Friday, September 16, 2016

MLA: Hon. Don Morgan - Saskatoon Southeast

Father we are thankful for Hon. Don Morgan and his long time service to the people of Saskatoon. Use the wisdom of his many life experiences and his engagement with his constituents to help frame his perspective in the legislature. Guide his spiritual life and bless his family with health and strength. Amen.

Don Morgan was born, raised and educated in Saskatoon. He graduated from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, in 1978 and practiced law in Saskatoon from 1979 to 1988. Between 1988 and 1992 he was chairman and CEO of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission. He was appointed as Queen's Counsel in 1990. Don also served on the Saskatoon Public School Board from 1999 to 2003 including a term as board Chair. He practiced law in Saskatoon from 1992 until 2007.

Don was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in November 2003 representing the constituency of Saskatoon Southeast. He was re-elected in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections. During his term in opposition, Don served as critic for Justice, deputy critic for First Nations and Métis Relations, Opposition Deputy House Leader, and sat on the legislature’s Standing Committee on Private Bills. After the 2007 election he served as Minister of Justice until the spring of 2012, and in 2010 the portfolio of Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety was added to his responsibilities.

In the cabinet shuffle of May 2012 Don retained his position of Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety and also became Minister of Advanced Education.

In the cabinet shuffle of September 2013 Don relinquished his portfolio of Advanced Education, retained his position of Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety and added the position of Minister of Education.

Don and his wife, Sandy, are long-time residents in the Lakeridge area of Saskatoon.Agency.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

MLA: Hon. Scott Moe - Rosthern-Shellbrook

God you have called Hon. Scott Moe for such a time as this. Cause his perspective on Advanced Education to be well informed and considered. Give him grace as he deals with the many nuances and concerns of the portfolio. Allow him, Krista and their children to create many great family memories this summer. Amen.

Scott Moe was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 2011 provincial election for the Rosthern-Shellbrook constituency.

Scott was born and raised in the constituency on a grain farm between Shellbrook and Parkside. Currently, Scott and his wife Krista live in Shellbrook with their two children. As a family, they enjoy many outdoor activities in what he describes as the irreplaceable landscape of Saskatchewan.

Scott was educated at the University of Saskatchewan where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Scott has been active in the community through his work with the Economic Development Corporation, the Shellbrook and District Health Services Project Inc., and the Shellbrook and District Physician Recruitment committee. He has also volunteered his time to work with local hockey and softball associations.

Scott served as a member of the legislature’s Standing Committee of Crown and Central Agencies and was Deputy Chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

On June 5, 2014 he was appointed Minister of Environment and Minister Responsible for SaskWater and the Water Security 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MLA: Warren Michelson - Moose Jaw North

Father, thank you for gifting Warren Michelson with an interest in and a keen eye for details. As he engages in those details, help him to not lose focus of those he is serving. Give him and his family many opportunities for time together enjoying the summer months. Amen.

Warren Michelson was first elected to represent the constituency of Moose Jaw North in 2007, and re-elected in 2011.

He has served as Chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice, a member of the legislature’s Standing Committee on the Economy, as well as Deputy Chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

In June 2014 he was appointed the Legislative Secretary to the Minister of the Economy in regards to manufacturing. His responsibilities include co-chairing the Saskatchewan Construction Panel made up of professional organizations and government representatives in support of a stable and healthy Saskatchewan construction industry.

Prior to being elected, Warren worked in the communication industry of television, radio, and newspaper in a variety of management positions in several Saskatchewan communities. Warren served on the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce for 13 years, serving as provincial president in 2004-05. From 2000 to 2006, Warren held a seat on the Senate of the University of Regina.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

MLA: Paul Merriman - Saskatoon Sutherland

Thank you Lord, for bringing Paul Merriman to Saskatoon and for his interest in politics. Give him the ability to serve his constituents well and to engage with the issues that concern them. Continue to teach him the aspects of the legislature and make him aware of the details. Bless him and his family with a restful summer. Amen.

Paul Merriman was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 2011 provincial election for the Saskatoon Sutherland constituency.

Born and raised in Toronto, Paul moved to Saskatchewan with his family in 1988. His father, Ted Merriman, served as the MLA for Saskatoon Northwest for one term from 2003 to 2007. His father’s involvement in politics piqued his interest in politics.

Paul has lived and worked in Saskatoon since 1994. Recently, he was the executive director of the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. During his tenure with the food bank, Paul has worked diligently to increase funding and decrease costs. Prior to his employment with the food bank, he was employed with SaskEnergy for eight years setting up a province-wide salvage operation of used material that generated corporate savings for the Crown Corporation in excess of $8 million. He has also operated two small businesses.

Paul and his wife, Leane Durand, a small business owner herself, have four children.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

MLA: Warren McCall - Regina Elphinstone-Centre

Father, we thank you for raising up people like Warren McCall to positions of prominence within their home communities and using them to make a significant difference. Enable him to serve diligently and with integrity. Provide him with time to enjoy the summer months. Amen.

Warren McCall is proud to call north central Regina home. It is the neighbourhood where he was born and raised, and is the largest community in Regina Elphinstone-Centre. 

First elected in a February 2001 by-election, McCall has subsequently been returned to the Legislative Assembly by the people of Elphinstone-Centre in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. He is proud of the fact that he has been voted “Best Regina MLA” seven years in a row by the readers of Regina’s Prairie Dog Newsmagazine. 

McCall is the Opposition House Leader and is the official opposition critic for Advanced Education, SaskTel, Central Services, the Lean Initiative, Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation, and the Provincial Capital Commission. Aussi, il est le Président de la section de la Saskatchewan de l’Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF). 

McCall holds a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian history from the University of Regina. He volunteers for a number of organizations and community events, including Habitat for Humanity, Regina Folk Festival, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, Albert Library Community Council, Canadian Blood Service, CIBC Run for the Cure, and the North Central Community Association.