Given that press time for our last column was before the Remembrance Day events, I wanted to take a moment to thank the organizers in Kanata and Carp for their outstanding parade and ceremonies. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to so many people at both the Kanata Legion and the Diefenbunker, and was inspired by the number of people who showed up to the events. Our community can be so proud of their displays of gratitude to our Veterans.
Kanata Santa Claus Parade
What a beautiful day we had to walk through the crowds and welcome Santa to Kanata! My team and I gave out so much chocolate that we ran out of supplies. Many thanks to the organizing committee, the volunteers, and all those who attended such a terrific parade.
I want to thank Councillor Alan Hubley for his leadership in highlighting Ottawa’s ant-bullying campaign. Using a Frisbee to toss from person to person to initiate a discussion on prevention is such an effective way of starting the conversation. After catching the Frisbee from Concillor Hubley, I made a toss to my colleague Peter Shiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth. Please follow the Frisbee’s progress on my web page, and please discuss with others how you can play a role in eliminating bullying.
Around the Community
Thank you to the Glen Cairn Community Association for their invitation to attend their annual tree lighting ceremony. It was a beautiful evening to light up an incredible tree! It was also such a pleasure to join the Cadets of 872 Squadron during their fundraising spaghetti dinner. It was great to speak to so many intelligent, respectfully young men and women.
Canada Company – Veterans Event
It was my pleasure this week to speak at the Aviation Museum to an incredible group of professionals who care deeply about Canada’s Veterans. Canada Company hosted a National Transition exCHANGE. The event brought together dozens of companies who actively hire retiring members of the Canadian Forces. Often it is difficult for companies to understanding the skills and training that the retiring members have to offer to civilian employers. Events like the exCHANGE bring together companies and retiring members and have proven incredibly successful in helping these new Veterans transition to the civilian workforce.