I had the pleasure of joining the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Members of Parliament of the National Capital Region, Mayor Jim Watson and other municipal politicians at the Ottawa Trainyards, to announce the federal government’s financial funding commitment of over $1 billion for Phase 2 of Ottawa’s LRT. This funding announcement is a step in the right direction as we continue to support the city’s goal of getting LRT Phase 3 to Kanata.
Girls in Leadership
Pippa McDougall recently organized an empowering event for young women in Ottawa, at which I had the honour of speaking. Her experience as an ambassador for the Students 4 Special Olympics and delegate to G(irls) 20 Summit 2016 played a large role in making the event a great success. I was happy to engage in important discussions and to support the participants. I sincerely hope that they left feeling confident in their abilities to thrive as young professional women.
Ottawa Fire Station 63 Constance Bay BBQ/Open House
A wonderful time was had by many in Constance Bay as Ottawa Fire Station 63 opened their doors to the public for their annual BBQ and Open House. The firefighters gave tours of the Fire trucks, equipment and the hall. There were a number of activities on-site for those of all ages and plenty of food to go around, which all contributed to a great day of supporting our local station.
Kanata-Hazeldean Lions Club “Celebrate Canada”
It was great to see so many smiling faces around the community at Safety Day in Walter Baker Park, the Carp Colossal Garage Sale, and the Kanata-Hazeldean Lion’s Club “Celebrate Canada” Family Festival. It was a beautiful day to spend in the park with Ottawa Police, paramedics, firefighters, Safer Roads Ottawa, and more. The sun stayed around while I collected donations with the West Carleton Food Access Centre in Carp and still while I greeted the parade participants and spectators at the “Celebrate Canada” Festival. As the summer rolls around, I look forward to spending even more time supporting and attending community initiatives.
I had a wonderful time at the Hamony Iftar, where I got to spend time with a number of my friends from the Kanata area. Iftar, an integral part of Ramadan celebrations, can bring together family, friends and acquaintances, both old and new. This event served as a great example of how we can all celebrate Canada’s diverse communities and pastimes in an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. Ramadan Mubarak!