Monday, February 28, 2011

MLA Rob Fleming Member for Victoria-Swan Lake

Dear God, we take this opportunity to lift Rob Fleming before Your throne of grace. We pray for Your blessings to rest upon him, his wife and children. May they enjoy good health, joy and peace. Guide Rob Fleming as a husband and father. Grant him wisdom and strength as he serves his constituency of Victoria-Swan Lake, and in his role as Critic for Environment. We ask this together in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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 Deputy Opposition House Leader.

Rob has served as critic for the environment and 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, February 27, 2011

MLA Mike Farnworth Member for Port Coquitlam

We thank You Lord for  MLA MikeFarnworth's  work for this province through the years. We pray You will direct and bless his plans, and lead him into opportunities that will advance our province and be for public benefit. May he engage with people of integrity and wisdom, and follow truth in the challenges he faces. May his ideas be fair-minded, his speech forthright and his intentions genuine.

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 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, February 24, 2011

MLA Kevin Falcon Member for Surrey-Cloverdale

Dearest Heavenly Father, thank You for the entrepreneurial and leadership skills You have placed in MLA Kevin Falcon that You have used in his various Ministry postings, including his current posting as Minister of Health Services, and as MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale.  May You continue to guide him and use his skills to the benefit of our province even as he makes himself available to serve.  And as Minister Falcon seeks the role of Premier of our province, may he be guided by honor and integrity and place his trust in You as the One who establishes leaders in accordance with Your plans.  Bless him with an uplifted, peaceful spirit and may he feel appreciated and valued as he serves on our behalf.

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.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

MLA Mable Elmore Member for Vancouver-Kensington

Lord Jesus, we pray for wisdom for MLA Mable Elmore as she advocates for social justice.  That she would know what is in the best interest of this province, and that her motivation would always be out of compassion and love for those who are in need.  We pray that You would surround her with supporters that are righteous and true.  Please guide her steps, and keep her healthy and safe.

Mable Elmore was elected MLA for Vancouver-Kensington on May 12, 2009.

Mable serves as opposition critic for Multiculturalism and deputy 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.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MLA Doug Donaldson Member for Stikine

God, the Creator of the Universe, who created Stikine Area in Northern BC and filled it with the beauty of nature and precious gems, we thank You for choosing Doug Donaldson as MLA for that region.  We ask that You use his love of the outdoors and his extensive local travels for the benefits of the people who elected him.  Bless him Lord, in Jesus name we pray. Amen

Doug Donaldson was elected as MLA for Stikine on May 12, 2009 after four terms as a municipal councillor in Hazelton.

Doug serves as opposition critic for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources And is deputy critic for Finance and Public Accounts.

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, February 21, 2011

MLA Adrian Dix Member for Vancouver-Kingsway

Dear Father we bring Adrian Dix before You today. In times of great change and many competing agendas would You give Adrian great wisdom and clear judgment. We pray Your blessing upon him. May he experience good health, joy and peace. Grant him the strength he needs to serve his constituency of Vancouver-Kingway well and fulfill his role of opposition critic for Health Services. In Jesus’ 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 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, February 20, 2011

MLA Michael de Jong, Q.C. Member for Abbotsford West

Sovereign God, we lift up Michael de Jong up to you.  We thank You for his dedication to serving the people of British Columbia and his willingness to stand at the head of our great province.  We ask that he find fulfillment and contentment in the position you choose for him.  We ask you to bless him and his family as he serves our people.

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, February 17, 2011

MLA Marc Dalton Member for Maple Ridge-Mission

We pray for Marc as he seeks to govern with integrity and with a Biblical worldview. Give Marc wisdom as he works on early childhood education issues and in his efforts combating the drug problem in his communities of Maple Ridge and Mission.May he be encouraged to trust a sovereign God even as he faces recall efforts in his riding.Thank you for an MLA that seeks to serve with his whole heart and thus giving Glory to God.

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.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

MLA Kathy Corrigan Member for Burnaby-Deer Lake

Dear Heavenly Father; We pray that MLA Kathy Corrigan would continue to be bold as she advocates for public education.  May the outcome of her work as Opposition Critic, provoke quality decisions in Cabinent that are grounded in respect and dignity.  We ask that You bless her with wisdom, health and endurance for the days to come.

Kathy Corrigan was elected MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake in 2009 and serves as opposition critic for Public Safety and Solicitor General.

A strong advocate for public education, Kathy served three terms on the Burnaby Board of Education (1999-2008) and was board chair in 2007 and 2008. She served on numerous district committees and was a member of the BC School Trustees' Provincial Council.

Kathy is a lawyer and public policy researcher by profession. She has also edited a legal journal and has written about privatization and trade agreements.

As a long-time community volunteer, Kathy spent many years serving on parent advisory committees, the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, the Burnaby & New Westminster Ringette Association, the Lakeside Advisory Board, and other organizations

She and husband Derek Corrigan have lived in Burnaby since 1977. They have four grown children.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

MLA Gary Coons Member for North Coast

We pray for Gary Coons today, asking You, Lord God, that You would bless him with much wisdom as he faithfully serves the people of the North Coast in British Columbia. We thank You ,God, that he exercises wisdom as he performs his role as Opposition Critic for Transportation and Infrastructure. We pray that You will continue to bless him with good health, and family time, Amen.

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.

During his first term Gary served on the Special Committee for Sustainable Aquaculture and the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs. He currently is a member of the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations.

Before entering politics Gary was an educator in the Prince Rupert School District for 27 years. He taught Mathematics/Special Education. It was during his time as a teacher and union activist that Gary first start down the path to political involvement.

An avid sportsman, Gary enjoys coaching, playing racquet sports and taking advantage of the many outdoor activities that the north coast has to offer.

Gary is married to Lois Elliot and together they have two daughters, Breton and Hannah.

Monday, February 14, 2011

MLA Katrine Conroy Member for Kootenay West

Dear Father in Heaven, we bring before You Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West region. We ask you Lord that You will give Katrine a clear and concise vision for the needs of seniors and long-term care. Please bless her with the ability to clearly present knowledgeable, creative critics in these areas. Please keep her healthy and strong so she can continue to enjoy her family and her ranch. In Jesus’ name we pray, 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 serves as opposition critic for Seniors and Long-term Care.

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, February 13, 2011

MLA Hon. Rich Coleman Fort Langley-Aldergrove Minister of Public Safety and Solictor General Minister Responsible for Housing

Lord Jesus, we thank You for the heart that You have given Hon. Rich Coleman, which is to provide protection and safety for the citizens of this province.  We ask for creative ideas to be released from within his ranks that generate ways that to effectively use resources.  That crime and social injustice would continue to fall as trust levels within neighbourhoods continue to rise.  We ask that restorative programs would be increasingly effective, and that our future generation would continue to be blessed with the peace that we now enjoy.  We thank You for the many sacrifices Rich has made in representing this province, and we pray that he and his family would be blessed.

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, February 10, 2011

MLA Hon. Murray Coell Saanich North and the Islands Minster of Environment

Dear Lord, today our prayers go out for Murray Coell. We ask that Your face would shine on him and that he might know Your blessing in his and his family’s life. May Murray Coell and his wife Corinne enjoy good health, joy and peace. Grant him wisdom and understanding as he serves his constituency of Saanich North and the Islands, as well as the people of British Columbia as Minister of Environment. We ask this together in Jesus’ name. 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, February 9, 2011

MLA Raj Chouhan Member for Burnaby-Edmonds

Heavenly Father, I ask You to bless Raj Chouhan in all his hands are doing. Lord, we praise You for his heart that is filled with passion for social justice for all people and ask that You continue to feed that fire in his soul. We ask for the wisdom of Solomon in each decision he makes in his role as labour critic and that his sense of fairness benefit all people of British Columbia as he stands for and protects the working persons. Protect Mr. Chouhan and his family and shield them from the stresses of his long hours and many days away from home. 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, February 8, 2011

MLA Hon. Ida Chong Oak Bay-Gordon Head Minister of Sciences and Universities Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development

Dear Heavenly Father, we lift up Minister Ida Chong to You today. Thank You for her commitment to serving the constituents of Oak Bay-Gordon Head. Please give her wisdom and insight as she serves as Minister of Sciences and Universities and also the Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development. Thank You for her amazing dedication to making a difference in so many areas. Please bless her and her family, in Jesus name we pray.

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, February 7, 2011

MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert Member for Vancouver-West End

Heavenly Father we thank You for Spencer Chandra Herbert and his election on May 12th 2009. We pray as he is one of BC’s newer MLA’s that You grant him great wisdom and knowledge as he learns the responsibilities of this new challenge. We thank You for his enthusiasm and eagerness to better our province and pray that You would bless him in all he does. In Jesus name Amen.

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

Spencer serves as opposition critic for Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

A strong community activist, Spencer tackles issues head on. He was elected to serve as Vancouver Parks Commissioner in 2005. He was voted “Unsung Hero” by the readers of the WestEnder and one of Vancouver’s three best politicians by the readers of Georgia Straight.

Spencer's achievements include initiating the first of many fundraising drives to restore storm-damaged Stanley Park and helping improve environmental sustainability at parks throughout the city. He was instrumental in the improvements to Nelson Park in the West End, and Emery Barnes Park in Yaletown.

Spencer’s background is in the arts and culture industry. He was the associate producer of the United Nations World Urban Festival and has been a facilitator and lecturer with Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, the GLBT Centre and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.

He's also worked actively with the Coal Harbour Residents Association, the West End Residents Association, the Stanley Park Ecology Society, the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre and the Save St. Paul's Coalition.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Spencer enjoys baseball and is a keen community gardener.

Spencer lives in the West End with partner Romi, a community developer.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

MLA Ron Cantelon Member for Parksville-Qualicum

 Lord Jesus, we pray for the continued presence of the Spirit of Wisdom and Peace on MLA Ron Cantelon as he leads the Caucus.  You have given him the presence of mind to be willing to listen, an ability to discern what is most important, and the wisdom to know what needs to be released.  We pray that peace will pervade his meetings and that unity will be an outcome.  We ask for continued strength for both his body and his mind during these complex times.

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.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

MLA Hon Gordon Campbell Vancouver-Point Grey Premier

It is our privilege to pray for our Premier today. We are grateful to You for leaders who give themselves to serving our great province with vision, courage and self-sacrifice. As Premier Campbell concludes his time in office, we ask that Your blessing would be upon him. Make his last few weeks in office very rewarding and satisfying for him. Continue to grant him wisdom as he prepares for a new chapter and focus for his life. 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.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

MLA Stephanie Cadieux Member for Surrey-Panorama

Lord, may great grace, be upon this keen vibrant young woman, whose very persona suggests confidence, hope and a keen insight for positive change in our province. She has shown great strength to meet the challenges, an MLA. is faced with daily. We pray, our Father You will grant divine wisdom, to tackle the tasks at hand and bless her greatly with the fruits of her labour. Dear Lord increase Your benefits of grace, to her marriage, their good health, and safety, as she seeks to accomplish what she has set out to do that will greatly benefit the families in her riding, Surrey/Panorama In Your Holy Name we pray! 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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MLA Jagrup Brar Member for Surrey-Fleetwood

Dear Heavenly Father, we lift up MLA Jaqrup Brar to You today. Thank You for his willingness to serve as opposition critic wherever he is needed. Thank You for his dedication to serving a variety of volunteer organizations and working to make a difference. Please bless Mr. Brar and his family now and throughout the coming year and clear the path for him to make an even bigger difference in the future.

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.