Thursday, August 30, 2012

MLA: Hon. John Yap - Richmond-Steveston - Minister of State for Multiculturalism

Father, we thank You for Minister John Yap and his commitment to our great province.  We ask that You would bless him daily as he works for the betterment of all the people in British Columbia.  Our prayer is that You would give him great wisdom as he leads us in all of the various areas that have been assigned to him. Give him a time of rest in these late days of summer and may he sense Your peace in his life on this day and into the future. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen

John Yap was appointed Minister of State for Multiculturalism on March 24, 2012.

MLA Yap was first elected in the riding of Richmond-Steveston in the 2005 provincial election. He was re-elected on May 12, 2009.

Yap previously served as the Minister of State for Climate Action and as the chair of the Government Caucus. He was also a member of the Treasury Board, the Legislative Review Cabinet Committee, as well as the Select Standing Committees of Public Accounts Crown Corporations and Finance and Government Services. He has also served as a member of the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture and was previously a member of the Finance and Government Services Committee.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MLA: Hon. Naomi Yamamoto - North Vancouver-Lonsdale - Minister of Advanced Education

Father we thank You for MLA: Hon. Naomi Yamamoto. We thank You that You have walked with her right from the beginning and have directed her every step. Her role as Minister of Advanced Education is vital in seeing that British Columbia and its citizens have the necessary skills that will keep this province in a leadership role both within Canada and the world. We pray that Your favor and blessing would cover her and that she would have supernatural wisdom, vision and direction that would guide her during this next season. May she have times of refreshing, relaxation and relationship in the midst of her busy schedule. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Naomi Yamamoto was elected as MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale in the 2009 general provincial election and was appointed Minister of Advanced Education on March 14, 2011.

Prior to this, Minister Yamamoto was appointed Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations in June 2009. On October 25, 2010, she was appointed as Minister of State for Building Code Renewal.

Minister Yamamoto had been the president and owner of Tora Design Group in North Vancouver for 21 years. She also enjoyed working with the business community as the president and general manager of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

She also served on the board of the North Shore Credit Union and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and was president of the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation. As well, she represented the North Vancouver Chamber on the North Shore 2010 Spirit Committee and Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism Association Board.

In 1997, Minister Yamamoto served as chair of the BC Chamber of Commerce. She completed a six-year term on the board of Capilano College, with the last three years as chair. She also enjoyed six years as a director of the North Shore Neighbourhood House.

In 2005, Naomi was appointed as an inaugural member of the Premier’s Small Business Roundtable.

In her role as Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations, Naomi Yamamoto is also the Premier’s representative to the Pacific North West Economic Region.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MLA: John van Dongen - Abbotsford South

Father we are grateful that You have John van Dongen as a member of our legislature. We thank You that Your word is a lamp to guide his feet and a light for his path (Psalm 119:105 NLT) and that you will prosper him abundantly in all the work of his hand (Deuteronomy 30:9.) You have called him by name and purposed for him to accomplish those things that you have put on his heart for the province of British Columbia and its citizens. May the knowledge and wisdom he has garnered over his seventeen years as an MLA continue to serve him well as he serves others. In Jesus' mighty name, we pray.

John van Dongen, one of the longest serving MLAs in the B.C. Legislature, has represented Abbotsford voters since 1995.

He was re-elected in 1996, 2001, and 2005 and began representing the new riding of Abbotsford South in the spring of 2009.  During that time, he has held a variety of posts, including Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety, Minister of State for Intergovernmental Relations and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

John has called Abbotsford home for more than 30 years, and before his election to the Legislative Assembly operated his own successful dairy farm.

He was actively involved in farm organizations and business for 20 years, serving as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Dairyland and as a board member of Agrifoods International Co-operative (Dairyland), BC Dairy Foundation, BC Federation of Dairyman’s Association and the Federal Farm Debt Review Board.

John, the oldest of seven children, was born in Canada after his parents emigrated from Holland.  He is the father to two adult sons and has two grandchildren. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of British Columbia.


Monday, August 27, 2012

MLA: Claire Trevena - North Island

Father we thank You for MLA: Claire Trevena. We are very thankful that You have ordered each of her steps and that Your hand is upon her. May she walk in Your wisdom, Your favour and Your revelation. We also thank You that You have specifically appointed her and called her for this time and this season. May You see that she receives an extra special dose of encouragement and strength from family, friends and colleagues this summer. In Jesus' name, we pray. 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, August 26, 2012

MLA: Joe Trasolini - Port Moody-Coquitlam

Lord Jesus, thank You for MLA: Joe Trasolini and his many years of experience on the Port Moody council and in his position as Mayor of Port Moody.  As he was recently elected to the legislature, we pray that You would help him adjust to his schedule and the many responsibilities in his constituency, as well as in the legislature.  We pray that You would also guide him in his capacity of Official Opposition Critic for Housing, Construction and Business Development.  Father, Your Word says, “I know the plans I have for You.  They are plans for good and not for harm, to give You a future and a hope”.  We pray You would use Joe to bring much good to the people of this great province.  Amen.

Joe Trasolini immigrated to British Columbia in 1963 from his birthplace in Italy. He graduated from the BCIT Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Technology Program, and worked in the public and private sector. Since 1985, Trasolini has owned and managed a contracting firm based in BC.

In 1996, Trasolini was elected to Port Moody City Council, and in 1999 was elected Mayor. During his four terms in the mayor’s office, Port Moody has received a number of awards for sustainability initiatives and good management practices. Trasolini was the first mayor in British Columbia to institute a weekly open door session, an opportunity for constituents to meet with the mayor and raise issues important to them.

Trasolini served as a Director of Metro Vancouver, and on the Translink Mayor’s Council where he has successfully secured funding for the Evergreen Line Skytrain expansion.

Joe was elected on April 19, 2012.  He currently serves as the official Opposition Critic for Housing, Construction, and Business Development.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

MLA: Jane Thornthwaite - North Vancouver-Seymour

Lord Jesus, thank You for MLA: Jane Thornthwaite and her servant’s heart towards her constituents and her colleagues in the Legislative Assembly.  We pray You would give her wisdom as she serves on the different committees in the legislature.  Direct her and use her background and talents to bless the people of North Vancouver-Seymour and British Columbia.  With so many responsibilities, help her to prioritize and be effective without feeling too stressed.  Protect her and her children and may they have times of closeness even amongst her busy schedule.  Bless her and her family with good health. Amen.

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 Committees 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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

MLA: Diane Thorne - Coquitlam-Maillardville

Dear Father in Heaven, thank You for MLA: Diane Thorne.  We pray that You would use her experience in business and social services to bless the people of our province and bring glory to You.  May she have Your sound judgment and insight as she serves as Deputy Opposition Critic for Education.  Help her, Lord, to find time to rest and enjoy her family as she works hard to better her constituency and our province.  We pray Diane would sense Your encouragement and strength each day and that You would bless her with good health. Amen.

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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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

Heavenly Father, You created us in Your image and likeness and told us to “rule over all the earth”.  You have entrusted the care and cultivation of the earth to humankind. Today our prayer is for MLA: Hon. Steve Thomson who plays a key role in the stewardship of resources in our province.  We ask that Your purposes would reign.  Establish the plans and goals that are in unity with Your plan and cause to fade away whatever is not from You.  Bless MLA: Thomson in his work and in his leisure.  May his family be safe, healthy and enjoy strong relationships. 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.


Monday, August 20, 2012

MLA: Ralph Sultan - West Vancouver-Capilano

Lord, we thank You for MLA: Ralph Sultan who has served his community and province for so many years.  We pray that his experience and expertise will be recognized and valued.  May the gifts You have given him continue to be used for the improvement of our province.  Give him clear understanding of the issues he deals with and focus his mind on solutions that fit Your plans for our province.  Bless his leisure this summer and may he enjoy wonderful times with family and friends. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

MLA: Dr. Moira Stilwell - Vancouver-Langara

Lord, our prayers today are for MLA: Dr Moira Stilwell who you love dearly.  You have appointed her to this position and so we ask that Your plans and purposes would be fulfilled in her life and work.  Bless her as she spends time with family, friends and constituents during the summer months.  Give her rest and relaxation and an ear that is open to sound suggestions and advice.  Develop the vision for her work this coming year and enable her to pursue the activities that are of greatest value.  We ask that she and her family would enjoy health and safety and rich times in their relationships.  Thank you for this gifted leader.  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.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

MLA: Ben Stewart - Westside-Kelowna

Father, as a businessman MLA: Ben Stewart understands business and the importance that businesses play in the economy of British Columbia.  We ask Father that You would give him wisdom and understanding and strategies as he deals with the issues and concerns that affect the people of this province to continue making this province a great place to live and raise a family.  We thank You for his insight and vision for the future. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

MLA: John Slater - Boundary-Similkameen

Father, we ask that You would be with MLA: John Slater as he works diligently for the people of Boundary-Similkameen and of all British Columbia. We ask that You would encourage him and sustain him and give him supernatural strength.  We thank You for Your peace that passes all of our natural understanding. May he walk in prosperity of heart, mind and body. In the mighty name of Jesus. 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.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

MLA: Shane Simpson - Vancouver-Hastings

Father we thank You for the servant's heart with which  MLA: Shane Simpson serves the people of his Vancouver-Hastings constituency.  We pray Father that as he looks for ways that will better the lives of individuals in British Columbia as Official Opposition Caucus Chair and critic for Labour that You grant him wisdom and revelation. We also ask that You would give him and his family rest this summer and that he be supernaturally refreshed and renewed. In Jesus' name, we pray. 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 Labour.

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.

Monday, August 13, 2012

MLA: Bob Simpson - Cariboo North

Lord bless MLA: Bob Simpson and all of his efforts on behalf of his constituents and all British Columbians. We thank You that You have a good, dedicated and committed man like MLA: Simpson in our legislative assembly. Your word says in Psalm 37:23 "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way." May You continue to give him direction, guidance and wisdom in carrying out his legislative duties. We pray also that You will provide new favor in the areas of resources and relationships that will lead to new opportunities to accomplish those things that You have given him to do. May his time with his family be even extra fulfilling for all family members during this next season. 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.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

MLA: Nicholas Simons - Powell River-Sunshine Coast

Lord Jesus, we are thankful for the freedom we enjoy in this beautifully awesome province You have created for us to live in. Part of Your creation for us in British Columbia are the legislators that govern us. We thank You for MLA: Nicholas Simons and are blessed to have a man like him as an MLA. We thank You for his heart for the areas of health, justice, social services and child welfare. We pray that You will lead and guide him to the resources, people and places to see that our province has legislation in place to insure that we have fair, just and equitable social services. Lord may he sense Your leading and guiding and give give him a supernatural rest even in the midst of his busy schedule. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 9, 2012

MLA: Michael Sather - Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows

Dearest Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your wisdom in leading Michael Sather, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows and Deputy Opposition Critic for Environment, to his place in our Legislature at this time.  Thank You, oh Sovereign of all, for the rich tapestry that is the life of MLA Sather and for choosing him to serve the people of our province in his current capacity.  We ask that You continue to direct his steps and to be there for him in his hour of need.  May he sense Your guidance and draw strength from the One who never grows tired or weary.  May You bless MLA Sather and his family with the abundance of Your loving kindness.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.

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.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

MLA: John Rustad - Nechako Lakes

Dearest Heavenly Father, You have chosen John Rustad as MLA for Nechako Lakes and Parliamentary Secretary for Silviculture to the Minister of Forests and Range to serve the people of British Columbia for such a time as this. We pray that You would continue to direct and place MLA Rustad where his abilities and experiences can be best used.  May he walk humbly and with integrity before You, showing himself approved, that You may increase his influence and allow Your will to be accomplished through him.  May he sense Your guiding hand upon him and may he feel the strength that comes only from You.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.

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 is a current member of the Select Standing Committee on Health, and has also been a member of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth, the Select Standing Committee on Education, the Selection Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services and the Select Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

MLA: Doug Routley - Nanaimo-North Cowichan

Dearest Heavenly Father, we thank You for the men and women who have a passion to help and serve others as Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan and Opposition Critic for Citizens’ Services and Open Government, does.  We pray that You would send refreshing to him to uplift his spirit and cause him to know that his time and efforts are appreciated.  May You direct his energies to where they could be best used and may You grant him success as he labours to accomplish all that You desire to accomplish through him.  May You cause him to walk with integrity and be an example to those within his sphere of influence.  May Your blessing rest upon him and his family.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.

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.

Monday, August 6, 2012

MLA: Bill Routley - Cowichan Valley

We pray for MLA: Bill Routley today.  We recognize that You have placed him in the unique role of MLA for Cowichan and that You have prepared him to serve in this way.  Thank You for the gifts that You have placed in his life that allow him to be a blessing to many people through this role.  Lord we pray that You would bless Bill’s life, his family, his staff and his work today. We ask that he would experience Your favor and help upon every part of his life.  Be with him.  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.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

MLA: Linda Reid - Richmond East

We thank You Lord for faithful people who give of their time and energy to serve others.  You know that Linda Reid has served faithfully as MLA in our province for a many years.  As she continues to serve the people of Richmond and her colleagues as Deputy Speaker, our prayer is that Your blessing would flow into her life and that she would experience every good thing that You have for her today and everyday.  May she know Your presence in her life in a rich and meaningful way. In Jesus name. 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.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

MLA: Bruce Ralston - Surrey-Whalley

We pray for MLA: Bruce Ralston today.  We are thankful for his service to our province and to the people of his constituency.  We pray for Your blessing upon his life.  Help him as he works with constituents and staff as an advocate.  As he serves as Finance critic, our prayer is that You would give him wisdom and insight.  Help him as he fills this important role within our province.  May he know Your strength, grace and favor in all that he does.  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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

MLA: Lana Popham - Saanich South

Lord Jesus, we thank You for MLA: Lana Popham and her willingness to serve the province of British Columbia and her riding of Saanich South. We are grateful for her heart that wants to make the political, environmental and economic environment of this province a better place for all citizens. Father, we pray that You would continue to give her Your wisdom, strength, guidance and joy as she fulfills her various roles as a MLA. May You see that she spends the right amount of time with family and friends this summer in order to feel relaxed and rejuvenated as she continues tackling the challenges of government. Thank You Jesus. 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.