Friday, December 16, 2016

MLA: David Forbes - Saskatoon Centre

Dear Lord. Thank you for your work in David Forbes life. We ask that you would continue to use David in his role as opposition. Help him to represent well the petitions to government and the needs of his own constituency. Amen.

Before entering politics, David Forbes taught in both Saskatoon and rural Saskatchewan.

David received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina and a masters degree in Education Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. He was also active within the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and the Saskatoon Teachers’ Association. David has been a strong volunteer for his local community association, the Saskatchewan SaskTel Jazz Festival and as a coach of youth football and softball.

He was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in a by-election in 2001 and re-elected in 2003, 2007, and 2011. In the previous NDP government David served as Minister of Environment and Labour. In the Saskatchewan NDP caucus, he currently serves as caucus chair and as the critic for Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Social Services, housing, community-based organizations, Workers Compensation Board, diversity, equity, and human rights. He is also the associate critic for Education.

David and his spouse Dawn Martin have three children, Cam, Alison, and Reilly.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

MLA: Muhammad Fiaz - Regina-Pasqua

Dear God. We ask you to be an integral part of Muhammad’s work at the Legislature. May he gain great energy and wisdom from you. We ask that he would be greatly successful as an MLA and that you would bless he and his family with an enjoyable fall/winter season. Amen.

Muhammad Fiaz was elected MLA for Regina Pasqua in the 2016 provincial election.

Muhammad was born and raised in Pakistan where he pursued his education, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Muhammad and his family immigrated to Toronto in 1995 where they established a thriving jewelry business, one that remains successful today.
In 2008, Muhammad chose to move to Saskatchewan – to what he fondly calls "the land of opportunity" – where he has worked as a road safety consultant for SGI.
Since moving to Saskatchewan, Muhammad has become an active member of his community.  He volunteers his time with Humanity First and also coaches in the South Regina Community Soccer Program.
Muhammad is excited to give back to a community and province that welcomed him with open arms. He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Human Services.
Muhammad and his wife Attia have three young boys.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

MLA:Hon. Bronwyn Eyre - Saskatoon Stonebridge - Dakota

Dear Lord. We pray today for the Honourable Bronwyn Eyre. We ask that you would give her wisdom and insight as she dives headfirst into her new role as Minister of Advanced Education. Give her the energy to pursue her tasks and the people that need to be held accountable. We also pray that you would bless her with a deeper spiritual life that often connects with you. 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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MLA: Hon. Dustin Duncan - Weyburn-Big Muddy

Dear Lord. Thank you for the Honourable Dustin Duncan. We ask that you would give Dustin and his family an even deeper walk with you. May his depth of character come shining out in the way that he leads at the Legislature. Give him wisdom and courage in the following months with a challenging portfolio. 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.

Monday, December 12, 2016

MLA: Larry Doke - Cut Knife-Turtleford

Dear Lord. We pray today for Larry Doke. We ask that you would give him the great privilege of a deepening spiritual life. Give him new friends that challenge him as well as old friends that anchor him. Thank you for the work that he does in the legislature. We pray that he is able to effectively help his constituents to the best of his ability. 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.

Friday, December 9, 2016

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

Dear Lord. We pray today for Mark Docherty. We ask that he would have vibrant spiritual growth throughout this next season. Give Mark a renewed enjoyment of the deeper life. Help him to engage in activities that refresh his body, soul, and mind. 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, December 8, 2016

MLA: Dan D'Autremont - Cannington

Dear Lord. We pray today for Dan D’autremont. We ask you to give him fresh opportunities to meet the needs of his constituents and the people of Saskatchewan. May he have a new swell of compassion for the people who have no voice. 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.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MLA: Herb Cox - The Battlefords

Dear Lord. Thank you for Herb Cox. We pray today that you would give Herb a season full of enjoyment and peace. May this be a beautiful winter for he and his family. Give him renewed energy for his work at the legislature, and a personal walk with God that is interesting and meaningful. 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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

MLA: Hon. Ken Chevaldayoff - Saskatoon Willowgrove

Dear Lord. We pray today for the Honourable Ken Cheveldayoff. Give him a strength of capacity to cover everything that is put in front of him. Help him to prioritize and strategically invest his time in the activities that will most benefit the people of Saskatchewan. Bless him with renewed vitality and spiritual health. May he have a growing faith in you. 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.

Monday, December 5, 2016

MLA: Danielle Chartier - Saskatoon Riversdale

Dear Lord. Thank you for Danielle Chartier. We pray that you would give her wisdom with all the challenges that are put before her. Give her perspectives that other people are missing and the courage to do what is best. Grant her a wonderful winter season and the strength and health to enjoy every moment of it with her kids. 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.