Thursday, June 28, 2012

MLA: John Horgan - Juan de Fuca

Father, we thank You for MLA:John Horgan. Lord, You have called him by name and You have chosen him to be a voice in the government here in British Columbia. We pray that You would guide and direct his every step and that Your wisdom, revelation and favor would follow him wherever he goes. We also thank You that Your blessing now rests on him and his family. In Jesus' name we pray.

John Horgan was elected as the MLA for Malahat-Juan de Fuca on May 17, 2005, and re-elected to the reconfigured riding of Juan de Fuca on May 12, 2009.

John serves as Official Opposition House Leader and is the opposition critic for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

John was born and raised in Victoria.

A former long time public servant, he started his career in  Ottawa working in the House of Commons before returning to British Columbia to work for the provincial government. He has also worked in the private sector, running a management and consulting company.

John has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and completed his Master of Arts at Sydney University in Australia.

John and his wife Ellie have two sons who attend the University of Victoria

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

MLA: Gordon Hogg - Surrey-White Rock

Dear God, we thank You for MLA: Gordon Hogg and his heart to serve the people of his constituency and this province. Bless him with wisdom and discernment in his position of Parliamentary Secretary and as he serves on the Family First and Open Government cabinet committees. We pray he will sense Your presence and know that You are his ever present help in times of need. Help him to be succssesful as he works to improve his constituency and the province. Protect him and his family as he travels and give him good health. Amen.

Gordon Hogg was first elected to represent the riding of Surrey-White Rock in a 1997 bi-election. He was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and again in 2009.

Gordon is currently the Parliamentary Secretary for Non-profit Partnerships to the Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government. He also serves on various committees, including the Cabinet Committee on Families First and the Cabinet Committee on Open Government and Engagement.

Previously, he served as Parliamentary Secretary for Social Entrepreneurship to the Minister of Finance and a member of the Select Standing Committees on Education, Aboriginal Affairs and Crown Corporations. He is also the former Minister of State for Mining, Minister of State for ActNow BC and Minister of Children and Family Development.

He previously served as Minister of State for ActNow BC and Minister of Children and Family Development.

Mr. Hogg also served as chair of the Government Caucus and was a member of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee. He was also the chair of the Seniors Caucus Committee and has served on the Cabinet Committee for Agenda Development and the Select Standing Committees on Finance and Government Services; Sustainable Aquaculture; Children and Youth; Health and Social Services; Justice; Constitutional Affairs; and Intergovernmental Relations.

Previously, Mr. Hogg served as the Official Opposition Critic for education and human resources and was also a member of the Official Opposition Caucus Committees on Health and Education.

Mr. Hogg was a counsellor, probation officer and regional director for corrections prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly. He received his bachelor of arts in sociology and psychology from the University of British Columbia and his master’s degree in psychology from Antioch College

Mr. Hogg served on White Rock council for 20 years, for 10 of which he was mayor. He has been a board member of more than 15 committees and non-profit societies, including the Peace Arch Community Health Council and Peace Arch District Hospital. He has also been a foster parent and little league coach.

Gordon and his wife, LaVerne, live in White Rock and have one son.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

MLA: Kash Heed - Vancouver-Fraserview

Lord Jesus, we lift up MLA: Kash Heed as he represents the people of Vancouver-Fraserview. We pray he will sense Your love and encouragement each day as he serves the people of this province in the capacity of elected official. Your word says in Isaiah 55 that our thoughts are not  Your thoughts and our ways are not Your ways. We pray he would have Your thoughts and know Your ways as he makes decisions concerning his constituents and the people of British Columbia. We pray Your blessings upon him, his wife and young daughter. Amen.

Kash Heed was appointed Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General on June 10, 2009.

Minister Heed was elected MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview in the 2009 general provincial election.

Kash graduated from the B.C. Police Academy in 1979 and has spent the past 30 years serving the public in law enforcement.

Kash began his career as an officer with the Vancouver Police Department where he moved through the ranks of Constable, Detective, Sergeant, Inspector and Superintendent. During this same time, he completed his BA and MA at Simon Fraser University part-time.

While Superintendent in charge of the south part of Vancouver, and as an Inspector in the southeast quadrant of Vancouver he created the Gang Violence Task Force.

Heed was also head of the drug squad, led the Indo-Canadian gang task force and launched the COMPSTAT system, using computer technology to track crime.

In 2007, Kash was appointed Chief of the West Vancouver Police Department.

Kash lives in Richmond with his wife and new daughter.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Flooding Situation

Heavenly Father, you see what is happening in our province today.  From Sicamous to Prince George to Chilliwack and beyond, flood waters are impacting and threatening thousands of people.  We ask today that You would intervene in this situation and cause the waters to begin to recede.  We ask that You would cause the rain to stop and that the melt rate would slow so that the rivers could contain the water. 

We pray today for civic leaders and workers who are dealing with the current situation and we ask that You would give them Your wisdom and Your strength as they seek to protect the communities from the rising water.  Help them as they plan, fill sandbags and build dikes.  Keep them safe from harm.

We ask this in Jesus Name.  Amen

MLA: Dave S. Hayer - Surrey-Tynehead

Lord Jesus, thank You for MLA: Dave Hayer and his willingness and dedication to serve the people of Surrey - Tynehead.  Strengthen him as he carries out the many tasks and responsibilities in his constituency and the province. Give him wisdom and success in his endevours as a public servant. May he know the value You place on him and how much You love him. Keep him in good health and bless his relationships with his wife and  family. 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.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

MLA: Randy Hawes - Abbotsford-Mission

Lord we thank You for MLA: Randy Hawes a leader who has deep roots in the community of Abbotsford-Mission that he serves.  We pray that You will lead him by Your love and truth and may he always hold firmly to that which is good.  May his plans be according to Your will and be of great benefit to the citizens of our province.  Give him Godly wisdom when making difficult choices and may he always act in Your love. We pray that he will also continue to experience the truth of your word that says that “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." This we pray in Jesus' name. 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.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

MLA: Colin Hansen - Vancouver-Quilchena

Heavenly Father, we pray that MLA: Colin Hansen will govern fairly and be merciful, unselfish, and sensitive to peoples' needs.  Give him discernment, understanding and knowledge as he leads so that our province may know stability and strength.  Surround him with good staff and advisers.  May they conduct their affairs in accordance with the will and purposes of God.  Bless his family with good health, strong relationships and happiness.  May they be aware of Your love and care for them.

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 Vancouve

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

MLA: Sue Hammell - Surrey-Green Timbers

Lord, We pray Your blessing on MLA: Sue Hammell.  Thank You for her years of dedicated public service.  You have placed special interests and concerns in her heart and appointed her to this position.  May she be guided by a healthy compassion and clear understanding.  Let her speak truth that is recognized and acted upon. Make her aware of Your love and power surrounding her and her family through the summer months.  In Jesus name, Amen.

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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

MLA: Guy Gentner - Delta North

Father, we pray that MLA: Guy Genter would have unique ideas as he increases the dialogue between the residents of British Columbia and legislative leaders. May You also give him creative ways to educate people on governmental issues that affect our province. We ask that there would be clarity of purpose and clear communication. Bless MLA: Genter and his family and may they have special family time this summer as well as rest. 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.

Monday, June 18, 2012

MLA: Scott Fraser - Alberni-Pacific Rim

Father, we ask for blessing and favor for MLA: Scott Fraser. We ask that where there is transition and where transformation is needed You would lead and guide him. Give him quick revelation, understanding and wisdom. We ask that his relationships would be trustworthy and dependable. Lord we also pray that You will watch over and protect him and his family. We ask this in the name of Jesus. 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.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

MLA: Eric Foster - Vernon-Monashee

Father, we thank You for the dedication and commitment that MLA: Eric Foster models. We pray that he will be in perfect peace as he moves into new strategies and that Your blessings will follow him. As summer approaches we ask that there will be rest times with family and those that are close in authentic relationship.  We pray also that his strength is renewed. In the name of Jesus, 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.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

MLA: Rob Fleming - Victoria-Swan Lake

Lord Jesus You have told us in Your word in Hebrews 13:5 that "I will never leave nor forsake you.". We pray for MLA: Rob Fleming and ask that he will feel Your presence with him as he goes about his days serving the people of Victoria-swan Lake and British Columbia. We ask Lord that You would continue to add Your wisdom, strength and vision to the experience he has already acquired over his years in the public sector so that he can accomplish all that You have given him to do. May he have a summer filled with a supernatural dose of Your productivity while at the same time experiencing many a joyous time with family and friends. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

Rob Fleming was elected on May 17, 2005 as the MLA for Victoria-Hillside, and re-elected on May 12, 2009 as the MLA for the re-configured constituency of Victoria-Swan Lake.

Rob serves as opposition critic for Environment.

Rob has served as critic for the environment and post-secondary and sat as chair of the legislature’s Public Accounts committee.

Rob served two terms as a Victoria City Councilor before his election to the legislature. He chaired the city’s finance committee and represented Victoria at the Capital Regional District, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, the Capital Housing Corporation and Tourism Victoria.

Rob has been involved in a number of community organizations, including the Work Place, the Veins of Life Watershed Society, and the Victoria Cool Aid Society Foundation.

Rob received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Victoria and has worked in research and communications.

Rob lives in Victoria with his wife Maura, daughter Rory and son Jack. He is a dedicated soccer fan and player, and an avid user of Victoria's parks and beaches.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MLA: Mike Farnworth - Port Coquitlam

Lord we want to thank You for the political leaders we have in our Legislature here in British Columbia. Today we ask a special blessing on MLA: Mike Farnsworth. We are grateful for his life of public service to our province as an MLA and as a city Councillor.  We pray that You will continue give him keen insight as to where, how and with who to connect in order that he may fulfill the mandate that You have for this province and its people. Continue to keep him in good health. May he have a productive summer while at the same time enjoying a time of relaxation and renewing of relationships with family and friends. 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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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

Father God, we want to thank You for the political leadership that we have in British Columbia. Today we pray for MLA: Hon. Kevin Falcon Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance. We are grateful for the experience that he brings to this important portfolio. We pray that You will give him a time of rest and refreshing with family and friends this summer. During this refreshing we pray that You will also give him supernatural and innovative ideas and vision that will lead to increases in revenue in order to be able to provide for as many of our citizens as possible. 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.

Monday, June 11, 2012

MLA: Mable Elmore - Vancouver-Kensington

Dearest Heavenly Father, Mable Elmore, MLA for Vancouver-Kensington and Opposition Critic for Multiculturalism, Child Care and Early Learning, is a vessel chosen by You to serve the people of our province with her unique talents and experiences.  May she be blessed as she serves and may her experiences and involvements in government cause her to grow in wisdom so that she would be even more valuable to You in this regard.  Help her to see Your hand involved in even the most mundane tasks and may she feel the strength of Your presence in her moments of weariness.  We ask this in Jesus’ Name.

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. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

MLA: Doug Donaldson - Stikine

Dearest Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your wisdom in appointing Doug Donaldson as MLA for Stikine and as Deputy Opposition Critic for Finance and Energy for such a time as this.  Thank You for the education and experiences that have shaped MLA Donaldson and are now being used to serve the people of British Columbia.  Guide his thoughts and place him in any capacity that would be of greatest benefit in building and strengthening our province and the people who live here.  May he and his family enjoy good health and refreshing times of rest together.  We ask this in Jesus’ Name.

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.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

MLA: Adrian Dix - Vancouver-Kingsway

Dearest Heavenly Father, as MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway and Leader of the Opposition in the BC Legislature, we ask Your guiding hand and Spirit of Wisdom to rest upon MLA: Adrian Dix.  We pray that Your plans and goals would be contended for through MLA Dix and that he would be an instrument for blessing to our province.  Surround him with men and women of good counsel and may the decisions he makes and the direction he gives be integral and in line with Your Word.  Bless him with an uplifted and refreshed spirit.  We ask this in Jesus’ Name.

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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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

Lord, we pray for MLA: Hon. Michael de Jong today.  Help him as he oversees the healthcare system in our province.  We ask that You would bless him today with great discernment as he confronts the many challenges of providing healthcare to British Columbians.  Help him as he makes decisions and relates to healthcare providers.  May he know Your wisdom and love today.  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.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MLA: Marc Dalton - Maple Ridge-Mission

Heavenly Father, we ask that You would bless MLA: Marc Dalton today as he serves the people of Maple Ridge -  Mission.  As he deals with regional, provincial and constituent issues, give him Your wisdom, insight and favor.  Use him to be a blessing to those he serves and works with.  Strengthen him as he gives his best to those around him.  We ask this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Marc Dalton was elected as MLA to represent the riding of Maple Ridge-Mission on May 12, 2009.
Previously, Marc worked as a long-time teacher in the Maple Ridge School District at both the elementary and high school levels.  He has a Bachelors Degree in French and History and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, both from Simon Fraser University. Raised in a military family he lived in bases across the country and served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves after graduating. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Maple Ridge.

Mr. Dalton is Aboriginal (Metis) and speaks French.  He has led student exchanges to Quebec to promote unity, French language fluency and an appreciation of Canadian culture. He has attended the Teachers Institute of Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa and has been active in politics at all different levels over the past 25 years.
Mr. Dalton is a resident of Maple Ridge and has been married to his wife, Marlene, for 24 years.  They have three grown children.

For several years, Mr. Dalton worked as a volunteer with youth and reaching out to the needy. Currently, he and Marlene are involved with feeding the homeless in downtown Maple Ridge.

Monday, June 4, 2012

MLA: Kathy Corrigan - Burnaby-Deer Lake

Heavenly Father, we ask that MLA: Kathy Corrigan would experience Your blessing in her life today.  Thank You for a lifetime of service to others through her many volunteer activities and community service.  We pray that You would help her as she serves her constituents in Burnaby-Deer Lake as MLA and the people of British Columbia as critic for Public Safety and Corrections.  Grant her strength, wisdom, courage and discernment as she gives herself to service and leadership.  We ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.

Kathy Corrigan was elected MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake in 2009 and serves as Official Opposition Deputy Caucus Chair, Public Safety and Corrections critic and Women's critic.

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.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

MLA: Gary Coons - North Coast

Lord, hear our prayers for MLA: Gary Coons. We pray that You, Lord, will give him strength, peace, and wisdom in decisions as he is in leadership in our province. May he bring many good ideas and have good success in his work on behalf of those who have elected him to his position.  We pray that he will receive daily strength from You Lord to accomplish all the things that he needs to. May he receive encouragement from his colleagues as well as You. May he feel Your love for him  in a tangible way as he goes about his day and provide for him all of his needs. Please also continue to give him a happy home from which to work. All these request are made in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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.