Wednesday, February 29, 2012

MLA: Dave S. Hayer - Surrey-Tynehead

Lord we thank You for MLA:Dave Hayer and his commitment to serve the people of Surrey as their MLA.  We thank You for his dedication and the many hours that he puts in to his work. We ask for a blessing on his family and that he would be encouraged and energized each day.  We also ask for Your protection over him and his family and that each day they may experience your peace. Amen.

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

Dave formerly served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism, where he worked closely with the Minister of Science and Universities and Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development, which is responsible for the Provincial Nominee Program.

Dave previously worked with the Hon. Moira Stillwell when she was Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development. portfolio.

Dave also worked with the Hon. Mary McNeil when she was the Minister of Citizens' Services and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism and the Public Affairs Bureau, portfolio as well as with the Hon. Ben Stewart when he was Minister of Citizens’ Services and Multiculturalism. Dave is also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Economy, the Select Standing Committees on Health, Education and Legislative Initiatives as well as helping as Chair of the Committee of Supply.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

MLA: Randy Hawes - Abbotsford-Mission

Lord we ask Your blessings upon MLA: Randy Hawes as he works to meet the needs of those in the Mission area as well as British Columbia as a whole.  We ask that You give him great wisdom and understanding each day.  We pray a special blessing upon both him and his family and ask that You would continue to give him health and strength each day. May he be encouraged daily as he serves the people in his role as MLA. Amen.

Randy Hawes was named Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resource Operations Review to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on March 14, 2011. He also serves on the Treasury Board and the Environment and Land Use Committee. Randy was re-elected as MLA to represent the new riding of Abbotsford-Mission in the spring of 2009.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, February 27, 2012

MLA: Colin Hansen - Vancouver-Quilchena

Father, we thank You for MLA: Colin Hansen. We are grateful for all the experience that he has gained while serving in the British Columbia legislature over the years especially in the areas of finance and health care. Lord, You know how important both these are to the future of our province so continue to give him wisdom and vision in these areas to be able to provide the most benefit to all citizens both now and in the future. May you also cover him with an abundance of grace, favor and blessing. We pray that You would keep him and his family safe and healthy and provide them with joyous quality times together as a family. In Jesus's name, we pray. Amen

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

Colin serves on the Treasury Board.  He was re-appointed Minister of Finance and appointed Deputy Premier on June 10, 2009. He was given additional responsibility for Small Business on October 25, 2010, and served in both these roles until March 14, 2011. He previously served as Minister of Economic Development (June 16, 2005 to June 23, 2008), Minister of Health Services (June 5, 2001 to December 14, 2004) and a previous appointment as Minister of Finance (December 15, 2004 to June 15, 2005).

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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 26, 2012

MLA: Sue Hammell - Surrey-Green Timbers

Father, we thank You for MLA:Sue Hammell. In her many years of public service in a variety of roles she has been such an incredible blessing to many people and touched many hearts along the way. Bless her now Lord as she has blessed others. We pray that You would continue to open doors for her and her family.  May Your wisdom and revelation also rest upon her in the years to come. 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 DC 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.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

MLA: Guy Gentner - Delta North

Father we thank You for MLA: Guy Gentner. We thank You for his heart of service to his community, constituency and province. We pray that that same zeal, passion and inspiration that got him involved in public service in the first place and that he still exhibits would be supernaturally reinvigorated during this current legislative session. We pray that You would also continue to bless him with your favor and wisdom as he goes forward into this year. 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, February 22, 2012

MLA: Scott Fraser - Alberni-Pacific Rim

Father, we know that You know every need that MLA: Scott Fraser has from legislative to personal.  So we ask Father that You would divinely inspire him as he seeks wisdom for decisions that he must make.  That You would also grant him the unique ability to deal with difficult situations with peace, revelation and understanding. As he has worked hard we ask that You would also cause him to have the same amount of rest. Bless him and all of his relationships. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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, February 21, 2012

MLA: Eric Foster - Vernon-Monashee

Father, we thank You for the passion that MLA: Eric Foster has to serve. Lord, we know that You were in his and his wife's decision to step into the political arena and ask that You would continually lead and guide him.  We pray that You will give him quick understanding of the diverse issues and situations that come his way and provide solutions that will benefit all.  When he rests we ask that You grant him supernatural rest and an increase in stamina.  Keep him and his wife in health and may they prosper in all ways. 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, February 20, 2012

MLA: Rob Fleming - Victoria-Swan Lake

Father we Bless MLA:Rob Fleming. We thank You that you have called him into the public arena and know that you are working through him to bring about those things that will encourage and strengthen those within his constituency as well as in our province. We ask that he would be lead by Your wisdom, revelation and justice. Bless him Father in every aspect of his life. Continue to keep both he and his family safe and healthy. 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 beach

Sunday, February 19, 2012

MLA: Mike Farnworth - Port Coquitlam

Lord, we thank You that MLA: Mike Farnsworth has a real heart to serve his fellow man both here and abroad. We give thanks for his many years of loyal and dedicated service as an MLA in our provincial legislature. We pray that You will continue to give him wisdom, direction and favour in all areas of responsibility especially as opposition critic for Health because we realize how critical it is to have our health care system be financially viable both now and long into the future. Keep him in good health and protect him in his travels. May he find renewed encouragement from his family, friends and colleagues during this next season of his life. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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, February 16, 2012

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

Lord God, We thank You for placing  MLA: Hon. Kevin Falcon in the position of Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier. We pray that You will guide him through these challenging economic times by giving him supernatural wisdom, insight, leadership and courage as he directs the finances of British Columbia. We also pray that You will give a spirit of conciliation to all the members of the legislature as they work together to secure the financially stability of the province for us and future generations. May You, Lord, protect MLA: Falcon and his family and provide as much family time as possible for them as he goes about 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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MLA: Mable Elmore - Vancouver-Kensington

Heavenly Father, We thank You for MLA: Mable Elmore and her commitment to the people of British Columbia and her riding of Vancouver-Kensington. May your hand be upon her as she serves our province as opposition critic for Multiculturalism, Child Care and Early Learning. Lord, we pray You will lead her and guide her as she continues to campaign for social justice issues and immigrants in this  wonderful province you have given to us. May you also protect her as she travels and her family when she is away from them. In Jesus' name, 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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

MLA: Doug Donaldson - Stikine

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the experience and understanding MLA: Doug Donaldson brings to his position representing the people in the Stikine. We pray that You would grant him wisdom and insight as he sets goals and give him a clear vision for how to make a positive difference for his constituents.  May he be guided by a healthy compassion and speak truth that is recognized and acted upon. Bless him and his family with Your love, strength and guidance. Amen.
Doug Donaldson was elected as MLA for Stikine on May 12, 2009 after four terms as a municipal councillor in Hazelton.

Doug serves as 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, February 13, 2012

MLA: Adrian Dix - Vancouver-Kingsway

Lord God, we pray for the legislators of our province that that they will be in line with Your will. We thank You for placing MLA: Adrian Dix in the position of Leader of the Opposition.   Lord, You give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning and we pray these gifts for MLA: Dix.  We pray that he will stand for legislation and laws that are just and that strengthen and prosper our province.  May he enjoy God’s protection over himself and his family. 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.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

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

Lord, we thank You for the extensive health care we enjoy in this country and the many people who serve us in this field.  We pray for MLA: Hon. Michael deJong as he gives leadership to this ministry in our province.  We pray that he will be surrounded with wise counsel and that You will give him understanding of the complex issues so that effective solutions can be provided.  May You always guide our government in making right decisions concerning social welfare and economics in our province.  May they also recognize and hold firmly to that which is good and of real value.  Bless Hon. MLA: deJong with sharp insight and quick discernment. We ask that the deJong family would be blessed with good health, strong relationships and happiness.  May they be aware of Your love and care for them. 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.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

MLA: Marc Dalton - Maple Ridge-Mission

Dearest Heavenly Father, may the unique experiences and knowledge that MLA: Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission, has acquired throughout his life be used to the utmost advantage in the roles You have chosen for him at this time.  May You lead his path to where he will be of greatest benefit and where his understanding of various cultural distinctions can be utilized for the greatest assistance and profit for all.  May he be ready to undertake all that you place before him with great courage, wisdom, and tireless dedication.  Bless MLA: Dalton and his family with good health.  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

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

MLA: Kathy Corrigan - Burnaby-Deer Lake

Dearest Heavenly Father, we thank You for MLA: Kathy Corrigan, Official Opposition Deputy Caucus Chair and Critic for Public Safety and Solicitor General and Women and as the MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake.  We thank You that You have a purpose for placing MLA: Corrigan in her current roles at this time and ask that You use her many experiences, knowledge and personality to accomplish all that You desire for the greater good of this province.  May Your hand guide her in all her decisions and how she affects those in her sphere of influence.  May you bless her and her family with good health.  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.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

MLA: Gary Coons - North Coast

Dearest Heavenly Father, we lift up to You in pray MLA: Gary Coons, Opposition Critic for B.C. Ferries and Coastal Communities and MLA for the North Coast, and ask that You continue to guide him as he serves the people of British Columbia.  Grant him the courage and wisdom he needs in each decision and task he undertakes.  May he be used in situations where his unique experiences and knowledge can be of the most benefit, and bless him 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.

Monday, February 6, 2012

MLA: Katrine Conroy - Kootenay West

We give You thanks for the remarkable MLA: Katrine Conroy today.  Thank you for the gifts, talents and abilities that You have placed within her life.  We ask that You would help her excel in her role as an MLA and critic for Seniors and Long Term Care.  Help her to be a voice calling attention to the needs of these important residents of our province.  We pray that she would know the strength that comes from the richness of Your presence and that You would mark all her days with your blessing!  Amen.

Katrine Conroy was elected as the MLA for Kootenay West May 12, 2009. She served as MLA for West Kootenay-Boundary from May 17, 2005 until the riding boundaries were re-drawn.

Katrine serves as opposition critic for Seniors and Long-term Care.

Katrine Conroy has been successful in both community and career endeavors. Katrine has enjoyed successful careers as one of B.C.'s first female Steam Engineers, as an Early Childhood Educator, Administrator and College Instructor, and as a small business person.

Katrine has worked and volunteered in her community as the Executive Director of Kootenay Family Place, Co-Chair of the Castlegar and District Social Planning Council, Treasurer of the Community Futures Board, Hospital Board member, and founding Board member of the Community Social Services Employers Association.

With her husband Ed, Katrine lives in Pass Creek where they run a successful ranch breeding prize winning Polled Hereford cattle. Together they have raised four children, and have five grandchildren.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

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

As we pray for the Hon. Rich Coleman today, we ask that Your grace would be sufficient for him.  Thank You for his stewardship with regard to the energy resources You have blessed our province with.  Give him wisdom and great discernment as he oversees this great responsibility.  Help him in his equally important role of Minister Responsible for Housing as he works to find creative and workable solutions that will be a blessing to those in need of safe shelter within our province.  Lead him to people, strategies and resources that will be a blessing to him and his staff.

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.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

MLA: Murray Coell - Saanich North and the Islands

Lord, we give You thanks for MLA: Murray Coell.  Thank You for his commitment to serve his constituents and the people of British Columbia.  We pray that Your blessing would overtake his life today and that he would be filled with strength, courage and wisdom as he fulfills his responsibilities in the legislature.  Keep him in good health, bless his relationships and those who serve with him. We ask this in Jesus' name. 

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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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

Father, we lift up our Premier, Hon. Christy Clark, to You and thank You so much for her dedicated and serving spirit to the people of this province.  Please give her wisdom as she faces all the many challenges and decisions and may she find peace and rest in her times of relaxing with her son as well as other family and friends.  God keep her safe in all of her travels and also keep her in good health.  We pray in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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.