Thursday, June 30, 2016

MLA: Danielle Chartier - Saskatoon Riversdale

Dear Lord, Thank you for Danielle Chartier and for her long term commitment and dedication to the Saskatoon Riversdale community being a third-generation resident.  We ask you to continue to give her favour in all she puts her hands to do. Bless her with a wonderful and refreshing break from legislature this summer and may she have many rich times of fellowship with family and friends while continuing to work on completing her Masters in Public Administration with excellence.  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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

MLA: Lori Carr - Estevan

Father we are thankful for Lori Carr and the privilege of serving the constituency of Estevan in the legislature. Provide her with varied opportunities that will allow her to broaden her experience and knowledge base as well as be an effective representative. Bless Lori and Bart with times of refreshing and rest in the busy life of service. Amen.
Lori was elected MLA for Estevan in the April 4, 2016 provincial election.
Lori lives in Estevan with her partner Bart. She has spent the past 20 years working as a licensed assistant in a financial planning office.
She is also very active in the community as a board member for the Air Cadet League, Sun County Health Region and Ducks Unlimited.
Lori has raised three children and, in her spare time, loves to travel and be with family and friends.
Lori currently serves Saskatchewan as a member of the Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MLA: Hon. Jennifer Campeau - Saskatoon Faiview - Minister of Central Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Transportation Company

God, you have placed Hon. Jennifer Campeau in the SK legislature for ‘such a time as this’. Focus her passions and efforts on issues that make a difference for the next generations and give her insight and wisdom to find real solutions. Surround Jennifer and her daughter with peace and joy as they look forward to the summer. Refresh them we pray. 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.

Friday, June 24, 2016

MLA: David Buckingham - Saskatoon Westview

Lord thank you that the “integrity of the upright guides them” and that today we have the opportunity to pray for a man of integrity. We ask for David that he would continue to be a man of the people, caring for them in ways that honour you. We pray that you would continue to give him an upright heart. We pray for grace and peace to be upon his family. Amen.

David Buckingham was elected MLA for Saskatoon Westview in the April 2016 provincial election. He currently serves on the Standing Committee on Economy.
Born and raised in the farming community near Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, David moved to Saskatoon in 1979 to pursue a career in the car hauling business as a commercial driver. In 1988, David and his wife Karen moved to the community of Borden to raise their three children.
Always an active volunteer in his community, David has served as a volunteer firefighter, president of the Borden Parks and Recreation Committee, and as the co-founder of the Highway 16 Fire Commission, a group that was formed to regionalize training for volunteer firefighters.
David served two terms as mayor of the Village of Borden. Prior to that he served one term as a councillor. A background in municipal government has given David a strong understanding of the issues of a growing and vibrant community. He wants to ensure the constituents of Saskatoon Westview have a voice at the provincial level as their community continues to grow.
David and his wife Karen enjoy spending time with their three children and three granddaughters.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MLA: Greg Brykich - Arm River

For the many years Greg Brykich has served his constituency in the legislature, we are thankful. He has modeled perseverance and a willingness to engage in a variety of portfolio’s in his tenure. Bless him with increased understanding and perspective in his roles and times of refreshing spiritually and physically over the summer break. Amen.

Greg Brkich was born and raised on the family farm in the Bladworth area where he operates a grain and cattle operation. Previous to his first election as MLA, Greg served six years on Bladworth Village Council. He is still an active, long-serving member of the Bladworth Elks Club.
First elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly on September 16th, 1999, Greg was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, and again in 2016.
Greg's legislative duties have included senior critic for Regional Development and Co-operative Development, and deputy critic for SaskWater and SPMC. Greg also served on the House Services Committee, as the vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Private Members' Bills, and as a member of the Crown Corporations and Private Bills committees.
During his past terms in office, Greg has served as the Deputy Speaker and Chair of the Committee of the Whole.  He was a member of the legislature's Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice, the Treasury Board, and the Investment Board. Greg has also served as a Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Economy.
Greg currently serves as Deputy Government Whip, a member of the caucus New Ideas Committee, the Standing Committee on Crowns and Central Agencies, the Privileges Committee, and the House Services Committee.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MLA: Fred Bradshaw - Carrot River Valley

Dear Lord, thank you for Fred Bradshaw and his contribution to the legislature and people of Carrot River. We pray he would continue to contribute wisdom and experience in this term of service. We ask that his leadership would empower and inspire the people around him. Give him, his wife Terry and their daughters good health and meaningful life experiences now and throughout 2016. Amen. 

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.

Monday, June 20, 2016

MLA: Hon. Bill Boyd - Kindersley

Lord, thank you for Hon. Bill Boyd’s vision and passion for his constituency and our province.  Cause his many years of service to provide insight, depth of wisdom and legislative memory for the issues being dealt with. May he experience spiritual vitality in his personal life and find many opportunities of enjoyment with Lynn and his children this summer.

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.

Friday, June 17, 2016

MLA: Steven Bonk - Moosomin

Father, we are grateful for Steven Bonk and the vast international experience he brings to his portfolio. Give him the ability to discern and focus on what matters for SK and the people of Moosomin constituency. Use his family’s rich heritage in the community to establish strong relationships that will benefit those he serves. Refresh Steven, Candace and Emma with fun memories together this summer. 

Steven Bonk was nominated as candidate for Moosomin in September 2014.Steven has strong ties to his local constituency being the 5th generation of his family to reside there.
Steven has extensive experience in the domestic and international agribusiness fields. He has worked on four continents as a consultant in agricultural management and policy development. Steven has also worked as an advisor on International trade and market access. He lived in Europe for nearly a decade, where he was the managing director of livestock based enterprises and as a management consultant to help companies grow and solve strategic challenges with the transition to a free market economy, particularly in post-soviet countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He communicates in four languages, facilitating his participation on international roundtable discussion panels and he is a recognized speaker at agribusiness related events. Steven is also actively involved in his family's custom grazing and livestock business near Wolseley.

In addition to his busy personal and professional life, Steven is also very involved with his community as a member of the Wolseley Community School Council, Glenavon Agriculture Society, the Southeast Saskatchewan Social Services Appeal Board, and he sits on the international committees of both the Canadian Western Agribition and Canada's Farm Progress Show.

Steven and his wife Candace have an eleven-year-old daughter, Emma.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

MLA: Buckley Belanger - Athabasca

God we thank you for Buckley Belanger, for the talents and passions you have gifted him with that have been used for our community and province. We ask that you bless him with wisdom and discernment as he makes decisions and works for the good of our province. May your love be revealed to his family and may his hands be equipped for your purposes. We ask for blessings of peace and safety in his travels. 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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

MLA: Carla Beck, Regina Lakeview

Lord, today it is a privilege to lift before you Carla Beck. We thank you for the passion with which she lives and serves. We pray today for favour, wisdom, and strength for the days, months and years ahead.  We pray a blessing of peace over her family and ask that you continue to guide them in making the decisions that are best for them. Amen.

Carla is passionate about economic and social justice. She is committed to working for a future that is economically and environmentally sustainable for all.Carla is married to Guy Marsden. They have made the Cathedral area of Regina their home, together with their three children, for the last 20 years. She grew up on a mixed farm near Lang, Saskatchewan.

Carla is the Assistant Executive Director at a local women's shelter, where she helps manage the women’s shelter, which includes program development, staffing, public speaking, and building partnerships with community organizations on issues related to violence and housing. She is a registered social worker and has over 20 years’ experience in that field, including work with Dales House, the Paul Dojack Centre, and the Regina General Hospital’s Women and Children’s Team.

Carla has a twenty-year history of community involvement and activism. She was a founding member and spokesperson for RealRenewal which led the fight to save Ecole Connaught Community School and to promote change in education. As a member of the School Community Council at Connaught, she organized a walking school bus and walk to school event to draw attention to the benefits of local neighbourhood schools. She also served as a board member for two community preschools.

In 2009, Carla was first elected as the Trustee for Subdivision 5 on Regina Public School Board. She was one of only two trustees who voted against the demolition of the historic Connaught School. She also opposed the closures of Dieppe, Haultain and Athabasca Schools.

Carla has been a long-time activist, working on many campaigns including volunteering for the Regina Water Watch coalition in the 2013 waste water treatment plant referendum. She has also helped on many NDP campaigns in the last 15 years.

For most of her life, she has been an active volunteer and leader in our community including work with the Sask. Abilities Council, Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism, Saskatchewan Action Committee—Status of Women, Camp Easter Seal, Autism Resource Centre, the help line at Regina Sexual Assault Centre, MS Society, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Cathedral Area Community Association, soccer, softball and FADA Dance.She was named “Favourite School Board Trustee” in 2014 by the readers of Prairie Dog magazine.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

MLA: Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Regina University

Heavenly Father, thank you for Tina Beaudry-Mellor and the broad perspective and experience she brings.  Use it to help her be a strong voice in the legislature and give her wisdom as she serves on the various committees and advisory boards. Bless her with a refreshing summer and rich times with family and friends.  Amen.

Tina Beaudry-Mellor was nominated as the candidate for Regina University on March 18th, 2015. She is best known as a long time instructor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina where she has been awarded for outstanding teaching as both a sessional and with the President's Teaching & Learning Scholars Award for Excellence in her collaboration on teaching civic engagement for post secondary institutions. Many of the MLAs on both sides of the Legislature have been invited to engage with students both in Tina's classes and at the Legislature as she regularly visits with them for the Speech from the Throne and the Budget. 

Tina has published in everything from peer reviewed journals to op-eds and business magazines, commentating both on political & social issues. She is the former Chair of Equal Voice and served on the National Board as well as a former board member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Community Investments Committee of the United Way and the Regina Transition House. At the University of Regina, she served for a considerable length of time on the Community Research Unit board of the Faculty of Arts. Tina has been the chief political analyst for Global Regina for every federal and provincial election since 2007. She has provided political analysis for radio, television and print media and is a strong social media user.

In addition to her academic work, she is the owner of a small management consulting business called TBM Strategies where she has done considerable policy work, most notably on streamlining processes for clients of both the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee program and on the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative to reduce surgical wait times. She has also worked with the Continuing Education Centre of the University of Regina to write the Flexible Learning Strategy to build the institution's online, televised and blended course and program offerings for students. 

Tina is married and has two very active teenage twins, Kayman and Montana - both of whom have represented Team Sask in multiple sports: track & field, swimming and most recently, her son played quarterback for the South Sask Selects at the Texas International Bowl this February.

Friday, June 10, 2016

MLA: Hon. Vaughn Solomon Schofield - Lieutenant Governor

Lord we ask your blessing on the Hon. Vaughn Solomon Schofield in her role as representative of the crown. Cause her to serve with joy in the various events and functions she finds herself. Grant her favour as she celebrates and honours the people of Saskatchewan and rich times with her husband, Gordon, and family. Amen.

Vaughn Solomon Schofield has had a successful career in business and has provided leadership to international, national, and provincial organizations.

Ms. Solomon Schofield is a strong supporter of the Canadian Forces; she served as the Provincial Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and is currently the Honourary Colonel of 38 Service Battalion.  In acknowledgement of her many contributions, she was awarded the prestigious Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service.

In the 1980s, Ms. Solomon Schofield was Chair of the Board for a 200,000 member crime prevention organization.  She travelled throughout North and South America to establish Crime Watch groups.  Fluent in English and Spanish, Ms. Solomon Schofield worked with the government of Guayaquil, Ecuador to establish their Crime Watch group and acted as an interpreter.  She also hosted a Crime Prevention television talk show in Fort Lauderdale, and was twice voted Florida's Crime Prevention Woman of the Year.

Ms. Solomon Schofield received the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal in 2009, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2005, and the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.  She is the Chancellor of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and Vice-Prior for the Order of St. John in Saskatchewan.  She was sworn in as Saskatchewan's 21st Lieutenant Governor on March 22, 2012. 

Her Honour was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and was educated at the University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus and The Rae-Vogue School in Chicago.  She and her husband Gordon Schofield have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

MLA: Trent Wotherspoon - Regina Rosemont - Opposition Leader

Purposeful God, we believe you positioned Trent Wotherspoon as Opposition Leader for this season. Use his many life experiences and passions to help him lead his team with vision, strength and integrity. Keep him focused on what matters and grant him the ability to know the difference. Help him to make time for family as well as for those activities that refresh him. 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.