Standing Committee on Health.

Previously, Ron served as Minister of Agriculture and Lands and was a member of the B.C. Agriculture Plan Committee and the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture. He was also Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth and Chair of the Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act. In addition, Ron has been a member of the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, the Special Committee of Selection, Treasury Board and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development.

Ron first entered political life as a city councillor for the City of Nanaimo in 1999. He has also acted as Chair of the Nanaimo Conference Centre Advisory Committee, Chair of the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership, Director of the Nanaimo Regional District Board and President of the Port Theatre from 1994 to 1999.

Ron has won several awards including Tourism Nanaimo’s Citizen of the Year 1999, Re/Max manager of the year for Western Canada in 1999 and was one of the 125 notable citizens for Nanaimo’s 125th anniversary.

Ron Cantelon has five children and one grandchild.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

MLA Gordon Campbell Vancouver-Point Grey Premier

Our Heavenly Father, we are mindful of Your Word today, that instructs us to pray for those in authority over us, so we count it a privilege to pray earnestly for our Premier, in these ever changing times.  May he know Your Presence daily, and grant him , “Ears to hear and eyes to see,“ to discern Your will for this province he serves so faithfully. We pray You will strengthen his character  to keep him an honest, sincere and effective leader. Honour him with Your favour, to help him lead with wisdom and justice. Dear Lord protect him and his extended family with protection and safety. Bless and keep them all in health and the Peace of God that passes all understanding.
In Jesus Name we pray. Amen

Gordon Campbell was sworn in as British Columbia's 34th Premier on June 5, 2001.

Mr. Campbell was elected leader of the B.C. Liberal Party in September 1993. He was elected to the B.C. Legislature in 1994 in a by-election to represent the riding of Vancouver-Quilchena and was re-elected in 1996, 2001, 2005, and 2009 for Vancouver-Point Grey.

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

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

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

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

Dear Lord protect him and his extended family with protection and safety. bless and keep them all in health and the Peace of God that passes all understanding.

In Jesus Name we pray. Amen

Thursday, June 3, 2010

MLA Stephanie Cadieux Member for Surrey-Panorama

Dear Lord: This prayer is for Stephanie Cadieux. Fill her with peace and confidence. Help her to see things through Your eyes. Guide her feet on the most appropriate path. Bring her answers in ways that she hears clearly, understands and accepts. Help her to know how deeply she is loved and supported. Give her rest and peace at the end of every day. Amen.

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

Stephanie resides as Chair of the Special Committee to Appoint an Information and Privacy Commissioner, and is also a member of the Select Standing Committees on Health and on Children and Youth and the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

MLA Jagrup Brar Member for Surrey-Fleetwood

Heavenly Father, we are thankful for the men and women that you have set in place to lead our province.  We are grateful for the diversity of perspective that each one brings.  Today we pray for Jagrup Brar.  Thank you for his background, his experience and the training that he has received that equips him so well for this role.  Lord, we pray that You would bless him, his family, his staff and his work today.  Grant him wisdom, strength and courage.  Help him as he gives his life to serve his constituents and our province.  May he know Your hand of blessing on his life today.  We ask this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Jagrup Brar was elected as the MLA for Surrey Fleetwood on May 12, 2009. He served as MLA for Surrey Panorama Ridge from Oct. 28, 2004 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn.

Jagrup serves as Opposition Critic for Healthy Living and Sport. Jagrup has also served as Opposition Critic for Small Business and Revenue, Employment and Income Assistance and as Critic for Solicitor General and Public Safety.

Born in India, Jagrup was a member of the Indian National Basketball team and earned a master’s degree in Philosophy. He then moved to Canada to study at the University of Manitoba where he earned a Master's degree in Public Administration, MPA. Jagrup moved to British Columbia from Winnipeg fourteen years ago. Since then, Jagrup and his family have put down strong roots in Surrey.

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

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

Jagrup is married and lives in Surrey with his wife Rajwant and their children - Noor and Fateh.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

MLA Hon. Shirley Bond Prince George-Valemount Minister of Transportation and Infastructure

Father, we ask You today to bless Shirley Bond. May she and her family experience Your protection and covering over their lives. Give her wisdom in her tasks and deep understanding into all the issues she faces as our Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure. We also ask that You give her joy, and real peace, amidst the demands of her leadership.

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

Shirley was previously appointed Minister of Education and Minister responsible for Early Learning and Literacy on June 16, 2005 and Deputy Premier on September 20, 2004. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board, chairs the Cabinet Committee on New Relationship Coordination, and is a member of the Cabinet climate Action Committee.

Shirley was elected in 2001 and re-elected in 2005 to represent the riding of Prince George-Mount Robson. She previously served as Minister of Advanced Education and Minister of Health Services.

Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, she served three terms on the Prince George School Board, the last as chair. She also worked with the continuing education department of the Prince George School District, becoming its business manager. She was given the B.C. Interior, North & Yukon Woman of Distinction Award for her work in public education.

Minister Bond has an arts and science diploma from the College of New Caledonia and, up until becoming MLA, was working on a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at the University of Northern BC.

She was protocol director for the 2001 Special Olympic Summer Games and sat on the boards of Carey Theological College, the Personal Living Choices Society, the Trinity Opportunity Fund Grants Committee and the City of Prince George's Standing Committee on Youth.

Shirley and Bill Bond live in Prince George. They have twin adult children.