Monday, October 31, 2011

MLA: Sue Hammell - Surrey-Green Timbers

Father God, we thank You for our MLA: Sue Hammell. We thank You for her heart to serve people. She is one that has had a great impact on those she has come in contact with. We ask Father that You would continue to give her favor and blessing, everywhere she walks and with everyone she meets. May You richly bless and cover her and her family with Your peace, health and joy. In Jesus' name we pray.

Sue Hammell was re-elected as the MLA for Surrey-Green Timbers on May 12, 2009. She was first elected in 1991, and re-elected in both 1996 and 2005.

Sue serves as Official Opposition Deputy House Leader and is the deputy opposition critic for Health.

Sue has served in a number of cabinet positions during her political career, including Minister of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Co-operatives, and the Minister for Women's Equality. In addition, she was Government Caucus Chair and was active on several legislative committees.

Sue is also a founding member of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, initiated in 1999 to provide funds for projects that will assist women to realize their potential and to create a safe place for them to live and work in British Columbia.

Sue has been working with Washington BC based National Democratic Institute since 2000. With NDI she traveled to the Middle East five times to work with emerging political parties and female candidates.

In 2002 Sue worked with the Surrey Aboriginal Society as their Executive Director. She developed the Society into a modern urban centre for aboriginal people with an annual budget of over 2 million dollars.

Born in Vancouver, Sue was raised on Sea Island in Richmond. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of British Columbia, she taught in Verdun, Quebec, in Courtenay and Surrey.

Sue is married and has one grown daughter, Sage. Sue and her husband John have lived in the Surrey Green Timbers area since 1990.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

MLA: Guy Gentner - Delta North

Father, we thank You for MLA: Guy Genter. We pray that favor and blessing would follow all that he does and puts his hands to. We pray that he would walk in a fresh new place of wisdom, understanding and revelation. We ask Father that You would surround him with a spirit of peace and protection that only comes from You. 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.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

MLA: Scott Fraser - Alberni-Pacific Rim

Father, we thank You and ask that You would bless MLA: Scott Fraser.  We ask that You would open new doors of opportunity for him and that he would walk with a mighty vision of change that will impact not only his constituency but also the province of British Columbia for the good. We ask that he would walk in peace and abundance in all things and that You would richly bless him in all that he does. In Jesus name, we pray.

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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MLA: Eric Foster - Vernon-Monashee

We thank You Lord for the care and concern MLA: Eric Foster has for his community, province and nation. We ask that You would lead him into initiatives that are unique and continue making British Columbia a great place to raise a family, work, build relationships and retire in. We ask that You arrange by Your Grace divine meetings with individuals and groups that would give him even more understanding of the needs of his constituents and ultimately positively effecting many in our province.  We Bless Him in Jesus name.

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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MLA: Rob Fleming - Victoria-Swan Lake

Father, We thank You for MLA: Rob Fleming and ask that You would enable him to find supernatural time to accomplish all that comes across his desk. As he continues to carry out his vision, we ask that he would be filled with wisdom and that all of the details that he needs will be clear with complete understanding. As this is a busy time for him we pray that there would be opportunity and connection in relationships that will result in rest. We ask that you bless him in your abundance. 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.

Monday, October 24, 2011

MLA: Mike Farnworth - Port Coquitlam

Heavenly Father, Your desire for us is that we would serve each other as neighbors as demonstrated in the parable of the good Samaritan.  We thank You for MLA: Mike Farnsworth and his desire to serve locally, provincially and internationally and the wisdom and understanding he has acquired while serving. Lord we ask that You would continue to give him fresh vision, insights, wisdom and direction as He serves the constituents of Port Coquitlam and as opposition critic for Health. In Jesus' name we pray.

Mike Farnworth was elected as MLA for Port Coquitlam on May 12, 2009. He was first elected as the MLA for Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain in 1991, and re-elected in 1996. Mike was re-elected again as MLA for this constituency on May 17, 2005.

Mike 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.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

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

Father, You are an awesome God who knows what we need even better than we do. We ask that You would provide for all the needs of MLA: Hon. Kevin Falcon as he fulfills his vitally important roles as Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier.  Give him key insights, strategies and plans as he guides our province through these turbulent economic times. Lord, also arrange times of relaxation and rest with family and friends for him in the midst of his busy schedule.  In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

MLA: Mable Elmore - Vancouver-Kensington

Lord, we give thanks for all the government leaders You have overseeing this magnificent and awesome province that you created. We ask a special blessing now on MLA: Mable Elmore. Your word says in Psalm 16:11 that You will make known the path of life to us and that in Your presence there will be fullness of joy.  May You give her an extra portion of both this wisdom and joy during this next season of her life as she fulfills the mandate of her office as MLA for Vancouver-Kensington. May you also bless her with good health and fulfilling relationships with both family and friends. We pray, 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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MLA: Doug Donaldson - Stikine

Thank You, Lord, for MLA: Doug Donaldson’s service to the people of Stikine.  Bless him as he works in Victoria; make him aware of those who genuinely need his help and enable him to contribute to their well-being.  Give him the strength and endurance he needs, and let him know that his efforts are appreciated.  Bless his family with health and wholeness 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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

MLA: Adrian Dix - Vancouver-Kingsway

Lord, surround MLA:Adrian Dix today, and in the days to come, with Your wisdom and guidance.  May his thoughts and plans, as well as those of his advisers, be established by You.  Give him good judgment and the ability to discern what is of real value.  We pray he will advocate for what is just, fair and good for the people of our province.   In Jesus' name, Amen.
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.

Monday, October 17, 2011

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

Lord, we thank You for the MLA:Hon. Michael de Jong’s many years of dedication and contribution to our province.  We pray that You will continue to bless his work and enlighten and inspire him with plans that are established by You.  Give him an understanding of people’s real needs and help him to make decisions with compassion and fairness.  Guide him with Your words which bring life and health to our bodies.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen

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.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

MLA: Marc Dalton - Maple Ridge-Mission

Dearest Heavenly Father, we pray for Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission, and ask Your hand to be upon him to guide him and bring about Your purposes through him. Give him clear direction and wisdom as he strives to serve his constituents. May he be open to hear Your voice and to follow Your leading that Your will can be accomplished through him. Bless him with renewed energy and joy in his work and may he know that he is valued and appreciated. We ask this in Jesus’ name.

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.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

MLA: Kathy Corrigan - Burnaby-Deer Lake

Dearest Heavenly Father, thank You for your wisdom in using Kathy Corrigan, MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake, Official Opposition Deputy Caucus Chair and critic for Public Safety and Solicitor General, and Women, at such a time as this. Thank You for the intelligence and work ethic that you have gifted Kathy with. May she be a ready vessel to carry out Your purposes in our government at this time. Bless her with a refreshed spirit and energy to perform all that she is called upon to do. We ask this in Jesus’ name.

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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MLA: Gary Coons - North Coast

Dearest Heavenly Father, we lift up Gary Coons, MLA for the North Coast and Opposition Critic for BC Ferries and Coastal Communities, to You in prayer. We ask that You guide him as he serves in government. Help him to stay focused in his position and give him the wisdom and insight he needs to do his job well. Keep his spirits high and help him to find great joy and satisfaction in his work. Bless Gary and his family with good health. We ask this in Jesus’ name. 

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

Gary serves as 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.