Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MPP: France Gélinas - Nickel Belt

Lord, we ask You to bless MPP France Gélinas 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 her constituents and the people of Ontario. Fill her heart with your grace and peace and may her family be aware of Your love and care for them. In Christ’s name, Amen.

France Gélinas is a resident of the City of Greater Sudbury, a health care professional, and community leader. She and her spouse Keith Harris have three children and seven grand children.

France is a trained and licensed physiotherapist. She started her career in Sudbury at Laurentian Hospital, now part of Health Sciences North. After graduating from Laurentian University with a Masters in Business Administration, she became a health care administrator. During the last eleven years France worked as the Executive Director of the Community Health Centre in Sudbury. Under her leadership the Centre expanded to many small and rural communities in the North East, opened the Corner Clinic serving the homeless population and became the lead agency for the Sudbury Homelessness Network.

France has served in multiple voluntary roles. She was a member of the United Way’s Citizen Advisory Panel, President of the Sudbury and Manitoulin District Health Council, President of the Francophone Reference Group of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and President of the Association of Ontario Health Centres.  France is also a bush pilot, a competitive rower and an avid snow boarder.


Monday, May 30, 2016

MPP: Jennifer French - Oshawa

Lord, we ask You to bless MPP Jennifer French 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 her constituents and the people of Ontario. Fill her heart with your grace and peace and may her family be aware of Your love and care for them. In Christ’s name, Amen.

First elected in June 2014, Jennifer French is the MPP representing Oshawa.

As a dedicated educator, Jennifer has over ten years’ experience teaching in Ontario and abroad. She actively gives back to her community as an advocate for equity and social justice, and is invested in community theatre and the arts in Oshawa.

Jennifer also has a committed record fighting for workers’ rights. She has been a member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in Durham, and is actively involved with the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Durham Region Labour Council. In her role with her ETFO local team, Jennifer organized the far-reaching campaign against Bill 115 and coordinated with groups across the province to have the legislation repealed.

Jennifer works hard to ensure that people have access to good jobs, a strong publicly-funded education system, and a voice in their community. She is a strong advocate for the people of Oshawa and is committed to bringing meaningful change to her community.


Friday, May 27, 2016

MPP: John Fraser - Ottawa South

Father, we thank You for the strength that You have given to MPP John Fraser strength of character, integrity and the ability to understand the complexities that he faces in his everyday life. We ask that You would further strengthen him and that he would clearly see the issues that stand before him as he makes decisions that will affect the people of Ontario. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

John Fraser is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa South. A life-long resident of Ottawa South, born and raised in Elmvale Acres and Alta Vista, John attended school here, began his career here and raised his family here.

John understands the challenges that businesses face, having spent 18 years managing small and medium sized local businesses before entering public service. For the last 14 years, John has served alongside Dalton McGuinty in Ottawa South, working to bring community-based solutions to the issues of importance to the people that live and work here. Among these are the expansion of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, the redevelopment of St. Patrick’s Home, programming for children’s mental health and youth addiction and the expansion of our community centres and programs.

Deeply committed to the community he has called home for over 50 years, John has been an active volunteer in a number of local organizations and initiatives. He spearheaded the Our Children, Our Hospital campaign to save the Cardiac Care Unit at CHEO and organized a fundraiser which raised $20,000 for the Heron Road Emergency Food Bank. For a number of years, he served as a palliative care volunteer at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital and as a coach to the Canterbury Mustangs Football Team.

John is married to his high school sweetheart, Linda, also a lifelong resident of Ottawa South and they have three grown children, Kïrsten, John Jr. and James.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

MPP: Cindy Forster - Welland

Lord, surround MPP Cindy Forster today and in the coming days with Your wisdom and guidance. May her thoughts and plans be established by You. Give her the ability to discern what is of real value. May he be filled with compassion and be aware of the needs of the people in her constituency and how to meet them. Bless her family members and may love and faithfulness never leave them. May they win favor and a good name with all people. Amen

Cindy Forster is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Welland. She was elected on October 6th, 2011.

A lifelong Welland resident, and Registered Nurse, Cindy is an expert in keeping her community healthy. Now serving as the MPP, Cindy has  been a mainstay in the Welland community for many years. She previously served as the Mayor of Welland, as a Niagara Regional Councillor, a Director of the Public Library Board, on the Welland Hydro Corporation and the Welland Economic Development Corporation.

As mayor, Cindy took to heart Welland’s tradition of standing up for itself by holding the line on municipal taxes, helping library workers achieve pay equity and attracting employers like Convergys to the city.

Cindy is excited to represent the riding of Welland at Queen’s Park and to make life more affordable for her constituents.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MPP: Kevin Flynn - Oakville

Father, we thank you for MPP Kevin Flynn. Thank you for his efforts to seek to improve the quality of life for Ontario residents. Continue to encourage him as he seeks to bring about changes that are important to him. May he also find the time to be revitalized and refreshed by his relationship with family and friends. In Christ’s name, Amen.

Kevin Flynn is an outspoken advocate for the residents of Oakville. A small business-owner, Kevin served as an Oakville councillor for 18 years.

Dedicated to his community, Kevin has been president of Halton’s Children’s Aid Society, a Big Brothers mentor, a coach and an environmental advocate.

First elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003, Kevin has delivered Oakville a new, state-of-the-art hospital, new schools for Clearview and St. Thomas Aquinas and an expansion to the QEW.

His advocacy also helped stop plans for a power plant in Oakville, advocated for initiatives in Oakville that is resulting in cleaner air and is working on expanding the Greenbelt further into Oakville.

Kevin also served as Chair of the all-party Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions that helped lead to the province bringing forward a comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy.

Currently, Kevin Flynn is the Chief Government Whip and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation and the Minister of Infrastructure.

Kevin and his wife, Janice, have one son, Nigel.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MPP: Catherine Fife - Kitchener-Waterloo

Father, we thank You for the strength that You have given to MPP Catherine Fife; strength of character, integrity and the ability to understand the complexities that she faces in her everyday life. We ask that You would further strengthen her and that she would clearly see the issues that stand before him as she makes decisions that will affect the people of Ontario. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Catherine is in her first term as representative for Kitchener-Waterloo.
For the past decade, Catherine worked tirelessly on behalf of the families of Kitchener-Waterloo to help improve the quality and their access to education. She served as Trustee and Chair of the Waterloo Region District School Board, Vice President of the Canadian School Boards’ Association, and President of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. She met the challenge of these roles by successfully balancing a 675 million dollar budget for an organization serving 60,000 students and 5,500 staff.

Beyond these accomplishments, Catherine has made a real impact on the lives of children and parents across Waterloo Region. Through her leadership, an additional 1,600 new childcare spaces were created in the region at no additional cost to Waterloo Region taxpayers. The Waterloo Elementary Teachers and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Social Innovation Research Group have recognized Catherine’s work in Kitchener-Waterloo throughout the years.

Catherine and her husband Dale enjoy life in Kitchener-Waterloo, where they live with their two great kids, Aidan and Claire.


Friday, May 20, 2016

MPP: Victor Fedeli - Nipissing

Lord, surround MPP Victor Fedili today and in the coming days with Your wisdom and guidance. May his thoughts and plans be established by You. Give him the ability to discern what is of real value. May he be filled with compassion and be aware of the needs of the people in his constituency and how to meet them. May they win favor and a good name with all people. Amen.

Victor Fedeli was born in North Bay on August 8, 1956. He is married to Patty (Kelly), another North Bay native. His mother Lena still lives in North Bay. His brother Peter, wife Elizabeth, and daughter Maggie also make North Bay their home. His sister Teresa and her family live in Montreal.

After 5 years at Scollard Hall, Vic attended Conestoga College in Kitchener (and later Nipissing University), worked at an advertising agency in London, and moved home in 1978 to open his own wildly-successful company, Fedeli Advertising.

Vic has a long and distinguished record of public service. On an international level, he has served as a Director of      Global Vision. He has been a Director of the Province's Northern Businesses Support System, and Ontario's Northern Development Council. Locally, he was elected to 10 terms on the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, serving as President in 1986. He sat on most of the City's boards and commissions, often as Chairman. The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal was awarded to Vic in 2002,  and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. It was awarded to those persons who have made a significant contribution to Canada, to their community, and to their fellow Canadians.

When the Federal Government downsized CFB North Bay, the city turned to Vic to lead Air Base Property Corporation. He worked as the Dollar-A-Year Chairman for seven years, until his term expired in 2002. Successor Chairman, David Butti, presented Vic with 7 silver dollars; one for each year of volunteer service. He was named North Bay's Citizen of the Year in 1999, the same year he was awarded Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of his community service.

In 2003, as a first-time candidate, Vic ran for Mayor and was elected with a 75% majority. He was re-elected in 2006, with a 2nd landslide victory.

In 2011, Vic ran as Ontario MPP for the riding of Nipissing, and won with a landslide.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

MPP: Brad Duguid - Scarborough Centre

Brad Duguid
Father, we thank You for the strength that You have given to MPP Brad Duguid strength of character, integrity and the ability to understand the complexities that he faces in his everyday life. We ask that You would further strengthen him and that he would clearly see the issues that stand before him as he makes decisions that will affect the people of Ontario. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Brad Duguid has been a passionate advocate for the Scarborough community for many years through his work on City Council and now as the MPP for Scarborough Centre.
He served as a City Councillor for nine years, and was a strong voice for the residents of Scarborough and Toronto, serving in a number of key posts throughout that time. 
Brad was appointed as the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities in February of 2013. In this role, he is working closely with students and the post-secondary sector to build a globally competitive post-secondary education system to meet the needs of our students. He is also vigorously engaged in transforming Ontario’s training system to meet the demands of Ontario’s economy.   
Prior to this, Brad served as Ontario's Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, during which time he focused on creating jobs, promoting Ontario as a smart place to invest, building a culture of entrepreneurship and growing a strong, innovative economy.
Previously, as Ontario's Minister of Energy, Brad Duguid launched Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan – an ambitious plan that builds on Ontario's commitment to a clean and reliable energy system – and the cleaner air, jobs and economic growth associated with it.
As Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister Duguid worked tirelessly to make Ontario a national leader in Aboriginal issues, while building stronger relationships with First Nation, Metis and Inuit communities. He launched PLAY – a program for aboriginal youth using participation in sports and activities to teach life-skills, which now serves over 1,000 young people.

Brad has lived in Scarborough most of his life. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. He continues to reside in Scarborough with his wife Crystal and two sons, Kennedy and Jordan.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MPP: Han Dong - Trinity-Spadina

We pray today for our Member of Provincial Parliament Han Dong for Trinity-Spadina. Father in Heaven we lift up before your throne Han Dong, as he serves as M.P.P . Give him everything he needs as he serves the people in Ontario. We thank you Lord that he sacrifices so much working in this position. We ask Lord that You would bless him today with health and strength. I pray that he would trust you Lord and feel your presence. In the precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

Han Dong has lived in Trinity-Spadina for over 13 years and has been an active member of this community

Arriving in Toronto at age thirteen with his family from mainland China, Han’s parents instilled in him the importance of being active members of their new community in Toronto, as well as a firm belief that a commitment to family and hard work would be the guiding principles he would need to accomplish his dreams and aspirations.

Han carried these principles forward while excelling academically at Jarvis Collegiate and studying Economics and Political Science at the University of Toronto.
In his eight years working at Queen’s Park he has established himself as a trusted and experienced community organizer. He has heard and helped countless numbers of Ontarians to navigate complex issues in their dealings with the government.

In the community, Han served as a key advisor to the Canada Shanghai Business Association, and volunteered with the Philippine Independence Day Council, the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival and numerous local Trinity-Spadina seniors’ resources centres.

Before his involvement in government, Han was a Marketing Director for Chianti Foods, responsible for planning, development and implementation of all of Chianti’s marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities. After improving the company’s overall structure Han oversaw the development and implementation of the company’s overseas functions.

Han and Sophie are raising their children in Trinity-Spadina, where they attend local public schools.


Monday, May 16, 2016

MPP: Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo - Parkdale Hyde Park

Dear Father in Heaven, we are thankful for Cheri DiNovo M.P.P. in the Parkdale High Park riding. We ask Lord that you would bless her and everything she puts her hand to. May she feel your presence give her wisdom and understanding in all decisions she makes. Please encourage her each day as she continues to help meet the needs of her constituents in her riding. Lord we pray and cover Tracy in prayer, she is your daughter whom you love. Bless her today keep her family safe and may they know your peace.

Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo is the Member of Provincial Parliament of Parkdale – High Park. First elected into the Ontario Legislature in a by-election in 2006, she was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014. She is currently the Caucus Chair of the Ontario NDP and the critic to LGBTQ Issues, GTA Issues and Urban Transportation. Cheri is best known for her $10 minimum wage campaign, through which over a million Ontarians saw their income increase by 28% over three years, and as the “Queen of tri-party bills” for tabling the most bills in the Legislature that have all three party’s support. 

She was voted Best MPP and Runner-Up Best MPP by NOW Magazine. In 2012, she succeeded in getting Toby’s Act passed, an amendment to the Ontario Humans Rights Code to include gender identity and gender expression; the first of its kind in North America. She has also been honoured to be the Grand Marshal in Toronto’s celebrated World Pride Festival.  In addition, she has proposed a bill to fast-track benefits for workers suffering from PTSD that has been included on the front page of the Toronto Star. 

Cheri is an ordained United Church Minister who performed the first legalized same sex marriage. Cheri also founded Girls’ Government, a non-partisan initiative aimed at getting young girls engaged in the political process. As a critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Cheri fought for the rights of internationally trained professionals to have their degrees and experiences recognized when immigrating to Ontario.  Cheri has also been a staunch advocate for Tibetans, Roma, Ukrainian and other immigrant communities in Parkdale-High Park and Ontario. She is the winner of 2 major awards – the Lambda in Washington, D.C. for spirituality and religion for her book Queerying Evangelism, and the Award of Merit by the government of Ukraine for her work on Canada’s first tri-party bill recognizing the Holodomor as genocide.  Cheri has also received the Community Hero award from Jer’s Vision and the Rainbow Health Advocate Award.


Friday, May 13, 2016

MPP: Joe Dickson - Ajax Pickering

Joe DicksonDear Lord, thank you for Dear Lord, thank you for Joe Dickson and his desire to serve the people of Ontario. We ask that you give him renewed energy and dedication in his responsibilities and passions as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines. Help Joe to understand the needs that are unmet in his community and bless him and his family with joy. Amen.

In 2014, Joe Dickson was re-elected for a third term as the MPP of Ajax-Pickering and appointed Ontario’s Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Northern Development & Mines (Including the Ring of Fire).

Joe Dickson was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2007, representing the riding of Ajax-Pickering. Before entering provincial  politics, he served as the Councillor for Ajax in Ward 2.

For over 40 years, Dickson has devoted himself to serving his community. He began in local politics as a 2 term Catholic School Board Trustee in 1969 and 1970. His public service also includes 7 terms as an Ajax Councillor, and 1 term as Regional Councillor and Deputy-Mayor of Ajax. Along the way, Joe has chaired or initiated over 41 non-profit community groups and boards.

As a successful small businessman, Joe Dickson understands the needs of that sector of our economy and the concerns of the community for its economic well being. As a teenager, 53 years ago he started Dickson Printing, eventually becoming the Canadian chairman of the Stationers Marketing of Canada, a group of 47 office product retailers in ten provinces.  Joe was also elected to the Canadian Office Products Association (COPA) Executive.

A devoted community volunteer, Joe has founded or chaired many charitable and civic organizations, including: Durham’s Waste Reduction Week Challenge; Easter Seals Timmy Dinner; Industrial Cancer Drive; Kinsmen Skate-A-Thon; Ajax Home Week (now in its 44th year); Ajax Environmental Affairs Week, and at 15 years is the longest serving Chair ever of the Ajax Waterfront Committee.  Truly Joe has earned his nickname as “Mr. Ajax”.

Joe Dickson has always been a strong supporter of healthy exercise and athletic competition for both young and old. He continues to sponsor an average of 22 children’s, women’s and men’s sports teams annually.  Dickson has sponsored over 1,000 teams here for 52 years, including baseball, basketball, bowling, softball, soccer, hockey, ringette and lacrosse.  These sports are at various youth levels including rep, house league, and all-star, as well as men’s, women’s and old-timer’s divisions.

Dickson’s dedication and service to the community has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth 50th Anniversary Medal in 2002, in addition to Canada’s 125th anniversary medal in 1992 and the Ajax Civic Award as the outstanding citizen of the year. Recently, he was honoured to receive the 2012 Queen’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Medal. Joe Dickson’s commitment to you and to our community has gone far beyond the political world.

During his first term as MPP, 2007 to 2011, Dickson served as Government Deputy Whip.  Following his re-election in 2011 as the MPP for Ajax-Pickering, he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Seniors. In 2013 with the new government of Premier, Kathleen Wynne, Joe was immediately appointed to the busy position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Natural Resources.  Shortly thereafter, Joe was appointed to the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Citizenship & Immigration and was asked to Chair with Helen Burstyn, the Ontario Volunteer Strategy including roundtable discussions across Ontario, by Premier Wynne.  The final report is due this fall.

Joe was born the oldest of 10 children to Mary and Lou Dickson shortly before the family moved to Ajax. He has lived in Ajax his entire life with his wife of 49 years, Donna. They are proud to have two grown children, Jim (Elaine) and Joanna (David) and 5 grandchildren. Joe Dickson’s life of service and commitment to the Ajax-Pickering community has been and continues to be a rewarding one.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

MPP: Vic Dhillon - Brampton West

Dear Lord. We pray today for the Vic Dhillon. Thank you for his diligence in legislative work as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs as well as his commitment to improve himself and add value to those he serves. We pray that you bless him with meaningful opportunities to make significant and positive changes in the lives of the Ontario people. May he have the wisdom and professional capacity to know how to leverage and influence government policy to benefit the most people while minimizing the unintended consequences of legislation.  Amen.

Vic Dhillon is a compassionate advocate for our community who understands that we need a strong economy to support the public services that you depend on.

Vic was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003. Since that time, he has successfully fought to protect transient workers at risk of exploitation; support small business owners; and build economic ties internationally so that we can better fund our schools, hospitals and services for seniors.

Prior to joining government, Vic established a family-owned business.  He knows how to stick to a budget, and he understands what small business owners need – and their important role in job creation in our community.

Compassionate at heart, Vic has worked tirelessly to help those who are less fortunate in our community. He successfully led many non-profit fundraising campaigns for the local food bank, the Korean War Memorial, and a leading local group that helps regions after natural disasters (such as the ice storm in eastern Ontario, the earthquake in Pakistan and the tsunami in Asia). Vic has also been credited by some local residents as being instrumental in saving the Knight’s Table, a non-profit diner that provides meals for Brampton’s poor and homeless.

Vic has lived in Brampton for most of his life. He and his wife, Shaminder, are raising their children here. They have two sons, Robin and Sajjan, and a daughter named Taj.

Vic Dhillon was re-elected in the riding of Brampton West in October 2011. He was first elected in 2003. Dhillon has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, the Minister of Government Services and the Minister Responsible for Seniors. He has also served on the Health, Education and Social Policy Committee. Prior to his election, he was executive assistant to Colleen Beaumier, MP for Brampton West-Mississauga. He also helped establish a family-owned business in Mississauga.

An active member of his community, Dhillon has taken a leading role in a number of fundraising campaigns, including the Knight’s Table food bank, the Korean War Memorial and collecting much-needed supplies for the devastating ice storm in eastern Ontario, the tsunami in Asia and the earthquake in Pakistan.

Dhillon has lived in Brampton for most of his life. He holds a Business Administration degree from Lakehead University and is a Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development Fellow. He and his wife, Shaminder, have two sons, Robin and Sajjan, and a daughter, Taj.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

MPP: Hon. Steven Del Duca - Vaughan

Dear Lord. Thank you for the Honourable Steven Del Duca. We ask today that you give him a renewed excitement and passion for the work of government as Minister of Transportation. Help him to focus his energies and talents on the issues that will have the most impact on Ontario residents. Keep him safe as he travels to and from his riding. Give him and his staff great wisdom as they give leadership to all the roads of our great province.  Amen.

Vaughan MPP Steven Del Duca has a proven track record of outstanding community involvement and a clear dedication to public service. He was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in September 2012 in a provincial by-election.  In less than two years he secured approval of the Highway 427 extension and delivered $49.7 million towards the Vaughan Hospital and $49 million for four new schools in Vaughan. Steven was re-elected in June 2014 and appointed as Ontario’s Minister of Transportation in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet.

Prior to his election as MPP, he was the fundraising chair for the 2008 Annual Vaughan Hospital Fundraising Gala, which raised over $1 million for the project. In 2008, he authored an op-ed in the Toronto Star calling for a regional economic summit to help Vaughan and surrounding areas deal with the global economic crisis. He worked with all levels of government, community leaders and organizations to establish the Greater Toronto Region Economic Summit, which took place in May 2009.

Del Duca obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007. Previously, he studied Political Science and Canadian History at the University of Toronto and Carleton University.

He first moved to Vaughan in 1987 when his family settled in Kleinburg. Today, he and his wife, together with their two daughters live in Woodbridge.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

MPP: Bob Delaney - Mississauga-Streetsville

Dear Lord. Today we bring Bob Delaney before you and seek your blessing in his life and profession. In his role as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, help him on all fronts to be constantly choosing the high road and giving good leadership to our province. Let his example inspire other MPP's , not only in the way that they perform their professional duties, but also how they live out their personal lives. Amen.

Bob Delaney is serving in his fourth term representing the western Mississauga neighbourhoods of Lisgar, Meadowvale and Streetsville. Bob lives in the Churchill Meadows neighbourhood of Mississauga. He has been a resident of Mississauga for 29 years. Bob was born and raised in Montreal, and has also lived and worked in Metro Toronto and in Vancouver.

Bob received his Bachelor’s Degree in physics from Concordia University in Montreal. He earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He has also received his accreditation from the Canadian Public Relations Society.

Bob’s many personal accomplishments in western Mississauga include: getting the Lisgar GO Train station built; and securing funding and building approval for the expansion of the Credit Valley hospital. Construction of the Phase II project was completed ahead of schedule, and within budget in 2011.

At the Legislature, Bob serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, and is the Chief Government Whip. He was the Chair of Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, which is responsible for consideration of the Ontario Budget.

In the private sector prior to his election, Bob worked in corporate communications, consulting and marketing roles. Bob became an accomplished web developer in the 1990s, and keeps his hand in the art of coding with this web site. He is a co-author of the book High Value IT Consulting, published by Osborne McGraw Hill. As a consultant, he wrote and delivered the Professional Account Development program, aimed at teaching managerial, professional and technical people the skills needed for business development in knowledge-based businesses.

Bob taught in the School of Business Studies in the Faculty of Continuing Education at Ryerson University in Toronto. He continues his personal interest in education, especially science and math education, as an MPP with his visits to local elementary and high schools.

Bob Delaney has long taken a close personal interest in working with communities of new Canadians. At the Legislature, he contributed to the development of the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act that has, since 2006, helped newcomers to Canada convert their experience and qualifications to their Canadian equivalents.

In his spare time, Bob is an accomplished photographer, writer and web site developer. Bob still plays hockey, is a lifelong goaltender, and in his 55th year of play. Bob plays for the Ontario Legislature’s team, the Legiskaters, and frequently accepts invitations to play hockey with local teams and other groups.


Monday, May 9, 2016

MPP: Dipka Damerla - Mississauga East-Cooksville

Dear Lord, thank you for the Honourable Dipka Damerla. We pray today that she would have a very effective year in her ministerial role as Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Long-Term Care and Wellness) . Help her to understand the current situations and to lead her staff effectively in the way that they respond to emerging situations. We ask that she would help the Health Minister to steward the Health Ministry of Ontario effectively and conscientiously. We also ask that she would have a rich and rewarding personal life. Amen

Dipika is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville.

Dipika’s interest in politics began as a result of her career as a television news reporter. As a reporter she built a strong reputation for reporting on political and social issues.  In addition to working in journalism,  she has a strong background in business.

She has an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.  Before being elected as the MPP for Mississauga East-Cooksville, she worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade.  In this role, she focused on bringing jobs to Ontario during one of the worst recessions to hit the province.  
Dipika is currently the Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Long-Term Care and Wellness).  She has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Games, the Minister of Community and Social Services, and the Minister of Infrastructure.

Her extensive community involvement includes Carassauga, and hosting a classical music show on CIUT 89.5 FM community radio.

As a long time resident of Mississauga, Dipika leads a typical suburban life balancing spending quality time with her daughter as she juggles work and staying in touch with her constituents.  She loves to travel.  One of the highlights has been driving past the Arctic Circle and travelling to Tuktoyatuk in the Northwest Territories.  The majesty and vastness of the arctic has left her with a profound love and respect for the North.  She looks forward to going back many times to savour its beauty and culture.

Dipika is guided by the ideal that in life “it is not enough to be good, you have to do good.”


Friday, May 6, 2016

MPP: Grant Crack - Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

Thank You, Lord for MPP Grant Crack and his service to the people of Ontario. We pray that Your hand would continue to guide his life and bless his work. Make him aware of those who genuinely need his help and enable him to contribute to their well-being. Give him the strength and endurance he needs and let him know that his efforts are appreciated. Bless the riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell ,and bless Grant’s wife Kelly, their three children and three grandchildren with health and wholeness and may they be aware of Your presence in their lives. In Jesus name, amen.

Grant and his family have lived in Alexandria since 1973, and he was first elected as Mayor of Alexandria in 1994.

His 11 years as Mayor of Alexandria then North Glengarry have provided him with a well-rounded base of knowledge and experience regarding the needs of our communities both rural and urban. Grant is a well respected community leader, a consensus builder and a strong supporter of community based organizations and the hard working volunteers who make our communities so vibrant and strong.

He understands the challenges faced by our residents and taxpayers and has worked hard to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and effectively.

As Mayor, he remained focused on finding solutions to the challenging issues faced by businesses, taxpayers, residents and by the Mayors and Councillors throughout Glengarry-Prescott-Russell. Under his leadership, the North Glengarry Council secured over $2.8 million for the engineering phase of the Regional Water Supply Project for Maxville and Alexandria, $800,000 for the construction of the Indoor Sports Complex (Soccer Dome), and helped make the $150,000.00 concrete skate park project in Alexandria a reality.

He was elected as MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell on October 6th 2011, and is currently the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Food, to the Minister of Rural Affairs and to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. Both his children attended local francophone schools and he promotes and understands the need for communication in both official languages.

Grant has two children: Chloe who is 26 years old and Calvin 20 years old;  and three grandchildren:  his grandson Alexi is 5 years old, granddaughter Maeve is 1 year of age and grandson Mason is 5 months old.

Grant lives just outside Alexandria with his spouse Kelly and her daughter Leah who is 7 years old.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

MPP: Michael Coteau - Don Valley East

Father, we thank You for the strength that You have given to Hon Michael Coteau, MPP; strength of character, integrity and the ability to understand the complexities that he faces in his everyday life. We ask that You would further strengthen him and that he would clearly see the issues that stand before him as he makes decisions that will affect the people of Ontario. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Michael Coteau was elected in 2011 as the MPP for Don Valley East and previously served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Previously, Michael was elected as a school trustee for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in 2003, 2006 and 2010.

As a trustee, Michael advocated for student nutrition, community use of space and the use of educational technology. He initiated the Community Use of Schools motion that drastically cut user fees and made the schools more accessible to groups that offer programs for children. He helped introduce nutritional changes in schools that supported healthy food programs and increased awareness of student hunger.

Michael worked as an ESL teacher and curriculum developer before becoming a community organizer for a United Way agency in Scarborough where he organized the Malvern Youth Cabinet, the Law and Order Youth Group and the Malvern Photo Club.

He was also the Marketing Manager for ABC Life Literacy, where he was responsible for the organizing of the Family Literacy Day across Canada, and was Executive Director of Alpha Plus, a national literacy organization mandated to support adult education through the use of technology.

Michael grew up in Don Valley East and attended Don Mills Middle School and Victoria Park Collegiate Institute. He holds degrees from Carleton University in both Political Science and Canadian History. Michael and his wife Lori live in Toronto with their two beautiful daughters, Maren and Myla.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

MPP: Mike Colle - Eglington-Lawrence

Lord, surround MPP Mike Colle today and in the coming days with Your wisdom and guidance. May his thoughts and plans be established by You. Give him the ability to discern what is of real value. May he be filled with compassion and be aware of the needs of the people in his constituency and how to meet them. Bless his family members and may love and faithfulness never leave them. May they win favor and a good name with all people. Amen.

Mike Colle has served the people of Eglinton-Lawrence where he lives, works, and has raised his family, as a teacher, city councillor, TTC Chairman and MPP.
 Prior to being elected as an MPP in 1995, Mike served as a City of York councilor and a Metropolitan Toronto councilor where he served as TTC commissioner and was chair of the TTC from 1988 to 1994. He also taught high school history at St. Michael’s College School, where he coached the senior football team for 18 years.

Mike and his wife Sharon live in the Eglinton-Lawrence riding. They have four children and six grandchildren. Mike is a life long marathon runner, with a personal best time of 3:29 and continues to run the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon on a regular basis.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

MPP: Lorne Coe - Whitby-Oshawa

MPP Lorne Coe, MPP (Whitby—Oshawa)Father, we thank you for MPP Lorne Coe and the experience he has had in the public sector. Thank you for his efforts to seek to improve the quality of life for Ontario residents. Continue to encourage him as he seeks to bring about changes that are important to him. May he also find the time to be revitalized and refreshed by his relationship with family and friends.  In Christ’s name, Amen.

Elected in a by election February 11, 2016, Lorne Coe is a Member, Standing Committee on Social Policy, and since March 11, 2016 is the Critic, Training, Colleges and Universities.

Lorne is a Member of The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

Monday, May 2, 2016

MPP: Bob Chiarelli - Ottawa West-Nepean

We pause today and lift up before your throne our MPP Bob Chiarelli. We pray favour for him, bless him, give him all the wisdom and knowledge that he needs to serve in the Ontario government today. In all the busyness of daily routine, meetings and constituent work, help him hear Your voice, to trust in You alone, to make choices and decisions that are right in your sight. Lord I pray that Bob would help protect the greatest institution ever created, The Family, the institution that You created. Now, Father we pray for Bob's wife, children and grandchildren. Bless them and keep them, we pray Lord to keep this family strong, help each of them to feel and know your presence. In Jesus Name we ask these things. Amen.

Bob Chiarelli was elected MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean in a March 2010 by-election and was appointed Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure in August of that year. After the 2011 election, Bob added the Ministry of Transportation to his list of responsibilities. Bob previously served as the MPP for Ottawa West from 1987-1997; during which time he served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Chair of Management Board. Bob Chiarelli has served as the Minister of Energy since February 2013.

Elected three times at the municipal level, Bob served as the Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton and was later elected the first Mayor of the amalgamated City of Ottawa. He has been a champion of public transit, including clean light-rail expansion, and helped build over $150 million in new recreational and health care infrastructure in Ottawa neighbourhoods. A strong financial manager, Bob ensured Ottawa maintained its Triple-A fiscal rating under his leadership.

As MPP, Bob works passionately to support local needs, including significant investments at Queensway-Carleton Hospital, Algonquin College, an expanded Centrepointe Theatre, upgrades to Bell and Merivale Arenas and a renovated Baseline Transit Station.

Bob Chiarelli has been a community advocate all his life. Born and raised in Ottawa's Little Italy as the youngest of seven children, Bob earned his law degree at the University of Ottawa and set up a community-based legal practice. Always actively involved in his community, Bob worked to modernize the refugee claim process and give low-income Ottawa residents better access to affordable housing.

Bob and his spouse, Randi Hansen, live in Ottawa. He enjoys spending time with his six adult children and two grandchildren.