It is wonderful to be back on the West Coast until September 18, when the House of Commons resumes. I look forward to being on the Sunshine Coast often. See you at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival and many opportunities in between.
On July 5 our staff team came together on the Sunshine Coast, including Alexandre and Morgan from Ottawa. Thank you to the Town of Gibsons for the kind use of Council Chambers, and we certainly recommend the upstairs meeting space and sandwiches at Gibsons Public Market for our afternoon meeting.
In the late afternoon our team met with 30+ local government representatives and concerned citizens to introduce the Abandoned Boats Program, which is part of a comprehensive national strategy to address abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels. Thank you to everyone from Pender Harbour to Porpoise Bay to Langdale who packed a room at the Black Fish Pub to keep pushing this issue and to help to implement the plan. We are here to assist with funding applications for boat removal, assessment and disposal. In September I look forward to speaking in the House when we introduce additional legislation.
On July 6 the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and I were in Whistler to profile the successes of the Canada Summer Jobs program. This year on the Sunshine Coast, 38 employers have hired 73 engaged students. Canada Summer Jobs is an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience in their field of study, in partnership with employers like Sechelt Public Library, Sunshine Coast Conservation Society, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Pender Harbour Harbour Authority and Harbour Publishing to name a few. Thank you to these private and public organizations for supporting and strengthening Canada’s labour market.
On July 9 Lucie and I attended a wonderful celebration of home, community and hope at Habitat for Humanity. It was a privilege to witness the handing over of keys to two new families who will move into their forever homes. This achievement would not be possible without the hard work of the families and the countless hours contributed by volunteers. What better way to celebrate 150 years than by changing the lives of 150 families across Canada. Congratulations to the leadership of Laurie Vance and her board, all the volunteers and to the vision and drive beginning in 2000 when the Sunshine Coast was the smallest community to become a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
As always, I welcome your comments and feedback on our government’s work. You can email me at email@example.com, connect with us on Facebook: Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, or stop by our community office in Horseshoe Bay, 6367 Bruce Street 604-913-2660.