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At a glance
May 24, 2019
While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond. Learn more about some of their activities.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 – Senator Rob Black meets with 4-H Canada youth delegates from across the country. They were in Ottawa for 4-H Canada’s 2019 Citizenship Congress, a program that has been running since 1972 with the goal of educating youth delegates on Canada’s history and parliamentary system, and fostering skills related to civic engagement, governance, parliamentary procedure, citizenship and politics. This year’s theme was “The Power of a Vote: Value of Civic Engagement".

Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Senator Marilou McPhedran meets Ms. Elsa Lessard – the only woman guest of honour at a reception honouring veterans of the Battle of the Atlantic. Ms. Lessard served in the Second World War with the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (known as the WRENS) and has devoted countless hours to increasing public awareness of the WRENS. Ms. Elsa Lessard

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – Senator Ratna Omidvar co-chairs the Borderless Citizen, a forum looking at the role and impact of the arts and policy on migration. The forum was run in cooperation with the British Council, Harbourfront Centre and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. Left to right: Christopher Rodrigues, Chair of the British Council, Senator Omidvar and Randall Hansen, Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – Senator Marty Deacon speaks at the eighth annual Swim Day on the Hill. The event brought together Parliamentarians, aquatic safety advocates, and health and fitness leaders to raise awareness about the importance of water safety.

Friday, May 10, 2019 – Senator Marilou McPhedran and the University of Manitoba Filipino Students' Group co-host a youth circle on career building with members of the Winnipeg Filipino community at Maples Collegiate High School. The youth circle was an opportunity for a great dialogue among those participating.


Friday, May 10, 2019 – Senators mark Bear Witness Day, a campaign by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. It calls for the full implementation of Jordan’s Principle, which aims to ensure First Nations children have equal access to public services compared to other Canadian children. Senators Marilou McPhedran, Mary Coyle, Margaret Dawn Anderson, Patti Laboucane-Benson, Yvonne Boyer, Bev Busson, Marty Deacon, Rob Black, Frances Lankin, Victor Oh, Mary Jane McCallum, Brian Francis, Scott Tannas and former Senator Art Eggleton showed their support inside the Senate Chamber.

Monday, May 13, 2019 – Senators Stan Kutcher and Marty Deacon co-host Grade 10 students from St. Paul Catholic High School for a workshop on mental health literacy to mark the end of Mental Health Week. Senators Paul E. McIntyre and Rob Black also participated in the workshop.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – Senator Pat Duncan meets with visiting members of Whitehorse’s All City Band following a concert titled “Sounds of Spring” at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – Bike bells echo throughout the Parliamentary Precinct as Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette Governor General of Canada, Senator Marty Deacon and parliamentarians, celebrate Bike Day on the Hill. The event included an inter-provincial ride around the nation’s capital with community leaders and everyday cyclists.