Thursday, December 29, 2011

MLA: Ralph Sultan - West Vancouver-Capilano

Father, we thank You for MLA: Ralph Sultan. We thank You for the knowledge and vast experience that he brings to the Legislature.  We are also grateful for his many years service to the people of British Columbia. We pray that You would continue to guide and direct him as he moves forward into the new year. May he walk in rich wisdom, understanding and revelation. May he and his family also enjoy good health. In Jesus`name we pray.

Ralph Sultan was elected to the BC Legislature to represent the riding of West Vancouver-Capilano in 2001, 2005 and 2009. He has served on the Government Caucus Committee for the Economy and the Legislature's Public Accounts Committee, and the Caucus Liaison for the Ministry of Finance. Ralph previously served as the Chair for the Government Caucus Committee for the Economy and the B.C. Mining Task Force.

Ralph is an economist, educator and businessperson who also maintains registration as a professional engineer (P.Eng.). Prior to attending university, he worked as a tree faller, as a lineman on the construction of the Kemano-Kitimat transmission line, as surveyor's helper on the Lillooet and Bridge River hydroelectric projects, and was an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers permit member.

Graduating from UBC in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Ralph worked as a technical sales representative for a major international company before earning MBA, MA, and Ph.D. (Economics) degrees from Harvard University. He completed those degrees in 1965. He then served as Assistant and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University, for nine years. He was then employed by The Royal Bank of Canada for almost ten years as Chief Economist; then Senior Vice President, Marketing in Montreal, and subsequently Senior Vice President, Global Energy and Minerals Group in Calgary. He was retained by the J. W. McConnell Foundation, Canada's largest philanthropic fund, as investment advisor.

In 1974 and 1975 Harvard University Press published his two-volume study of price fixing in the electrical industry.

Between 1980 and 2000, Ralph held senior officer and director positions in a variety of financial, mining, forestry and technology sector companies, and owned and operated his own investment company. In the mining sector, he was Executive Vice President of Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company, a subsidiary of Anglo American Corporation, and was Chair of Curragh Resources in the Yukon, and held other executive positions.

In the 1990's, after returning home to British Columbia , Ralph served as President of a joint venture with a major American corporation, engaged in the development of a fibreboard mill in Williams Lake.

Ralph was the Eagle Harbour Yacht Club executive secretary and was an Augustana Lutheran Church Councilor. He was Chair of the Financial Research Foundation (1984-1985), Chair, Queen's University Business School Advisory Committee (1981-84), Economic Council of Canada member (1979-83), and Harvard Business School fundraiser (1968-1994). Ralph arranged for the endowment of a UBC professorship in mining engineering (1990) and served on Harvard's Graduate School Arts & Science Advisory Committee (1993-1996). Ralph has received academic awards, including graduation from the Harvard Business School with High Distinction, UBC's Cayley Prize, the Engineering Institute of Canada Prize, Harvard's designation as Baker Scholar and Ford Foundation designation as Fellow. Ralph is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Born in 1933, Ralph was raised in a family of ten in the Mt. Pleasant District of East Vancouver. He has lived on Vancouver's North Shore since returning to B.C. His wife of 43 years, Shirley, a surgical nurse and rehabilitation clinic entrepreneur, died suddenly in 1999. He has four children and four grandchildren. He enjoys boating, skiing and gardening.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

MLA: Dr. Moira Stilwell - Vancouver-Langara

Father, we thank You for Moira Stillwell. She is one that truly loves people. We ask Father that You would richly bless her and her family as she has blessed many others. May You pour out on her a spirit of wisdom and revelation that only comes from heaven. We thank you that you have called her and strategically placed her as an MLA for just such a time as this. Provide her with times of rest and relaxation in the midst of her busy schedule. Amen.

Moira Stilwell was elected MLA for Vancouver-Langara in the 2009 provincial general election. She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Industry, Research and Innovation to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation on March 14, 2011. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth.

She previously served as Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development from June, 2009 to October, 2010.

Dr. Moira Stilwell is a radiologist and nuclear medicine physician who has been working at BC Women’s Hospital for nearly a decade.

Prior to being elected, Moira was Head of Nuclear Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Abbottsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Clinic. She was also the Co-Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation 2020 Task Force. She previously worked at BC Women’s Hospital where she was Co-medical director of the Breast Health Program and staff radiologist. She was a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology in the Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia.

She is the past Chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation/BC Yukon Chapter, has served on the Board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance, as well as on the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation Board.

In addition to her active involvement in promoting a healthy community, both as a volunteer and physician, Moira has been actively involved in her children’s schools and local community.

Moira has three grown children and currently lives in Vancouver with her husband Dr. Sam Lichtenstein.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

MLA: Ben Stewart - Westside-Kelowna

Father, we thank You for MLA: Ben Stewart and pray that You will give him supernatural wisdom and revelation as he makes decisions for his constituents and British Columbia. We also pray that You would open many doors for him that would lead to new, fresh places and ideas for making our province an even better place than it already is. May Your favor, blessing and protection surround both him and his family during the coming new year. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Ben Stewart is the MLA for Westside-Kelowna and serves on the Legislative Review Committee, as well as the Priorities and Planning Committee.

Ben previously served as the Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Community and Rural Development, Minister of Citizens' Services, and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism and the Public Affairs Bureau.  He was elected MLA for Westside-Kelowna on May 12, 2009.

An entrepreneur, Ben founded and built Quails’ Gate into one of Canada’s leading estate wineries.

Ben has 30 years of extensive experience serving the community and is a founding director of a Venture Capital Fund for local business development.  He was on the board of the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and has been active in the fundraising and establishment of the Brookhaven Extended Care Facility Campaign, Southern Interior Cancer Centre Campaign, and the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Ben was chair of the BC Grape Marketing Board where they successfully negotiated with provincial and federal governments on agricultural stabilization. Additionally, he was chairman of the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee for the Thompson Okanagan, as well as a member of the Presidents Community Advisory Council at UBC Okanagan.

His other experience includes having served as the past chair of VQA Canada, where they successfully resolved a number of significant international issues such as trademark protection, international mutual recognition agreements including national wine and health standards. As vice-chair of the Canadian Vintners Association, he oversaw the establishment of new national wine association offices in Ottawa and the hiring of their first CEO.

Ben has been recognized as Business Leader of the Year in Kelowna in 1998, received the Westbank Chamber of Commerce President’s Award in 2006, and recognized as Family Business of the Year by Grant Thornton in 2007.  He also received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Community Service. He was a Kinsman, a scout leader and a member of the Canadian Ski Patrol.

Ben lives in Westside with Ruth his wife of 30 years and has three grown children.

Monday, December 26, 2011

MLA: John Slater - Boundary-Similkameen

Father, we bless MLA :John Slater, and ask that You strengthened him and give him an even clearer vision for his constituency.  We ask that when faced with challenges that You would give him quick understanding and wisdom that leads to strategies that change communities for the betterment of all. Protect him and all family members with health, happiness and joy during the entire upcoming new year. Amen.

John Slater is the MLA for Boundary-Similkameen and serves on the Cabinet Committee on Open Government and Engagement.

John previously served as Parliamentary Secretary for Water Supply and Allocation to the Minister of Environment. He has also served on the Environment and Land Use Committee, and the Select Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs, on Legislative Initiatives, and the committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders, and Private Bills.

He also owns Desert Edge Nursery, a retail/wholesale operation selling vegetable and nursery products.

John is a well-known proactive community leader in the South Okanagan having served Osoyoos for twelve years on city council and then an additional six years as Mayor.

For nearly 30 years in Osoyoos, John has been actively involved in the community. For more than 20 years he coached youth basketball, soccer, hockey and baseball. He was a Kinsman as well as serving as Director for the Osoyoos & District Recreation Commission, the Osoyoos Child & Youth Committee, the Osoyoos Chamber of Commerce, the Okanagan Regional Library, the Interior Vegetable Marketing Agency & Greenhouse Growers Association, Chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board and was a Director of the BC Vegetable Marketing Commission.

Born and raised in Kelowna, John studied at the University of Victoria but soon returned to the Okanagan moving to Osoyoos in 1980. Over the years, he has owned and operated tourism and service industry businesses. He established a nursery and greenhouse business specializing in vegetable production where he became very involved in agricultural issues and organizations.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

MLA: Shane Simpson - Vancouver-Hastings

Father, we pray for wisdom for MLA: Shane Simpson as he brings to light the needs of those that live with poverty, homelessness and are vulnerable. We also ask Father that You would reveal to him creative solutions that would help solve some of the struggles in these areas. Please also bring those along side of him that can provide some key insights and understanding of these issues to help improve the quality of life. May You uncover the things that are hidden and that cause hinderance to the solutions that are needed. May he experience greater joy in relationships this holiday season than ever before. Amen.

Shane Simpson was re-elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Hastings on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.

Shane serves as Official Opposition Caucus Chair and critic for Social Development and Housing.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Shane has lived, worked, and engaged in community-building activities in East Vancouver for more than 35 years.

In his professional career, Shane has worked as the Director of Policy and Communications for Smart Growth BC, Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, Instructor in the Community Economic Development program at Simon Fraser University, Executive Director of the Worker Ownership Resource Center, Legislative Coordinator for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, coordinator and fundraiser for the Ray Cam Cooperative Center, executive assistant to former Vancouver East MP Margaret Mitchell, and as a self-employed consultant on business and economic development for labour, co-operative and non-profit groups.

Shane was the recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for his contribution to community in 2002. In 1992, he was awarded the Governor General's 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal for Community Service.

Shane, his partner Cate Jones and their daughter Shayla, live in the Burrardview neighbourhood of Vancouver Hastings.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

MLA: Bob Simpson - Cariboo North

Father, we thank You for MLA: Bob Simpson's passion to see that British Columbia has the best form of government possible and his untiring efforts in this regard.  We realize that he has been very busy the past few months in the legislative assembly and with projects.  We pray that you would give him Your supernatural rest as he goes about his day. During this holiday season we also pray that he has very special moments with his family and friends and there is much joy and laughter. May 2012 be a year of fulfillment for him in all areas of endeavour. In Jesus' name, we pray. 

Bob Simpson was re-elected as the MLA for Cariboo North on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005. He began sitting as an Independent MLA in December of 2010.

While in Opposition, Bob was the critic for Forestry and for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. As an Independent, Bob works towards Electoral and Democratic reform, as well as working to solve issues important to his constituents and to British Columbians with both the Government and Opposition in a non-partisan matter.

A former small business owner and entrepreneur, Bob was most recently Corporate Manager, Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development for a major forest products company.

Born in Scotland, Bob's family immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967 and he moved to British Columbia in 1973 when he joined the Canadian Navy. He has two undergraduate degrees and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Victoria.

Bob is a former National Triathlon Champion in his age group and was named BC’s Male Triathlete of the Year in 2002; he is also an avid mountain biker and runner.

Bob, his wife Trish, and their two teenage children live in Quesnel.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

MLA: Nicholas Simons - Powell River-Sunshine Coast

Lord, You say in Your Word that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We Thank You that You have given us MLA: Nicholas Simons whose background in the areas of health, justice, social services and child welfare has exemplified the living out of this directive. Continue to give him new wisdom, direction, insights and contacts in order to be able to fulfill his duties as opposition critic for community living and deputy critic for social development and housing.  May he find  new comfort and joy in the midst of his busy schedule not only during the Christmas season but also in the new year. In Jesus's name, we pray. Amen.

Nicholas Simons was first elected as MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast on May 17, 2005.

Nicholas has spent over fifteen years working in the areas of health, justice, social services and child welfare.

Nicholas serves as opposition critic for community living and deputy critic for social development and housing.

Prior to his employment with the Sechelt Nation, he worked as a child-protection social worker for the Ministry for Children and Family Development, as a Financial Assistance Worker, and as the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Northwest Territories.  He has been a consultant for the Federal, Northwest Territories, and First Nations governments in areas including law reform, child welfare, and legal. 

He has lectured in Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), in which he has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa (1986) and a Master's degree from SFU (1993).  He has taught child-protection social work to social workers working in First Nations communities.

Nicholas has been active in the arts community both as a cello teacher and performer.  He has performed and
recorded with local, national and international artists and is the former President of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MLA: Michael Sather - Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows

Father God, we ask that Your favor, joy and protection would be over MLA: Michael Sather and his family as he carries out his duties. We are grateful and thankful for all the areas of expertise that he brings to the table as an MLA. Please lead and guide him during the upcoming year in finding new openings and opportunities in which to use his many skills in serving the needs of this province. May You also provide him with a deep realization of the importance of his role by a renewal of encouragement and support from his family, staff, constituents, fellow MLA's and friends during this next season of his life. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Michael Sather was re-elected as the MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.

Michael serves as deputy opposition critic for Environment.

Michael attained a teaching certificate from the University of Alberta and taught school in Alberta. Michael later attained his Bachelor of Science in Zoology at the University of Alberta.

He moved to British Columbia in 1974 and pursued a career studying wildlife for the next ten years. In 1985 he became a wilderness guide and set up a small business as owner/operator of Hummingbird Nature Tours in Maple Ridge.
Michael also served as the Constituency Assistant to former NDP MLA Bill Hartley.

Michael attained his Masters Degree in Psychology in 1998 and was employed as a Mental Health Therapist for the Fraser Health Authority for three and a half years prior to being elected MLA.

Michael has an extensive background and experience in agriculture, education, environment, small business, social services and health care.

Michael lives with his spouse, writer and conservationist Annette LeBox. He has two stepchildren, Christian and Sara.

Monday, December 19, 2011

MLA: John Rustad - Nechako Lakes

Lord,  thank You for our awesome province and all those who govern it. We ask a special blessing on MLA: John Rustad and his committment to serve the people of British Columbia, especially those in the northern part. We ask that You would order his steps and and give him wisdom, discernment and a quick understanding in all of those areas where he has influence in order that he may continue improving the quality of life for all those individuals and resources effected. Refresh and renew  him in every way during this next period and may he find new joy in all his relationships with family and friends. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

John Rustad was re-elected to represent the newly redistributed riding of Nechako Lakes on May 12, 2009, and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Silviculture to the Minister of Forests and Range on June 10, 2009. He was previously elected as MLA for the riding of Prince George-Omineca in the 2005 provincial election.

John currently co-chairs the Farm Assessment Review Panel and has chaired the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations, the Select Standing Committee to Appoint a Police Complaint Commissioner and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development. He was also a member of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, the Select Standing Committee on Education, the Selection Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services and the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

Since 2005, John has chaired the Northern Caucus of B.C. and has toured extensively throughout the North to listen and bring forward issues that affect those communities. He is also a chair of B.C.’s Outdoor Caucus and government representative to PNWER (Pacific Northwest Economic Region).

Born and raised in Prince George, John has worked in the forest industry for more than 20 years. He formed Western Geographic Information Systems Inc. in 1995, offering a consulting service to the forest industry. Previously he was the Geographic Information Systems department manager for Timberline Forest Inventory Consultants in Prince George. John also owns a woodlot license and has been involved in land development projects.

Elected as a school trustee in 2002, John has worked on innovative projects throughout the district, including the South Fort George Family Resource Centre, a project designed to combine social services from a variety of agencies. John also championed the renovation and expansion of the College Heights Secondary School (CHSS) through a self-financed project; and advocated for the new Trade and Technical Program of Excellence for Grade 10-12 students and the Healthy Choices Committee designed to promote healthy choices in diet and exercise within schools.

John and his wife Kim were married in 1995. John is an avid soccer player and he and Kim enjoy theatre, golf, skiing and the outdoors.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

MLA: Doug Routley - Nanaimo-North Cowichan

We lift up MLA: Doug Routley to You today Lord and thank You for appointing him to this position.  We pray that Your hand would guide his life and bless his work.  Make him aware of Your presence and love.  Help him to make decisions with understanding, wisdom and compassion.  May he nurture positive changes within his sphere of influence. Amen.

We lift up MLA: Doug Routley to You today Lord and thank You for appointing him to this position.  We pray that Your hand would guide his life and bless his work.  Make him aware of Your presence and love.  Help him to make decisions with understanding, wisdom and compassion.  May he nurture positive changes within his sphere of influence. Amen.

Doug Routley was elected as the MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan on May 12, 2009. He served as MLA for Cowichan-Ladysmith from May 17, 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn.

Doug serves as opposition critic for Citizens’ Services and open government.

Doug was born May 9, 1961 in New Westminster, BC and grew up in Duncan.

He comes from a family of educators and attended the public schools of the Cowichan Valley and attended Camosun College before traveling to Japan, where he lived and worked for one year.

Doug has experience in logging, as a sawmill worker, treeplanter and in construction. He also has been a business owner and operator, school custodian and School Trustee.

While in Japan, Doug taught English and studied Sumea, traditional Japanese ink painting. He was a bicycle racer and while training in Japan, met a bicycle manufacturer. After his return to Canada, Doug established a bicycle retail and wholesale company which had dealers throughout Canada and the USA.

Doug has two daughters, Sasha, 21 and Madeline, 13.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

MLA: Bill Routley - Cowichan Valley

Lord, we thank You for MLA: Bill Routley’s willingness to serve his constituency.  We pray that You will establish his thoughts and plans to benefit the needs in his constituency.  Open the necessary doors to meet these needs so that people’s lives are impacted for good.  Enrich the lives of all those around him,  his family, constituents and associates.  May he know God’s peace and wisdom in his work and leisure. Amen.

Bill Routley was elected MLA for Cowichan Valley on May 12, 2009.

Bill serves as deputy opposition critic for Forests and Range.

Bill began his career in the Forest industry working at the Youbou Sawmill where he became active first as the Safety Chairman, and then as Plant Chairman. He was elected the President of IWA Local 1-80; now USW-Steelworkers Local 1-1937.

Bill served as a Pension Trustee on the IWA-Forest Industry Pension Plan. He was a member of the IWA-Forest Industry Pension Audit Committee, and was a Trustee on the IWA-Forest Industry Health and Welfare Benefit Plan. Bill's service to the community includes five years as a School Trustee in Lake Cowichan (1980 -1985).

Bill and his wife Charmaine enjoy the company of their two grown children, son Noah and daughter Alisha who have provided the gift of five wonderful grandchildren; ages four to nine years. While Bill and Charmaine currently reside in Duncan, they started their family in Youbou and then lived at Marble Bay on Lake Cowichan for many years. Bill and Charmaine were very active in Lake Cowichan with their involvement in Boy Scouts(Beavers) and Girl Guides.

Bill and Charmaine owned a home decorating business "Decorating Den" for many years.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

MLA: Linda Reid - Richmond East

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the life and work of MLA: Linda Reid.  Thank You for the gifts and talents you gave her which she ably uses to serve the people of British Columbia.  Bless her and her family through this season.  Give her rest and relaxation and a focus on the things that are of real value.  Let her know that she is valued and appreciated.  Renew her mind and refresh her ideas according to your purposes.  May she approach her work with a renewed sense of commitment to excellence as she leads by serving her constituents and colleagues.  Continue to bless her with strength, patience and Your peace.  Amen

Linda Reid is the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and has served since June, 2009. Previously, she was Minister of State for Childcare from June, 2005 to June, 2009 and the Minister of State for Early Childhood Development from June, 2001 to June, 2005. She was first elected in 1991 to represent the riding of Richmond East and was re-elected in 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2009.

Linda previously served in a variety of critic roles for the Official Opposition, including children and families, health, attorney general, municipal affairs, and science, technology and research.  She was also the Opposition Caucus Chair.

She has served on Treasury Board, and on the Select Standing Committee to Appoint a Child, Youth and Family Advocate, the Select Standing Committee to Appoint a Police Complaints Commissioner, the Select Standing Committee on Transportation, Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations. 

Before her election to the Legislative Assembly, Linda worked as a language therapist, teacher and school administrator for the Richmond School District.

She graduated from the University of British Columbia with an education degree and earned a master of arts from UBC specializing in education, exceptional learners, language acquisition and public administration.

Linda was the BC chair for the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and a director of the Garden City Hospice Society. She has been active in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Asia-Pacific Business Association, and the Canadian Council for Exceptional Children and the Family Court Committee of Richmond. She was a founding member of the Richmond Chinatown Lions Club and was chair of the British Columbia Youth Parliament board from 1986 to 1991.

Linda and her husband Sheldon live in Richmond and have two children – Olivia and Will.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

MLA: Bruce Ralston - Surrey-Whalley

Dearest Heavenly Father, by Your design, Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley and Opposition Critic for Finance and Public Accounts, has come into service in our provincial government for such a time as this.  Thank You for the plans You purpose to accomplish through Bruce.  May You guide every decision that he will make and may he greatly effect those around him as he follows Your leading in all that he does.  May he be encouraged as He sees what You will bring about as he listens to You.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Bruce Ralston was re-elected as the MLA for Surrey - Whalley on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.

Bruce serves as opposition critic for Finance and Public Accounts.

Bruce is currently the chair of the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts. He has also been a member of the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services since 2006.

Bruce is a lawyer in Surrey, where he has operated his own law firm for 18 years.

From 1995 to 2006, Bruce was elected to four consecutive terms as a member of the VanCity Savings Credit Union board of directors. He served as the chair of the board from 2001 to 2003. In 2003 BC Business magazine recognized Bruce as one of BC’s leading five board chairs. From 2003 until 2005, Bruce acted as the chair of the board of VanCity Enterprises, a VanCity subsidiary with a mandate to provide innovative housing solutions throughout the Lower Mainland.

Bruce also served on the Surrey City Council from 1988 to 1993, where he promoted planned development for healthy neighbourhoods for Surrey families. He is a former board member of Surrey Memorial Hospital and the Surrey Public Library.

A former president of the BC NDP, Bruce was born in Victoria and grew up in Vancouver. He has degrees in history and law from the University of British Columbia and a degree in history from the University of Cambridge in England.

Bruce is married to Miriam Sobrino. They have three children, 20, 18 and 15, who grew up in Whalley and attended public schools in Surrey and New Westminster. The elder two attend Canadian universities, while the youngest is entering Grade 10. The family is active in their community through a number of community and sports organizations.

Monday, December 12, 2011

MLA: Lana Popham - Saanich South

Dearest Heavenly Father, may Your will be accomplished through Lana Popham, MLA for Sannich South and Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Agriculture, as she serves her constituency and the people of British Columbia in her current posting.  Use the knowledge she has to affect those around her and the decisions that have to be made in order to accomplish all that You purpose.  May she feel supported by her colleagues at work and her family at home and be encouraged to do all she must do to the best of her ability.  Refresh her spirit and let anxiousness be far from her.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Lana Popham was elected as a Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for the Constituency of Saanich South on May 12, 2009.

She is also the New Democratic Opposition Critic for the Ministry of Agriculture.

Lana was raised on Quadra Island and has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia.

Lana has an extensive track record as a community leader, advocate and environmental activist. For example, her recent contributions include being a:
  • Member of Saanich's Planning, Transportation and Economic Development Committee,
  • President the Vancouver Island Grape Growers Association,
  • Chair of the Certification Committee for the Islands Organic Producers Association,
  • Commissioner on the Peninsula Agricultural Commission, and a
  • Voting Member of the Agri-Food Initiative Advisory Committee.
In late 2007, Lana launched a campaign called “Think Outside the Bag” to reduce the use of disposable bags. While initially dismissed by cynics, in less than two years this campaign has helped to dramatically change how consumers use plastic bags
Lana has lived in Saanich South since 1996. She is married to Jon Popham, a fire-fighter, and has one young son. The family owns and operates Barking Dog Vineyard, the first certified organic vineyard on Vancouver Island.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

MLA: Hon. Mary Polak - Langley - Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

Dearest Heavenly Father, we thank You for the Honourable Mary Polak the MLA for Langley and the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and ask that You guide her in the way she should go. We pray that You will also give her all the wisdom she needs to accomplish all that You set before her to accomplish.  May she be energized and enthusiastic as she fulfills her daily duties and may she sense Your leading in all the decisions she must make.  Bless her with times of true rest and seasons of refreshing.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Mary Polak was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation on March 14, 2011. She was re-elected to the B.C. Legislature in 2009, having represented the constituents of Langley since 2005.

Prior to her new Cabinet post, Mary served as the Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister Responsible for Child Care, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for the Conversation on Health.

Mary previously sat on the Cabinet Committee on New Relationship Coordination and the Government Caucus Committee on Social Development as well as on the Government Caucus Committee for Natural Resources and the Economy, the Select Standing Committees for Children and Youth, Education and Public Accounts, the Cabinet Committee on Agenda Development and the Special Committee to Review the Personal Information Protection Act.

Before being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Mary Polak was director of operations for a small polling and research firm and a trustee and former chair of the Surrey School Board. Under her leadership, Surrey became the first school district in B.C. to balance its books according to generally accepted accounting principles. She also led an initiative to make Surrey the first school district in the province to publish school-by-school results for both elementary and secondary schools.

Throughout her nine years in local government, Mary has worked with many regional and provincial organizations. As a representative to the Lower Mainland Consortium of School Districts for Successful Settlement, she twice presented briefs to the Federal Immigration Commission. In the mid 1990s, Mary chaired the Council of British Columbia School Districts and in 2003, was elected to the board of directors of the British Columbia School Trustees Association.

Mary lives happily in the Willoughby area of Langley.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

MLA: Pat Pimm - Peace River North

Lord Jesus, thank You for MLA:Pat Pimm and his willingness to serve the people of British Columbia and his constituency of Peace River North as  a member of the legislative assembly.You say in Your Word in Psalm 55:22 that if we give our cares to You Lord You will take care of us and never let a good man down. May You be extra close to him this next season of his life so that he may he accomplish all that You have for him. May he also find times this holiday season for real joyous and relaxed times with his family and friends. Keep both he and his family in good health. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.  

Pat Pimm was elected MLA for Peace River North in the 2009 provincial election.

Pat has served as the Chair of the Northern Caucus and currently sits on two Select Standing Committees: Aboriginal Affairs and Finance and Government Services. Pat has served as a member of Treasury Board.

A long-time resident of the Peace River region, Pat served twelve years as councillor for the City of Fort St. John from 1993-2005. For six years, he was chair of city hall’s Finance Committee, responsible for overseeing the municipality’s budget process.

With 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry, he was co-chair of the BC Oil and Gas Conference in 2002 and 2005, bringing together industry stakeholders to identify further strategies and opportunities for economic development in British Columbia’s northeast region. He has also served on a variety of other local community boards and committees.

Pat possesses an extensive background in the construction industry. He is president of Alpha Controls Ltd, a company that provides construction, maintenance, and electrician services for numerous projects. He is also a director and vice-president of the North Peace Construction Association.

Pat was a director of the British Columbia Golf Association and past president of the Lake Point Golf and Country Club. He is a long-time youth sports volunteer, having coached golf, hockey, and minor league fastball. He enjoys travel, curling, and playing hockey. Pat is married to Jody and the father of two daughters and two sons.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MLA: Barry Penner, Q.C. - Chilliwack-Hope

Lord, we are thankful for MLA: Barry Penner, Q.C and his many years of faithful service to the citizens of British Columbia.  We thank You for leading and guiding him in the decisions he has made. We pray that You fill him with renewed strength, courage and vision for our province for the days and years ahead as he helps create an exciting future for our province.  May he continue being encouraged by his constituents, staff and family. In all his endeavours may he have Your peace which passes all understanding. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.   

Barry Penner was re-elected to the riding of Chilliwack-Hope in May 2009. He previously served as Attorney General.

He was first elected to represent Chilliwack in 1996, and was re-elected in the renamed riding of Chilliwack-Kent in 2001 and 2005.

Mr. Penner was appointed Minister of Environment in June, 2005 and fulfilled this role until October, 2010. He was the longest serving Environment Minister in BC history, and by late 2009 was the longest serving Environment Minister in Canada.

Mr. Penner was appointed Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation in October 2010, serving in this role until mid-March, 2011.

Barry was raised in Chilliwack. He studied political science and economics at Simon Fraser University to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree. He later earned his law degree from the University of Victoria. A former park ranger and sawmill worker, Barry also worked as a B.C. Legislative intern in Victoria. In 1991, he worked for an International law firm in Bangkok, Thailand and then later practiced law in Chilliwack until his election in 1996.
Barry was appointed by Premier Campbell as the co-chair of B.C.’s Alternative Energy and Power Technology Task Force in April 2005. He is keenly interested in renewable energy and conservation technologies.

Barry previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader, as Chair of the Government Caucus Committee on Natural Resources, and was a member of the Legislature's Standing Committee on Crown Corporations.

Barry has also chaired the Legislature’s Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills, and served as a member of the Legislature's Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, and the Cabinet Committee for Legislative Review.

Premier Campbell appointed Barry in 2001 to lead BC's delegation to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). He served as President of PNWER from June 2002 to July 2003 and remains active in PNWER issues.

Barry represents and lives in the electoral district of Chilliwack-Hope.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MLA: Hon. Don McRae - Comox Valley

Thank You for MLA: Hon. Don McRae and his willingness to serve his constituency. May he find time to relax and enjoy the holiday season and may he also find his working times effective and productive too.  Lord, give him a sense of balance in his work and in his leisure time; we pray.  Bless his family and those near him and thank You for his commitment to this province. In Jesus' name we pray these things, Amen.

Don McRae was elected on May 12, 2009 as MLA for the riding of Comox Valley. On March 14, 2011 he was named Minister of Agriculture.

Don has served as Convener of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and was a member of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, the Select Standing Committee on Health and the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

Don was born and raised in the Comox Valley. For the past 14 years he has taught at GP Vanier Secondary School.  Aside from teaching Social Studies, Military History, and Psychology, he has also served as a rugby coach, athletic director, department chair, and Staff Leadership Committee Chair.

Don has served as a Courtenay City Councillor for the past seven years.  During his time on council, he has served as a municipal director for both the Comox Strathcona Regional District and the newly restructured Comox Valley Regional District.  He has also been a member of the Comox Strathcona Hospital Board, vice-chair of the Comox Valley Sewer and Water Committees and numerous community organizations and boards.  In 2008, he was also appointed by Premier Campbell to the Citizen’s Conservation Council.

He is an avid jogger and enjoys hiking and fly fishing. Don has been married to his wife Deanne for 14 years and they have two daughters, Gracie and Chloe.

Monday, December 5, 2011

MLA: Hon. Mary McNeil - Vancouver-False Creek

God, We lift up MLA: Hon. Mary McNeil to You and ask for Your blessing to rest on her in this upcoming season.  May she find a time where she can enjoy her family and friends and be refreshed from all of her responsibilities.  Thank You for her dedication to her community and everything she has invested into people's lives. We also pray that You will be especially close to her this season.  In Your Name we pray. Amen!

Minister Mary McNeil was appointed Minister for Children and Family Development on March 14, 2011.  Before that, she served as  Minister of Citizen Services from June 11, 2010 to March 14, 2011. She previously served as
Minister of State for The Olympics and Actnow BC. 

Minister McNeil was elected MLA for Vancouver-False Creek in the 2009 general provincial election.

Most recently, Mary served as president and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation for eight years. She has served in key roles for international economic events including the G7 meetings in Halifax and Toronto, APEC in Vancouver and the XI international conference on AIDS. Mary has also served on the Vancouver Police Board for four years.

Mary was born and educated in Vancouver and has lived in Yaletown for 11 years with her husband of 38 years, Rod. She has raised four daughters and currently has eleven grandchildren.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

MLA: Joan McIntyre - West Vancouver-Sea to Sky

Father, we lift up MLA: Joan McIntyre to You and thank You for her service and time that she invests into so many people.  Bring people around her to encourage her and let her know that she is a valuable part of her community. Please keep her safe in all her travels this season.  Thank you for her family also and bless them. May they experience Your Peace and Love this season in a fresh way.  Bless Joan in all she sets her hands to do.  We pray in Jesus' Name; Amen.

Joan McIntyre was first elected in the riding of West Vancouver-Garibaldi in the 2005 provincial general election and re-elected in the riding of West Vancouver-Sea to Sky in 2009.

She currently serves on the Cabinet Committee for Families First.  Prior to that, she served on the Agenda and Priorities Cabinet Committee, the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth (which she chaired), and the Select Standing Committees on Crown Corporations and Public Accounts, respectively, the latter of which she previously deputy-chaired. She served as Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations from June 2008 to June 2009.

In 1980, Joan co-founded the well-known BC polling firm of McIntyre & Mustel Research Associates Ltd. She sold her interest in 1996 to work independently concentrating more on the qualitative side of the research business and she worked in this field until 2005 when first elected.

An avid skier and sailor, Joan takes full advantage of living in one of the healthiest and active ridings in Canada.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

MLA: Norm Macdonald - Columbia River-Revelstoke

Our gracious Heavenly Father, we thank You this morning for MLA: Norm Macdonald and appreciate a man of his calibre as he serves the people of his riding with integrity and diligence. We pray You will bless him with the abundance of Your grace as he serves as Opposition critic for Forests and Range and reward him with honour and favour for his involvement to protect our natural resources in this province. We pray You will refresh and uplift his spirit today, Dear Father.  May you keep him and his family in good health and give them happy quality time with one another. In Jesus Name. Amen

Norm Macdonald was re-elected as the MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke on May 12, 2009. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.

Norm serves as opposition critic for Forests and Range.

Recently the principal of Nicholson Elementary School, Norm has taught for more than 15 years in the Columbia Valley.

He has a further six years experience teaching in Africa.

Norm served as a Councillor and was then elected Mayor of Golden in 1996.

Norm Macdonald lives in Golden with his wife Karen and two teenage daughters.