Thanks to all the Volunteers:
As the year draws to a close, I was so proud to stand in the House of Commons and thank all the inspirational volunteers I have met throughout the Riding. I want to thank all of the countless volunteers from across the region who came out this year during the floods in Constance Bay and West Carleton to carry sand bags, cook food, and help their neighbours in need. I would also like to thank the volunteers at the Kanata Food Cupboard and West Carleton Food Access Centre for making sure that everyone has a Christmas meal this holiday season. These amazing volunteers – and there are so many more – have brought our communities closer together, inspiring neighbours to help neighbours, in the true spirit of selflessness and compassion. To all of the volunteers in Kanata-Carleton, thank you, and keep up the great work!
Kanata Food Cupboard’s Annual ‘Unload the Buses:
I was so pleased with the amount of volunteers who came out to help unload buses full of donations at the Kanata Food Cupboard. Thank you to everyone who donated food and to everyone who came out to help. I am continuously impressed with the amazing community spirit I see in Kanata-Carleton!
Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber:
In support of mental health, ICOBC held their gala this week. I believe in the importance of raising awareness for the wide array of complex mental health issues that affect 1 in 5 Canadians. Thank you for having me and for shining a spotlight on mental health!
National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women:
I had the honour of participating in a somber candlelight vigil in Kanata to remember all women abused and murdered on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. 28 years after the Polytechnique Massacre, where 14 women were killed simply for being women, it is important to keep taking concrete steps to question, call out, and speak up against acts of gender-based violence.
Lights on Parliament Hill:
I had the privilege of representing Minister Mélanie Joly to launch the 33rd Christmas Lights Across Canada on Parliament Hill! Every night from now until January 7th, enjoy the magical winter lightscapes multimedia show projected on the Parliament buildings. I was also present for the inaugural launch of the Canada 150 rink on Parliament Hill, which is open all winter for free public skating. Parliament is officially ready for Christmas!
Keep Ottawa Warm:
As the cold weather sets in, we must remember those in our communities who will be the most affected. I have joined the #KeepOttawaWarm campaign by placing a donation box outside my office door at 555 Legget Drive, Suite 121, for anyone to come by and donate their winter clothing. Donations will go to the Ottawa Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope, and Cornerstone Housing for Women. Please consider donating some clothing so that everyone can keep warm.