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JUNE DEAF-BLIND AWARENESS MONTH RECEPTION

In honour of June Deaf-Blind Awareness Month, Senator Martin co-hosted a reception with colleagues Senator Jim Munson and the Hon. Vim Kochhar for the members of the deaf-blind community along with their intervenors and interpreters. The motion to recognize the month of June as Deaf-Blind Awareness Month was introduced by Senator Martin back in 2013.

June 8, 2017


CANADA KOREA INTERPARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP AGM & DIALOGUE SERIES

On June 6th, 2017 the Canada Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group (CKIFG) held its Annual General Meeting on Parliament Hill to elect new officers (for 2017-2018) and co-hosted the 6th Annual Canada Korea Dialogue Series with Canada Korea Society (CKS). The two annual events were followed by a dinner and networking reception hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

June 6, 2017


GUTSY WALK

On June 4th, Senator Martin participated in the GUTSY Walk in Vancouver, BC. The walk was a large community event committed to raising funds for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

June 4, 2017


KOWIN CONFERENCE

Senator Martin hosted a welcoming reception for Korean Women’s International Network (KOWIN) Conference at Parliament Hill on June 2nd.

June 2, 2017


MEETINGS AND GATHERINGS

Senator Martin held various meetings with constituents and attended a series of events in British Columbia and in Ottawa over the month of May.

May 31, 2017


BC YOUTH PARLIAMENT FUNDRAISING GALA

Vancouver, BC - On May 26th Senator Martin attended “Sweet Dreams: Youth with a Vision,” the annual BC Youth Parliament fundraising gala. Senator Martin is a longstanding supporter of the BC Youth Parliament. She shared remarks to alumni and current members of the Youth Parliament as well as the greater community who were in attendance at the event.

May 26, 2017


PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION VISIT TO TAIWAN

Taipei, Taiwan - From May 18th to 26th, Senator Martin traveled to Taiwan along with a delegation of Parliamentarians.‎

May 18, 2017


"PERFUME WAR" ON THE HILL WITH BARB STEGEMANN

Ottawa, ON - On May 15th, Senator Martin hosted a screening of the documentary “Perfume War” on Parliament Hill with her friend Barb Stegemann. Barb Stegemann is the author of “The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen” and created the perfume company, the 7 Virtues after her friend was severely wounded in the line of duty in Afghanistan. Her company sources essential oils from war-torn countries in order to encourage change and reverse the effects of poverty and war. Following the documentary was a Q&A with Barb Stegemann. Ambassadors from Afghanistan, Estonia, the Philippines and Rwanda were in attendance.

May 15, 2017


CANADA-KOREA CULTURAL TAEKWONDO GALA

Ottawa, ON - On May 13th, Senator Martin spoke at Grandmaster Tae Lee’s Ruby Jubilee and Canada-Korea Cultural Taekwondo Gala. This event marked Grandmaster Tae Lee’s 40th Anniversary teaching Taekwondo in the Ottawa community. Senator Martin was joined by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Shin and His Worship Mayor Jim Watson of Ottawa.

May 13, 2017


PERLEY AND RIDEAU VETERANS HEALTH CENTRE VISIT

Ottawa, ON - On May 12th, Senator Martin went to The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre to visit and speak with Korean War veterans and residents. Senator Martin toured the facility, including their art studio where she spent time with residents making pottery.

May 12, 2017


CHILDREN FOR PEACE ART EXHIBIT

Ottawa, ON - On May 11th, Senator Martin attended “Children for Peace, From Heart to Heart," an exhibition of paintings by Syrian refugee children.

May 11, 2017


ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION

Ottawa, ON - On May 8th, Senator Martin attended the Asian Heritage Month Celebration hosted by the Senate and all Senators of Asian descent. The evening included traditional performances by the countries represented, including a K-Pop performance, representing Korea. In addition to the performances, booths were set up with traditional foods from each country.

May 8, 2017


AMENIDA VISIT

Surrey, BC - On May 6th, Senator Martin visited the Amenida Seniors’ Community as part of her regular visit program.  During her visit, Senator Martin spoke with residents and made a presentation updating the residents of her activities in Ottawa and in British Columbia. The students from Joyful Music Academy joined on her visit and performed for the residents.

May 6, 2017


PARENTS DAY EVENT

Vancouver, BC - During her time in BC, Senator Martin attended the annual Parents Day event organized by the BC Korean Society. In South Korea, Mother's Day and Father's Day are combined as one day.

May 6, 2017


CANADA-BULGARIA PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP AGM

Ottawa, ON - On May 2nd, Senator Martin attended the Canada-Bulgaria Parliamentary Friendship Group AGM. The AGM was well attended by Parliamentarians and foreign dignitaries, including Ambassador Milkov of Bulgaria. Senator Martin was re-elected as Co-Chair of the friendship group and a networking reception took place, hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria.

May 2, 2017


MEETINGS AND GATHERINGS

Senator Martin held various meetings with constituents and attended a series of events in British Columbia and in Ottawa over the month of April. 

April 29, 2017


ANNUAL BIRTHDAY DINNER OF THE QUEEN'S OWN RIFLES ASSOCIATION

Victoria, BC – On April 28, Senator Martin attended the Annual Birthday Dinner of the Queen’s Own Rifles Association. The Queen's Own is Canada’s longest continuously serving infantry regiment and one of its most honoured. The regiment has served Canada in every operational mission since the Fenians Raid in the early 1860’s, including the Korean War.

April 28, 2017


NEW VISTA SOCIETY PARTNERSHIP

Burnaby, BC – On April 27, Senator Martin attended a special announcement at New Vista Society where Ms. Eunice Oh made a generous donation to provide a much-needed residential care home for elderly Korean-Canadians. New Burnaby Care Facility will help Korean-Canadians in need of culturally sensitive care.

 

April 27, 2017


66TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF KAPYONG

(Tofino, BC & Winnipeg, MB &Ottawa, ON ) – On April 21st  Senator Martin joined Korean War veterans, Consul General Kim Gunn, guests and members of the Korean Canadian community of Victoria and mainland BC, to take part in a commemorative ceremony to mark the 66th Anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong.‎ The Kapyong ceremony in Tofino was held at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada which was twinned in 1997 with Hallyo Haesang Sea National Park in Korea as a symbol of the deep-rooted friendship between Canada and Korea. On April 22nd,  veterans and community members gathered at the Korean War Memorial in Ottawa. In Winnipeg, an inaugural Kapyong Commemorative Ceremony was held at the newly renamed Kapyong Park in Winnipeg.

April 21, 2017


M.J. MOUAT SECONDARY SCHOOL VISIT

Burnaby, BC – Senator Martin paid a special visit to W.J. Moaut Secondary School where she spoke to the Grade 11 students about her role as a Senator and the work Senators do on behalf of Canadians.

April 20, 2017


VANCOUVER VAISAKHI CELEBRATION

Vancouver, BC – On April 16, Senator Martinparticipated in the Vaisakhi Parade along with other Parliamentarians and local community. She also visited the incredibly dedicated leaders of the Kulsa Diwan Society at the Ross Street Temple in Vancouver (one of the oldest Sikh temples in the world).

April 16, 2017


100TH ANNIVERSARY OF VIMY RIDGE CEREMONY

New Westminster, BC – Senator Martin attended the commemoration ceremony of the 100th Anniversary of the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge with the Royal Westminster Regiment. Many attended, including Her Honour Lt-Gov. Judith Guichon and the Old Guard of the regiment.

April 9, 2017


BURNABY FIREFIGHTERS 25TH ANNIVERSARY BALL

Burnaby, BC - On April 8th,  Senator Martin attended the Burnaby Firefighters 25th Anniversary Ball.

April 8, 2017


G.O. MILAL RUN 2017

Vancouver, BC - On April 8, Senator Martin attended and spoke at the G.O Milal Run event that took place at UBC. The Milal Run was hosted by the Wheat Mission Society of Vancouver (Vancouver Milal), a local charity that supports people with special needs. It was attended by hundreds of runners, performers and onlookers.

April 8, 2017


TAIWAN NIGHT

Ottawa, ON – On April 4th, Senator Martin attended “Taiwan Night 2017” celebrating the friendship between Canada and Taiwan, in cooperation with the Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Group. The evening showcased Taiwan’s vibrant culture including dancers, artists and musicians.

April 4, 2017


CANADIAN HIGHSCHOOLS MODEL UN

Vancouver, BC – Senator Martin gave the closing address at the Canadian High Schools Model UN on April 2nd to an audience of 800 highschool students of Canada. CAHSMUN is an opportunity for youth delegates to gain insight into the art of diplomacy, understand the value of collaboration and compromise, and build skills in public speaking, research, and debate.


April 2, 2017


APRIL GEORGE DERBY VISIT

Vancouver, BC - Senator Martin and dedicated group of volunteers visited the George Derby Centre. This month there was a special musical performance by Joyful Music Academy for the veterans and residents of George Derby.

April 1, 2017


MARCH MEETINGS AND GATHERINGS

In Ottawa, Senator Martin held various separate meetings with the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea and the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey. She met with the Chair of the Canadian Human Rights Council and Secretary General of Amnesty Canada. She attended Dale Smith’s book launch and donated to the Dress for Success Ottawa event to mark International Women’s Day. Finally, she also met with leaders of the Toronto Korean Community. In Vancouver, Senator Martin met with her Sauder EMP mentee and also held various meetings with constituents during the break week.

March 31, 2017


51ST ANNUAL B.C. LEADERSHIP PRAYER BREAKFAST

Vancouver, BC – On March 24th, Senator Martin attended the 51st Annual B.C. Leadership Prayer Breakfast. This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Santa Ono, 15th President and Vice Chancellor of UBC. The event was attended by 1,000 people from all walks of life: public servants, business leaders, non-profit organizations and students.

March 24, 2017


CALGARY VISIT & FACL GALA

Calgary, AB - Senator Martin met with members of the Korean community in Calgary along with the Honorary Consul to the Republic of Korea. The following day Senator Martin was invited to give a key-note opening speech at the Federation of Canadian Lawyers – Western Chapter’s second annual gala. "Diversity in the City" is FACL Western's signature event of the year. The gala was an opportunity to showcase the extraordinary achievements of Asian-Canadian trailblazers, learn about their journey and be inspired.

March 22, 2017


PAKISTAN DAY CELEBRATION

Surrey, BC – On March 19th, Senator Martin attended the Pakistan Day celebration with Senator Salma Ataullahjan. Members of the Pakistani community gathered to commemorate this day of important political transitions and to celebrate their rich heritage and cultural roots through the art of music, dance, food and cultural performances.

March 19, 2017


EQUAL VOICE - CARLETON CHAPTER

Ottawa, ON – On March 16th, Senator Martin was invited by the Carleton Equal Voice Chapter to give an opening keynote speech to university students pursuing careers in public service. The event included a panel with current staffers in the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister and MP offices.

March 16, 2017


S.U.C.C.E.S.S. FOUNDATION GALA

Vancouver, BC – On March 11th, Senator Martin attended the annual Bridge to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Gala at the Westin Bayshore. The annual fundraiser raises money for the foundation to enhance and develop timely services that S.U.C.C.E.S.S. offers the community. The Gala was attended by several hundred distinguished guests.

March 11, 2017


C3 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Vancouver, BC – On March 12th, Senator Martin attended the 10th annual C3 Leadership Conference organized by C3 Society and held at UBC Robson Square. Keynote speakers included CBC’s Miyoung Lee and American Filmmaker of “Jeronimo” Joseph Jun. This year’s theme was “Own Your Identity” and aimed to ignite the appreciation for identity in all areas to encourage and empower delegates to make their own path and destiny.  

March 11, 2017


BREAKFAST FORUM FOR YOUNG CANADIANS

Ottawa, ON - Senator Martin attended the annual Breakfast Forum for Young Canadians on March 9th. The Forum for Young Canadians is an educational program bringing youth together across the country to learn how Canada is governed and also foster leaders of tomorrow.

March 9, 2017


MARCH GEORGE DERBY VISIT

Burnaby, BC - Senator Martin’s staff and dedicated group of volunteers visited the George Derby Centre. This month there was a special Korean dance performance by Youngjoo Kim and her three pupils for the veterans and residents of George Derby.

March 4, 2017


BULGARIAN FLAG RAISING CEREMONY IN NEW WESTMINSTER

New Westminster, BC – On March 3rd, Senator Martin joined members of the BC Bulgarian community to raise the Bulgarian Flag at City Hall to mark the 139th Anniversary of Bulgaria’s Liberation Day. This was a historic day as it was the first time the Bulgarian flag was raised at City Hall in the BC community’s history.

March 3, 2017


MEET & TWEET SENATE SOCIAL

Ottawa, ON – On March 1st, the Senate of Canada hosted a social to launch the new Senate website and announce a special partnership with Twitter Canada. The event was well attended by Parliamentarians, national media and Senate employees.

March 1, 2017


MARCH 1ST INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT

Burnaby, BC – On March 1st, members of the Korean community in British Columbia gathered together with Korean flags to mark the Independence Movement by the Korean people in 1919 after nearly a decade of Japanese military rule. This date is observed by the Korean diaspora around the world.

March 1, 2017


JINJU KOREAN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS FESTIVAL

Surrey, BC - On February 25th, Senator Martin and the Consul General of the Republic of Korea attended the Jinju Produce Showcase at H Mart.

February 25, 2017


CPC LEADERSHIP DEBATE

Langley, BC - Senator Yonah Martin moderated the Leadership Debate

February 25, 2017


KPOP STAR HYUNA

Vancouver, BC - On February 22nd, Senator Yonah Martin welcomed Kpop star HyunA at the pre-show VIP reception hosted by the Great Canadian Gaming Cooperation and Vancouver Hard Rock Casino. HyunA was invited for an exclusive show to celebrate, recognize and honour Korean culture and influence in communities across BC.

February 22, 2017


HERITAGE WOODS SECONDARY SCHOOL VISIT

Burnaby, BC - On February 21st, Senator Martin visited Heritage Woods Secondary and spoke to students about the role of the Senate in Canadian democracy. Senator Martin also shared her personal stories to encourage and motivate students to work hard to become global citizens and leaders. ‎

 

February 21, 2017


MEETINGS ON THE HILL AND BC

This month,  Senator Martin held several meetings in Ottawa including a meeting with representatives of the BC Dairy Association, Canadian Federation of Students and also with the Korean Cultural Centre. The BC Dairy Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating British Columbians on milk, dairy farming and nutrition. The Canadian Student Federation is ccomprised of over 400,000 students from more than 60 students unions across Canada. Senator Martin met with members of the Bulgarian community to discuss 2017 priorities.

February 7, 2017


KWCC MEETING & LUNAR NEW YEAR RECEPTION

Ottawa, ON - On February 2nd, Senator Martin facilitated a meeting for the Korean War Commemorative Committee (KWCC) and hosted a Lunar New Year luncheon following the meeting. Attendees included Veterans of the Korean War, members of the Canadian military, and representatives of community organizers that work in partnership to support Korean War veterans.

 

February 2, 2017


LUNAR NEW YEAR ON THE HILL

Ottawa, On - On February 1st, Senator Yonah Martin along with her colleagues Senator Lillian Dyck, Senator Thanh Hai Ngo, Senator Victor Oh and Senator Yuen Pau Woo co-hosted the annual Lunar New Year celebration on the Hill. The event included cultural food and a special lion dance performance in the Hall of Honour. The event was attended by Parliamentarians, staff and members of the Ottawa community.

February 1, 2017


TATAY TOM'S 88TH BIRTHDAY

Vancouver, BC

January 28, 2017


LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN BC

On January 27th, Senator Martin attended the Lunar New Year Countdown at Aberdeen Centre which was attended by thousands of people in Richmond, BC. On January 28th, Senator Yonah Martin attended the Lunar New Year celebration at the Korean Community Centre in Vancouver, BC. On January 29th, she participated in the Spring Festival Parade in Vancouver's historic Chinatown. ‎

January 27, 2017


VISIT TO THE CITADELLE

Quebec, QC - On January 27th, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Citadelle in Quebec City, followed by a lunch meeting. Senator Yonah Martin was joined by Korean War Veterans of the Royal 22nd Regiment, Col. Chang Bae Yoon and his family, Hon. Steven Blaney, MP Blaine Calkins and MP Jamie Schmale.

January 27, 2017


NATIONAL CAUCUS IN QUEBEC

Quebec, QC - Senator Yonah Martin joined her colleagues for a CPC National Caucus Meeting in Quebec City from January 26th – 27th.  

January 26, 2017


2017 VANCOUVER MODEL UN

Vancouver, BC – Senator Yonah Martin gave an address to the 2017 Vancouver Model United Nations Security Council Committee (VMUN) in relation to their topic of focus "Steps Toward the Reunification of Korea". VMUN is one of Canada's premier educational simulation conferences held over the course of three days in the heart of Vancouver, and the largest high school student-organized Model United Nations conference in North America.

January 21, 2017


KWVA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Coquitlam, BC – On January 20, Senator Yonah Martin attended the Korean War Veterans Association AGM to thank the Veterans for their years of service and sacrifice, and receive a special certificate of appreciation. The event was also attended by Consul General Gunn Kim, MLA Jane Shin, KWVA members and community leaders.

January 20, 2017


MONTREAL TET 2017

Montreal, ON – Senator Yonah Martin participated in the Montreal Tet Festival organized in celebration of Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rooster. The event was organized by the Vietnamese Association in Montreal and attended by more than 3000 people. The all-day event included a series of performances highlighting the rich Vietnamese culture and community in Montreal.

January 15, 2017


GEORGE DERBY VISIT

Burnaby, BC - Senator Martin’s staff and dedicated group of volunteers visited the George Derby Centre. For the first visit of 2017, Canadian National yo-yo Champion, Harrison Lee, performed several amazing tricks for the residents. ‎

January 14, 2017


MEETINGS AND GATHERINGS WITH CONSTITUENTS

Senator Martin met with various constituents over the month of January. Senator Martin met with her past and current Sauder EMP mentees for a new year networking brunch, met with community leaders, and held roundtable meetings. 

January 14, 2017


2017 LUNAR NEW YEAR PARTY

Ottawa, ON - On January 14, Senator Yonah Martin attended the Lunar New Year celebration hosted by the Korean Community Association of Ottawa held at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre. In celebration of Seollal (Korean New Year), Ambassador Daeshik Jo and Embassy staff, veterans of the Korean War, and members of the Ottawa community‎ were in attendance to enjoy cultural performances, food and comraderie. 

January 14, 2017


BURNABY CENTRAL SECONDARY SCHOOL VISIT

Burnaby, BC - On January 12th, Senator Yonah Martin spoke to groups of Grade 10, 11 and 12 students about the Parliament of Canada, including her role as a Senator and the work Senators do on behalf of Canadians. Senator Martin also shared her personal stories to encourage and motivate students to work hard to become global citizens and leaders. ‎

January 12, 2017


HYACK FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION GALA DINNER

New Westminster, BC -  On January 11, Senator Yonah Martin attended the inauguration ceremony for the new president of the Hyack Festival Association. Hyack’s theme for 2017 is First Nations. First Cities: Telling Our Story. Together. First Nations artist, actor, and director David H. Lyle, Artistic Director; 2017 Ambassadors; and many others were in attendance. Qayqayt First Nation Chief Rhonda Larrabee is the Honorary Parade Marshal for the 2017 Hyack International Parade set for May 27th in New Westminster. On January 29th, Senator Martin also attended the President’s Tea.

January 11, 2017


INAUGURAL "WOMEN IN POLITICS" SERIES AT UBC

Vancouver, BC - Senator Martin spoke at the inaugural "Women in Politics" event hosted by the UBC Conservatives. She shared her personal stories about life as a UBC student, 21 year teaching career, transition into politics, and life as a working mother. Students in attendance from various fields of study also had the opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. Sen. Martin enjoyed meeting the students and being back on campus of her Alma Mater.  

 

January 10, 2017