In January on the Coast we had a full agenda. From housing, to youth, to seniors, to concerned citizens – every encounter we had was full of passion for the Coast, the environment and caring for people.
The seniors at the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre showed me around the busy place – my toque and dish cloths now come from there. Lucie McKiernan and I previously sat down with the board to discuss the need to expand the centre. I am committed to supporting the community’s efforts in securing needed federal funding.
Thank you to Catherine Leach at Sunshine Coast Community Services for hosting Craig Crawford from BC Housing and me to review the consultation report on Canada’s National Housing Strategy with a large group of stakeholders and specialists advocating for the homeless, affordable alternatives and seniors housing. The on-the-ground knowledge of our community is invaluable, so we can be a part of delivering on improved housing for people who need it most.
At Chatelech Secondary, Teacher-Counsellor Wendy Charters invited us to meet student and artist Emily Picard, who created a charcoal sketch of the Prime Minister. We met Emily’s grade 12 social studies class – including the great grandson of former MP, light station advocate and Writers Festival champion, Pat Carney – and their passionate teacher, Leah Judd. The students asked fantastic questions – we even laughed! Thank you.
Michelle Fielding and Maribeth Haines, students at Pender Harbour Secondary School, guided us through the greenhouse, solar panels, house pole carving and stock car workshop together with their inspired principal Chris Lekakis and teacher April McKnight. Student-centered learning at its best.
In Madeira Park, thank you to Lisa Johnston for opening up the Mad Park Bistro to a standing room only crowd. Our lively public conversation focused on derelict vessels and how to get involved in the new plan led by Minister Garneau, concern about the Kinder Morgan pipeline, electoral reform, support for clean energy and the legalization of marijuana.
I am now the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Francois-Philippe Champagne. This portfolio is directly related to the growth of our economy through attracting investment and expanding trade. It is an honour to serve you.
As always, I welcome your comments and feedback on our government’s work. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by our community office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-913-2660.