While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond, both physically and virtually. Learn more about some of their activities.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020— Senator Paula Simons reads Le Chandail de Hockey by Roch Carrier in French and Tacky the Penguin in English to Grades 1 and 2 French immersion students at J.A. Fife School in Edmonton.
Monday, November 2, 2020 — Senator Mobina S.B. Jaffer meets with students at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus to discuss human rights, including her perspective on pressing issues such as the Rohingya genocide, systemic racism and homelessness.
Friday, November 6, 2020 — Senator Salma Ataullahjan speaks virtually with two Grade 5 classes from Post’s Corners Public School in Oakville, Ont. about her work as a senator and the role of the Senate.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – Senator Yonah Martin honours and remembers Canada’s fallen soldiers in a thoughtful keynote speech at Blessed Sacrament School’s Remembrance Day ceremony. She expressed her appreciation for those who served the country and mentioned the hard work of COVID-19 front-line workers.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – Senator Robert Black speaks with representatives of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association about business risk management programs and the challenges beef producers and processors face during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — Senator Yuen Pau Woo meets with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) and Quebec Student Union (QSU) representatives during their Month of Digital Advocacy. They discussed several issues, including reducing barriers to post-secondary education for Indigenous peoples, making it easier for international students to gain skills in Canada, research funding, and positioning students with dependent children for success.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — Senator Percy E. Downe meets virtually with University of Prince Edward Island Student Union Vice-President academic and external Malak Nassar and other members of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) during their advocacy week about issues facing post-secondary students.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 — Senator Ratna Omidvar speaks to students of a non-profit management course at the University of Winnipeg about the recommendations in the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector’s report, Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 — On behalf of the Senate of Canada, Senator Diane Bellemare lays a wreath at the Monument aux braves d’Outremont in Montréal, Quebec, on Remembrance Day, to honour veterans and those currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Senator Robert Black commemorates Remembrance Day in Wellington County at the cenotaph in Elora, Ontario.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Senator Yonah Martin joins veterans of the Korean War and select leaders of British Columbia’s Korean Community for the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Ambassador of Peace War memorial in Burnaby’s Central Park.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 – Senator Ratna Omidvar speaks to Cooperation Canada’s session “Shifting Power: Direction and control as a key obstacle to localizing international assistance”.
Friday, November 13, 2020 – Senator Yuen Pau Woo shares insights from his work as senator during a virtual visit with students, teachers and parents at Lions Gate Montessori in Vancouver, B.C. The discussion covered many topics such as the importance of regional representation and protecting the environment.