Friday, December 16, 2016

MPP: Hon. Liz Sandals - Guelph

As Honourable Sandals has just recently had a change of responsibility, we ask You for the ability to embrace the challenges of her new portfolio with wisdom and integrity. May she readily gain in understanding of the complex issues  as President of the Treasury Board. We pray for the physical stamina needed  to accomplish what is for the best in our province. May her family be blessed also and may she have good health. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Premier Wynne appointed Liz Sandals as Minister of Education on February 11, 2013. Liz Sandals has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Health and Long-Term Care, Transportation, Education, Government Services, and Community Safety and Correctional Services. She led the government’s Safe Schools Action Team and served on the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions and Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet.

Sandals first became involved in politics with education issues. She was elected to the local public school board in 1988 and was re-elected four times. She served as chair of the board and was elected as president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) from 1998 to 2002. She also sat on the board of directors of the Canadian School Boards Association.

In recognition of her work as OPSBA president, she was selected as the first recipient of the “Outstanding Contribution to Education Award” by the Ontario Principals’ Council. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Centre for Prevention Sciences (London) presented Sandals with their 2009 Fourth R Award in recognition of her leadership on the Safe Schools Action Team and her significant contributions to making Ontario schools safer.

Prior to her election, Sandals worked as a computer programmer analyst and taught computer science at the University of Guelph. Sandals grew up in Guelph and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters of mathematics from the University of Waterloo. Sandals and her husband, David, have two children, Richard and Allison, and three grandchildren.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

MPP: Hon. Lou Rinaldi - Northumberland-Qunite West

Lord, we thank you for the service of Honourable Lou Rinaldi in Northumberland Quinte. May he have increased wisdom and clarity in his influence regarding municipal affairs and housing.  May his family be blessed and may they all have good health both physically and emotionally. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen. 

Lou Rinaldi is a dedicated, passionate and tireless advocate for our  communities with a strong record of working for its betterment.  Lou is well-known for his approachable, straightforward and direct manner with his constituents.

Lou has been involved in politics since 1992 as a councilor, deputy reeve and reeve in the former Brighton Township, Mayor of the Municipality of Brighton and Member of Provincial Parliament

Lou has served as the MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West from 2003 to 2011 and was re-elected in 2014. Lou currently serves as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and has previously served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, and the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. 

Lou was a co-founder and President of the Brighton & District Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Brighton/Trenton Hospital Advisory Committee, member of the Brighton Rotary Club and past chair of the Quinte Economic Development Commission. Lou was a tireless volunteer with minor hockey, a fundraiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Almost Home, United Way, Keystone Community Group, and Northumberland Services for Women.  Lou and the Brighton Speedway have raised tens of thousands of dollars at the annual Northumberland Hospice Challenge.

Born in Italy in 1947, Lou and his family immigrated to Canada in 1960. After graduating high school, Lou obtained is Automotive Technology Diploma from George Brown College.

Lou has been a devoted husband to Diane for 43 years, proud parent of four children and grandparent of nine.  For 33 years they have lived in Brighton where they have owned and operated the Brighton Speedway.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

MPP: Hon. Shafiq Qaadri - Etobicoke North

Dr. Qaadri is a strong advocate of quality Public Healthcare, Education, Diversity and a Just Society. He was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2003. He has served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children's Services. In 2006 he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario's first Minister of Health Promotion.

Father, we thank You for the skills that you have given to Dr. Qaadri. We pray for your wisdom  and integrity as he carries out his responsibilities in the Ministry of Government Services. We ask for health and strength for him daily.  May his family also know your blessings as he gives tirelessly of himself for the good of the people. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

On October 10, 2007, Dr. Qaadri was re-elected to his second term in the Ontario Provincial Parliament, and re-elected again to his third term in October 2011.  He currently serves as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government Services.

Dr. Qaadri graduated from Upper Canada College in 1982, and from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1988. During his academic career, he won several scholarships and awards, including an English-Speaking Union Essay Prize to Oxford University, a Canadian National Debating Championship, a Medical Research Council Scholarship in Clinical Neurosurgery, and a Senator Thompson Fellowship to the University of Pennsylvania.

As a physician, the multilingual Dr. Qaadri has published and presented more than 700 articles on a variety of medical topics. He has appeared on more than 1000 radio and television shows. A novelist, he is the author of BIO-JIHAD & the PLEASURE-5 SURGERY, a medical thriller. His non-fiction includes a health manual for men, “THE TESTOSTERONE FACTOR: A Practical Guide to Improving Vitality and Virility, Naturally,” was released in 2006 and is now published in 5 countries and 4 languages. 

Dr. Qaadri and his wife have two children.

He is honoured to be the Member of Provincial Parliament serving the people of Etobicoke North, for whom he is an eloquent and fierce advocate.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Lord, we pray for Honourable Randy Pettapiece as he serves the people of Perth Wellington. Thank you for the trust that he has earned for his faithful service. We pray for continued wisdom as he influences decisions made for the common good. We pray for health and strength to continue the demanding issues in the constituency. Bless his family with favour and patience as he continues to serve the people. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

Randy Pettapiece is a trusted voice for our communities, our interests and our values. He works hard to represent Perth-Wellington at Queen’s Park – not the other way around.

A trusted voice for rural and small-town Ontario

Randy has advocated for our interests on many issues including municipal infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing, culture, and energy policy including wind turbines.While at Queen’s Park, Randy serves as official opposition critic for government and consumer services, seniors and the horse racing industry.In 2012, Randy successfully passed a resolution with strong support from all parties to address the rural-urban divide.In 2014, Randy received all-party support for his motion calling on the government to protect taxpayers and municipalities from higher municipal insurance premiums .A trusted voice for local health care services.Randy has relentlessly called attention to the doctor shortage facing communities in Perth-Wellington, calling on the government to act. A trusted voice on agriculture Randy graduated from Ridgetown College of Agriculture and Technology. He moved to our area in 1967, when his parents bought a dairy farm near Monkton. On the farm, he learned firsthand the values of hard work and service to community. Randy has served as the official opposition’s critic to the Minster of Rural Affairs and as deputy critic to the Minister of Agriculture and Food. In 2013, Randy helped launch the PC Caucus’ agriculture policy white paper entitled Paths to Prosperity: Respect for Rural Ontario.A trusted community-builder Serving the community is second nature to Randy. As an elected councillor in the Municipality of North Perth, he worked with residents to develop and implement a complex infrastructure project. Randy is a dedicated volunteer and supporter of local community groups. He is a longtime leader in the Monkton Lions Club, working with other clubs throughout Midwestern Ontario.
A trusted father and grandfather. Randy and his wife, Jane, have been married for 41 years. They raised three boys, who are now married with children of their own. Jane and Randy love spending as much time as possible with their families – especially with their grandchildren.

Friday, December 9, 2016

MPP: Amrit Mangat - Mississauga-Brampton South

Lord, surround MPP Amrit Mangat  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 she 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.

Elected in October 2007, Amrit Mangat is the first woman of South Asian heritage to serve as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario.
Representing the riding of Mississauga—Brampton South, Amrit was appointed by the Premier of Ontario as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Seniors in 2007. In September 2010, Mangat was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation. She also serves as a member of the Justice, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs Policy Cabinet Committee and she is a member of the Standing Committee on General Government. Amrit has also been a member of the Standing Committee on Estimates.

Prior to immigrating to Canada in 1992, Amrit worked as a teacher in India and later obtained her Ontario College of Teachers certification. In addition to teaching occasionally, Amrit managed several small businesses. She most recently worked as a senior administrator in a law firm, helping new Canadians to settle and prosper in Ontario.

She has always been active in the Peel community, volunteering for various organizations such as the Rotary Club and India Rainbow Community Services of Peel. As a former high school teacher, Amrit brings a sincere passion for children to the legislature and continuously advocates to ensure that they receive the best education possible.

As an astute business woman, Amrit brings a strong vision to Queen’s Park that is committed to providing a vibrant and sustainable local economy, a greener environment and a productive labour force that utilizes the skills of new Canadians and recognizes their important contributions to our community.

Amrit holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Arts in Economics, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education and she is a former member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Amrit lives in the Region of Peel with her husband Dr. J. S. Mangat, a prominent lawyer.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

MPP: Harinder Malhi - Brampton-Springdale

Father, we thank You for the strength that You have given to MPP Harinder Malhi; 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.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MPP: Lisa MacLeod - Nepean-Carleton

We pray today for our Member of Provincial Parliament Lisa MacLeod for Nepean-Carleton. Father in Heaven we lift up before your throne Lisa MacLeod, as she serves as M.P.P  in Nepean-Carleton. 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. In the precious Name of Jesus, Amen.

Lisa MacLeod was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in a byelection in 2006. She has continued to represent the Nepean-Carleton riding after the 2007, 2011, 2014 provincial elections. 

Ms. MacLeod is presently the Ontario PC Energy Critic and Francophone Affairs Critic. She serves as Vice Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee, the Vice Chair of the Quebec-Ontario Parliamentary Friendship Committee and as Ontario’s member on the Canadian Parliamentary Women’s Association. She previously served as Official Opposition Education Critic, Revenue and Accountability Critic, Government and Consumer Affairs Committee and Critic for Children and Youth. Ms. MacLeod was also Vice Chair of the Government Agencies Committee and a member of the Public Accounts Committee.

As an MPP, Ms. MacLeod has championed community safety measures such as child protection legislation and a law clamping down on grow ups. She has been a vocal supporter of Ontario’s Harness Horse Racing industry and a critic of the green energy act. 

Ms. MacLeod authored a cookbook, “I’d Rather Be Baking Cookies: A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends”, has enjoyed coaching her daughter in sports and is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, which awarded her the rare Friendship Medal for her work on behalf of veterans.

Before being elected to the Ontario Legislature, Ms. MacLeod served as an advisor to Nepean-Carleton politicians at all three levels of government, spent time as a political commentator on local tv and radio and worked in a management program with Sobeys Inc. She is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, holding a B.A. Honours in Political Science. Ms. MacLeod has studied at the Masters level in Intelligence Studies at American Military University.

Lisa MacLeod lives in Nepean with her husband Joseph Varner and their daughter Victoria.

Tuesday, December 6, 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. Amen.

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.

Monday, December 5, 2016

MPP: Tracy MacCharles - 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. Amen.

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.

Friday, December 2, 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.

Thursday, December 1, 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.