Monday, April 30, 2012

MLA: Claire Trevena - North Island

We lift up MLA: Claire Trevena to You today Lord and thank You for appointing her to this position.  We pray that Your hand would guide her life and bless her work.  Make her aware of Your presence and love.  Help her to make decisions with understanding, wisdom, and a renewed sense of commitment. May she nurture positive changes within her sphere of influence. Amen.

Claire Trevena was first elected in May 2005 and was re-elected on May 12, 2009.

Claire serves as opposition critic for Children and Family Development.

Claire is a former journalist, community activist and human rights worker.

In the early 1990s, Claire came to Canada as the BBC's Canadian correspondent.

Awarded the Canadian Civilian Peacekeeping Medal, she's worked on democratic development projects overseas and in Canada.

Claire was an active trade unionist in her professional life. Since moving to BC she has been involved in a number of community initiatives, including a weekly community kitchen on Quadra Island as well as various environmental initiatives.

She was elected to the board of the Quadra Community Association and held a seat on the Regional District of Comox Strathcona Regional Area J Advisory Planning Committee.

Prior to the 2005 election, Claire ran a small communications business on Quadra Island with her husband, Mike McIvor. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

MLA: Jane Thornthwaite - North Vancouver-Seymour

Lord we ask You to bless MLA: Jane Thornewaite in the many duties she fulfills.  Give her clarity and the ability to make good judgments. May You lead her into opportunities that will be for the benefit of her constituents and the people of our province.  Fill her heart with Your grace and peace and may she always be aware of Your love and care for her and her loved ones. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray.

Jane Thornthwaite was elected MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour in the 2009 general provincial election. She is a member of the Cabinet Committee on Families First.

She previously served on the Select Standing Commitees on Children and Youth, Education and Finance and Government Services.

Since 2005, Jane was a School Trustee for the North Vancouver Board of Education and topped the polls in both the 2005 and 2008 municipal elections.  She was elected Chair of the North Vancouver Board of Education in December 2008 and resigned from the Board June 2009 after being elected to the Legislature.
Previously, Jane was a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (B.Sc., B.H.E.) with a 22-year career in health care.  Jane’s work experience includes positions in hospital dietetics and community health, an instructor for a third year required Nutrition course at UBC, a Corporate Nutritionist for an international Health Food Chain and a National Sales Representative for an international pharmaceutical firm.

Her writing has been published in a wide variety of publications and she has been a guest presenter and lecturer at numerous colleges and universities.

As a former self-employed health consultant, Jane has experience operating a small business and supporting a family as a mother of three kids.

Jane has an extensive volunteer career on the North Shore and has lived in North Vancouver for over 19 years.



Thursday, April 26, 2012

MLA: Diane Thorne - Coquitlam-Maillardville

Thank You Lord for the experience and skills MLA: Diane Thorne brings to her office.  We pray that You would give her wisdom, knowledge and understanding so she will make right decisions concerning the politics, social welfare and economics of our province.  Guide her with a healthy compassion. May she capably fulfill her responsibilities, and advocate for what is just and fair.  Bless her family with Your love, strength and guidance.

Diane Thorne was re-elected as the MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville on May 12, 2009. She was first elected to the Legislature in 2005.

Diane serves as deputy opposition critic for Education.

Diane served on Coquitlam council from 1996 to 2005, bringing considerable experience in business and social services to the political arena. Diane and her husband Neil have owned and operated several successful small businesses.

Diane has been extensively involved in a wide cross-section of women's issues over the past 35 years. She served on the board of directors of the B.C./Yukon Women's Centres Association and spent several years as the province's representative on the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.

In 1993, Diane received the BC Distinguished Service to Families Award and in 1992, the Canada 125 medal. She was a founding member of the PoCoMo Youth Services Society, the Family Life Educators of BC and the Fraser Burrard Restorative Justice Society. Diane studied liberal arts at several community colleges and Simon Fraser University. Diane and Neil live locally and have two adult sons, Jay and Lee.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

MLA: Hon. Steve Thomson - Kelowna-Mission - Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Father, We thank You for this awesome province that we live in and the fact that You have MLA: Hon. Steve Thomson in the role of Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. We acknowledge that our forests, land and natural resources are a sacred trust that You have given to us to manage with care and therefore we pray that you will give Minister Thomson new and fresh ideas and revelations as he goes forward this year. May everything he puts his hands to prosper and may there be growth and blessing for many in the process. Bless him and his family. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Steve Thomson is currently the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. He previously served as Minister of Natural Resource Operations, Minister of Energy, Minister of Agriculture of Lands, and was elected to represent the riding of Kelowna-Mission on May 12, 2009.

Born and raised in Kelowna, Steve comes from a pioneer family who continues to operate the original family farm established in 1896.

Steve is the former executive director of the BC Agriculture Council and has developed his career and experience working on behalf of British Columbia farmers and ranchers.  He has served as General Manager of the BC Fruit Growers Association and the BC Milk Producers Association.

He has been selected for many leadership roles and advisory positions dedicated to the continuous improvement of our province. Steve brings to his role of MLA for Kelowna Mission extensive leadership expertise, experience in economic development and a clear understanding of how to get things done in government. He has served the community and province as president of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and chair of the BC Chamber of Commerce and has represented those organizations and others on provincial government task forces focused on red tape reduction and small business development.  He has also served as a director of the Kelowna Museum, the Okanagan Innovation Fund and the BC BioEnergy Network.

He has a great love of sports and had a long career in rugby including the opportunity to play for the Canadian National Rugby Team. Current interests include golf, gardening and being an ardent rugby fan.

Steve is a husband, father and grandfather.  He is married to Brenda and has three children and five grandchildren.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

MLA: Ralph Sultan - West Vancouver-Capilano

Father, we thank You for MLA: Ralph Sultan. We thank You that he has a varied and valuable background and that You have strategically placed him in his position as MLA. We pray that many doors will be opening for him as he goes forward in this coming season.  May he and his family walk in Your peace, wisdom and blessing. May he continue in good health and prosperity. 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.

Monday, April 23, 2012

MLA: Dr. Moira Stilwell - Vancouver-Langara

Father we thank You for MLA: Dr. Moira Stilwell. We ask that Your blessing and unmerited favor would rest upon her and her family. We ask that You would guide and direct every step and decision that she makes in her role as Vice Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and Economic Growth. This area is key to the quality of life we enjoy in this province and therefore we pray that she would walk in Your wisdom and divine revelation that only comes from heaven. In the name of the Lord Jesus we pray. Amen.  

Moira Stilwell was elected MLA for Vancouver-Langara in the 2009 provincial general election. She previously served as Parliamentary Secretary for Industry, Research and Innovation to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, and on March 24, 2012, was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health with a focus on Health Innovation. 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.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

MLA: Ben Stewart - Westside-Kelowna

Lord, we are blessed in the province of British Columbia with a loyal, faithful and dedicated group of men and women as our legislative assembly. Today, we are especially grateful for the experience and abilities that MLA: Ben Stewart brings to his role as an MLA. Your Word says in Psalm 16:11 "You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy;". Father we pray that You will continue to lead and guide him in discovering new ways to improve the laws, legislation and agencies that govern our life in this wonderful province that You have given us. May his family time be a time not only of relationship and joy but also a time of renewed encouragement for each member of his family. In Jesus' name we pray.    

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.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

MLA: John Slater - Boundary-Similkameen

Heavenly Father,  we thank You that You have a man like MLA: John Slater serving in the provincial legislature of British Columbia. We are blessed that he has many years of experience serving in a variety of roles in numerous civic and service organizations as well as his experience as a business owner. We trust that You will continue to give him fresh wisdom, insight and vision so that he may be able to take this experience and use it to bring changes to legislation, policies, procedures and programs that will be of benefit to a great number of British Columbians. Protect him in his travels. In Jesus' name, we pray. 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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

MLA: Shane Simpson - Vancouver-Hastings

Father God, You say in Your Word in Psalm 71:16a "I will go in the strength of the Lord;".  We pray today that You will give MLA: Shane Simpson renewed strength to accomplish the things that You have laid on his heart. We are thankful that his desire is to help improve the quality of life we experience in this great province of British Columbia. May Your mighty hand of blessing be upon him, his colleagues and family in this next season. May he also experience a fresh wave of renewed appreciation from his constituents of Vancouver-Hastings as he continues working diligently on their behalf. We pray this in the name of Jesus. 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 Housing, ICBC, the BC Lottery Corporation and the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.

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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

MLA: Bob Simpson - Cariboo North

Lord, we thank You for MLA: Bob Simpson and his willingness to serve the people as an MLA. We are blessed and grateful to You for his commitment, dedication and strong leadership to the people in Cariboo North. Thank You also for the gifts and talents You have given him and which he uses well to serve the people of British Columbia.  We pray a special blessing on MLA: Simpson and his family that You will keep them happy and healthy.  May You also watch over his family as they make sacrifices in support of him while he is away from them in fulfillment of his his duties. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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.

Monday, April 16, 2012

MLA: Nicholas Simons - Powell River-Sunshine Coast

Father God, we thank You for MLA: Nicholas Simons and his years of dedicated service in the area of social welfare and services in our wonderful province. We pray that You would continue to watch over, protect and encourage him as he fulfills his duties as opposition critic for community living and deputy critic for social development and housing. Lord, we know that those things that concern him are in Your hands and pray that You will see to all of them. May You also provide him times of rest and relaxation with friends and family in the midst of his many duties. Keep him in good health and protect him in his travels. In Jesus' name, we pray.            

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.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

MLA: Michael Sather - Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows

Lord, we pray that MLA: Michael Sather, deputy opposition critic for Environment, would be filled with new vigor , vision and insight in all areas of his life in the next while. We acknowledge the many areas of expertise that he has obtained and pray that You would give him new insight as to how to best use this experience in meeting needs  and serving the citizens of our great province. May he be an encouragement to his colleagues, staff and constiuents and in return receive renewed encouragement back from them. We pray that even in the midst of busy schedules he and his wife will have maximum time together with their children as a family. Protect them and keep them in good health and spririts. In the name of the Lord Jesus, we pray.

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.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

MLA: John Rustad - Nechako Lakes

Dearest Heavenly Father, thank You for MLA: John Rustad - Nechako Lakes and Parliamentary Secretary for Silviculture to the Minister of Forests and Range. He has been established by You to serve our province at this time. We pray that You will continually grant him the wisdom, insight and right perspective in all that he does in order that he would be Your hand extended in shaping this province.  We thank You for his willingness to serve and to be involved in numerous ways in governing this province.  May You refresh him and lift his spirits each day so that his work would be a pleasure to him and not a burden.  Bless he and his wife with health and maximized time together. In Jesus' name we pray.

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 theater, golf, skiing and the outdoors.



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

MLA: Doug Routley - Nanaimo-North Cowichan

Dearest Heavenly Father, we know that You have placed Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo - North Cowichan and Opposition Critic for Citizen’s Services and Open Government, to serve in our province for this precise time. We thank You for how You have prepared him for this role.  May all his knowledge and experiences be utilized in the best possible way. Guide his thoughts with each task or decision he makes. May he do all according to Your will for the utmost benefit of the people of his constituency and of our province.  May he and his family be blessed with health and happy times together. 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 and Madeline.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

MLA: Bill Routley - Cowichan Valley

Dearest Heavenly Father, we are thankful for Your wisdom in positioning MLA: Bill Routley as MLA for the Cowichan Valley and Deputy Opposition Critic for Forests and Range. We are blessed to have him in these roles of service to our province at this time. We appreciate the experiences and skills he brings to his position and ask that You would guide him and prepare him so that he will make wise and timely decisions in all that he is involved in. May he feel invigorated to continue in his work and grant that he would have Your perspective in each matter that he attends to. Bless him and his family with health and quality time together. In Jesus' name, 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.

Monday, April 9, 2012

MLA: Linda Reid - Richmond East

Lord, as we pray for MLA: Linda Reid, we thank You for her many years of service to our province and her community.  We ask that You would flood her life with grace, peace and strength today. Bless her family and honour the sacrifices they make as she serves others.  Guide her steps on a daily basis and use her to be a blessing to others!  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.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

MLA: Bruce Ralston - Surrey-Whalley

Father,You have entrusted MLA: Bruce Ralston with the large task of serving as Financial critic for our province.  We thank You for the skills and insight you have given him. We pray that as he continues to serve in this capacity that You would give him great wisdom as he serves in this role.  Help him in his constituency work.  Bless him as he works as an advocate on behalf of others.  Lord, we ask that you would use him today to help someone in a significant way. Amen!

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 many 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. The elder two attend Canadian universities, while the youngest is in high school. The family is active in their community through a number of community and sports organizations.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

MLA: Lana Popham - Saanich South

We are grateful for all of our leaders.  As we pray for MLA: Lana Popham we thank you for innovative and creative leaders who can see opportunities and are willing to lead people towards them.  We ask that as she fulfills her responsibilities both as critic for Agriculture and as an MLA that You would continue to give her creative ideas that will benefit our communities and province.  Bless her abundantly.  Amen.

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 and contributed to a sea change with many grocery stores and other retailers no longer offering them.

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.



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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

Father we lift up MLA: Hon. Mary Polak to You and ask that You be very near to her as she goes about her day.  Lord give her creative opportunities as she serves the constituent riding of Langley and the office of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliations.  We ask that You would give her rest with her loved ones and also strong health in her busy schedule. Bless her today Lord; we pray. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

MLA: Pat Pimm - Peace River North

Dear heavenly Father, we are so honored to approach Your throne today. We bring MLA: Pat Pimm before You and ask that Your presence would surround him in everything he does. Give him wisdom and discernment in his decision-making and favor with the people he meets Lord. Be near his wife Jody and fill their home with Your love, peace and joy we pray. Thank you for this man that chooses to serve Fort St. John area so willingly and ably.  In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Dear heavenly Father, we are so honored to approach Your throne today. We bring MLA: Pat Pimm before You and ask that Your presence would surround him in everything he does. Give him wisdom and discernment in his decision-making and favor with the people he meets Lord. Be near his wife Jody and fill their home with Your love, peace and joy we pray. Thank you for this man that chooses to serve Fort St. John so willingly and ably.  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.

Monday, April 2, 2012

MLA: Michelle Mungall - Nelson-Creston

Lord Jesus, we thank You that you have put such a heart of love and of service to people in MLA: MIchelle Mungall that she has accomplished much in a short time span. She could have served in many other places but You called her to the legislature of our wonderful province and we are grateful that she has taken on that role. May You also give her vision and keen insights into her role as opposition critic for Advanced Education, Youth and Labour Market Development. Strengthen all of her relationships especially that of her and her partner, Zak. Keep them both in prosperity and good health. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

At the age of 31 years-old, Michelle became the first woman elected as MLA in Nelson-Creston. Seven years earlier, in 2002, she set another record as the youngest person ever elected to Nelson City Council.

Michelle serves as opposition critic for Advanced Education, Youth and Labour Market Development.

Her university studies and her career in community development eventually brought her to Zambia, where she worked to better the lives of girls with HIV/AIDS. Michelle served as Nelson City Councillor (2002-2005); Community Coordinator, Nelson Committee on Homelessness; National Programs Assistant, YWCA Zambia; and managed the Nelson food security and micro-finance non-profit organizations.

Michelle holds a BA (Honours) in Political Science from University of Alberta and a MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University.

She was the 2008 Recipient of the National Social Sciences Humanities Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and is bilingual in English and French.

Michelle and her partner Zak reside in their Nelson home. They enjoy skiing, hiking, local arts and being active in the region.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

MLA: Hon. Don McRae - Comox Valley - Minister of Agriculture

Father in heaven, hear our prayer for  MLA: Hon Don McRae.  We thank You for him and ask that You be with him throughout his life in government.  May You see that he receives encouragement through his family, friends and coworkers.  Lord help him to walk a path where he will be able to achieve much. Your guidance be upon him in the many decisions that he must make.  Lord Jesus may his family life be blessed and protect them when he is away. May Your Holy Spirit guide him. We thank You in the mighty name of Jesus Christ the Lord. 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.