Thursday, June 30, 2011

MLA: Guy Gentner - Delta North

Lord your Word says that you will never leave nor forsake us (Deut 31:6).
Father, we pray You will continue to give MLA Guy Genter direction, wisdom, vision and guidance in all he undertakes.  Thank you for all that he contributes in service to the people of our province. Lord, we pray that he will know that You order his steps and lead him in everything he does. We pray for continued blessing in his life and an ever-increasing wisdom in the job he carries. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Guy Gentner was re-elected as the MLA for Delta North on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature May 17, 2005.
Guy serves as opposition critic for Public Health and Sport.

Guy Gentner served as a Delta Councillor from 1999 to 2005. As chair of the Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission, Guy re-organized the department to include a significant capitalization program for parks, recreation and the arts.

Guy’s efforts as chair of the commission were instrumental in the delivery of an enhanced Sun God Aquatic Centre, Mackie Park Artificial Turf Field, improvements to the Watershed Park and the new Fire Hall Centre for the Arts.

Guy also chaired Delta’s Planning and Environment Committee and Traffic and Safety Committee and served on many municipal committees including Finance, Foreshore and Harbours, Tour de Delta, and the GVRD’s Parks Committee. Guy’s community involvement consists of Delta’s Heritage Advisory Commission, Delta’s Board of Variance and the Delta Arts Council.

Guy helped form the North Delta/Newton Public Hospital Society, and is also a past president of the North Delta Ratepayers Association and former vice-president of the Burns Bog Conservation Society.

Through the mayor’s bog task force, Guy contributed to the negotiating process that helped public purchase of Burns Bog.

Guy graduated from Simon Fraser University, drove a bus for many years, fly fishes and is an advocate for outdoor recreation.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MLA: Scott Fraser - Alberni-Pacific Rim

Heavenly Father we pray for MLA Scott Fraser and the important work he does for this province as Opposition Critic for Aboriginal Relations. We know he deals with many issues Lord and we ask that you give him peace and wisdom in the area he has been assigned. We know Lord that it is only in that place of peace and stillness that we can hear You and know how to proceed. With each decision we ask that he would hear You guiding him in the way to go. We ask this is the blessed name of Jesus. Amen  (Lam. 3:25-26)

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 Aboriginal Relations.

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 28, 2011

MLA: Eric Foster - Vernon-Monashee

Thank you for MLA Eric Foster Lord and for his commitment to his constituency. Thank you for his willingness to serve his community and give him the strength he needs for today God. Guide his steps and may he experience your love and care in a tangible way today we pray. Bless those close to him and give him and his family a time of rest and relaxation this summer. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Eric Foster was elected on May 12, 2009 as MLA for Vernon-Monashee in the general provincial election.

Eric is the Deputy Whip and currently a member of the Environment and Land Use Committee. He served previously on the Select Standing Committees on Legislative Initiatives, Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders, and Private Bills. Eric was also a member of the Agenda and Priorities Committee.

Serving as the Mayor of the Village of Lumby for four years prior to his election as MLA, Eric also served as councilor 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 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 27, 2011

MLA: Rob Fleming - Victoria-Swan Lake

We lift up MLA Rob Fleming to You today and ask that You will guide him in everything he does. Give him grace and wisdom as he interacts with those around him. Also may he find some time to rest and be refreshed in these next weeks to come. Bless and keep his family safe and in Your care; we pray 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 opposition critic for Environment.

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, June 26, 2011

MLA: Mike Farnworth - Port Coquitlam

Father we thank you for the leadership and service given by the MLA Mike Farnworth to the people of British Columbia.  We value the skills and experience he brings to this position.  We pray that You will guide him through the summer months and establish his thoughts.  Give him wisdom, understanding and discernment in the plans he makes.  May his influence result in Your purposes being fulfilled.  We pray he will feel Your peace and presence.

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 serves as opposition critic for Health.

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 23, 2011

MLA: Hon. Kevin Falcon - Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier - Surrey-Cloverdale

In our prayers to-day for MLA Hon. Kevin Falcon, may abundant blessings rest on him as he leads this province in the very responsible positions of Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier.

In his past portfolios his integrity and capability as a leader has always shown through. Therefore, it is with confidence that we pray for continued divine wisdom and guidance and sharpened vision as he provides stewardship over the finances of our province.

Thank you for the many daily sacrifices his family is called on to make. Keep their relationships strong by your love, grace and peace. In Jesus Name we pray.

Kevin Falcon was appointed to serve as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance on March 14, 2011. He also serves as Chair of the Treasury Board.

MLA Falcon was first elected in 2001 to represent the riding of Surrey-Cloverdale, and was re-elected in 2005 and 2009. He previously served as the Minister of Health Services and as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, initially serving 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, June 22, 2011

MLA: Mable Elmore - Vancouver-Kensington

Dear Lord we come to Your throne of grace to pray for MLA Mable Elmore. May she be keenly aware of Your presence, leading and guiding her daily into Your wisdom and grace

We thank You for her willingness to serve and represent the people of BC and make a difference ,particularly to  her constituents in Vancouver - Kensington and in her role as Opposition Critic for Multiculturalism, Child Care and Early Learning.

Keep her safe and well, we pray in Jesus precious Name. Amen

Mable Elmore was elected MLA for Vancouver-Kensington on May 12, 2009.
Mable serves as opposition critic for Multiculturalism, Child Care and Early Learning.

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, June 21, 2011

MLA: Doug Donaldson - Stikine

We commit MLA Doug Donaldson into Your love and care to-day. May he be mindful of the sufficiency of Your grace as he seeks to serve his constituents in the riding of Stikine and as Opposition Critic for Finance and Energy. Grant him sound judgements and right decisions and bring excellence to the work You have called him to do.
Keep him and  his family safe and well and fill them with Your joy and peace. In the strong Name of Jesus we pray.

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 Finance, and Energy and serves as Chair of the caucus committee on Sustainable Economic Development.

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 20, 2011

MLA: Adrian Dix - Vancouver-Kingsway

Lord Jesus, We lift MLA Adrian Dix to You today. Thank You for his commitment to his country, the province of British Columbia and the constituents of Vancouver-Kingsway.  Lord we pray that as he goes about his day, he does so in the knowledge of your love and grace. May Your wisdom, strength and peace be present in all the tasks that he has and as he leads his party.  Keep him safe, healthy and happy. In Jesus name we pray.      

Adrian Dix was elected Leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party on April 17, 2011.

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, June 19, 2011

MLA: Hon. Michael de Jong, Q.C. - Abbotsford West - Minister of Health

Father God, we know that You know all things as You say in Your word in 1 John 3:20. We know that You know and have chosen all the MLA's of the Province of British Columbia. Today we pray for MLA Hon. Michael de Jong. Q.C. We thank You that You have appointed a faithful man like him to serve in the Legislature. We thank You Father for all the various roles that he has served in diligently. We pray that You will continue to give him Your courage, passion, purpose and wisdom in his most recent role as Minister of Health. May he also feel the gratitude of those he serves.

Michael de Jong was named Minister of Health on March 14, 2011. He was re-elected in 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 by-election.

The five-term MLA previously served as Attorney General, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services, and Minister of Forests. In addition he also served as Government House Leader.

Before his election as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 1994, Mike 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.

Michael has also been involved with the Abbotsford-Matsqui Arts Council, the Matsqui Youth Commission and holds the rank of Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Air Force Reserve.

Still an avid hockey player, in his teen years, Michael was a member of the Abbotsford Pilots Junior B hockey team. He attended Mouat Secondary School and still lives on the Matsqui Prairie farm where he grew up. Michael has also been involved with the Abbotsford-Matsqui Arts Council, the Matsqui Youth Commission and holds the rank of Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces Air Force Reserve.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

MLA: Marc Dalton - Maple Ridge-Mission

Lord Jesus, today we ask Your blessing on MLA Marc Dalton and ask that You would continue to be with him as he serves the people of British Columbia.  Lord we thank You for his willingness to serve others. We pray not only that You would give him revelation of those things that You want to see established but also the strength to accomplish those things.  We pray that you would also fill him and his family with Your joy in the process. 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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

MLA: Kathy Corrigan - Burnaby-Deer Lake

Father, we thank You for the strength that You have given to MLA Kathy Corrigan. We ask that You would bless her and guide her into all truth, and she would be graced with much wisdom as she leads. We ask that You would protect her and all of the decisions that You have on your heart for the people of British Columbia.

Kathy Corrigan was elected MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake in 2009 and serves as Official Opposition Deputy Caucus Chair and critic for Public Safety and Solicitor General, and Women.
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, June 14, 2011

MLA: Gary Coons - North Coast

Father, we thank You for the faithfulness of MLS Gary Coons in serving the people of British Columbia. We ask that You would guide him and reveal to him those things that may be hidden and give to him all those things that are lacking to do his job with excellence. We ask that You would bless him and grant him favor in all that he puts his hands to.

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 opposition critic for B.C. Ferries and Coastal Communities.

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, June 13, 2011

MLA: Katrine Conroy - Kootenay West

Father we bless MLA Katrine Conroy today with a spirit of grace and mercy. We thank You for the passion that she has in serving as the opposition critic for Seniors and Long-term Care and representing the people who live in Kootenay West. We ask that You would guide her and lead her with wisdom and a quick understanding in all her dealings. We also pray that You would protect her husband and all members of her family.

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 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 12, 2011

MLA Murray Coell - Saanich North and the Islands

Thank You Lord for MLA Murray Coell’s willingness to serve many years in both municipal and provincial governments. We ask that he would know that his actions are appreciated and valued. We pray that he will recognize sound plans and ideas and engage in activities that are excellent, and of real value. Lead him into opportunities that will advance our province and be for public benefit. Guide and protect his family through the summer months we pray.

Murray Coell was first elected to represent the riding of Saanich North and the Islands in 1996, and was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009.

Previously, he has served as Minister of Environment; Minister of Labour; Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development; Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for Research and Technology; Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services; and Minister of Human Resources.

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

Prior to his service in government, 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 lives with his wife Corinne in Central Saanich.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

MLA: Hon. Rich Coleman - Fort Langley-Aldergrove - Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing

Dear Lord, we lift the Hon. Rich Coleman to you and ask that you continue to give him wisdom and strength. Thank you for the many good works that he has done in helping his community as he serves Fort Langley-Aldergrove and as the Minister of Energy and Mines and Housing. 
We thank you for his passion to help others and ask that you continue to guide him in all that he does.
We pray a blessing over him and his family, that you would protect them and keep them healthy.

Thank you for the leaders that you appoint to guide and direct us.
In Jesus' precious name...Amen

Rich Coleman was appointed Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Housing on March 14, 2011. He was re-elected for a fourth term as MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove in the 2009 general election.

Rich’s previous cabinet positions include Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Housing and Social Development and Minister of Forests and Range.

Rich’s dedication and passion for public service was shaped by his parents—a father who was a civil servant and a mother who was school teacher. They taught their children that community came first, and that serving others was the noblest thing a person could commit themselves to. That community-first attitude has guided Rich his entire life.

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.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

MLA: Hon. Christy Clark - Vancouver-Point Grey -Premier and President of the Executive Council

Father God, you say in Your Word in 1Timothy 2:1 that we should pray for those who are our political leaders.  We count that as a real privilege as we pray today for the Hon. Christy Clark the Premier and President of the Executive Council.  Lord we acknowledge and thank you that You have placed her in those roles. We ask that Your hand would be upon her and You would lead and guide her in all that she does. God You also say that You will give wisdom to those that ask. We pray that You will give her Your wisdom and guidance, that You will also give her Your supernatural peace and rest in the midst of her busy schedule.

Christy Clark was sworn in as British Columbia’s 35th Premier on March 14, 2011 and was elected Vancouver-Point Grey MLA in a by-election on May 12, 2011.

She previously served as the MLA for Port Moody-Burnaby Mountain (1996-2001) and Port Moody-Westwood (2001-2005). She has served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Minister of Children and Family Development and vice-chair of Treasury Board.

During her first term, she sat on the Select Standing Committee on Environment and Tourism and on the Official Opposition Caucus Committee for Children.

She took a break from government in 2005 to spend more time with her family. She worked in the media during her time from government, including as a columnist and commentator and host of the “Christy Clark Show” on CKNW.

Premier Clark brought the anti-bullying “Pink Shirt Campaign” to British Columbia to raise awareness of issues related to bullying in our schools, workplace and communities.

She has received several awards, including the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and the 2009 Woman of the Year in BC by the Consumer Choice Awards. She attended Simon Fraser University (SFU), the Sorbonne (France) and the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), studying Political Science and Religious Studies. She was born and raised in Burnaby and graduated from Burnaby South Senior Secondary.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MLA: Raj Chouhan - Burnaby-Edmonds

Lord Jesus, we thank you for all our elected leaders in British Columbia. Today we pray for MLA Raj Chouhan that you would lead and guide him as he serves his constituents of Burnaby-Edmonds. Lord we pray that you will answer all of his prayers as he fulfills  his duties as the Official Opposition Critic for Labour and Opposition Deputy Whip. We thank you for his diligence and commitment in the various roles he has taken on.  Give him your strength, joy, wisdom and peace in his daily life.  

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.

Monday, June 6, 2011

MLA: Hon. Ida Chong - Oak Bay-Gordon Head - Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

Lord we thank you for MLA Ida Chong and her continued service to the people in Oak Bay-Gordon Head. You have given her skills to serve her constituency and we thank you for her willingness to take on many responsibilities. Watch over her as she goes about her day and bless her with good health. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen
Ida Chong was re-elected to represent the riding Oak Bay–Gordon Head in the 2009 election. She currently serves as Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Minister Chong’s previous cabinet portfolios include Minister of Science and Universities, Minister of Regional, Economic and Skills Development, Healthy Living and Sport, 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.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

MLA: Spencer Chandra Herbert - Vancouver-West End

Dear Lord, we pray today for our government leaders and in particular for MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert. In your name Lord Jesus Christ we ask that wisdom, insight and patience will be given to him as he communicates and implements ideas in his areas of responsibility. Lord God we pray for him to be given strength and confidence in all that may come his way. May you continue to fill him with your joy and cheerfulness in his daily work. 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.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

MLA: Ron Cantelon - Parksville-Qualicum

Father, today we thank you for MLA Ron Cantelon.  We pray that he would be filled with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and understanding. We ask that you would make him fruitful in all the good work that he does in his roles as the Government Caucus Chair and a member of the Select Standing Committee on Health. In Jesus name, 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.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

MLA: Hon. Stephanie Cadieux - Surrey-Panorama - Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government

Father GOD we ask that over this next season, you would lead Hon. Stephanie Cadieux. We ask that you would grant her wisdom, revelation and complete understanding of all that she oversees. We ask that the time that she needs to fulfill all the tasks that she must complete be given to her supernaturally.  In the midst of her busy schedule we also pray that she would walk in a place of supernatural rest. Amen

Stephanie Cadieux serves as Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government, having been appointed on March 14, 2011. She formerly served as the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Stephanie was elected MLA for Surrey-Panorama in the 2009 general provincial election.

Stephanie resides as chair of the of the Cabinet Committee on Open Government and Engagement. Formerly, she servied on the Special Committee to Appoint an Information and Privacy Commissioner, and is also a member of Agenda and Priorities Committee, 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 in Surrey for seven years with her husband and enjoys sailing and travel.