MLA: RALPH EICHLER – LAKESIDE

Father, You guide and govern everything with order and love. Today as we pray for our political leaders we ask that you would look upon Ralph Eichler and fill him with your spirit of discernment and wisdom. Father, may Ralph always act in accordance with Your will and may his decisions be for the well-being and peace of all Manitobans. We pray a blessing on Ralph’s family and those closest to him, as they support Ralph in all the responsibilities that he must upon and may Your peace be upon him in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

Ralph was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in June, 2003.

He is a long time resident of the Lakeside area with strong ties to the community and local businesses.

Ralph
believes that building a healthy and sustainable rural economy is
essential. He foresees future prosperity in Lakeside with a thriving
agricultural economy, expanding tourist industry and improved
infrastructure.

For eight years, Ralph served as the
Administrator of the Interlake School Division and remains committed to
building opportunities for youth. He believes that with strong
leadership, accountability and vision, we will see community growth and
stability in Manitoba.

Ralph’s dedication to the
people of the Lakeside constituency is instantly recognizable by his
continual involvement in community service. He volunteers his time to
many community organizations in various capacities.

He
was an active member of a variety of organizations including the Teulon
and Area Lions Club and the Stonewall Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52.
Ralph and his family are active members of their local church.

In
the past, Ralph served as Board Director of the Prairie Implements
Manufacturers’ Association (PIMA), Board Chairman of Neicom
Developments, an original Director of the Teulon Green Acres Park Board,
President of the Interlake Riding Club, supporter of the Handivan
Committee, Treasurer of the Teulon Kinsmen Club, member of the Interlake
Community Foundation Board and Treasurer of the Teulon Golf and Country
Club.

Ralph understands the struggles of livestock
producers, having raised both purebred Simmentals and a commercial herd.
He is the past owner/operator of Prairie Farm and Ranch Supply, a major
manufacturer and importer/exporter of livestock handling equipment.
While a business owner, he successfully initiated the global marketing
of an innovative Manitoba agricultural invention called “The
Stockdoctor”. He currently owns Ray’s Auction Service.

Ralph
was elected, by his peers, on January 16, 2010 as a Director to the
State Agriculture Rural Leaders (SARL) Board representing Canada, USA
and Mexico. Ralph attends, on a regular basis, the Legislative
Agriculture Chairs Summit. Here, he works together with senior US state
agriculture legislators, Canadian provincial Ministers, and elected
officials to discuss and develop agriculture policy and to exchange best
practices.

Ralph and his wife Gail have two sons, a daughter and son-in-law, and three grandchildren.