This blog is devoted to praying for MPPs in Ontario.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
MPP - Hon. Michael Coteau - Don Valley East
Heavenly Father, we come to you on behalf of Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister responsible for Anti-Racism. Lord, will you give him extra strength, extra wisdom and extra guidance as he endeavors in these two areas of great interest and value to our Province. Will you touch him as he deliberates over matters of great importance to family life here in Ontario. Will you bless everything he does, and will you bless his family as he gives leadership as head of his home. Amen.
Michael Coteau was elected in 2011 as the MPP for Don Valley East. He currently serves as Minister of Children and Youth Services, as well as Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism. Previously, he was Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, as well as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, and before that, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Prior to entering the provincial government, Michael was elected as a school board 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 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 instructor and curriculum developer before becoming a community organizer for a United Way agency in Scarborough. 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. He and his wife Lori live in Toronto with their two daughters, Maren and Myla