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Honourable Naresh Bhardwaj – MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie

Lord God, we thank You that You give Hon.
Naresh Bhardwaj favour with all the individuals he works with today.  We pray for wisdom in decision making and the
strategies needed to put new initiatives in place.  We pray for health and good times of rest so
he can be most effective in his role in our legislature,  Amen. 

Associate Minister of Persons with
Disabilities (Reporting to the Minister of Human Services)

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 currently serves as Associate Minister
of Persons with Disabilities.

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.

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