Monday, July 31, 2017
We pray for Harinder Malhi today. Isaiah said, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” Today we pray an encouragement for Harinder that Lord will be with her even in the times where the waters can seem rough. Wisdom, courage and strength for her today! Amen
Friday, July 28, 2017
For Lisa MacLeod and the passions that You have placed in her heart. We thank you that she has the heart of an advocate and desires those who have no voice to be heard. We pray that You would give her the words to say and the platform to speak them on. We pray that she would be led by You as to the burdens of Your heart for our province and that she would find favour with the influencers who can bring about change for Your good and pleasure. 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.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Heavenly father, we lift Jack MacLaren to you today. You raise up family’s and at times, generations of families to serve the public good. You have done so with Jacks family. Thank you for their history of service, and we pray for special favour upon Jack as he continues to serve and stand up for our community. Let him see Your goodness in the months to come.
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.