Wednesday, August 31, 2016

MLA: Greg Lawrence - Moose Jaw Wakamow

Father, thank you for the experiences in Greg Lawrence’s life that have brought him to this place today. We see his desire to make a positive difference in lives and pray you would continue to provide opportunities to do just that. Give him great joy in serving as the Military Liaison for our province and bless him and his family with health, happiness and fulfillment daily. Amen.

Greg Lawrence was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 2011 provincial election for the Moose Jaw Wakamow constituency. Greg currently is a member of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Human Services and is currently serving as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Social Services with specific responsibilities in foster and child care.

Greg was born in Bienfait, Saskatchewan and was raised in the Estevan area spending many years working in the oil industry. He moved his family to Moose Jaw in 2003 after spending an incredible weekend there as a tourist. It was there he began his employment with SaskTel. Prior to entering politics, he was a customer service technician with SaskTel as well as the vice-president for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Local 3, and also served as the union’s grievance coordinator.

Greg, who has been involved with politics since 2007, is particularly impressed by the government’s commitment to the Métis people of Saskatchewan.

He is the former President of the Southern Plains Métis Local 160, and former Deputy Commanding Officer of the #40 Royal Canadian Air Cadets in Moose Jaw. He spent many years volunteering at the YMCA teaching martial arts and also enjoyed coaching minor baseball.

Greg and his wife Marjorie have three sons and one foster son.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

MLA: Lisa Lambert - Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood

Lord we are thankful that you have filled Lisa Lambert with a heart to serve. I pray that her example would encourage others to be involved in the life of their communities on a variety of levels. Give her focus to bring her best to this new season of life and to learn well the balance between service and family. Watch over her and her family in all they do through the summer. Amen.

Lisa Lambert was elected MLA for Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood in the 2016 provincial election.Raised in Saskatoon's Brevoort Park neighbourhood, Lisa has deep roots in the constituency. She spent over 30 years working at CTV Saskatoon and was president of the CTV Staff Association for many years.

She served four terms as a Catholic school board trustee. She was a board member of the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association and was selected to serve on two advisory groups for the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.In addition to her busy professional life, Lisa has authored a cookbook and volunteered extensively in her community.

As a ten-year member of her community association, she filled many roles, including one term as president. Lisa chaired the Lakewood Suburban Program Advisory Committee and has taken a lead role in annual door-to-door canvass campaigns for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. She served four years on the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon Friendship Inn and 15 years as a volunteer. Lisa received the President's Award of Distinction from Volunteer Saskatoon in 2005.She currently serves Saskatchewan as a member of the Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice.

Lisa and her husband Jim have three daughters and two granddaughters.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

MLA: Delbert Kirsch - Batoche

God we ask your rich blessing on Delbert Kirsch as he serves the people of the Batoche constituency. Allow him to engage well with the issues that concern them and to be a part of finding solutions that are best for that community. Give him strength and vitality in his personal and family life. Amen.

First elected in the 2003 provincial election and re-elected in 2007 and 2011, Delbert has enjoyed serving the people of the Batoche constituency. During his term in opposition, he served as the critic for Forestry and deputy critic for Northern Affairs and Industry & Commerce. He was also Deputy Chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on the Economy. 

Following the formation of a Saskatchewan Party government in November 2007, Delbert served as the Chair of the legislature's Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice. He was appointed Legislative Secretary to the Premier - Saskatchewan Heritage initiative and Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing.

Delbert was also a member of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice and the Standing Committee on House Services. He was a member of the caucus’ standing policy committee on intergovernmental affairs and justice. He chaired the legislature’s Standing Committee on Private Bills and the Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies. He was also the Deputy Government House Leader.

Delbert and Valerie have three grown children.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MLA: Warren Kaeding - Melville-Saltcoats

Lord, thank you for the enthusiasm and motivation that Warren Kaeding brings to his duties. Continue to provide him with new opportunities that allow him to influence and mentor as he engages his community. Bless him with a vibrant spiritual life and give him, Carla and their sons many times of relaxation this summer season. Amen.

Warren Kaeding was nominated as the candidate for Melville-Saltcoats in 2014.Warren received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985 and worked as a territory manager for Hoechst AG from 1986- 1996. From 1986-2011 he was also owner/operator of Wagon Wheel Seed Corp.

Warren has served as the Executive Director for the Sask Farm Stewardship Association, Advisor to the Agriculture Development Fund, Crop Inspector with Maxcor Ventures, and Business Development Rep for Input Capital. In addition to his busy professional life, Warren is involved in his community as Chair of the local economic development board, elder in his local church and an official with local minor hockey and baseball.

"The Saskatchewan Party represents the ideals that I have grown up with in the province. I believe that the Saskatchewan Party government has the proven track record and vision to continue the growth of our great Province." He said of his decision to run for the Saskatchewan Party.

Warren is looking forward to representing the people of Melville-Saltcoats in the next election. Warren's experience in agriculture, business, youth education and employment bring the right mix of experience and enthusiasm to the constituency.

Warren and his wife Carla, have two sons.

Friday, August 12, 2016

MLA: Hon. Nancy Heppner - Martensville-Warman

Eternal God, we marvel that you called the Hon. Nancy Heppner to engage early in the political scene and, in the fullness of time, brought her to serve this province. Give her insight and discernment in the duties she oversees, and the ability to hear well the concerns of her constituents. Fill her with creative solutions to the problems that present themselves, and bless her with excellent health. Amen.

Nancy’s interest in politics was sparked while door knocking for her father Ben in 1995. In 2001, she began working as the constituency assistant for Carol Skelton, MP for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar. She later moved to Ottawa to continue to work for Carol Skelton as her legislative assistant on Parliament Hill. Nancy worked for Leader of the Official Opposition (Stephen Harper) as question period coordinator and remained there until 2005.

Following her work on the 2006 federal election, Nancy became a part of the issues management team for the Right Honourable Stephen Harper in the Prime Minister's Office. Nancy subsequently served as director of communications for the Minister of Canadian Heritage before returning home to Saskatchewan.

Nancy was first elected to the legislature in the Martensville constituency in a by-election in March of 2007. She was re-elected in the 2007 provincial election and again in 2011. From 2007 to 2010, she served as Minister of Environment and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation, Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, and Water Appeal Board.

Nancy has served as Minister of Central Services, Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission, Minister Responsible for the Lean Initiative, and Vice-Chair of Treasury Board. In June 2014, Nancy was appointed as Minister of Highways and Infrastructure and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation.