Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MLA: HON. HERB COX - THE BATTLEFORDS


Dear Lord, today we pray for the Honourable Herb Cox. We pray that he would continue to grow and develop in his government capacities. Give him opportunities and insights that can break log-jams that may have been there for years. We also pray that his spiritual life would develop even deeper. Help him to abide in you as he walks through transitions. Help him to identify transitions as they are happening and to quickly embrace new realities while letting go of past victories. May his next life season be meaningful and blessed. Amen.

Herb was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 2011 provincial election for the constituency of The Battlefords.

Herb was born in Brandon, Manitoba. He attended school there and graduated from Brandon University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. After graduation he moved to Saskatchewan and while employed with a financial institution he worked in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Lloydminster, Swift Current, and North Battleford.

Prior to entering politics, Herb was a realtor in North Battleford since 1974, has strong roots in the community and has served with a number of organizations including: three terms as president, Battlefords Real Estate Board; four years as president, Saskatchewan Team Penning Association; two years as president, Canadian Team Penning Association; member of the Town of Battlefords industrial planning committee; and, sports chairman with the Zone Seven winter games.

In 2003, Herb served as a campaign manager with the Saskatchewan Party. He also ran as the candidate in The Battlefords in the 2007 provincial election. In that election, he came within 300 votes of becoming the MLA for the constituency.

Since his election in 2011, he has been appointed to the caucus management committee, the caucus committee for crowns and central agencies, and the legislature’s Public Accounts Committee. On September 24, 2014, Mr. Cox was appointed Government Whip.

Herb and his wife Linda are proud that their three children – a welder, a Chartered Accountant, and a pilot – all live and work in Saskatchewan.

http://saskparty.com/index.php?pageid=mlas&mla=herb-cox

Monday, June 29, 2015

MLA: HONOURABLE KEN CHEVELDAYOFF - SASKATOON SILVER SPRINGS - GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER


Dear Lord. We ask that you bless the Honourable Ken Cheveldayoff. We ask that he be driven with a benevolent passion for the best interests of the Saskatchewan people. May he be particularly known for his attention to the needs of people without a strong political voice, but with great need of political help. Give he and his family some new opportunities this summer for personal enjoyment and relationship building. Amen.

Ken Cheveldayoff was first elected as MLA for Saskatoon Silver Springs in 2003, and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. As an opposition member he served as the critic for Post-Secondary Education and Finance. In government, Cheveldayoff served as Minister of Crown Corporations, Minister of Enterprise, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy, and Minister Responsible for Trade. In 2010 Cheveldayoff he served as Minister of First Nations and M├ętis Relations, Minister Responsible for Sask. Gaming Corporation, and Minister Responsible for Northern Affairs. In 2012, Ken served as Minister of Environment, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation. Currently Ken is the Government House Leader.

Cheveldayoff attended Carleton University in Ottawa, the University of Saskatchewan, and Newport University in Southern California, receiving a B.A. (Honours) in Economics and Political Science in 1988 and a Masters of Business Administration in 1996.

Prior to being elected Ken worked with Western Economic Diversification assisting individual businesses and industries to grow and expand. He has been an active member of the Saskatoon community through service with the Children's Health Foundation, the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, the North Saskatoon Business Association, and the Provincial Exporters Association.

Minister Cheveldayoff is proud to represent his constituents and continues to be involved in numerous activities in Saskatoon and throughout the province.

He and his wife Trish are kept very busy with their son Carter and their daughter Paige.

http://www.cheveldayoff.com/

Friday, June 26, 2015

MLA: DANIELLE CHARTIER - SASKATOON RIVERSDALE


Dear Lord, we pray today for Danielle Chartier and the work that she does for the people of Saskatchewan. We ask that you give her the words to speak when she finds herself in those moments of great opportunity. Give her an extra helping of diplomatic candour and favour with the people around her for using it. Amen. 

On September 21, 2009 Danielle Chartier was elected MLA for Saskatoon Riversdale in a by-election resulting from the retirement of former MLA, Lorne Calvert, and was re-elected in 2011.

Danielle is a third-generation resident of the Saskatoon Riversdale constituency. Originally trained as a journalist, Danielle has worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon, as well as weekly newspapers and monthly magazines.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina, she worked for the Saskatchewan Department of Labour, Work and Family unit, for nearly three years. Currently, she is completing a master of public administration degree through the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

She has also worked on projects for a number of community organizations including the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living, Catholic Family Services of Saskatoon and the Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan.

Danielle has two daughters.

http://www.daniellechartier.ca/about.html

Thursday, June 25, 2015

HONOURABLE JENNIFER CAMPEAU - MLA FOR SASKATOON FAIRVIEW - MINISTER OF CENTRAL SERVICES AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR SASKATCHEWAN TRANSPORTATION COMPANY


Dear Lord, thank you for the Honourable Jennifer Campeau. We ask that you give her a divine insight into the challenges she faces as a minister. Help her to quickly understand the nuanced dynamics of the situations and to effectively choose and facilitate the best plan of action. Give her a great summer with her daughter and a deeper spiritual walk with you. Amen.

Jennifer Campeau was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in the 2011 provincial election for the constituency of Saskatoon Fairview.

Prior to entering politics, Jennifer was an instructor at the University of Saskatchewan as well as a PhD student. Jennifer also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan and a Business Management undergraduate degree from the University of Lethbridge.

Jennifer has been driven to pursue politics, serve her community and go to school but the greatest accomplishment has been her daughter, Denaya. Jennifer knows firsthand the importance in doing all she can to make the province of Saskatchewan a great place for our children.

On June 5, 2014, Jennifer was appointed Minister of Central Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Transportation Company.

http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/government-structure/cabinet/honourable-jennifer-campeau

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MLA: CAM BROTEN - SASKATOON MASSEY PLACE


Dear Lord, we pray today that you would bless and encourage Cam Broten. Help him to continually engage his team to the important work of the Loyal Opposition. May their endeavours have lasting benefits to the people of Saskatchewan. We also pray that you would give he and his family an epic summer filled with wonderful memories and adventures. Amen.

Cam Broten loves Saskatchewan and is dedicated to ensuring that our best days as a province are ahead. Cam’s roots in Saskatchewan run deep. He’s the son of a teacher and a social worker, and the grandson of a former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), Hans Broten. His family lived in Regina, La Loche, Green Lake, and La Ronge before settling in Saskatoon.

As a father of three young daughters, Cam is committed to building a bright future for all Saskatchewan families.

Cam was elected in Saskatoon Massey Place in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. He was elected Leader of the Opposition in March 2013. He has been voted the best Saskatoon MLA by Planet S readers several times.

Prior to becoming an MLA, Cam worked as a health policy manager for the Saskatchewan Medical Association and a policy analyst with Saskatchewan Culture, Youth and Recreation. Cam earned an International Studies degree at the University of Saskatchewan and a Master’s degree in Political Science at Simon Fraser University.

Cam and his wife Ruth live in the Saskatoon Massey Place constituency with their daughters, Ingrid, Clara, and Gudrun, and their dog Oscar.

http://www.ndpcaucus.sk.ca/leader

Friday, June 19, 2015

MLA: GREG BRKICH - ARM RIVER-WATROUS


Dear Lord. Thank you for Greg Brkich and his work in government over the years. Thank you for his passion to constantly improve and add more to the people of Saskatchewan. We pray today that you would give him a new hobby to help him balance the challenges of legislative work with the rewards of a meaningful personal life. Give him a great summer filled with memories and inspiring moments.

Greg Brkich was born and raised on the family farm in the Bladworth area where he still operates a grain and cattle operation. Greg has always been and remains a dedicated member of his rural community. Previous to his first election, Greg served six years on Bladworth village council. He is still an active long-serving member of the Bladworth Elks club. Greg was first elected on September 16, 1999 and re-elected in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections.

During his terms in opposition Greg brought forward a private member's bill recognizing the enormous contribution to Saskatchewan of the late former Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker. Greg’s duties have included senior critic for Regional Development and Co-operative Development and deputy critic for SaskWater and SPMC. He also served on the legislature’s Standing Committee on House Services. Greg was Vice-Chair of the caucus’ standing committee on private members’ bills and a member of the caucus’ standing committee on crown corporations.

As a government member Greg served as the Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committee of the Whole. He was also appointed Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture - Agriculture Programs Innovation initiative. Greg was also the Vice-Chair of the caucus’ standing policy committee on intergovernmental affairs and justice and was a member of the legislature's Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice and the legislature’s Standing Committee on Private Bills. In 2012, Greg was appointed as Chair of the legislature's Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies and member of Treasury Board.

http://www.gregbrkich.ca/index.php?docID=20

Thursday, June 18, 2015

MLA: FRED BRADSHAW - CARROT RIVER VALLEY


Dear Lord. We pray today for Fred Bradshaw. We ask that he would enjoy the summer, while being equally excited for the legislative work in front of him. Give him insight, wisdom, and opportunity to serve his constituents well. We also ask that you would bring new people into his life that would give him further insights as to who you are.  

Fred was first elected to the legislature in the 2007 provincial election and was re-elected in 2011.

Fred was born at Arborfield in 1951 and moved to Carrot River in 1960 where he still lives. In 1976 he married a local girl, Terry Novogrodski. Fred and Terry have had three children, Lisa (deceased), Morgan, and Gina.

Fred has always been very involved in the community. He has participated in a number of venues, including the town council for Carrot River, fire department, Pasquia Park board, Arborfield Dehy board, Boy Scout leader, Carrot River United Church choir, plus other entities too numerous to list. Provincially, Fred is past president of the Saskatchewan Aerial Applicator Association and past director of the Canadian Aerial Applicators Association. Additionally, Fred served on the founding board of the Northeast Early Childhood Intervention program.

Fred has been appointed to the legislature’s Standing Committee on the Economy, the caucus’ policy committee on the economy and the government’s Red Tape Reduction committee.

http://saskparty.com/index.php?pageid=MLAs&mla=Fred-Bradshaw

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

MLA: HONOURABLE BILL BOYD - KINDERSLEY - MINISTER OF THE ECONOMY, ENERGY AND RESOURCES; MINSTER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GLOBAL TRANSPORTATION HUB AUTHORITY, AND SASKATCHEWAN POWER CORPORATION


Dear Lord. Today, we look to the Honourable Bill Boyd and ask that you would give him an extra helping of wisdom and tenacity this summer. Help him to efficiently use his time and energy to fulfill all of the responsibilities in front of him. Give his wife Lynn, and their family, a continuing spiritual walk that is both exciting and meaningful. Amen.

Bill Boyd is one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Party and has been involved in Saskatchewan politics for more than two decades.

Bill was the MLA for the Kindersley constituency from 1991 until he stepped down in 2002. Originally elected in 1991 as a Progressive Conservative MLA, Bill became the leader of that party in 1994. He was re-elected in 1995. In 1997, he and three of his colleagues joined with four Liberal MLAs and founded the Saskatchewan Party. When Bill was re-elected in 1999, he was one of 26 MLAs elected under the Saskatchewan Party banner. He was once again elected in the Kindersley constituency in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections.

Bill is currently the Minister of the Economy, Energy and Resources, Minister Responsible for The Global Transportation Hub Authority, and Saskatchewan Power Corporation.

Bill and his wife Lynn operate a pedigree seed farm near Eston. They have two adult children.

http://www.skcaucus.com/members.php?member=Bill_Boyd

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

MLA: BOB BJORNERUD - MELVILLE-SALTCOATS


Dear Lord. Thank you for Bob Bjornerud. Thank you for his years of commitment and service to the people of Saskatchewan. We ask today that you give him a growing spiritual walk. May he sense your presence both in the pleasant things as well as in the challenges. Be his guard and guide. Amen.

Bob Bjornerud was born in Kelvington and was raised in Saltcoats. He began his career in mining with International Minerals and Chemicals in Esterhazy. Following this, Bob went into farming. 

At the local level, Bob served as a councilor in the Rural Municipality of Saltcoats for seven years and then as Reeve of the R.M. for another seven years. 

Bob was first elected to the Legislature in 1995 to represent the Saltcoats Constituency (now the Melville-Saltcoats constituency) as a member of the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan. As one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Party, Bob served as the critic for Agriculture, Municipal Affairs, and also as the Opposition Whip. He was re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011. 

Bob served as the Minister of Agriculture from 2007 to May 25, 2012. 

Bob has three children and six grandchildren. He resides east of Yorkton with his partner Joan.

http://www.bobbjornerud.ca/

Monday, June 15, 2015

MLA: BUCKLEY BELANGER - ATHABASCA


Dear Lord. We pray for your blessing today on Buckley Belanger. Give him wisdom and compassion. Help him in his opposition role to effectively critique while simultaneously caring for the people in his own riding. Give him a renewed belief and excitement in the work he does, as well as a passion to constantly improve his life for your glory. Amen.

Buckley Belanger was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in 1995 and re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011.

Today, Buckley is the NDP’s Deputy Whip, and serves as critic for Highways and Infrastructure, SaskEnergy, SaskWater, and the Water Security Agency. In the past, Buckley has served as minister in various portfolios including Northern Affairs, Environment, Community Resources, and Highways and Transportation.

Prior to entering provincial politics, Buckley served three terms as mayor of Ile-a-la Crosse from 1988 to 1994. He has also worked as a journalist with the aboriginal publication New Breed and a programmer, producer, and administrator with the Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation in La Ronge.

He and his wife Beckie have three daughters, Michelle, Kellie, and Taylor. 

http://www.ndpcaucus.sk.ca/belanger

Friday, June 12, 2015

MLA: COLLEEN YOUNG - LLOYDMINSTER


Dear Lord. Today, we thank you for Colleen Young. We ask that you continue to instruct her with quite whispers on how she can most effectively fill her role in government. Bless her with a quick mind and sharp eyes to pick up the best approaches to the challenges in front of her. May she find more creative ways to share her opinions and wisdom in the situations that she finds herself. Also, we pray that you give her a deeper spiritual walk and a rich summer of enjoying your presence in her life. Amen.

Colleen was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in the November 13, 2014 by-election for the constituency of Lloydminster. She is a member of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Human Services.

Colleen was born and raised on a family farm east of Saskatoon and has called the Lloydminster riding home for the last 28 years. Colleen attended the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan beginning in 1979 and has been active in education ever since. Colleen has been a trustee of the Lloydminster Public School Division Board of Education for the past 20 years, has served as the Board Chair for 16 of those years and currently sits on the University of Saskatchewan Senate. Colleen is very active in the Lloydminster community. Her involvement with the Kiwanis Club, Learning Council, In Motion, Young Life, School Community Councils, and many other volunteer opportunities has always put kids, families, and newcomers to the community first.



Colleen and her husband, Kim, have 1 daughter, Nevada, and 7 sons: Casey, Chester, Riley, Fraser, Percy, Duke, and Ace, a wonderful daughter-in-law, Jessica, and two beautiful granddaughters; Pearl and Belle. She enjoys spending time with her family and close friends at the lake or whenever the opportunity arises.

http://saskparty.com/index.php?pageid=MLAs&mla=Tim-McMillan

Thursday, June 11, 2015

MLA: HONOURABLE GORDON WYANT - SASKATOON NORTHWEST - MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR SASKBUILDS


Dear Lord. We pray today for the Honourable Gordon Wyant. We ask you to give him a strong conscience to help the government uphold excellence and ethical processes. Give him wisdom and strength to address those issues that are truly difficult to deal with head on. Sharpen him with wise advisors, and soften him with compassionate role models. Bless him and his wife Christine and their children with a wonderful summer. Amen.

Gordon Wyant was elected as the MLA for Saskatoon Northwest in an October 2010 by-election. He was then re-elected in the 2011 provincial election. After the 2011 election, Gordon was appointed Deputy House Leader and on May 25, 2012 Gordon was sworn in as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. In June 2014 Gordon was also appointed as Minister Responsible for SaskBuilds.

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Gordon was the first Canadian-born member of his family. His parents, originally from Europe, came to Saskatoon in the 1950s when his father was retained as the first Head of the Department of Anaesthesia at the newly opened University Hospital.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in 1985, and graduated from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan in 1986. Shortly after convocation, Gordon began practicing law with the firm of McKercher LLP, where he practiced as a partner until his appointment as Attorney General. In 1987, Gordon received an award for highest standing in the 1987 Bar Admission course. He received his Queen's Counsel designation in 2009.

Since 2000, Gordon has also been an active public servant. He was elected as trustee for the Saskatoon Public School Board in 2000 and served as Chair for two years. He was elected city councillor for Ward 5 in 2003 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2009. 

Gordon and his wife Christine Hrudka have four children in their early twenties. In addition to his family, Gordon enjoys writing, skiing and motorcycling. He is also the proud recipient of the Sterling Writing Award for non-fiction, awarded in 1999.

http://gordonwyant.ca/

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

MLA: TRENT WOTHERSPOON - REGINA ROSEMONT


Dear Lord. Thank you for Trent Wotherspoon. Thank you for his zest for life and passion for what is best. We ask that you give him insight in his role in the loyal opposition to effectively critique the government. May his legislative roles be deeply meaningful and exciting to him. We also pray that Trent’s personal life would be enjoyable and fulfilling. May you guide his spiritual life and bless his professional life. Amen.

Trent was elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 for the constituency of Regina Rosemont. He is the Deputy Leader of the official opposition.

Trent serves as the opposition critic for Finance, Education, Municipal Relations, Urban Affairs, Economy, and the Global Transportation Hub. Trent also serves on a national committee of the CCAF, with an aim to strengthen governance and accountability.

Trent was born and raised in northwest Regina. He earned a Bachelor of Education at the U of R and has taken grad studies in education and undergrad studies in business.

Prior to politics, working with an interdisciplinary committee, Trent developed and managed within the community a nationally recognized program for youth offenders of highest-risk, that successfully increased educational attachment and reduced recidivism rates.

As an educator, Trent taught in high schools and led various new initiatives. Trent assisted in the creation of a new campus for adult students. Trent also led the development of a program for students displaying severe violent behaviours. Previously, Trent worked with a youth agency supporting at-risk youth. 

Trent has background in business as an entrepreneur, through business studies and as a past director with the Regina’s warehouse business improvement district.

Trent’s wife Stephanie is a teacher. Together, they are highly involved in the community through coaching and volunteerism, and by engaging in the many diverse cultural, arts and sporting events that enrich Regina and Saskatchewan. 



Trent enjoys the outdoors, particularly fishing, hunting, and canoeing; and sports, such as, hockey, football, rugby, water-sports, and running.

http://www.trentwotherspoon.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

MLA: HON. NADINE WILSON - SASKATCHEWAN RIVERS


Dear Lord. We pray today for the Honourable Nadine Wilson. Thank you for her diligence in legislative work as well as her commitment to improve herself and add value to those she serves. We pray that you bless her with meaningful opportunities to make significant and positive changes in the lives of the Saskatchewan people. May she 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. Also, we ask that you give her a wonderful summer that is both restful, exciting, and memorable. Amen.

Nadine was first elected as the MLA for Saskatchewan Rivers in the 2007 provincial election and was re-elected in 2011. In 2009, she was appointed Legislative Secretary to the Minister Responsible for Immigration – New Citizen initiative. She has served as a member of the caucus’ standing policy committee on the economy and the standing policy committee on human services, deputy caucus Chair, and Chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Private Bills. Ms. Wilson is presently the Provincial Secretary and Legislative Secretary to the Premier.

Nadine studied social service work in Saskatoon, and she later became one of the first women to work as a corrections worker in the Men's Provincial Correctional Centre in Prince Albert. Her public service includes twice elected reeve of the rural municipality of Paddockwood before making the move to provincial service.

In addition to Nadine's legislative roles, she was named a BILLD Fellow in 2009 after completing the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development program at the University of Wisconsin and has served as a mentor for the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program four times. Nadine is a graduate of the 2009 Pacific Northwest Economic Region Legislative Leadership Academy, and also serves as a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Nadine and her husband Doug have been married for over 30 years. Fourth generation cattle ranchers, they live north of Prince Albert. They have raised four children, and are now the proud grandparents of seven lively grandchildren.

http://www.nadinewilson.ca

Monday, June 8, 2015

MLA: RANDY WEEKS - BIGGAR


Dear Lord. Thank you for Randy Weeks. Thank you for his commitment and attention to his constituents and the people of Saskatchewan. Give him renewed passion and strategic intentions that are best for Saskatchewan. Bless him and Cindy with health and peace going into the summer. Amen.

Randy was first elected in 1999 as the MLA for Redberry Lake and re-elected in 2003, 2007, and 2011 as the MLA for Biggar. While in opposition, Randy served as critic for Highways and Transportation, Environment, and Labour, and deputy critic for Immigration and Information Services Corporation.

Randy has served as Deputy Chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on the Economy and served on the Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies, Standing Committee on House Services, Standing Committee on Agriculture and the Standing Committee on Non-controversial Bills. Randy also served as Deputy House Leader, Government Whip, and as the Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health. On September 24, 2014, Mr. Weekes was appointed Deputy Government Whip.

Randy was born in Biggar and grew up on the nearby family farm. He studied at the University of Saskatchewan and received a diploma in Agriculture, before returning to farm and ranch with his family. Randy and his wife Cindy make their home near Biggar.

http://www.randyweekes.ca

Friday, June 5, 2015

MLA: THE HONOURABLE BRAD WALL - PREMIER


Dear Lord. We pray today for our Premier, The Honourable Brad Wall. We ask you to be a constant companion for him throughout his days. Be constantly guiding and stretching him at each point to take Saskatchewan into a new level of social and economic health. Bless him and his wife Tami with an enjoyable summer season. Bless their children with healthy friendships and personal success. Thank you for our Premier. Amen.

Brad Wall was first elected Premier of Saskatchewan in the November 2007 provincial election and his government was re-elected in the 2011 provincial election.

Prior to his career in politics, Premier Wall was active in his local business community and was involved in service work spanning local events, economic development and health care recruitment.

One of his earliest forays into politics was in the late 1980's as a founding member and western Co-Chair of the Alliance for the Future of Young Canadians. This was an organization dedicated to promoting free trade.

Brad Wall was born and raised in Swift Current, which is in Saskatchewan’s southwest. He still lives there with his wife, Tami, as well as two of their three children: Colter and Faith. Their daughter Megan is enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan.


He received his post secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan where he earned an honours degree in public administration.

http://www.saskatchewan.ca/premier