Monday, July 18, 2016

MLA: Bronwyn Eyre - Saskatoon Stonebridge - Dakota

Thank you for Bronwyn Eyre’s willingness to represent the constituency of Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakota and the vibrancy she brings to the task. Allow her to grasp the nuances of this new venture quickly and find her place in the legislature. Give her opportunities to share her knowledge and skills in unique ways over the coming days. Amen.

Bronwyn grew up in Saskatoon and now lives in the Stonebridge neighbourhood.Currently, she serves as a Saskatoon public school board trustee for Ward 7 (which includes Stonebridge).
Bronwyn is a former broadcaster for NewsTalk 650 CKOM and columnist for the StarPhoenix and Calgary Herald. Previously, she was a senior writer/editor for UK-based legal publicationsCommercial Lawyer and European Lawyer. She attended McGill University and the University of Saskatchewan (BA’93; LLB’96) and speaks French, German, and Italian. She has also taught German at the U of S as a sessional lecturer.Bronwyn's experience at the civic level and involvement in the community enhance her understanding of the issues facing Stonebridge-Dakota. “This is a dynamic new constituency, with a diverse mix of urban and rural areas,” she says. “I enjoy my conversations with people when I’m out door-knocking; and I’m learning a lot about what’s important to them.”
Of her decision to run for the SaskParty, Bronwyn says, “I believe in common sense and in practicality over process—low taxes, responsible spending, strict accountability, and maximum transparency. The SaskParty under Premier Brad Wall has given the people of this province a can-do pride of place in Canada. This is no time to turn back the clock.”
Bronwyn and her spouse have an 11-year-old son, Max.

Friday, July 15, 2016

MLA: Hon. Dustin Duncan - Weyburn-Big Muddy

Lord you have placed Hon. Dustin Duncan in a position of great influence and great responsibility. Bless him with the wisdom and discernment he requires to serve our province with distinction. Place people in his sphere that will encourage and advise him well. Give him and Amanda quality time together. Amen.

Dustin Duncan was first elected as MLA for the constituency of Weyburn – Big Muddy in a by-election in June 2006 at the age of 26. Dustin was re-elected in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections.

On May 25, 2012 Dustin was appointed Minister of Health. Prior to this he served as Minister of Environment, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy and SaskWater. He was first appointed to Cabinet in May 2009 as Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. Prior to being named to Cabinet, Dustin served as Chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies.

Dustin and his wife Amanda, a musician, were both born, raised and educated in the Weyburn area. They make their home on a farm east of Weyburn - the same land Dustin’s great-grandparents farmed nearly a century ago.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

MLA: Larry Doke - Cut Knife-Turtleford

Thank you for Larry Doke and his commitment to his constituency and the people of SK. Use his experience and abilities to bring fresh perspective to his duties and give him the wisdom and insight that is needed to make sound decisions. Keep his family close and allow them time to enjoy each other. Amen.

Larry Doke was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 2011 provincial election for the constituency of Cut Knife-Turtleford.

Larry currently resides in the resort village of Metinota where he served as councillor for the area since 2000. As well, he was recently the director of the West Yellowhead Waste Resource Authority, chair of the Jackfish Lake West Water Utility, and Waste Water Utility.

Before moving to Metinota, Larry was the owner/operator of Fairview Dodge in North Battleford. While Larry was a successful business owner he took time to be involved in the North Battleford community by sitting as a board member of the local Chamber of Commerce, spending 12 years on the Parks and Recreation board, 14 years on the board of the North Battleford Golf and Country Club, and two years as its president.

Larry has been involved with the Saskatchewan Party since its inception and ran as a candidate in the 2003 provincial election in The Battlefords constituency. He has also been involved with other Saskatchewan Party campaign teams throughout the years.

Larry is a member of Treasury Board, member of Investment Board, member of the caucus’ policy committee on the Economy and the legislature’s Standing Committee on the Economy. He is also currently serving on the Agriculture and Natural Resources committee for the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments.
Larry and wife Valerie have two children and five grandchildren. Larry enjoys restoring muscle cars, golfing, fishing, and volunteering in the Metinota community.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

MLA: Hon. Kevin Doherty - Regina Northeast

Father, we ask your blessing on Hon. Kevin Doherty today. His responsibilities as Finance Minister are many and require wisdom, diligence and integrity so we pray you would provide all he needs. Grant him safety as he travels and times of refreshing and rest as he needs to be an effective representative. Amen.

Kevin was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in November 2011 for the constituency of Regina Northeast. Soon after, Kevin was appointed to serve as a member of Treasury Board. Born in Rose Valley, Kevin Doherty’s parents Lenora and Mike still live on the family farm.

In June, 2014, Kevin was appointed as Minister of Advanced Education and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Telecommunications. He has served as Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport.

After graduating from Rose Valley High School, Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985.

In his professional life, he has worked as a division director for Investors Group (he was formely a certified financial planner), the director of government relations for Bayer Healthcare, as well as the manager of provincial relations for Glaxo Wellcome. Recently, Kevin served as the vice-president of corporate relations for SaskPower.

Kevin has a strong and diverse track record of community involvement. His service includes former president of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union; former member of the University of Saskatchewan board of governors; former vice-chair of the Hospitals of Regina Foundation; former member of the Regina Chamber of Commerce board of directors; and former president of the Saskatchewan Special Olympics.

Kevin enjoys spending time at the cabin in northern Saskatchewan, travelling, golfing, reading, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

MLA: Hon. Mark Docherty - Regina Coronation Park - Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission

Lord, you have gifted Hon. Mark Docherty with a desire to learn, grow and share his knowledge for the benefit of others. We are thankful his heart is for our province and that his education and many experiences are an asset. Bless him with excellent health daily.  Help him to order his time to allow for those things he enjoys that refresh and challenge him personally. Amen.

Mark was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature as the MLA for Regina Coronation Park in 2011.

In June 2014, he was appointed as Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission. Mark previously served as the Legislative Secretary for disabilities and was a member of the human services caucus policy and standing committees, the committee on priorities and planning and served on the Cabinet committee for creative industries. 

Mark has worked in a number of different roles including, director of immigration settlement, director of Dales House, supervisor for health, team leader at Paul Dojack Youth Centre and as clinical director of Leading Thunderbird Lodge; a youth treatment centre for File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council.

Additionally, Mark is a founding board member of Street Culture Kidz Project and has served on the board of the North Central Community Association.

Mark has earned three degrees – a Bachelor of Science through Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, a Bachelor of Human Justice from University of Regina, majoring in human rights and a Masters of Social Work, also from U of R. His interest in education has led Mark to teach Kawacatoose LPN students and youth care workers for SIAST and several courses at the University of Regina.

Mark has also represented Saskatchewan at the provincial and national levels in team handball, rugby, and lacrosse. He has competed in triathlons around the world and is a three-time finisher of the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championships.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

MLA: Terry Dennis - Canora-Pelly

As Terry Dennis enters this new phase of service to his community and area, bless him with those who will speak into his life with wisdom. Cause him to discern the role you have gifted him to fill in this season and to do so with integrity. Bring opportunities into his path that give him the experience he needs to be an effective representative to the people of Canora-Pelly. Give him, Lorri and their children rich and meaningful times together as a family. Amen.

Terry Dennis was elected MLA for Canora-Pelly on April 4, 2016.
Terry has been involved in politics at the civic level, as a Mayor and Town Councilor, for over 20 years. He is also the co-owner of Dennis Foods in Canora.
In addition to his busy professional life, Terry has been involved in the community as a volunteer with the Canora Health Foundation, member of the SaskTel Board of Directors, and various coaching and executive positions with Canora Minor Sports.
Terry currently serves Saskatchewan as a member of the Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies.
He and his wife Lorri have two daughters and one son.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

MLA: Dan D'Autremont - Cannington

Thank you, that you have raised up mentors like Dan D’Autremont who choose to stay the course and face the challenges. Fill Dan with a sense of vision for the term ahead and give him opportunities to influence and mentor others in government. Help him to set aside intentional time to enjoy his family, friends and activities in the midst of his obligations. Let peace and contentment be his in abundance. Amen.

One of the "Original Eight" founding members of the Saskatchewan Party, Dan was first elected to the Legislature in 1991. He was re-elected in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2016.
In opposition, Dan served as critic for Highways, Education, Energy and Mines, Health, SaskTel, ITO, SLGA and SGI. While critic for the SLGA, Dan also worked closely with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority and First Nations. He served as the chair of the caucus' Crown Corporations Committee and vice-chair of the legislature's Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies.
Since the Saskatchewan Party formed government, Dan has served as Minister responsible for SLGA, Government Services, and ITO. He has also served as Government House Leader, co-chair of the Legislation and Regulation Review Committee, as a member of the Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies, and as a member of the Public Accounts Committee.
For the 27th Legislature, Dan served as Speaker of Legislative Assembly, chair of the Board of Internal Economy, the Privileges Committee, and the House Services Committee. He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Human Services and a member of the Private Bills Committee.
Dan and his wife Heather have three children. Family, friends, and politics are Dan's top priorities, but he also enjoys hunting, shooting, reading, computers, gaming with his children, and the Air Cadet League.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

MLA: Hon. Herb Cox - The Battlefords

Today, Lord, we lift up the Hon. Herb Cox to you. We ask that you would give him wisdom for the important decisions that lie before him. We pray for joy in his journey and that his gaze would remain steadfast upon you. And for his family, Lord, we ask that you would bless them with love, peace, and joy.

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.

Monday, July 4, 2016

MLA: Hon. Ken Chevaldayoff - Saskatoon Willowgrove

God we thank you for Hon. Ken Chevaldayoff and how you have blessed him with a business mind. We ask that you would continue to use him for your purposes. Grant him wisdom as he makes decisions and counsels those involved in economic decisions. We pray for protection for him and his family as they serve faithfully in the community; give them influence and favor as they work to build a stronger city and province. Bless Ken as a public servant, husband and father; strengthen him for the years ahead, in Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Ken was first elected MLA for Saskatoon Silver Springs in 2003. He was re-elected in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections. With the changes in provincial boundaries, he was re-elected in 2016 as the MLA for Saskatoon Willowgrove.
Since the Saskatchewan Party formed government, Ken has been responsible for various portfolios including time as Minister of Crown Corporations, Minister of Enterprise, Minister responsible for SaskEnergy, and Minister responsible for Trade.
Ken has served Saskatchewan as Minister of First Nations and M├ętis Relations, Minister responsible for Sask Gaming Corporation, and Minister responsible for Northern Affairs.  He has also been Minister of Environment, Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation.
Ken is currently Government House Leader and a member of the Privileges Committee, the House Services Committee, and the Board of Internal Economy. He also sits on the caucus Legislation and Regulation Review Committee.
Ken 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.
Ken and his wife Trish have raised their son Carter and daughter Paige in Saskatoon, and the entire family is very active in several community organizations and activities.