National Volunteer Week
This past week we celebrated National Volunteer Week 2017. It was great time to celebrate and honour the nearly 13 million Canadian volunteers who devote countless hours to make a difference in our communities each and every day! I want to thank all of the volunteers in our riding – in a wide variety of positions, for their selfless dedication to our community. I am so proud of the organizations that work tirelessly to make a difference for people here in Kanata-Carleton, across Canada, and around the world.
April – Month of Military Child
April is the Month of the Military Child. Let us take an opportunity to thank those young individuals who play such a critical support role in the military family. To quote the Minister of National Defence, “this presents us with the opportunity to consider the unique circumstances faced by the children of our Canadian women and men in uniform, and the children of Veterans. Military families make sacrifices to keep Canada safe. They have to contend with separation from loved ones, and continual change. Those serving in the family may be frequently absent, on deployments, training, or exercises. This can be difficult for the children in the home.” We should never underestimate the challenges faced by our military children, and take every opportunity we can to thank them for their service.
Carp Fair Women’s Night
Not to be outdone, the men did an excellent job taking care of the women for the Carp Fair Women’s Night. I want to thank to Joyce Trafford for her kind invitation. This year’s Carp Fair will run from 21 – 24 September. I can’t wait for September!
I would like to congratulate the Ottawa Senators for making it to the 2017 NHL Playoffs and for defeating the Boston Bruins in the first round. I’d like to wish the team and their staff all the best as they battle against the New York Rangers in the second round. GO SENS GO!
School Visits to Parliament Hill
I would like to thank all the schools that have come to visit Parliament Hill over the past school year. It’s a highlight of mine to meet the many students that visit from our riding. Our students have a unique opportunity to learn about government right in the nation’s capital. I hope their visits to Parliament were insightful and I would encourage more schools to plan a visit.