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.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MLA Leonard Krog Member for Nanaimo

Dear God, we thank You that we can bring before You today Leonard Krog the MLA from Nanaimo that serves as opposition critic for the Attorney General. We thank You God for this practicing lawyer who is using knowledge and education in service for the benefit of all. We ask Lord that You give Leonard Krog a measure of wisdom as he work side by side with BC Attorney General.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Leonard Krog was re-elected as the MLA for Nanaimo on May 12, 2009.  Leonard serves as opposition critic for the Attorney General.

Born in Nanaimo and raised in Coombs, Leonard served as MLA for Parksville-Qualicum from 1991 to 1996.

Since 1980, Leonard has been a practicing lawyer in a Nanaimo law firm, most recently with his wife Sharon.

In addition , Leonard has served as the director and president of the Mid-Island Consumer Services Co-operative, chair of the United Way for Nanaimo and District, director of the Nanaimo City Centre Association, president of the Nanaimo City Bar Association, director and president of the Planned Parenthood Association's Nanaimo Branch, a member and supporter of Amnesty International and Lawyers for Social Responsibility.

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

Monday, November 15, 2010

MLA Maurine Karagianis Member for Esquilmalt - Royal Roads

Our Father, we do thank You for Maurine, Opposition Critic for Children and Family Development, and pray for your blessing on her daily. Maurine has represented the people of Esquimalt- Metchosin for the past decade, and continues to work diligently on their behalf. We pray Maurine will know and feel Your divine direction and guidance, and be given wise and creative ideas, insight and discernment to assist her with the anticipated changes she envisions for the betterment of the families in this area. May You grant her favour with her colleagues, good health, safety in travel and happy, quality time with her own family.

In the Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Maurine Karagianis was elected MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin on May 17, 2005, and re-elected to the reconfigured riding of Esquimalt-Royal Roads on May 12, 2009.

Maurine serves as opposition critic for Children, Family Development and Child Care.

She was elected to Esquimalt Council in 1996. Serving for three terms, Maurine helped create and chaired the CRD Arts Committee, and by working to save the Matson Gary Oak meadow in the Inner Harbour and daylighting the Gorge Creek helped enrich green space and renew bird habitat in Esquimalt.

A long-standing Director of the Veins of Life Watershed Society, Maurine has worked in support of environmental stewardship for the Gorge Waterway and watershed protection in the Capital Region.

She worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years, in retail, wholesale and import/export, and also spent more than a decade working in the communications industry for the tourism market and international motorcycle industry.

Maurine ran a consulting firm that worked with non-profit organizations and First Nations communities to create affordable housing. Her career has also included working for the provincial Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Social Services.

A proud mother and grandmother, Maurine lives with her partner in Esquimalt.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

MLA Carole James Member for Victoria-Beacon Hill

Thank You Lord for Carole James and her untiring commitment to her constituents of Victoria-Beacon Hill. We pray blessings upon her today as she makes important decisions in her role as Leader of the Opposition. Please give her your strength, encouragement and help today in discerning clearly what is to be top priority for this day.

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

She was elected to the Greater Victoria School Board from 1990 to 2001, including seven terms as chair. She also served at the national level as Vice-President of the Canadian School Boards Association.

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

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

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

In May 2005, Carole was elected as MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill, and became the Leader of B.C.'s Official Opposition. She was re-elected as MLA on May 12, 2009.

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

Thursday, November 11, 2010

MLA Vicki Huntington Member for Delta South

Thanks Lord for Vicki - we lift her before You today. May she know You are with her surrounding her with Your love and protection in everything she does. Keep her safe as she travels and goes about her daily routines and give her wisdom as she serves the people in her riding. Bless her family members and those close to her in Jesus' name

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

MLA Rob Howard Member for Richmond Centre

As we commit Ron into Your love and care today, we also give thanks for choosing him to represent the constituents in this riding so close to his heart.  His enthusiasm and dedication to contend for the best for Richmond Centre was duly noted when he served them as a councillor. Now as he represents them in the legislature, we pray for Your divine wisdom and guidance daily in all he sets out to accomplish in the term he serves as their MLA.  May he and his family be blessed with good health, safety and happy quality time with one another.
In Jesus Name we pray.

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

MLA Douglas Horne Member for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

Thank you Lord for Douglas Horne. Politics can be a very challenging and difficult field in which to work. We ask that you would give him tremendous grace and strength as he gives himself to serve his constituents and British Columbians as a member of the Legislature. Give him tremendous wisdom as he goes about his day today. Help him as he seeks to help and serve others.

Direct his steps today. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Douglas Horne was elected as the MLA for the electoral district of Coquitlam-Burke Mountain in May, 2009. He is the Deputy Chair of the Select Standing Committee for Public Accounts and a Member of the Select Standing Committee for Children and Youth. In addition, Douglas was a Member of the B.C. Local Government Elections Task Force, a Member of the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and a Member of the Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner.

Douglas has been active in federal, provincial and civic politics for many years. While working in Ottawa, he served as a Special Assistant to a former federal Minister, and as a Special Assistant to the former Speaker of the House of Commons, The Honourable John Fraser.

Before entering politics, Douglas was Managing Director – Corporate & CEO of Maple Leaf Studios Ltd. This leading international design and production studio has created innovative and engaging experiences for international themed attractions, World Fairs & Expos, visitor centres and destination resorts. Douglas was instrumental in the success of British Columbia – Canada Place (the log house) during the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, built to promote the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition, Douglas worked with Russian business leaders and the City of Sochi on their successful bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. As well, Maple Leaf Studios and its partner, Shanghai Art-Design (a member of the Shanghai Media Group) were selected by Shanghai Expo 2010 for the central theme pavilions preliminary design competition. Maple Leaf Studios was also contracted to complete a preliminary design for the General Motors Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 during Douglas’s time with the firm.

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

Monday, November 8, 2010

MLA John Horgan Member for Juan de Fuca

We are praying for John Horgan, the elected MLA for Malahat-Juan de Fuca who is serving as the opposition critic for Energy, Mines an Petroleum Resources. We thank You God for this long time public servant, a native of Victoria BC. We praise You God for giving to him insight for the special fields of energy resources in times when each drop of oil is counted for and need to be kept where it serves and not hurt our environment. We ask that You continue to help John to increase in that special knowledge.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

John Horgan was elected as the MLA for Malahat-Juan de Fuca on May 17, 2005, and re-elected to the reconfigured riding of Juan de Fuca on May 12, 2009.

John serves as opposition critic for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

John was born and raised in Victoria.

A former long time public servant, he started his career in Ottawa working in the House of Commons before returning to British Columbia to work for the provincial government. He has also worked in the private sector, running a management and consulting company.

John has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and completed his Master of Arts at Sydney University in Australia.

John and his wife Ellie have two sons who attend the University of Victoria.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

MLA Gordon Hogg Member for Surrey-White Rock

Heavenly Father, we thank You for MLA Gordon Hogg and the many responsibilites You have placed with him. We acknowledge and thank You for his heart and compassion for the people of British Columbia. Please give him wisdom, discernment and endurance as he serves in a role of leadership for BC. We pray for blessings over Mr. Hogg and his family.

Gordon Hogg was first elected to represent the riding of Surrey-White Rock in a 1997 byelection. He was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and again in 2009.

Gordon is currently a member of the Select Standing Committees on Education, Aboriginal Affairs and Crown Corporations.

Gordon Hogg was appointed Minister of State for Mining on June 23, 2008.

He previously served as Minister of State for ActNow BC and Minister of Children and Family Development.

Mr. Hogg also served as chair of the Government Caucus and was a member of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee. He was also the chair of the Seniors Caucus Committee and has served on the Cabinet Committee for Agenda Development and the Select Standing Committees on Finance and Government Services; Sustainable Aquaculture; Children and Youth; Health and Social Services; Justice; Constitutional Affairs; and Intergovernmental Relations.

Previously, Mr. Hogg served as the Official Opposition Critic for education and human resources and was also a member of the Official Opposition Caucus Committees on Health and Education.

Mr. Hogg was a counsellor, probation officer and regional director for corrections prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly. He received his bachelor of arts in sociology and psychology from the University of British Columbia and his master’s degree in psychology from Antioch College

Mr. Hogg served on White Rock council for 20 years, for 10 of which he was mayor. He has been a board member of more than 15 committees and non-profit societies, including the Peace Arch Community Health Council and Peace Arch District Hospital. He has also been a foster parent and little league coach.

Gordon and his wife, LaVerne, live in White Rock and have one son.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

MLA Kash Heed Member for Vancouver-Fraserview

Heavenly Father, we pray for Kash Heed today. Lord, we ask that You would help him today as he serves his constituents. Give him wisdom, insight and courage as he gives his best to those he has been called to serve. Guide his thoughts, words and deeds in every way.
We ask this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Kash Heed was appointed Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on June 10, 2009.

Minister Heed was elected MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview in the 2009 general provincial election.

Kash graduated from the B.C. Police Academy in 1979 and has spent the past 30 years serving the public in law enforcement.

Kash began his career as an officer with the Vancouver Police Department where he moved through the ranks of Constable, Detective, Sergeant, Inspector and Superintendent. During this same time, he completed his BA and MA at Simon Fraser University part-time.

While Superintendent in charge of the south part of Vancouver, and as an Inspector in the southeast quadrant of Vancouver he created the Gang Violence Task Force.

Heed was also head of the drug squad, led the Indo-Canadian gang task force and launched the COMPSTAT system, using computer technology to track crime.

In 2007, Kash was appointed Chief of the West Vancouver Police Department.

Kash lives in Richmond with his wife and new daughter.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Gordon Campbell Resigns as Premier and Leader of Liberal Party

Gordon Campbell resigned as Premier of British Columbia and Leader of the Liberal Party this morning in Vancouver. He has served as member of the BC Legislature for 16 years and as Premier since 2001. Prior to his election to the BC Legislature he also served 3 terms as Mayor of Vancouver. We wish to recognize Mr. Campbell's many years of public service and thank both him and his wife and family for the many hours of time and energy that he has given in service to British Columbia. We pray God's blessing upon Mr. Campbell and his wife as they move forward into a new chapter of their lives.

The BC Liberals will be choosing an interim leader who will act as Premier until a new leader can be chosen. We encourage our many ministry friends and prayer partners to make this matter a significant prayer focus as the decision will affect our province in very significant ways.

MLA Dave S.Hayer Member for Surrey-Tynehead

Lord we thank You for Dave Hayer and his willingness to serve his community. Please bless him and those close to him today. Bring people around him to strengthen and support him in his everyday activities and let him know that he is a valuable person.
Draw near to him we pray in Jesus' name.

Dave S. Hayer was first elected to the BC Legislature as MLA for the riding of Surrey-Tynehead in the 2001 provincial general election and was re-elected in 2005 and 2009.

Dave was reappointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism on June 10, 2009. In this role, he works closely with the Hon. Mary McNeil, Minister of Citizens' Services and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism and the Public Affairs Bureau, as well as with the Hon. Iain Black, Minister of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development and the Hon. Moira Stilwell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, who is responsible for the Provincial Nominee Program.

Dave previously worked with the Hon. Ben Stewart when the Minister held the Ministry of Citizens’ Services and Multiculturalism portfolio.

Dave is also a member of the Select Standing Committee on Health, Select Standing Committee on Education, Select Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives and, is once again, is helping as a Chair of the Committee of Supply.

In January 2007, Dave received a prestigious award from the Government of India. The Pravasi Bharatia Samman Award is annually given to people of Indian heritage, no longer living in India, who have achieved excellence in their chosen fields of endeavour. Dave was presented with the award for his "active leadership in the community, his contributions to public service and for his achievements in government". At the presentation ceremony, Dave was described as a "great friend of India and has been a strong voice in the Indo-Canadian community against terrorism and violence". He was the only Canadian among 15 people from other countries to be given the Pravasi Bharatia Samman Award this year. Dave is only the second Canadian to be presented with this honour. Dave received his award from Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, at a ceremony in New Delhi, India on January 9, 2007. In 2008 Dave was selected by the Vancouver Sun as one of the 100 top most influential Canadians of South Asian descent making a difference in BC.

Previously, Dave served as Chair of Surrey Caucus; Caucus Liaison for the Minister of State for Mental Health and Addictions Services; vice-chair of the Caucus Committee for Asian Economic Development; member of the Government Caucus Committee on Multiculturalism & Diversity and Government Caucus Committee on Health; member of the Cabinet Committee on Environment and Resource Development for the Ministry of Skills Development and Labour and Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management; member of the Select Standing Committees on Finance and Government Services, Education, and Aboriginal Affairs; the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act; member of the Government Caucus Committee on Government Operations, Select Standing Committee member on Crown Corporations and Caucus Liaison for the Minister of State for Intermediate, Long Term and Home Care.

Before his election to public office, Dave was a Surrey businessperson, Assistant Publisher of the Indo-Canadian Times, Kwantlen University College Governor, real estate agent, and he worked in the newspaper and forestry industries and as labourer in a steel factory. Dave earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in 1982 and from 1981 to 1982 he completed taxation courses at the University of British Columbia. Dave served as the General Manager of the Canadian Accounting Aggregates Public Accountants from 1983 to 1988 following which he joined the Indo-Canadian Times.

Dave's current involvements include: member of the Rotary Club of Surrey, Surrey Chamber of Commerce and the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce. Some previous business involvements include: BC Chamber of Commerce director (1999-2001); Surrey Chamber of Commerce president (1996-97), vice-president (1994-96), director (1992-94); Vancouver Board of Trade Small Business Council member (1995-2000); Indo-Canadian Business Association vice-president (1993-2000); Ethnic Press Association of BC vice-president (1994-99), treasurer/director (1991-99); and, City of Surrey Economic Development Strategy Advisory Committee member (1995-2000).

Some of Dave's former community involvements include: Rotary Club of Surrey president (1999-2000), vice-president (1996-98); Surrey Community Crime Prevention Society president (1995-96); South Fraser Child Development Centre Christmas Party chair (1988-2001); and Surrey & White Rock Home Support Association director (94-95). As well, Dave initiated the Surrey Police Officer of the Year Awards and initiated the building of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce Building.

Born in 1958 in India, Dave moved to Surrey in 1972 and into the Surrey-Tynehead constituency in 1991. He and Isabelle Martinez, who married in 1981, have four children. Dave enjoys working on community projects, reading, swimming and walking.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Special Prayer Bulletin - Extraordinary Caucus Meeting

As you may have heard, the Liberal Caucus is having an extraordinary meeting this coming Thursday.  We are asking BC's largest prayer network to pray that God's will would be accomplished in this meeting.  We are not privy to the details or the issues that will be discussed, but recognize that it's rare for the government caucus to call for this kind of meeting. 

Our encouragement to all of our prayer partners is to avoid allowing your personal bias or prejudice to affect the way you pray about this meeting but to rather follow the instruction of Jesus who taught us to pray 'Let your kingdom come.  Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'

Seek the assistance and direction of the Holy Spirit to help you to pray effectively in this regard and believe with us for God to hear from heaven and respond accordingly.

Thank you for standing with us!

MLA Hon. Randy Hawes Abbotsford-Mission Minister of State for Mining

Our Gracious Heavenly Father as our prayers go out to You today on behalf of MLA. Randy Hawes, we are reminded a prayer You taught us to pray, Our Father in heaven , Hallowed be Your name. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven . May He be keenly aware of Your Presence , leading and guiding him, and we pray he will lean on You for wisdom and grace as he commits the work You have called him to do as Minister of Mines. Grant him vision to protect and make the best possible decisions regarding the resources of this province.
We pray for protection, good health and strength for Randy and for his dear family.

Randy Hawes was re-elected as MLA to represent the new riding of Abbotsford-Mission in the spring of 2009.

Randy was first elected as MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission in 2001 and was re-elected in the May 2005 provincial general election.

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

Randy has served as Chief Government Whip as appointed by Premier Gordon Campbell, he has chaired the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Service, Chair of the Government Committee on Health, and has been a member of the Legislative Assembly's Select Standing Committee on Health. In addition, he serves on the Legislative Assembly's Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Special Committee to Select a Merit Commissioner and chairs the Burrard Thermal Options Committee. Formerly, Randy was Chair of the Special Committee to Appoint a Chief Electoral Officer, and served on the Government Caucus Committee on Communities and Safety and the Small-Scale Salvage Review committee.

Before becoming an MLA, Randy was in his third term as Mayor of the District of Mission. Randy was also Chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District, a member of the Fraser Valley Treaty Advisory Committee for four years, a four-year member of the James Sewer Treatment Plant Board, and a seven-year member (four as Chair) of the Fraser Valley Water Commission.

Randy started as a loans officer with the Toronto Dominion Bank in 1972 and worked as manager in a variety of locations throughout BC and the Yukon. Because he wanted to stay in Mission, Randy left the TD bank in 1986 to pursue a career in real estate and property development. Randy was elected to a one-year term as a District of Mission councillor in 1987 and became mayor in 1993.

Randy has been an active participant in many aspects of his constituency, including serving for two years on the Mission Community Health Council, five years on the District of Mission Justice Council, and three years on the Ferndale Penitentiary Citizens' Advisory Committee. Randy served as director of the Fraser House, a drug and alcohol treatment facility, was an honourary member of the Royal Canadian Legion's Branch 57, and is a member of the Mission Rotary Club. He also coached minor hockey for 15 years and minor baseball for 10 years in Mission.

Born in Edmonton in 1947, Randy and Alma married in 1969 and moved to Mission in 1979; they have three children and nine grandchildren. Randy's passions are playing golf, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Monday, November 1, 2010

MLA Hon. Colin Hansen Vancouver-Quilchena Minister of Finance. Minister Responsible for Small Business and Deputy Premier

Heavenly Father, we pause to give thanks for the Hon. Colin Hansen today. You have given him a very important role within our government. We are reminded today of how You sent Phillip to the keeper of the Ethiopian Treasury to share Your love and hope with him. We ask today that You would do the same for Minister Hansen today and that he would experience Your love and hope in his own life in a very rich way. Grant him Your strength and wisdom as he oversees the financial affairs of our province. While many voices will share many opinions as to the course that he should take, we ask that above all, he would have a clear sense of the direction he should go as You lead him. Bless him and his family today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

Colin Hansen was re-appointed Minister of Finance and appointed Deputy Premier on June 10, 2009. He previously served as Minister of Economic Development (June 16, 2005 to June 23, 2008), Minister of Health Services (June 5, 2001 to December 14, 2004) and a previous appointment as Minister of Finance (December 15, 2004 to June 15, 2005).

He was first elected in 1996 to represent the electoral district of Vancouver-Quilchena and was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009.

Colin served as health critic for the Official Opposition, as well as the critic for Employment and Investment, and for Labour. He sat on the Select Standing Committees on Crown Corporations and on Economic Development, Science, Labour, Training and Technology.

He also sat on the Official Opposition Caucus Committees on Health and Economy.

Colin received his bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Victoria in 1975. Before his election to the Legislative Assembly, he and his wife Laura owned and operated a small business they established in 1988. Prior to that, he was vice-president of finance and administration for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Colin served as a director of the Vancouver-Yokohama Sister City Society and chair of the Vancouver Museum board of trustees. Colin and Laura Hansen have two children and live in the Dunbar area of Vancouver-Quilchena.