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At a glance
February 15, 2019

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

Wednesday, January 23 – Senator Brian Francis speaks to an enthusiastic group of first year students enrolled in the journalism program at Holland College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Senator Francis answered questions about the role of the Senate of Canada and his experiences before and since his appointment.

Wednesday, January 23 – As a member of the World Refugee Council, Senator Ratna Omidvar participates in the launch of the Council’s report entitled “A Call to Action – Transforming the Global Refugee System” at the United Nations in New York City. 

Monday, January 28 – Senator Kim Pate gives a talk entitled “Women’s Equality: Ever Elusive” to students of the University of Guelph Public Management Student Association. The talk was part of a SENgage outreach event.

Tuesday, January 29 – Senator Robert Black visits a class at Huron University in London, Ontario. Senator Black spoke with students about the Senate and the legislative process as part of a SENgage youth outreach event.

Wednesday, January 30 – Senator Percy Downe meets grade 7 students at Englewood School in Crapaud, Prince Edward Island. Senator Downe spoke about the role of the Senate and answered many questions about his job as a senator.

Wednesday, February 6 – Senator Peter Harder meets with participants of the Parliamentary Internship Programme. An alumnus of the Programme, Senator Harder spoke about the role of the Senate and his journey from parliamentary intern to Senator as part of a SENgage youth outreach event.

Wednesday, February 6 – Senator Ratna Omidvar speaks to attendees at the Buy Social Canada 2019 Summit in Gatineau, Quebec. She spoke about her work as sponsor of Bill C-344, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (community benefit), in the Senate.

Thursday, February 7 – Senator Marilou McPhedran and the Global College Student Advisory Council co-host a youth circle on the Accessibility Act at the University of Winnipeg Global College.

Sunday, February 10 – Senator Wanda Elaine Thomas Bernard attends the 12th African Heritage Month Gala in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The gala hosted by the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), in partnership with the Office of African Nova Scotia Affairs, celebrated the contributions of African Nova Scotians to Canada.

Monday, February 11 – Senator Brian Francis meets Julie Pellisier-Lush, Prince Edward Island’s first Mi'kmaq poet laureate, at Government House in Charlottetown. She is an actor and the best-selling author of the book My Mi'kmaq Mother and works to promote and preserve the rich history and culture of the Mi'kmaq people. From left to right: Senator Brian Francis; Richard Lush, Julie Pellisier-Lush; Her Honour the Honourable Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island; Judy Clark, Mi’Kmaq Elder in Residence at the University of Prince Edward Island.