By Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton
I would like to say that this has been a very humbling experience, and it is my honour to have been re-elected to represent you at Queen’s Park and to serve Carleton for the next four years.
If you require assistance on any matter, please contact me at any time. It’s why I’m here. My staff and I will be happy to assist.
Happy Canada Day
Canada Day is a special day for all of us. It is a day to be celebrated at every level – nationally, provincially, in your community, and most of all, with your family. Canada Day has a special meaning for each of us. For my family, it is one of the most meaningful days of the year.
My parents arrived in Canada when I was just a one-year-old girl. They had a suitcase with some clothes, and $50 cash. Within months, my father was working and supporting his family, building a new life in a new country. Canada, to him, was a safe place where his family could grow and flourish. He could never have imagined that the little girl he brought to Canada would one day grow up to become a Member of Provincial Parliament.
Canada Day, to my family, is a chance to reflect on our beautiful country, and the wonderful life we have been able to have here. I hope that you can take the time with your family to reflect on what being a Canadian means to you.
Out and About
Canada Day is usually the busiest day of the year for us with events throughout the Carleton riding. We are looking forward to taking part in the Osgoode Canada Day Parade, which will take place at noon this year. North Gower’s annual bike parade is at 1:30 p.m., followed by a celebration at the Alfred Taylor community Centre. Greely has a full day of events beginning at 11 a.m; Vernon has events starting at noon; and Stittsville has activities starting at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart High School.
In Riverside South, there will be fireworks at Claudette Cain Park, just north of the Vimy Bridge. The celebration is from 8-10 p.m.
The Dickinson Days Parade in Manotick took place on June 3, the day after the provincial election. It was fun to be a part of the parade and to see so many familiar faces in the crowd. I got the chance to chat with many people whom I had not seen in almost three years.
The Osgoode Porch Fest was held the following weekend. It was wonderful to see the activities and live music throughout the village. Congratulations to the organizers and everyone who participated to make the event a success. It was a great day!
On June 18th, we braved an unseasonably cold and windy day as our staff and volunteers were at the Richmond Family Fun Day. The weather did not stop a large crowd of people from turning out to enjoy the activities. I handed out small Ontario flags to kids, and had many great discussions with families throughout the day.
I was lucky enough to attend an event at Manotick Place on the evening of June 18, as the Manotick Kiwanis Club’s Next Generation Club received their charter to become the first club of its kind in Canada. It is truly inspiring to see a group of young people and students form a club and dedicate their time and efforts to be volunteers and leaders in the community.
I would like to recognize Shayla Hotchkiss, who has been a volunteer in our office in the past. It is great to see how she is growing into a leadership role in the community at such a young age. Congratulations to the Manotick Kiwanis Club and to the Next Generation Club on this remarkable achievement.
Connecting with people at community events is very important to me. Even if it’s just to say a quick hello, it’s always a pleasure to meet new people, see old friends, or listen to the concerns of residents in Carleton.
My office is open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. If you require assistance on any matter, please contact me at any time. Even if it’s not a provincial issue, I’ll make sure to connect you with the proper office.
Your voice at Queen’s Park
Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari and the Richmond Village Association mascot wave their Ontario flags proudly during the Richmond Family Fun Day Sat., June 18.