Special Olympics Awards
It was such an honour to attend the award ceremony in Ottawa celebrating the achievements of our city’s Special Olympics athletes. I was absolutely thrilled that both the Female and Male Athletes of the Year are from our Riding!! Katie Zu was named the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year after winning 7 medals from the Winter Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and the Ontario Spring Games in Guelph. Jack Fan was named the 2016 Male Athlete of the Year, having won 13 medals (including 8 gold medals) in Corner Brook and Guelph.
All of the athletes should be an inspiration to us all and I am so proud of Katie and Jack – both of whom represent our Riding so well. Congratulations to both!
Northern Lights Gala
I was so happy to attend the Northern Lights Gala celebrating women in aviation. The Northern Lights Award Foundation was created to recognize the women who blazed a trail to become giants in the Canadian aviation and aerospace industries, paving the way for those women who would come behind them. I had such a terrific evening with women from across the aviation industry: pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians – everyone who has made such a great contribution to aviation in Canada.
Centenarian on the Hill
Chartwell Retirement Residence’s Moments That Matter program was created with the admirable goal of striving to fulfill the wishes of its senior residents. I was thrilled to be able to help make the wish of meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a reality for Jean Preston, who earlier this year became 100 years young. Jean joined us on Parliament Hill this week past week so she could meet the Prime Minister and share with all of us her amazing story of how, as a small child, she brought her father’s lunch to the Hill where he was working on the Peace Tower Bells after the fire of 1916 had damaged them. What made this so special? She had to climb up the scaffolding by herself to deliver his lunch! Jean’s energy was so inspiring, and the Prime Minister was very impressed by our distinguished Kanata resident!