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Honourable Naresh Bhardwaj – MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie

God, it is truly with thankful hearts
that we bring our Alberta leaders to you in prayer today and especially the
Honourable Naresh Bhardwaj. We pray that you would give him strength and the
courage to lead in a way that brings dignity and respect to all people. May
your peace surround him and his family. Amen

Associate Minister – Services for Persons
with Disabilities

Mr. Bhardwaj was elected to his
second term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for
Edmonton-Ellerslie on April 23, 2012. He was sworn-in as Associate Minister –
Services for Persons with Disabilities on December 13, 2013.

In addition to his duties as an
MLA, Mr. Bhardwaj was previously the chair of the capital region caucus. He
also served on the following committees: the Legislative Review Committee, the
Standing Committee on Private Bills, the Standing Committee on Alberta’s
Economic Future as well as the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections,
Standing Orders and Printing.

Mr. Bhardwaj moved to Alberta
with his family in 1976. He became a journeyman automotive mechanic in 1983
before going back to school and graduating from the U of A with a double major.
Naresh then spent the next 18 years working as a teacher in Pincher Creek,
Whitecourt, Red Deer, Calgary and Edmonton, teaching predominantly automotives,
mathematics and physical education.

Mr. Bhardwaj has been actively
involved with Edmonton communities for over 36 years, serving on many
associations, establishing Youth Link, a youth employment training program, and
coaching soccer at the community league level and for Juventus U-18.

Bhardwaj was married in 1982 to his wife, Sunita, and has three children:
Sarah, Stephen and Neeraj.