THANK YOU to the amazing panelists, volunteers and over 100 people in all (including local councillors, trustees, provincial candidates from multiple parties and MPP Dave Levac), who came for the social and non-partisan community forum on Combatting Discrimination and Implicit Bias on October 15th organized by our local Liberal Women's Club! The featured guest panelist was Mary Ng, MP for Markham-Thornhill. Prior to being elected MP, Ng served as the Director of Appointments for Prime Minister Trudeau, as the Executive Director to the President of Ryerson University and in various roles in the Ontario civil service. Four local Brantford-Brant community leaders from a wide range of career backgrounds joined Ng on the panel, including: Alison Biro (Lawyer, Criminal and Family Law), Lauren Burrows (Education and Inclusion Coordinator, Laurier Brantford), Azra Chaudhry (YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services) and Marion MacDonald (Member of the Minister's Advisory Council for Special Education and Former GEDSB First Nations Trustee Representative). The panelists shared many stories, advice and recommendations and took many audience questions in what was a rich and informative discussion of the ways we all can better recognize and combat discrimination and implicit biases in the many forms that they can occur and how we can better promote the value of diversity throughout society. We are grateful to all who had a role in making this event a success.
We had another fantastic crowd for our October 14th breakfast social! Thank you to all who attended in making our 32nd consecutive monthly breakfast social a great time for everyone. A very special thanks to our guest speaker, CARP (otherwise known as the Canadian Association for Retired Persons) President Ron Singer who speak in great detail about the CARP organization, the local chapter and all the work they do in the community for seniors and/or those are retired or planning retirement. Anyone of any age can join CARP and Ron encourages everyone to do so and contribute to their activities. There were also updates given on several upcoming events including an October forum and social on combatting discrimination with special guest MP Mary Ng and local panelists and guests for upcoming breakfasts in November (engineer and environmental consultant Anne Tennier to discuss environmental sustainability) and December (London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos)!
Our Clubs had a great time at Burford Fair this year! We got many comments from locals who were pleased that we were keeping up the Liberal presence in Burford. We once gained more new supporters, club members and volunteers! This was our 7th local community event this year where our Commission Clubs have had a booth (Six Nations Bread and Cheese Festival, Equity in Politics Conference, Springtime in Paris, Brantford Pride, Canada Day and St. George AppeleFest prior to Burford). A HUGE thank you to all who volunteered and those who stopped by at our booths this year!
Our Clubs had a great time at St. George AppleFest this year, rated one of the top festivals in Ontario! We were there both days (September 16th-17th) and had lots of great conversations with the many people who stopped by our booth. We got many comments from locals who were pleased that we were keeping up the Liberal presence in Brant County. We gained more new supporters, club members and volunteers! This was our 6th local community event this year where our Commission Clubs have had a booth (Six Nations Bread and Cheese Festival, Equity in Politics Conference, Springtime in Paris, Brantford Pride and Canada Day prior to AppleFest).
We had a fantastic crowd once again for September 10th breakfast social! Thank you to all who attended in making our 31st consecutive monthly breakfast social a great time for everyone. A very special thanks to our guest speaker from Paris, former Etobicoke-West MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier Linda LeBourdais-Near who spoke passionately of the importance and sacrifices involved in public service as well as the experiences one faces after life as an elected official.
Thank you to the many volunteers who came out for the August Day of Action organized by our local Liberal Commission Clubs! It was another success thanks to you! We had a large number of door to door canvassers and callers of all ages. Together they reached many hundreds at the doorstep and hundreds more over the phone over the course of the full day! We found new Liberal supporters, several new Liberal volunteers and gained valuable feedback about the Trudeau government. A huge thanks to everyone involved!
A fantastic and very well attended community forum organized by our Seniors Club took place on Wednesday August 16th! Thank you to all who attended and packed the hall, especially our panelists MPP Hon. Ted McMeekin, Ajay Kaushik (Affordable Housing Project Manager/Developer), Lucy Marco (President, Grand River Council on Aging) and moderator Lin Fines (Human Resources Professional and Past CFUW President). The social and discussion forum allowed for an extremely informative discussion around a range of issues relating to affordable housing, poverty reduction and retirement security.
A fantastic crowd packed the Duke on Park for our August 5th breakfast social! Thank you to all who attended in making our 30th consecutive monthly breakfast social a great time for everyone. A very special thanks to our guest speaker, the Hon. Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge who spoke passionately of the progress being made in Ontario and the work still being done to make our province a better place for all of us. The details of the next community forum being hosted by a Commission Club (taking place August 16th) were also shared at this breakfast, along with our next Commission Clubs Day of Action on August 26th. Stayed tuned for details to be posted here at this website soon!
Another great day! First at the doors with many volunteers having great discussions about the Trudeau government and then a great time was had by all at the Brantford Muslim Association Summer Picnic! Thanks to all involved!