Thursday, June 30, 2016

MPP: Jack MacClaren - Carleton-Mississippi Mills

Our Father in Heaven today we pause to think about our M.P.P. Jack MacLaren in Carelton Mississippi Mills . Father we pray for this member and we ask that you would continue to lead and guide him in all his ways.  Lord we pray that he would trust in You, look to You for wisdom and understanding.  Bless our member today give him what he needs to serve this position well.  Surround our member with wise council and give divine wisdom.  In Jesus Precious Name, we ask these requests.

Jack MacLaren is no stranger to dealing with and working with bureaucracy.  He has been an active member of many community based organizations including:
  • Ontario Landowners Association - President
  • Carleton Landowners Association - President
  • Canadian Justice Review Board - Director
  • Named "Citizen of the Year" 2002 - West Carleton Township
  • Torbolton Township Historical Society
  • St. Andrew's United Church - Trustee
  • MacLaren’s Landing Community Association - President
  • Ottawa - Carleton Cattlemens Association
  • Ottawa - Carleton Soil and Crop Improvement Association
  • Arnprior Region Federation of Agriculture - President
He has successfully advocated for and protected the rights of individuals, changed public perceptions, and influenced government policy to the benefit of the people of Ontario.

Jack went to school at Dirleton, Fitzroy Harbour and Arnprior. He attained the degree of B. Sc. in civil engineering at Queen’s University in 1972. Jack worked in engineering and construction in Vancouver and Calgary for 10 years.

Jack is a cash crop farmer who lives and works on the family farm at MacLaren's Landing in West Carleton Township. The farm was a Crown Grant to the MacLaren family in 1826. 

Jack and his wife Janet have three daughters - Jessica, Rachel and Alexis. Janet and all three girls are Registered Nurses who are working in hospitals in Ottawa, Calgary and San Diego.

The MacLaren family has a long history of being involved in community politics for the purpose of community betterment. Jack's father, grand-father and great grand-father were all politically active. In the MacLaren house it was always understood that with the enjoyment and benefits of a healthy community comes the obligation to contribute to the community.

Jack is ready to discuss the issues that concern you, and be your voice in Ontario.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

MPP: Tracy MacCharles - Pickering-Scarborough East

MPP Hon Tracy MacCharles, MPP (Pickering—Scarborough East)Dear Father in Heaven, we are thankful for Tracy MacCharles M.P.P. in the Pickering-Scarborough East 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.

Tracy MacCharles was born and raised in Pickering–Scarborough East. She is a woman who brings people together, actively listens and works with them to achieve results.

Tracy has over 20 years experience in human resources management working in the private, public and not for profit sectors including serving as Vice President of Human Resources, Manulife Financial for the Corporate and Information Technology Divisions. In 2004, she established her own Human Resources practice focused on areas she is most passionate about: health care, community health, education, employment, human rights, discrimination prevention, organizational change and effectiveness.

Tracy has been an active volunteer within her community, as well as at the provincial level for numerous charities including the Canadian Cancer Society, Big Sister’s Association of Ajax-Pickering, United Way and as Chair of her local School Community Council.

Tracy is also a champion for disability advocacy. She is the past Chair of the Ontario Accessibility Standards Advisory Council with a mandate to advise the Minister of Community of Social Services on the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Tracy also served on the Durham Board of Education’s Special Education Advisory Committee for over five years. 
Tracy is a recipient of the City of Pickering’s Civic Award and the Volunteer of Distinction Award from Rosebank Road Public School.

Elected to the Ontario Legislature on October 6, 2011, Tracy has served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children & Youth Services and Vice-Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Health, Education and Social Policy. In February 2013, Tracy was appointed Minister of Consumer Services, by the new Ontario government.  Minister MacCharles currently serves on the Health, Education and Social Policy and the Legislation and Regulations Cabinet Committees. Tracy holds an interdepartmental honours degree in Business and Public Administration from Brock University. 

Tracy and her husband Stephen Little live in Pickering with their children Travis and Genevieve.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MPP: Dave Levac - Brant

Father, we thank you for MPP Dave Levac. 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.

It's more than just politics to Dave Levac, a dedicated community advocate working hard for his community of Brant.

An elementary and high school teacher for 12 years, Dave became a principal in 1989 and developed an award winning conflict resolution program for his students.

Long dedicated to his community, Dave has worked with many organizations, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Parkinson Society of Canada. He also founded the Walter Gretzky C.N.I.B. Celebrity Golf Tournament and the Friends of the Firefighters Committee, which has raised over $75,000 for the County of Brant Fire Department. His extensive community service has been recognized with the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, an Ontario Service Award and the YMCA Canada Peace Medal.

Dave brought his strong drive for community service to the Ontario legislature in 1999. Re-elected twice, Dave has had a number of private member’s bills successfully pass into law, including the Smoke Free Amendment Act, the Firefighters Memorial Day Act and Sabrina’s Law. He was also awarded the Order of Merit by the Ukrainian president for his work on the Holodomor Memorial Day Act.

Locally, Dave has delivered many results to his community, including a new MRI, a Family Health Team, funding to assist with the clean-up of Greenwich-Mohawk brownfield and investments for the Brantford campuses of Wilfrid Laurier and Nipissing Universities. He is currently the Parliamentary Assistant for Energy, where he helps create new jobs and position Ontario as a clean-energy leader.
Dave and his wife, Rosemarie, live in Brantford. They have three children.

Friday, June 24, 2016

MPP: Jeff Leal - Peterborough

Lord, surround MPP Jeff Leal 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

Peterborough is Jeff’s home, where he was born, raised and lives. Jeff understands the needs of Peterborough Riding, how to make Peterborough stronger, vibrant and the best place to call home.
A Kenner Collegiate graduate, Jeff holds an Honours B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Trent University and an Honours degree in Business Administration from the University of Windsor. 

He is married to Karan, an educator and school vice principal, with 2 children Braden and Shanae.

Jeff is committed to delivering positive results for the people of Peterborough Riding. As a Peterborough City Councillor (1985-2003) and Second Deputy Mayor (1993-2003) he worked extensively within local government to facilitate job creation, protect green space, advocate for vulnerable citizens, and support local agriculture.

Jeff has represented Peterborough Riding as an MPP at Queen's Park (2003 – 2013) with strength and well earned respect. He shapes the implementation of public policy as the Chair of the Legislation and Regulations Committee (2008 – present) and, in his role as whip, works closely with the Premier in managing government activities within the legislature.

Currently, Jeff holds the key position of Minister of Rural Affairs (2013-Present) and has also served as Chief Government Whip (2010 - 2012), Parliamentary Assistant in the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs (2007 – 2009), Ministry of the Environment (2006), Ministry of Energy (2005), Ministry of Economic Development (2005), and Ministry of Training, Colleges, & Universities (2004).

As MPP, Jeff’s has used his experience to deliver over $400 million in funding to Peterborough Riding, creating and preserving over 3700 jobs, with investments in infrastructure, transportation, businesses and health care.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MPP: Marie-France Lalonde - Ottawa-Orléans

Lord, we ask You to bless MPP Marie-France Lalonde  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.

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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MPP: Monte Kwinter - York Centre

Today oh Lord we pray for our Member of Provincial Parliament Monte Kwinter in the York Centre riding.  Heavenly Father we pray for Monte Kwinter, we ask Lord that You would bless him today. Lord we ask that you would give him strength and wisdom for his day.  I pray that he would trust you Lord and to cast all his cares upon You, You said Lord, if we need wisdom to ask You. We pray Oh Lord that You would direct his path today, that our M.P.P. would be strengthen and refreshed, he would trust in You, not be troubled. We ask these things in your precious Name Jesus, 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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MPP: Sophie Kiwali - Kingston and the Islands

We pray today for our Member of Provincial Parliament Sophie Kiwala  for Kingston and the Islands.  Father in Heaven we lift up before your throne Sophie Kiwala, as she serves as M.P.P  in Kingston and the Islands. Give her everything she needs as she serves the people in Ontario. We thank you Lord that she sacrifices so much working in this position. We ask Lord that You would bless her today with health and strength.  I pray that she would trust you Lord and feel your presence. We pray you would bless her family Lord, protect them and keep them safe in your loving care. In the precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

Sophie Kiwali 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.

Monday, June 20, 2016

MPP: Helena Jaczek - Oak Ridges Markham

Dear Father in Heaven, we are thankful for Helena Jaczek M.P.P. in the Oak Ridges-Markham 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 Jennifer in prayer, she is your daughter whom you love. Bless her today keep her family safe and may they know your peace. 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, June 17, 2016

MPP: Mitzie Hunter - Scarborough-Guildwood

Father we lift up Mitzie Hunter to you today. We ask that you use her in the role as MPP for the  Scarborough-Guildwood riding. We ask that you give her wisdom in the decisions she makes while at Queens Park. We pray a blessing upon her family. Lord may you show your love to her like she has never experienced before. We ask this in the name of Jesus your Son, 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, June 16, 2016

MPP: Tim Hudak - Niagara West-Glanbrook

Father, we pray for MPP Tim Hudak. Give him understanding and a generous spirit so that he can help enhance the Province in all he does.  Bless his family,  may nothing that would bring destruction of relationships come into their home.  Encourage him as he does what has become his place of appointment. In Jesus Name we pray.  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.