The month of November is a time to reflect on our veteran’s bravery and sacrifice.
This Remembrance Day my staff and I were honoured to lay wreaths at ceremonies across the riding. We were glad to have the opportunity to take the time to pause and pay tribute to those who served and continue to serve to make our world a safer place.
I had the opportunity to attend the ceremony held at the Fort William Gardens and my staff paid tribute to veterans at the Fort William First Nation ceremony on Mount McKay. Both ceremonies were beautiful and well-attended.
I would like to thank all those who came out to remember the men and women who have courageously served our country, and would like to extend a special thank you to the organizers of the ceremonies.
As we all know there is much work to be done to increase the level of services Canadian veterans receive and I am proud to highlight this government’s commitment the reopening of the Veteran’s Affair office in Thunder Bay and the 8 other offices across Canada that were closed by the previous government. The Thunder Bay office will reopen in January and will be located at 130 Syndicate Ave. South. I truly believe this will be an important step in increasing the services for Veterans across our entire region.
November is also a time to celebrate our children. In honour of National Child Day I was pleased to participate in UNICEF’s Bring your MP to School Day. I had the chance to visit both Kingsway and Hyde Park Public schools, where students were discussing reconciliation and treaties as part of treaty recognition week.
I was extremely impressed to see the reconciliation birch bark canoe they made by hand. It was some awesome work that even caught the attention of Prime Minister Trudeau on Twitter!
I also had the chance to stop by St. Patrick’s High School and speak with the grade 10 Civics classes. They were a knowledgeable and passionate group and they didn’t hold back from asking some tough questions about everything from climate change to the American election! Thank you all for the engaging political discussion, and I look forward to our future discussions.
As we enter into December I would like to wish all of you a happy holiday season and invite you all to attend an open Christmas party in collaboration with MPP Bill Mauro on December 9th. You can find the details on my website, drusnak.liberal.ca, I hope to see you all there!