Friday, April 17, 2015

Marie-France Lalonde MPP - Ottawa-Orléans

Heavenly Father we exalt your today. You are the Father of lights. We acknowledge your greatness and faithfulness today. As we pray we ask for your blessing on Marie-France Lalonde and the riding of Ottawa-Orleans. We pray for unity in our government and that you will use Marie-France for your glory. We pray for your wisdom in every decision she is called upon to make. May you be glorified in and through her leadership as she serves in government. In Jesus name amen.


Marie-France Lalonde represents the riding of Ottawa-Orléans. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature on June 12, 2014. She was also appointed as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (Economic Development) and to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.

For the past 17 years, Marie-France Lalonde has been caring for people in our community as a social worker and business owner. With a degree in social work from the University of Quebec in Hull, she put her leadership and skills to work in a career that began at the Children's Aid Society, followed by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital.

Throughout the last decade, Marie-France has continued her career in caring for people and became the co-owner and executive director of the Portobello Manor in Orléans. Her work won her the 2010 New Business of the Year award from the Orléans Chamber of Commerce. Currently, she is the Vice-President of CARP Ottawa, serves on the Community Advisory Committee for the Champlain Community Access Centre and is part of the working group on affordable housing for seniors with the United Way.

Her volunteerism and community leadership earned her a Leading Women Building Communities award from the government of Ontario.

Marie-France was  the Regional Director of Marketing and Sales in Eastern Canada for All Seniors Care Living Centres prior to being elected as an MPP.

Marie-France, her husband Alvaro and daughter Monica, have been proud to call Ottawa-Orléans home for the last 14 years.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Heavenly Father we pray today for Monte Kwinter and the government of Ontario to. We pray for Mr. Kwinter as he serves as part of the Cabinet that he would know your strength and wisdom. May he serve in honor and integrity. May your hand be evident in his leadership and service. In Jesus name amen.


First elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1985, Monte Kwinter was elected for the eighth time in 2011 as the Member of Provincial Parliament for York Centre, formerly known as Wilson Heights.

Monte has served as Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Minister of Financial Institutions, Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Solicitor General. He held a number of critic portfolios while in Opposition.

He currently serves as Chair of the Ontario Investment and Trade Advisory Council (OITAC) and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development and Innovation.

His long record of community service has included, Chairman of the Toronto Harbour Commission; Chairman of the Toronto Humane Society; Founding President of the Toronto Regional Council of B’Nai Brith; serving on the Board of Directors for the Canadian National Exhibition; Trustee for the Molson Indy Board; Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Bishkek International School of Management and Business.

Prior to public life, Monte operated a commercial real estate firm. He has also been Vice-President of the Ontario College of Art, Editorial Director of a publishing firm and an Industrial Designer.

Monte was born in Toronto and educated at the Ontario College of Art; Syracuse University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston); and the University of Montreal. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a Honourary Master of International Business degree and a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree.

He and his late wife, Wilma, have two sons and two daughters and ten grandchildren.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sophie Kiwali MPP - Kingston and the Islands

Heavenly Father we honour your great name today. We bring to you Sophie Kiwali and the riding of Kingston and the Islands. We pray as she serves the people of Kingston, that you would be honoured and glorified. grant Sophie the wisdom and strength she needs to lead effectively and make decisions that affect so many people. Help her in all the decisions she is called upon to make. May your hand be evident in her leadership. In Jesus name amen.


Sophie Kiwala was elected MPP for Kingston and the Islands in June  2014 and subsequently appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Sophie is a tireless and compassionate community champion with strong experience in the public and private sectors.

Sophie has a long and positive history in public and stakeholder relations, having worked in federal politics for 7 years as the Hon. Peter Milliken’s Office Manager and later as his successor, Ted Hsu’s Chief of Staff. It was through these responsibilities that she developed a thorough and in-depth understanding of national, provincial and community issues, and familiarised herself with government protocol, procedures and processes.

Prior to her political career, Sophie spent seventeen years working in retail management and as an entrepreneur.  She spent five years living in Turkey and France studying English literature and French at Athabasca University part-time.  She volunteered for an ex-patriot women’s group to raise funds in Turkey to help build their first women’s shelter.  Upon returning to Canada from Europe, she started working in residential and commercial renovation, interior design, and rental property ownership.  During this time she went back to Queens University, studied political science and was offered the position at Peter Milliken's office.

Sophie has seen firsthand where government policies work, and understands how to get them right. She is well known in Kingston, has deep roots in community volunteering and has many connections across all socio-economic and political divides.  Her fiercely loyal and determined sense of justice, her integrity, warmth, sincerity and drive make her an ideal public servant.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sylvia Jones MPP - Dufferin-Caledon

Heaven Father we pray today for Sylvia Jones. As she serves the people of Dufferin Caledonian, and the people of Ontario, we pray for strength, wisdom and provision. We pray for blessing in the riding she represents and may you bless the people she represents. In Jesus name amen.


Sylvia Jones is currently serving her second term as Dufferin-Caledon's Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). The riding of Dufferin-Caledon includes the County of Dufferin and the Town of Caledon. The area is home to many towns and villages including Bolton, Orangeville, Shelburne and Grand Valley among others.

Sylvia had the privilege of being elected to the Ontario Legislature on October 10, 2007 and currently serves as the Progressive Conservative (PC) Caucus Chair. Previously, Sylvia has held the roles of Critic for the Ministries of Community and Social Services, Children and Youth Services, Government Services, and Attorney General, as well as the PC as well as Deputy House Leader.

As the MPP for Dufferin-Caledon, Sylvia actively stands up and responds to the needs of her riding. She champions such causes as improved access to health care services, improving transportation corridors and transparency within government, to name a few.
Sylvia's experience at Queen's Park, and her excellent working relationships with municipal councillors, local organizations, and businesses throughout the riding, have developed over many years. Her extensive knowledge of the issues and what is important to the residents of Dufferin-Caledon make her an asset to the riding and to her constituents.

Sylvia has lived in Orangeville for over 25 years with her husband, David. They are proud parents of two children. Sylvia enjoys hiking and skiing on the community’s extensive trail system, and attending community events throughout the region.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Helena Jaczek MPP - Oak Ridges Markham

Almighty Father in Heaven, we thank for your provision and blessing on our nation and province. We today pray for Helena Jaczek our MPP in Oak Ridges Markham. We thank you for her leadership and service. we pray that your hand would be upon her. Grant her wisdom, and strength and she serves  the people of her riding and our province. We pray that she would recognize your hand at work and that she would glorify your Name. Thank you for your faithfulness, in Jesus name, Amen.


Dr. Helena Jaczek was first elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the riding of Oak Ridges - Markham in October 2007 and was re-elected in October 2011 and June 2014.

Helena currently serves as the Minister of Community and Social Services. She has previously served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and to the Minister of Health Promotion.

Helena has served as Caucus Chair and was a sitting member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on Social Policy. She has also served on several other Standing Committees including Government Agencies, Finance and Economic affairs, Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on General Government.

To date, Helena is most proud of her work as a member of the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions, a non-partisan committee. This special Committee appointed by the then Premier of Ontario, Hon. Dalton McGuinty, held public hearings around the province and visited mental health and addictions facilities and several First Nations communities to better understand the Mental Health and Addictions program challenges facing Ontario. Their work and recommendations were presented in the report Navigating the Journey to Wellness and can be found online at

At age 12,Helena came to Canada from England and later went on to receive her medical degree and Master of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto. She holds certification from the Canadian College of Family Physicians and Canadian College of Health Service Executives. Helena also has a Master of Business administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

After many years in general practice on staff at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Helena became the Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner of Health Services for The Regional Municipality of York. During her 18 years in this position, she had responsibility for public health, land ambulance and long-term care in a Region of over 1 million people.

Helena has been actively involved with numerous community organizations including the Ontario Great Lakes Renewal Foundation, the York Centre for Children, Youth and Families, the York Region District Health Council, Giant Steps Toronto and the Newmarket Stingrays Swim Club. She has volunteered with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and mentored foreign-trained professionals.

For her community service, Helena has been awarded the “Outstanding Alumni Mentor Award” from the University of Toronto’s Public Health Sciences Alumni association; the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Local Public Health Agencies; the “In Celebration of Women” award for her Medical Leadership in York Region; the Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence in Environmental Planning.

Helena first moved to York Region in 1980 where she now lives with her partner Hershel. She is the mother of 2 adult children, Natasha and Nicholas.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mitzie Hunter MPP - Scarborough-Guildwood

Lord, we ask You to bless Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood  in the many duties she fulfills. Give her clarity and the ability to make good decisions. Lead her into opportunities that will be for the benefit of the constituents of Scarborough-Guildwood and the people of our province. In Christ’s name, Amen


Mitzie Hunter is the Associate Minister of Finance, responsible for pension reform and the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood.

Mitzie Hunter understands our community and the power of working together. A lifelong citybuilder, she is passionate about unlocking the city’s potential by ensuring fair and inclusive access to employment and prosperity

As the former CEO of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, Mitzie worked to solve some of our toughest social, economic and environmental challenges. She was also previously the CAO of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Vice-President with Goodwill Industries and a Regional Director at Bell Canada.

Mitzie and her family immigrated to Canada from Jamaica in 1975. She grew up in Scarborough, graduated from U of T (Scarborough Campus) with a BA, and recently completed her MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

As part of Kathleen Wynne’s team, Mitzie will bring people together to solve problems, and to create jobs and opportunity in our community

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tim Hudak MPP - Niagara West-Glanbrook

We lift up Tim Hudak MPP for the riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook. May he enjoy your guidance, safety, wisdom as he represents the people. Give him strength and courage. May the riding he represents know the blessing of the Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Aside from the small group of individuals who have gone on to become Premier, few Ontarians today can lay claim to the executive leadership experience and skills acquired in the public arena by Tim Hudak.

Mr. Hudak was first elected to Queen’s Park in 1995. He was appointed to Cabinet in three successive economic portfolios: Northern Development and Mines, where he cut mining taxes to the lowest in Canada; Tourism, Culture and Recreation, where he executed a plan to help these industries recover from the September 11th attacks; and Consumer and Business Services, where he took action to protect vulnerable seniors by overhauling outdated consumer protection laws. 

In each of these roles, Mr. Hudak managed a series of multi-million dollar budgets, directed public service employees numbering in the thousands and handled a cascade of issues involving powerful, and usually conflicting, stakeholder interests. All in the glare of relentless news media attention – and the daily “accountability bear-pit” that is Question Period.

In 2009, Mr. Hudak won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. As Leader of the Official Opposition, he assumed control of a province-wide organizational apparatus and significant Leader’s Office, Caucus and Party staff and budgets. Mr. Hudak also spearheaded the development of his Party’s integrated and detailed policies for job creation and economic growth. And, as the public face of his team, he bore the scrutiny of what had by then become a 24-7 news cycle with humour and calm.

Following his first outing as Leader in a provincial campaign, Mr. Hudak led his Party to the largest increase in the number of PC MPPs seen since the Mike Harris phenomenon of 1995. And over the course of his leadership, he raised some $50 million in contributions from Ontarians who shared his vision for a prosperous society of hope, opportunity and good jobs.

Prior to entering public life, Mr. Hudak earned an Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario, and was subsequently awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of Washington, where he obtained his Master of Arts in Economics. He lives in Wellandport in his riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook, where he makes it a priority to spend as much time as possible with his family – his wife Debbie and their daughters Miller, who is six, and Maitland, who is six months old.

In the June 2014 election, Mr. Hudak won plaudits for campaigning on a clear vision of greater opportunity for all Ontarians, based on an honest plan for jobs and economic growth  and a government we can afford. He boldly championed the necessity of government that spends within its means, understanding that real compassion lies in having the courage to act.

Ultimately, Tim Hudak stands on the side of hope – because of his boundless hope for Ontario.