Thursday, November 29, 2012

MLA: Bruce Ralston - Surrey-Whalley

Heavenly Father, we thank You for laying the path that brought Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley and Opposition Critic for Finance and Public Accounts, to this position at this point in time. We thank You for the experience and expertise he brings and ask that You use him to further Your purposes and will for our province.  May You grant him great vision and insight into Your plans and may he be used as an influential voice You can speak through. May he encourage his peers to follow the path You have shown him, the best path, to the benefit of the people of British Columbia and beyond.  Bless his family and may they discover the truth of Your Word.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.

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

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

Bruce is a lawyer in Surrey, where he has operated his own law firm for 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, November 28, 2012

MLA: Lana Popham - Saanich South

Father, we ask that Your guiding hand be upon MLA: Lana Popham.  Bring her thoughts and ideas in line with Your will and plans that she may be a mighty force to bring about all that You purpose for her to accomplish.  May her expertise and experience be used for to bless and may her influence over others be used to further Your wonderful plans for our province.  As she follows Your leading and Your voice widen her sphere of influence and show Your greatness through her.  Bless MLA Popham and her family with health and prosperity during this season of celebrating Your birth. We ask this in Jesus’ name.

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

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

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

Lana has an extensive track record as a community leader, advocate and environmental activist. For example, her recent contributions include being a:

    Member of Saanich's Planning, Transportation and Economic Development Committee,
    President the Vancouver Island Grape Growers Association,
    Chair of the Certification Committee for the Islands Organic Producers Association,
    Commissioner on the Peninsula Agricultural Commission, and a
    Voting Member of the Agri-Food Initiative Advisory Committee.

In late 2007, Lana launched a campaign called “Think Outside the Bag” to reduce the use of disposable bags. While initially dismissed by cynics, in less than two years this campaign has helped to dramatically change how consumers use plastic bags 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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MLA: Hon. Mary Polak - Langley - Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your sovereign appointment of the MLA for Langley, the Honourable Mary Polak, as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.  In Your wisdom, You have brought her to this position to bring about the plans and designs You have for our province at this time.  May You guide and instruct her and grant her all the wisdom necessary to carry out Your plans and desires relating to this Ministry.  May great insight and understanding be hers and may Your path be clear before her.  Lord may Your will be done as you give Minister Polack the courage and decisiveness necessary in making decisions.  Bless her with health and surround her with loving friends.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Mary Polak was appointed Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure on September 5, 2012.

She was re-elected to the B.C. Legislature in 2009, having represented the constituents of Langley since 2005.

Prior to her new post, Mary served as the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Children and Family Development and Minister Responsible for Child Care, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, andParliamentary 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 on 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 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 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.

Monday, November 26, 2012

MLA: Pat Pimm - Peace River North

Thank You, Lord, for MLA: Pat Pimm.  Bless him as he serves the people of Peace River North.  You have entrusted him to represent a wealthy and prosperous part of our province.  Help him as he does his best to serve his constituents by working as an advocate and representative on their behalf.  We ask that You would bless his family and those who are closest to him throughout this holiday season.  Amen.

Pat Pimm was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Northeast on September 5, 2012.

First elected MLA for Peace River North in the 2009 provincial election, he also serves as the deputy whip for the government caucus.

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.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

MLA: Gwen O'Mahony - Chilliwack-Hope

Heavenly Father, we pray for MLA: Gwen O'Mahony today.  Thank You for a lifetime of service to people around her.  We pray that You would help her as she serves both her constituents and the people of British Columbia.  Help her as she acts as an advocate and facilitator for the people in her community.  Give her wisdom, courage and strength as she fulfills her various duties. Amen.

Gwen O'Mahony was elected as the MLA for Chilliwack-Hope in a by-election on April 19, 2012.

Gwen serves as the official opposition critic for Skills Training and as deputy Advanced Education critic.

Even before entering politics, Gwen made her living looking out for people's well-being. She has specialized training in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Pre-Med, and worked as a health advocate at a home for adults with developmental disabilities.

Her past experience in the private sector has helped her understand the many challenges facing small and medium-sized businesses. She is also Past President of the Abbotsford Rotaract, a college and career extension of the Rotary, and has dedicated extensive time to community environmental issues.

Gwen lives in Chilliwack.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

MLA: Michelle Mungall - Nelson-Creston

Lord, We thank You for young leaders like Michelle Mungall who bring with them experience and wisdom beyond their years and also the energy and passion to serve others.  We pray that You would bless her life today.  Help her to be effective as she serves her constituents and the people of British Columbia.  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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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

We thank You, God, for MLA: Hon. Don McRae as we lift him up to You today in prayer.  Father, thank You for his many leadership qualities that enable him to carry out his responsibilities well. May he be able to think clearly and use effective problem solving skills in his day to day tasks as Minister of Education.  Give him quality time with his wife and family during his busy work week.  We are also grateful for his willingness to serve the riding of Comox Valley and ask that You would continue to bless Minister McRae and his family.  In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen.

Don McRae was appointed Minister of Education on September 5, 2012.

He was elected on May 12, 2009 as MLA for the riding of Comox Valley and previously served as Minister of Agriculture.

Don also 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 14 years he 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 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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MLA: Mary McNeil - Vancouver-False Creek

Father, we bring MLA: Mary McNeill to You today and thank You for her dedication to this province.  As she works in the those areas that she is responsible for give her strength to do her job most effectively.  Please also give her days for relaxing and spending time with her family and friends.  Thank You for the talents and abilities that enable Mary to serve her riding and this province as ably as she does. Bless her we pray, in Jesus' name, Amen.

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

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

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

Mary was born and educated in Vancouver and has lived in Yaletown for 15 years with her husband of 41 years, Rod. She has raised four daughters and currently has 13 grandchildren.

Monday, November 19, 2012

MLA: Joan McIntyre - West Vancouver-Sea to Sky

God, we thank You for MLA: Joan McIntyre and we ask You to bless her with good health and lots of energy to do her job.  Give her wisdom in her role on the Cabinet Committee for Families First as she endeavors to make positive changes in this area. Thank You for her willingness to serve the province and her riding of Vancouver-Sea to Sky. May she continue to find joy in her work and be energized by the people and activities around her. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 18, 2012

MLA: Norm Macdonald - Columbia River-Revelstoke

Father God, it is with sincerity that we pray for MLA: Norm Macdonald at this time.  You know the needs of this man as he works on issues for the people who have elected him to serve in our Legislative Assembly. We ask by the power of Your Holy Spirit that You will lead, guide and prompt him in all that he does.  May You show him how much he is appreciated for all his efforts on our behalf and may he receive encouraging words from friends. Lord God please give MLA Macdonald strength and wisdom for the future. All this we ask in the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ our Lord. 

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

Norm serves as opposition critic for Forests and Range.

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

He has a further six years experience teaching in Africa.

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

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

MLA: Hon. Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid - Vancouver-Fairview - Minister of Health

Our Father, we pray for MLA: Hon. Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid. The possibilities of the difference that one person can make is great. So we ask that You will be with her and guide her in all her various roles and responsibilities. Thank You Lord for Minister MacDiarmid and her willingness to engage in the demanding job of leadership.  We ask that You would encourage her by enhancing her already numerous skills and abilities and allowing her to keep focused on the important issues that she faces on a daily basis especially as relates to her role as Minister of Health.  We pray that she will be encouraged along the way by her family, friends and legislative colleagues. All in Jesus' Name we pray Amen.

Margaret MacDiarmid was appointed Minister of Health on September 5, 2012.

Elected MLA for Vancouver-Fairview in the 2009 general provincial election, Margaret previously served as Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government, Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment and Minister Responsible for Intergovernmental Relations and Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Early Learning and Literacy.

Margaret has been a family physician for 23 years. She served on the board of the BC Medical Association for 12 years and was president in 2006-2007. The BCMA is a voluntary association of 11,000 members comprised of British Columbia's physicians, medical residents, and medical students. During her time with the BCMA, Margaret met with key leaders from government and other organizations.

Margaret experienced the health care system as a patient after an early diagnosis of breast cancer in 2007. She received treatment and has fully recovered.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Margaret and her husband Robert moved to Rossland, B.C. in 1989. Since the mid-1990s, both Robert’s and Margaret’s work brought them more frequently to Vancouver, where ultimately they decided to settle. Margaret enjoys golf, bridge, playing piano, kayaking, and treasures the time she spends with family and friends.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

MLA: Hon. Norm Letnick - Kelowna-Lake Country - Minister of Agriculture

God Almighty, we pray for MLA: Hon. Norm Letnick whom You know personally and who You have placed in our legislature. We pray that You will guide him as an agent of change for his constituency and as Minister of Agriculture. Lord, You have shown us many examples where You have given strength, guidance and wisdom to government leaders. We pray that You will continue to give Minister Letnick supernatural confidence, ability and quick understanding in all areas of his leadership. May he be encouraged by You Lord and his colleagues as he moves forward day by day. We pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Norm Letnick was appointed Minister of Agriculture on September 5, 2012.

He was elected as MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country on May 12, 2009 in the provincial general election.

Norm was the Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Health and served on the Legislative Review Committee. Previously, he was on the Select Standing Committees on Public Accounts, as well as Finance and Government Services

His previous community involvement includes serving on Kelowna City Council from 2005-2008, sitting on the council of St. Charles Garnier Parish, president of the Kelowna Gyro Club, and Rotary Club past president.

As a city councilor, Norm served on the Housing Committee; the Downtown Entertainment District Task Force; the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Task Forces; as chair of the city’s Affordable and Special Needs Housing Task Force; and served on the central Okanagan on the province’s single business license implementation committee. Prior to being elected to Kelowna City Council, Norm served on both the City of Kelowna’s Entertainment District Task Force and Roads Task Force.

Before moving to Kelowna, Norm lived in Banff and owned two H&R Block franchises, a Motorola dealership, and a computer store. He served on the Banff Tourism Bureau, as president of the Banff Rotary Club, secretary/treasurer of the Banff Shine Club, and was chairman of both the Banff Hospital Board and Municipal Planning Commission. Norm also served the Banff community as a city councilor, first elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1995. He was also president of the Banff Housing Corporation developing over $20 million in affordable housing.

Before being elected as MLA, Norm was a tenured Associate Professor in the business program at Okanagan University College. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Rhodes Scholarship Nomination from the University of Calgary, a Master of Business Administration degree from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in health economics at UBC Okanagan. His thesis focus is on the effectiveness of Divisions of Family Practice.

Norm was the 2009 recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Regional Community Champion Award for his work with the Gala of Hope, helping to fund raise $624,000 over three years.

Norm speaks fluent French, enjoys sports, reading, good movies and helping others reach their full potential. He and his wife Helene have three children.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MLA: John Les - Chilliwack

What a privilege is ours today to pray for MLA: John Les who has served in the legislature under several portfolios and  many committees since 2001. He has always shown great dedication and care for his constituents in Chilliwack as well as the people of British Columbia. In this season of transition, we pray earnestly for leading and guidance as he returns to his community life in Chilliwack. We pray, Dear Lord, Your will be done in his life as he seeks direction for the future. Our prayers and thanks go out to his family for the many years of sacrifice of his time and presence. We ask that good health, joy and peace will be theirs in abundance. In Jesus' precious name. Amen.

John Les is currently the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier. He previously served as Parliamentary Secretary for HST Information to the Minister of Finance.

John was re-elected as MLA to represent the new riding of Chilliwack in the spring of 2009. He has also served as Solicitor General, and Minister of Small Business and Economic Development.

Mr. Les was first elected to represent the riding of Chilliwack-Sumas in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.

He served as Government Caucus Chair, and also chaired the Legislative Special Committee on the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. Mr. Les has served on the Government Caucus Committee on Economy and Government Operations, as well as the Select Standing Committee on Crown Corporations. He has also been chair of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, and was formerly a member of the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills.

Before being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Les served for three years as a Chilliwack municipal councillor before he became Mayor from 1987 to 1999. During his 13 years as Mayor, he served on a number of bodies, including Chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District; Trustee of the Municipal Finance Authority of B.C.; Director of Union of BC Municipalities; and President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

In his private business career, Mr. Les was a partner in a Chilliwack dairy operation, an award-winning realtor, as well as the owner of a successful land development company

Mr. Les is an Honorary Rotarian, who was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his exemplary community service, by the Rotary Club of Chilliwack.

Mr. Les and his wife Mattie live in Chilliwack and have six children and 15 grandchildren.

Monday, November 12, 2012

MLA: Blair Lekstrom - Peace River South

As we pray for MLA: Blair Lekstrom, we give thanks for this man of integrity and the respectful propriety that he displays at all times for his colleagues and in the legislature.  His many of hours of hard work and contribution to this province is appreciated and valued. Our Father, we ask that You will continue to cover him with Your love and care as he enters this new stage of his life.  We ask for Your divine wisdom and guidance as he serves in whatever capacity You are calling him to.  As You direct his path, we pray for an infilling of renewed energy.  Keep him and his family safe, well and filled with Your joy and grace. In Jesus' name, we pray.

Blair Lekstrom served as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure from March 2011, to September, 2012. His previous cabinet positions include Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Minister of Community Development.

As a lifelong resident of Dawson Creek in Northern British Columbia, Minister Lekstrom was first elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Peace River South riding in 2001. He has since been re-elected three times, most recently in 2009.

Minister Lekstrom has always been active in his community, and before becoming a member of the provincial government, he served as Mayor of the City of Dawson Creek. He was elected to this position in 1996, after serving three years as a city councillor.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

MLA: Richard T. Lee - Burnaby North

We give thanks for MLA: Richard Lee and a decade of his fruitful and steadfast service to our Province. Over the years he has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the many and varied  Cabinet Committees he has served on . Lord, continue to guide him in his current positions as Parliamentary Secretary for Asia-Pacific and as a member of the Cabinet Committee on Open Government. we pray specifically that You will grant him wisdom and discernment in his role on the Select Standing Committee on Children & Youth as they are our greatest natural resource.  We also pray for his continued good health. Grant him ample quality time with his family who sacrifice so much while he is traveling in fulfillment of his duties. May they all be abundantly blessed. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Richard T. Lee was first elected as the MLA for the riding of Burnaby North in 2001 and was re-elected in May 2005 and 2009. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Asia-Pacific on September 26, 2011.

Currently, Richard also serves as member of the Cabinet Committee on Open Government and Engagement, the Select Standing Committees on Children and Youth, Health and Legislative Initiatives.

Previously, Richard served as Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism (2011) and Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia-Pacific Initiative (2005-2011), Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner, and Chair of Government Caucus Asian Economic Development Committee.

He was also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Climate Action and Clean Energy, the Parliamentary Select Standing Committees on Education, Public Accounts, and Finance and Government Services, the Special Committees to Review the Police Complaint Process and to Appoint a Police Complaint Commissioner, the Government Caucus Committee on Economy and Government Operations and the GCC on Multiculturalism and Diversity.

Before being elected to the Legislature, Richard was a programmer analyst at TRIUMF, Canada's national particle research facility. In 1976 he earned a Combined Honours Bachelor of Science degree from UBC in physics and mathematics, and in 1980 a Masters of Science from UBC in Applied Mathematics. While studying, Richard worked as a research assistant from 1975 to 1977 and then as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1979 with the Department of Mathematics at UBC. From 1979 to 1982 he worked as a programmer at TRIUMF and in 1982 became a programmer analyst. Richard attended the United States Particle Accelerator School at Berkeley in 1989 and once again in 1990 at Harvard University.

Richard's community service includes: British Columbia Heritage Language Association director; Burnaby District Parents’ Advisory Council member, Burnaby Chinese Parents Association vice-president; Burnaby Multicultural Society director; Burnaby Voters Non-Partisan Association director; and Civic Education Society director.

In 1971, Richard moved to British Columbia, where his grandfather settled in 1913. He and his wife Anne married in 1986 and have lived in Burnaby since then. They have three children.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

MLA: Harry Lali - Fraser-Nicola

A wise man will hear and increase learning and a man of understanding will attain wise council.  Proverbs 1:5
God, our prayers today are for MLA: Harry Lali representing Fraser-Nicola. We pray for the health and energy he needs to fulfill the mandate given to him by the voters of his constituency. We are grateful that he has served his adoptive country well in many different disciplines over many years. We pray that he will have a long and prosperous life and that You will allow him to continue tenaciously giving of his time and treasure. Oh Lord,  give him the desires of his heart for the citizens of British Columbia.  Bless and keep his family safe and supportive of his endeavors.  We pray in the precious name of our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Harry Lali served as Minister of Transportation and Highways from February, 1998, to February, 2001. He was the longest serving NDP Highways Minister in British Columbia. Previously, Harry served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests from June, 1996, to February, 1998.

Harry serves as opposition critic for community and rural development.

In 1988, Harry was elected City Councillor in Merritt for one term. In 1991, Harry was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Yale-Lillooet, re-elected M.L.A. in 1996, and 2005. He was elected to a fourth term on May 12, 2009.

Harry is 51 years old and was born in Jullundur District, Punjab, and currently lives in Merritt. He was educated at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and South Asia Area Studies. Harry is the founder of the group that established the Chair of Punjabi and Sikh Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Before his election to the Legislature, Harry was an Employment Counsellor for the federally-sponsored Merritt Outreach Program from 1986 – 1991. He has also worked at MOSAIC in Vancouver. Harry is a former member of the IWA Local 1-417 when he spent 11 summers working in the sawmill industry in Interior B.C. Harry is also a former co-owner of a sporting goods store.

From 2001 – 2006 Harry owned his own business that was involved in international development and technology transfer to developing countries, namely in the field of environmental technologies and power generation.

Harry and his wife, Rani, are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MLA: Hon. Dr. Terry Lake - Kamloops-North Thompson - Minister of Environment

"He who follows righteousness and mercy, finds life, righteousness and honour". Proverbs 21:20

Heavenly Father You have placed us in charge of this beautiful planet You have given to us as our home.  We pray for MLA: Hon. Dr. Terry Lake, the Minister of the Environment that You will give him great insight into the troubling problems that beset Your marvelous creation and direct him to solutions for the environmental issues we face today.  Heavenly Father,  we know that You love this world and individuals like MLA Lake and others of like mind and pray Your divine guidance for them. Energize him and grant him wisdom, patience, understanding and insight into Your laws that govern the natural world. We pray this in the name of Your beloved son, Jesus. Amen.

Terry Lake is MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson and Minister of Environment.

Previously, he was the Parliamentary Secretary for Health Promotion to the Minister of Health Services. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary for the Ranching Task Force to the Minister of Agriculture and Lands. He was elected MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson on May 12, 2009.

Terry also served on Selecting Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs, Health, and Legislative Initiatives. He was also a member of the Early Childhood Education Innovations Committee.

A veterinarian by profession, Terry served as the Mayor of the City of Kamloops from 2005-2008 and as a city councillor from 2002-2005, a time when Kamloops reached record employment and construction, and was recognized for service to residents by the National Quality Institute.

Terry is a recipient of the BC Veterinary Medical Association Award of Merit for service to the profession and has served as Vice President of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and Vice President of the Union of BC Municipalities. He was a member of the BC Transit Board of Directors for three years when transit service increased dramatically in Kamloops.

Community service has long been a part of Terry’s life whether serving as president of the Coquitlam Rotary Club in the 1990s or as president of the Kamloops Recreational Soccer League. One of his most rewarding experiences was traveling with Developing World Connections to Tangalle, Sri Lanka in 2008 to assist with tsunami relief.

Terry and his wife Lisa have three daughters, a dog and a cat.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MLA: Jenny Wai Ching Kwan - Vancouver-Mount Pleasant

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be moved and the mountains be cast into the midst of the sea." Psalm 46:1

Lord, MLA: Jenny Kwan has many firsts to her name and has served her adopted country with courage and tenacity over many years. We ask that You continue blessing her endeavors that are aimed at improving the lot of our citizens and in particular those that are less fortunate.  May she continue to bring to the legislature the skills and passion she has demonstrated over the past years. Encourage her heart and may she know that she is making a valuable contribution while serving in opposition.  Bless and keep her family well and happy.  In Jesus' blessed name we pray. Amen.

Jenny Kwan was first elected as the MLA for Vancouver - Mount Pleasant in 1996, becoming one of the first Chinese-Canadians to sit in BC's Legislative Assembly and the first Chinese Canadian Cabinet Minister in the history of B.C. She was re-elected in 2001, 2005 and again on May 12, 2009.

Jenny serves as opposition critic for Jobs, Economic Development and Trade.

Born in Hong Kong, Jenny Wai Ching Kwan immigrated to Canada with her family when she was nine years old.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) from Simon Fraser University. Jenny began working as a community legal advocate in the Downtown Eastside shortly after graduation.

Jenny was elected to Vancouver City Council in 1993 --becoming the youngest councillor in Vancouver’s history -- and served for three years as the sole representative of Vancouver's progressive municipal political party, COPE.

In 1998 Jenny was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs, becoming BC's first Chinese-Canadian cabinet minister. Jenny also served as Minister of Women's Equality and Minister of Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers and was the provincial government’s lead person in developing the Vancouver Agreement.

Jenny is married and lives in East Vancouver with her husband, daughter, son and stepson.

Monday, November 5, 2012

MLA: Kevin Krueger - Kamloops-South Thompson

Heavenly Father, we lift up MLA: Kevin Krueger to You with thanksgiving. Thank You for his commitment to serve the people of British Columbia. Bless him with strength and energy as he travels throughout the Kamloops-South Thompson area and back and forth to Victoria. Give him eyes to see and ears to listen as the people he meets each day bring him their concerns and problems. Continue to give him a vision for the work that he does. Be with his family and bless and protect them. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Kevin Krueger is MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson and also serves on the Cabinet Committee on Open Government and Engagement.

Kevin Krueger was re-elected as MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson in 2009 after being elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2001, 2005, and 2009.

Previously, he has served as the Minister of Social Development, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts. Prior to the 2009 election, he served as Minister of Community Development and Minister of Small Business and Revenue and Minister Responsible for Regulatory Reform and Minister of State for Mining.

While in Opposition, Kevin served as the BC Liberal Critic for Labour. He was Caucus Whip as well as a member of the Select Standing Committee on Education. Kevin was named to the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Selection and the Special Committee for the Citizen’s Assembly on Electoral Reform. He was also a member of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee. He previously was a member of the Small Scale Salvage Committee.

Before becoming an MLA, Kevin worked with the Insurance Corporation of BC for 20 years, and at the time of his departure was a road safety regional manager.

His community work includes the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Kamloops Community Counterattack Committee, Rotary Club past-president, coordinator with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and secretary of the Protocol Committee for the 1993 Canada Summer Games. He arranged the twinning of the Rotary Clubs of Kamloops and Uji, Japan. He is a former board member, executive councillor and shop steward of the Office and Technical Employees Union, Local 378. He was a director of the Prince George & District Credit Union.

Kevin and his wife Debbie, a school teacher, have six children, including two daughters-in-law and a son-in-law. They are the proud grandparents of seven children.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

MLA: Leonard Krog - Nanaimo

Lord, it is a privilege to bring our MLA's before You in prayer. Today, we lift up MLA: Leonard Krog to You with gratitude. Thank You for his service to the people of Nanaimo and the Province of British Columbia.  Give him wisdom in his important role as critic for the Attorney General. Guide,  protect and bless him with good health. Be with his family, we pray, and may the times that they are together be filled with joy. Grant him safety as he travels throughout his constituency and back and forth to Victoria. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Leonard Krog was re-elected as the MLA for Nanaimo on May 12, 2009.

Leonard serves as opposition critic for the Attorney General.

Born in Nanaimo and raised in Coombs, Leonard served as MLA for Parksville-Qualicum from 1991 to 1996.

Since 1980, Leonard has been a practicing lawyer in a Nanaimo law firm, most recently with his wife Sharon.

In addition, Leonard has served as the director and president of the Mid-Island Consumer Services Co-operative, chair of the United Way for Nanaimo and District, director of the Nanaimo City Centre Association, president of the Nanaimo City Bar Association, director and president of the Planned Parenthood Association's Nanaimo Branch, a member and supporter of Amnesty International and Lawyers for Social Responsibility.

Leonard and his wife Sharon live in Nanaimo. They have two children, Jessica and Parker, and two grandchildren, Portia and Archer.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

MLA: Maurine Karagianis - Esquimalt-Royal Roads

Father, the people of British Columbia are blessed to have people such as MLA: Maurine Karagianis serve in her role as MLA and in the official opposition. We thank You for her and pray that You will grant her wisdom and bless her with favour as she works to promote the issues that are important to her and her constituents. Renew her energy each day and refresh the vision that brought her to this role. Grant her good health and abundant energy for the many tasks that face her each day. In Jesus name, Amen.

Maurine Karagianis was elected MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin on May 17, 2005, and re-elected to the reconfigured riding of Esquimalt-Royal Roads on May 12, 2009.

Maurine serves as official opposition caucus Whip and Liquor Distribution Branch critic.

She was elected to Esquimalt Council in 1996. Serving for three terms, Maurine helped create and chaired the CRD Arts Committee, and by working to save the Matson Gary Oak meadow in the Inner Harbour and daylighting the Gorge Creek helped enrich green space and renew bird habitat in Esquimalt.

A long-standing Director of the Veins of Life Watershed Society, Maurine has worked in support of environmental stewardship for the Gorge Waterway and watershed protection in the Capital Region.

She worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years, in retail, wholesale and import/export, and also spent more than a decade working in the communications industry for the tourism market and international motorcycle industry.

Maurine ran a consulting firm that worked with non-profit organizations and First Nations communities to create affordable housing. Her career has also included working for the provincial Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Social Services.

A proud mother and grandmother, Maurine lives with her partner in Esquimalt.