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Foreign Credentials Announcement

Along with Tung Chan, CEO of SUCCESS and Dave Hayer, MLA, Senator Martin was pleased to represent Minister Kenny, Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and Minister Finley (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) by making this Foreign Credentials Recognition Announcement.

The Government of Canada is working towards recognizing foreign credentials and to ensue that foreign qualifications are assumed and recognized in a timely manner and will enable newcomers to Canada to maximise their talents.

November 30, 2009

UBC Annual Fall Convocation

Senator Martin was asked to be a member of the Chancellor's Procession during the UBC Annual Fall Convocation.  As a former teacher, Senator Martin places a high value on post secondary education and was pleased to accept the Chancellor's invitation.

Congratulations to all the graduating students!

November 27, 2009

2009 Korea - Canada Energy Forum

2009 Korea-Canada Energy Forum was hosted by the Canadian Korean Embassy and the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum. Senator Martin discussed current mining practices in British Columbia and listened to ideas that focuses on new opportunities for Korean and Canadian companies in this market.

November 20, 2009

Canada Korea Forum 7

The Canada Korea Forum 7 was co-hosted by Asian Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Seoul Forum. Many topics were discussed Forum surrounding Canada–Korea relations, such as Canadian–Korean free trade and the Blue Sky Air Transport Agreement negotiated during the summer of 2009.

November 19, 2009

Banting Middle School Tour of the Richmond Oval

Senator Martin joined Banting Middle School, the school she taught at for many years before she was appointed to the Canadian Senate. Senator Martin enjoyed being part of the experience that allows students to experience the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The tour was lead by the school counsellor, Tina Damelio and Bill McNulty a Richmond City Councillor also was present to interact with the students. Ms. Nancy Falcone's class was a pleasure to get to know and everyone had a wonderful time.

November 10, 2009

St. Pat's Gala Dinner and Auction

As an alum of St. Pat’s secondary school, it gave Senator Martin great pleasure to attend their Gala Dinner and auction fundraiser hosted in Vancouver, BC. It was a beautiful evening with a highlight performance from the school choir, who Senator Martin serves as an honourary patron. Senator Martin would like to congratulate Mr. Tony Arujo and the students in the choir on their talent and hard work in putting together an enchanting performance.

November 7, 2009

Multicultural Helping House Ground -breaking

Senator Martin attended the Multicultural Helping House Society ground-breaking ceremony with Parliamentary Secretary Alice Wong (Richmond) to announce the contribution of $500,000 on behalf of the federal government for the expansion of the facilities. Senator Martin was honoured to support this noble organization.

The Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS) is a registered non-profit society and charitable organization dedicated to helping newcomers succeed in Canada. The MHHS is committed to helping immigrants from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds by providing necessary educational, social, emotional, economic and other support services.

They believe in empowering newcomers to become contributing members of Canada by providing orientation, training, job search and other services that will enable them to integrate into Canadian society. MHHS especially assists those who are disadvantaged due to language barriers, income or other circumstances beyond their control. They work in collaboration/partnership with other community organizations in British Columbia to meet the needs of clients.

October 30, 2009

Richmond Oval Tour and Interview with KBS

Senator Martin was pleased to conduct another successful tour of the Richmond Oval and had the great honour of meeting Olympic Champion speed-skater Cindy Klassen. Senator Martin congradulates Cindy on her incredible hard work in pursuing and developing her natural talent.

During this tour Senator Martin was interviewed by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) as part of a documentary to promote the Olympic Games taking place in Vancouver in February 2010. This documentary will be aired in the Republic of Korea to create interest in the Olympic Games and to promote tourism in the beautiful city of Vancouver.

October 30, 2009

SUCCESS Round-Table with Minister of HRSDC Diane Finley

During the SUCCESS round table with the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) discussed the Canadian recognition of foreign credentials and numerous other issues affecting new Canadians.

October 30, 2009

YouthCan Lead Mentoring Session

YouthCan Lead is a mentorship program and part of C3 – Korean Canadian Society that primarily focuses on students in grades 8 to 12. Post-secondary students and young professionals serve as mentors who guide them in developing effective communication and leadership skills. The program operates on a semester basis, with meetings held every two weeks. This evening's mentorship program took place in New Westminster, BC.

October 30, 2009

National Unification Advisory Council - Western Chapter

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation the Honourable Jim Abbot along with Senator Martin were present at the National Unification Advisory Council – Western Chapter to discuss peace and unification of the Korean Peninsula.

It was Senator Martin's pleasure, along with New Westminster Conservative Candidate Diana Dilworth and Jim Abbot, MP (Kootenay-Columbia), to present a letter from Prime Minister Stephen Harper to NUAC Western Chapter President Dr. Doo Ho Shin.

October 25, 2009

Marguerite Dixon Transition Society - Opening of Wenda's Place

Senator Martin was honoured to represent the Honourable Minister Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) at the opening of Wenda’s Place in Burnaby, BC. The Dixon Transition Society is a highly respected non-profit service provider who supports women seeking to re-establish their lives.

With the opening of Wenda’s Place the Dixon Transition Society has increased their number of transitional housing units to a total of fourteen to better meet the needs of the women they serve.

"This new development will provide women and their children with the supports they require to build healthy futures,” said Adele Wilson, executive director, Dixon Transition Society. "We will provide women with a safe and caring environment from which they can springboard into successful independent living and housing stability."

October 23, 2009

China Engineering and Technology Expo

Senator Martin was proud to bring greetings and represent the federal government at the opening of the China Engineering and Technology Expo. Senator Martin had the great opportunity to meet with the Chinese Vice-Minster of Commerce Chen Jian.  This event was covered by China Central Television and other media from China and attended by 36 leading Chinese companies.  

The expo aims to showcase the strength and competitive advantage of the Chinese companies in such fields as infrastructure, communication, water power and mining and to provide a platform for them to explore the possibilities of cooperating with their potential Canadian partners under Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative.

October 19, 2009

Celebrity Tributes for Typhoon Victims

A fun and very successful fundraiser held at the River Rock Theatre, in Richmond, BC for the flooding victims in the Philippines. Performances included songs from ABBA, Tina Turner, and Michael Jackson.

October 18, 2009

SFU Foreword Dialogues

This event was hosted by the Simon Fraser University in conjunction with CrossRoads. Senator Martin presented the first "dialogue" and shared about life in politics and her past teaching career. It was a wonderful evening and Senator Martin had the opportunity to meet many talented young people with bright futures. This event was held at the SFU Harbour Centre, Downtown Vancouver.

October 14, 2009

Western Economic Diversification - SFU Funding Announcement

The WD–SFU Funding Announcement was attended by Senator Martin and Andrew Saxton, MP (North Vancouver) representing the federal government. The Government of Canada presented a funding announcement for SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts Campus to be located Downtown Vancouver, BC.

October 13, 2009

UBC Sauder School of Buisness Executive Mentorship Program Breakfast

As as alumni of the University of British Columbia, Senator Martin was honoured to be asked to mentor a UBC Sauder School of Business student.

October 9, 2009

60th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China

MPs Ed Fast (Abbotsford) and Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism) Alice Wong (Richmond) represented the Government of Canada and presented the Canada-China International Business Association President Jan Liang with a congratulatory letter from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This event celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

October 4, 2009

Asian Adult Adoptees of British Columbia Inaugural Event

The Asian Adult Adoptees is a group of Korean adoptees adopted by North American families. This event celebrated the conjunction of the Korean and Canadian cultures.

October 3, 2009

Federal - Provincial Infrastructure Announcement - Lubavitch Foundation

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada Jason Kenny announced federal and provincial infrastructure funding towards the Lubavitch Foundation.

October 2, 2009

Royal Westmister Regiment, Changing of the Guard

At the Queen's Park Stadium the Royal Westminister Regiment's Changing of the Color Guard, Lt.Colonel Doug Poitras became the new Commander of the New Westminster Regiment also known as the "Westies."

September 13, 2009

Tribute to Korean War Veterans

This wonderful afternoon was hosted at Korean Consul General Tong Mo Suh’s residence for the Korean War Veterans. Senator Martin had the great honour of addressing these brave men who sacrificed so much for the freedom of both countries.

September 12, 2009

Refurbished Vancouver Convention Centre East Building Reopens

Senator Martin had the honour of assisting British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell by representing the federal government in reopening the original Vancouver Trade and Convention Center.

Senator Martin would like to congratulate Susan Point for her beautiful artwork now displayed in the new lobby of the East Convention Centre.

September 9, 2009

B'nai Brith Canada, BC Region 1st Townhall Meeting

Senator Martin joined Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney (Calgary-Southeast) in the first townhall meeting with B'nai Brith BC Region members.

September 7, 2009

Afternoon Cruise Celebrating New Westminster's 150th Birthday

Senator Martin was invited to join an afternoon cruise to celebrate New Westminster’s 150th Birthday. Senator Martin was joined by Mayor Wanye Wright with New Westminster Councillors Jamie McEvoy and Bill Harper.

September 5, 2009

Heroes Remembered - 65th Anniversary of D-Day

To commemorate the 65th Anniversary of D-Day the George Derby Center hosted a beautiful ceremony to honour the brave spirit of Canada’s Veterans.

September 5, 2009

Union-Solomon Lodge No.9 & Westminster Shrine Club No.8 Reception

Senator Martin was pleased to attend this reception hosted by the Union-Solomon Lodge No. 9 & Westminster Shrine Club No. 8. A highlight of the reception was hearing the history of the lodge from historian Jim Pound and seeing the the lodge's beautiful organ.

September 5, 2009

Camp Korea

Camp Korea is an annual events organized by C3 Society. The Camp is for seven to thirteen year olds of Korean heritage and is designed to help them learn about their rich Korean culture. Camp Korea was held at Camp Howdy, Belcarra, BC

September 3, 2009

Tour of Richmond Olympic Oval

John Steward the General Manager of the Richmond Oval was gracious enough to conduct a tour of the Oval for Councilor McNulty, the Honourable Steven Fletcher , Minister of State for Democratic Reform and Senator Martin. During the tour they had the opportunity to meet Brock Miron, a member of the Canadian National Speed skating team.

Senator Martin would like to commend Mr. Miron for his hard work and dedication to his sport and wishes him the best of luck in the upcoming 2010 Olympic Games.

August 25, 2009

8th Annual Korean Heritage Festival

Along with the Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore (Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam), Harry Bloy, MLA, and Coquitlam Councillor Selina Robinson, Senator Martin spent a wonderful day celebrating Korean Heritage with Canadians of all heritages.

August 15, 2009

CRY Vancouver

CRY Vancouver was organized by Faytene Kryskow in conjunction with 4My Canada. Senator Martin was happy to attend with her colleague, Joy Smith, MP (Kildonan – St.Paul).

MY CANADA stands for Motivated Young People for a Strong Canada and is faith based but nondenominational, they are a group of young leaders in Canada from many Christian perspectives that have a heart to walk in unity for a greater purpose: Seeing the Dominion of Canada make choices which will lead to a strong Canada for generations to come (our generation and our children's).

MY CANADA is committed to educating young Canadians on how they can shape Canada in a positive way for generations to come and practically mobilizing them to do it!

August 15, 2009

Meeting with the Archbishop of Vancouver

Senator Martin was honnoured to meet and have lunch with the Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver.

August 6, 2009

2009 World Police and Fire Games - Taekwando Tournament

Senator Martin was pleased to attend the 2009 World Police and Fire Games - Taekwando Tournament that took place in Burnaby, British Columbia.

August 5, 2009

Harmony House Ground-breaking Ceremony

On August 4, 2009 Senator Martin was privileged to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the Harmony House. on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada; a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Equilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative.

Senator Martin would like to congratulate Habitat Design + (plus) Consulting Limited, Insightful Healthy Homes Incorporated and Taylor Munro Energy Systems Incorporated. Together with their team of experts, their hard work and dedication are advancing the vision of sustainable housing in Canada.

The tangible benefits of Harmony House are clear. Lower energy costs for the owners, a healthy indoor environment, reduced natural resource consumption and no green house gas emissions. For the Harmony House team, this project gives them the opportunity to be at the forefront of sustainable housing design and construction in Canada.

Our Conservative Government is very proud to share in this tremendous spirit of community, partnership and commitment.

August 4, 2009

Pitt River Bridge Announcement

Senator Martin was proud to have attended the announcement that Prime Minster Stephen Harper and Premier Gordon Campbell made concerning the Pitt River Bridge. The Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia have agreed to cost-share the construction of a new seven-lane bridge across the Pitt River.

The Pitt River crossing connects key economic and transportation facilities with Greater Vancouver and with the completion of the bridge the ability to move good quickly and efficiently through the Lower Mainland and into cross-Canada markets will greatly increase.

August 4, 2009

World Police and Fire Games Opening Ceremonies

Senator Martin was very pleased to attend the 2009 World Police & Fire Games hosted in our beautiful province of British Columbia. In 1985, the World Police & Fire Games Federation, a non-profit organization, run by the Californian Police Athletics Federation, established the World Police & Fire Games.

Today, the World Police & Fire Games are a spectacular international sporting event, offering police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events.

This event is held biennially, with the next Games taking place in New York City in 2011.

July 31, 2009

New Westminister Heritage Picnic - 150th Celebration

The New Westminster Heritage Picnic was in celebration of the city’s 150th year and was held on the beautiful grounds of city hall. Senator Martin had a wonderful time at the event that featured words from New Westminster Mayor Wayne Wright.

Congratulations New Westminster on 150 amazing years!

July 25, 2009

Centre for Integration for African Immigrants

CIAI held their grand opening of their new facilities on Carnarvon Street in New Westminster.  Senator Martin and Senator Donald were pleased to be invited to speak at the momentous occasion.

The Centre of Integration for African Immigrants (CIAI) is a non-profit organization formed to support visible minorities with ethno-cultural barriers, by assisting in the settlement, adjustment, and integration process.

July 23, 2009

2009 S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Walk with the Dragon

Senator Martin was pleased to participate in the annual SUCCESS Walk with the Dragon event.  This event is one of the largest fundraising events held in Vancouver.  Each year over 12,000 individuals, including more than 600 teams, participate in the 7 km panoramic walk along the Stanley Park Seawall.

This year the event celebrated its 24th year in Stanley Park.  Money raised via pledges and sponsorships in instrumental for the development and continuance of essential SUCCESS social services and programs for our communities, particularly those for seniors, women, youths and families.

July 19, 2009

"Blue Skies Agreement" Announcement

The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia–Pacific Gateway, on behalf of Canada’s Transport Minister, John Baird, today announced the successful conclusion of a Blue Sky air transport agreement with the Republic of Korea.

The new agreement allows any number of air carriers from either country to operate scheduled passenger and all-cargo air services as frequently as desired, to and from any point in either country's territory. Air carriers will also be able to pick up traffic in each other's territory and continue to a third country as part of a service to or from their home territory.

The agreement also provides for rights pertaining to flights carrying cargo only, allowing stand-alone cargo services between each other's territory and third countries, and includes a tariff regime that will allow carriers to readily react to market conditions.

July 15, 2009

Pro-Democracy Rally for Iran

The Iranian-Canadian Congress of B.C organized a rally in support of and in solidarity with the Iranian pro-democracy rallies.

Senator Martin was pleased to speak at the event with North Vancouver MP Andrew Saxton.  Both Senator Martin and Andrew Saxton articulated that the Canadian government continues to support freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Iran and around the world and that the Iranian authorities chose to use brute force and intimidation in response to peaceful opposition is wholly unnaceptable.

June 27, 2009

12th Annual Korean War Veteran's Dinner

Senator Martin spoke at the 12th Annual Korean War Veteran's Dinner, hounouring the Canadian and Korean men and women who fought during the Korean War.

June 20, 2009

Vanspec (Vancouver Special Catechetical Program) Fundraising Concert

Vanspec is directed by the Daughters of Saint Mary of Providence, a congregation founded in 1881, which came into the Vancouver Archdiocese in 1981.

The Sisters at Vanspec offer Catholic catechetical instruction to children and adults who are challenged by intellectual or learning disabilities. There are special events throughout the year such as the annual Christmas party, Eucharistic celebrations, the yearly fundraiser dinner, special prayer and retreat days for instructors and parents. They also have a Parents’ Support Group.

Senator Martin was pleased to support the fundraiser and listen to the beautiful music of the Kabok Orchestra.

June 20, 2009

Banting Middle School Grade 8 Leaving Ceremony 2009

Senator Martin returned to the school she taught at for many years in Coquitlam, Banting Middle School, to wish her former students all the best as they leave Banting and head into high school.

June 18, 2009

Roundtable with Minister Stockwell Day on China

Returning from his recent trip to China.  Minister of International Trade Stockwell Day (Okanagan Coquihalla) took time to meet with stakeholders in British Columbia at a roundtable to discuss his recent trip to China.

May 4, 2009

Unsung Heroes of British Columbia

This album is dedicated to the Unsung Heroes of British Columbia.

May 4, 2009

World Police and Fire Games Funding Announcement

The World Police and Fire Games are a spectacular international sporting event. The games offer police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence in over 65 sporting events.

And thanks to support from Canada’s Government, this summer will have the opportunity to take centre stage when our province hosts the 2009 World Police and Fire Games from July 31 to August 9. The Government of Canada is contributing almost $2.3 million toward the BC World Police and Fire Games.

Senator Martin is proud that our Government supports initiatives like the World Police and Fire Games; it is initiatives like this that further develop our region and support our long-term economic success.

April 8, 2009

UBC Korean History Class

Senator Martin was invited to speak to a University of British Columbia Korean History class.

April 7, 2009

Coquitlam Library Re-Opening (Poirier Street Branch)

Coquitlam Public Library hosted a grand reopening party for its freshly renovated Poirier branch on Saturday, March 28, 2009.  Senator Martin was on hand to make the funding announcement on behalf of the federal government.

The library celebrated its transformation with a fantasy fiction party where Coquitlam residents came dressed as their favourite fantasy character.

Poirier library patrons can now enjoy a new design that maximizes comfort and space usage. The building includes approximately 20% more public space, including reading and study areas, meeting rooms, a language learning room, a larger teen area, and computer stations. Its washrooms feature new water - and energy-saving features.

March 28, 2009

The Fraser River Discovery Centre Expansion Funding Announcement

The Fraser River Discovery Centre offers quality educational programming for the public to experience, including: school programs, speaker series, walking tours, special events/festivals, along with interesting and engaging exhibits, displays and videos of the Fraser River. It is a hands-on interpretive centre with the mandate of “Connecting communities in discovery and celebration of the living, working Fraser River”.

The existing Preview Centre opened in 2001 with 5,000 square feet, and since then, the Fraser River Discovery Centre Society received $2 million from the provincial and federal governments through the Canada-B.C. Infrastructure Program to expand the existing centre to an impressive 17,000 square feet!

The expansion will help the Centre continue providing consultation services on the economic and environmental sustainability of the Fraser River Basin, and additional educational and tourism services related to the river.

Enhancements include new permanent displays, a state of the art theatre and an expanded gift shop.

The expanded centre will help staff and volunteers spread excitement to the expected 50,000 people who will visit this year.

March 28, 2009

Ontario Korean Businessmen's Association

Senator Martin was please to meet with the Ontario Korean Businessmen's Association to discuss concerns around the issue of illegal cigarettes.  After a couple of meetings Senator Martin was please to show the group around the Senate, which included a surprise tour of the Speaker's Chamber with Senate Speaker Noël Kinsella.

March 25, 2009

Korean Bible Camp

March 19, 2009

Meeting with Kenton O'Donnell

Kenton O'Donnell, an 11 year old boy from Abbotsford, is taking a stand against gang violence in his community.  Senator Martin and Abbotsford Member of Parliament Ed Fast wanted to meet the young boy who wants his community to be safer.

March 18, 2009

Guru Ravidaas Anniversary (Nagar Kirtan Parade, Burnaby, BC)

The Nagar Kirtan Parade, also called Shobha Yatra, is a community parade that honours the birth anniversary of Sikh spiritual leader, Guru Ravidass.  The event was held at the Guru Ravidass Community Centre (7271 Gilley Ave.) in Burnaby.

March 14, 2009

Holi, the Festival of Colours (Burnaby, BC)

Holi, the Festival of Colours is an annual festival, which celebrates the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil, bringing people of Indian descent together in a spirit of friendship, hope and renewal. The festival organizers, the members of the Shree Mahalakshmi Temple, shared their traditions with the community at large.

March 14, 2009

2009 British Columbia Nesika Awards

The provincial Nesika Awards honour and celebrate British Columbia's cultural diversity and indigenous communities. They recognize the people, organizations and communities whose exceptional work is helping to bring our diverse cultures together.

Nesika (Ne-SAY-ka) is Chinook jargon for “we, us, our.” It comes from a trade language used by many different Aboriginal linguistic groups along the west coast of North America. Chinook jargon was used extensively in British Columbia during the 19th and early 20th centuries to help Aboriginal people communicate, first among themselves and then with European newcomers.

The award recipients were selected by an independent panel of judges that included B.C. Lee, former MAC member Debra Hoggan and current members B.C. Senator Yonah Martin, Michelle Rakotonaivo, Andrée St. Martin and Jan Walls. The council advises Mr. Wally Oppal as Minister responsible for Multiculturalism

Senator Martin was honoured to be selected as one of the judges of the awards.

March 9, 2009

BC Taekwondo Championships 2009

The 2009 BC Taekwondo Championships were held at the Capiliano University Campus in beautiful North Vancouver.   The event did not dissapoint with many young athletes displaying their martial art skills.

This event marked the end of Grandmaster Kil Woo Kim's 4th year as President of the BC Taekwondo Federation.  Senator Martin was honoured to be asked to speak at the event.  Senator Martin wishes the Grandmaster the best of luck in his future endeavours.

February 28, 2009

Government introduces legislation (Bill C-14) to protect Canadians from Gangs

OTTAWA, February 26, 2009 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today introduced new legislation that will fight violence associated with organized crime and gangs.

Update: On October 2, 2009 C-14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (organized crime and protection of justice system participants) came into force.

February 26, 2009

KCCA Event in Toronto

Senator Martin was honoured at a KCCA ceremony celebrating her as the first Korean-Canadian senator and first person of Korean heritage to hold a federal office outside of Korea.

February 21, 2009

"City of Bhangra" opening ceremonies in Vancouver

The opening reception of the 5th annual City of Bhangra Festival held at the Pacific Palisades Hotel in Vancouver on February 12, 2009.  Senator Martin presents greetings on behalf of the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.

February 12, 2009

Lunar New Year Festival at Lougheed Town Centre, Burnaby, British Columbia

Lougheed Town Centre invited patrons to the annual celebration of the Lunar Festival ushering in the Year of the Ox. This was the first of a series of multiculural events to be celebrated in 2009 at Lougheed Town Centre.

January 24, 2009