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MPP Belinda Karahalios, Cambridge

Father God, we thank You for giving us leaders like Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios who wants to serve and be a voice for all of the people in her riding and, together with the other legislators, in the province of Ontario. The calling to government is weighty and she will need Your help. We ask You to strengthen her in the role of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. Please, let Your presence clearly guide her in all the details and responsibilities of each day. Cause Your goodness to be revealed to her in wisdom and discernment. Provide rest for her as it is needed. Bless her family, as You bless her. We pray this in Jesus’ name.

Belinda Karahalios was elected as the riding representative for Cambridge during the most recent election in June 2018.  She has been politically active for years, having volunteered in the campaigns of federal and provincial Conservatives since she was 18. Karahalios grew up in Mississauga, the child of immigrants. Her dad came to Canada from Trinidad as a young man, got an education and had a successful career in investments; her mom is from Portugal. She studied biological anthropology at the University of Toronto, with plans to work in pathology or forensics. But sitting in on her first autopsy convinced her that wasn’t the career for her. « That did it for me, » she said. « I definitely was not of that ilk. »

Instead, she held various jobs in medical fields, working in sales and patient support, education and advocacy for drug companies and for the Ontario branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.