Re-naming of École élémentaire publique Kanata
I was thrilled to welcome her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette to école élémentaire publique Kanata at a re-naming ceremony for the school. The school now holds the name école élémentaire publique Julie-Payette, as well as a wonderful new coat of arms honouring our Governor General. I would like to thank her Excellency for visiting our community as well as all the excellent staff and students present at the ceremony.
Kanata Santa Clause Parade
Our community kicked off the holiday season on a lovely, cold, day with the Hazeldean Lions Club Holiday Parade. Even the snow helped set the scene! I had the honour of walking in the parade alongside hard working community members such as the Kanata Lasers hockey team. Thank you to everyone who came out to the parade and to all the volunteers for your wonderful help!
Bridlewood Tree Lighting
As the holidays approach, our communities are joining the festivities in a variety of ways. Last week, I was happy to join Councillor Allan Hubley and members of the community at the 2nd Annual Bridlewood Tree Lighting. I was also pleased to sit in on the Bridlewood Community Association’s meeting and give an update on what our government is currently working on.
Women in House
Throughout the year, several Canadian universities send female students to Parliament to participate in the Women in House program, an initiative working to get young women involved in politics. I always love hosting a student for a day, showing them around Parliament and answering any questions they may have. Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting a student from McGill University in Montréal. Thank you, Merette, for your insightful questions! I hope you enjoyed your time on Parliament Hill.
Cybersecurity in Kanata
I was pleased to participate in discussions with local businesses on the challenges facing Canada’s cyber security companies today. Cyber security is now a critical component of our daily lives. I look forward to continuing the dialogue and learning more about the issues that matter most to our communities.
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.