MAY 2021 - MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Ottawa, ON - Senator Martin attended a special announcement with Ontario Minister of Education Stephen Lecce, his caucus colleagues, and partnering community organizations on their anti-Asian racism educational initiative. Senator Martin also attended an informative and important discussion with TransLink Mayors council with BC Caucus and said farewell to Consul General Tae-In Chung as he completed his post as Consul General in Toronto. The Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying met for the first time this month. Senator Martin has been elected as Senate Joint Chair for this important committee that will be reviewing issues relating to palliative care in Canada, mature minors, advance requests and protection of Canadians with disabilities including mental illness.
MAY 19 - ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH
OTTAWA, ON - Senator Yonah Martin and Member of Parliament Nelly Shin, co-hosted a virtual Asian Heritage Month event with special guest, the Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, The Honourable Erin O’Toole and members of the national Korean Canadian community on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
APRIL 2021 - SCHOOL VISITS
Senator Yonah Martin visited schools virtually across Canada to meet and answer questions from Canada’s future leaders. Senator Martin spoke about her work as a Senator, the parliamentary process and how Canada’s government works. She visited Bert Church High School (AB), Braemar Elementary School (BC), Capilano Elementary School (BC), Chatelech Secondary School (BC), Citadel Middle School (BC), Tamanawis Secondary School (BC), Princess Alexandra School (NWT), Hope Christian School (AB), and Westview Elementary School (BC).
APRIL 2021 - COMMUNITY OUTREACH
OTTAWA, ON - Senator Martin organized and attended various virtual events in BC and across Canada, including UBC Sauder School of Business Executive Mentorship Program’s (EMP) Finale Event, a roundtable on firearm’s legislation with MP Shannon Stubbs to hear concerns about Bill C-21, a webinar with Scouts Canada’s as a panelist on gender equality, and a virtual Vaisakhi celebration hosted by MP Tamara Jansen.
APRIL 24 - BATTLE OF KAPYONG 70TH ANNIVERSARY
OTTAWA, ON - April 22-25, 2021 was the 70th anniversary of the historic Battle of Kapyong (Gapyeong). In spite of eventual cancellation of the national ceremony, the 70th anniversary campaign included various acts of remembrance. On April 24th, the Office of the Honourable Yonah Martin held the National Virtual Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong (Gapyeong) to commemorate this important milestone in the history and deep-rooted friendship between Canada and Korea.
EMPOWERING WOMEN - DAUGHTERS OF THE VOTE, CAMPUS TOWN HALL
Senator Martin participated in various events during Women’s History Month (March), including Equal Voice's 2021 Daughters of the Vote, Women in Politics Campus Town Hall with university students from BC, Alberta, and Ontario, and a webinar by the Calgary Korean Women’s Association.
MARCH 2021 COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Senator Martin co-hosted (with MP Alice Wong) a virtual event titled Leadership & Community Engagement in Canadian Politics with leaders of the BC and Edmonton Filipino communities. Senator Martin also attended two virtual events (with GTA and BC Korean communities) to celebrate Korean Independence Day.
MARCH 12- 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KOREAN WAR VIRTUAL GATHERING
On March 12th, Senator Martin, as Co-Chair of Canada Korea Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group and Grand Patron of KVA Heritage Unit, hosted a virtual gathering of Korean War veterans, dignitaries, members of Korean War Commemorative Committees across Canada, stakeholders, teachers and students to raise the 70th anniversary of the Korean War banner for 2021 and the continuation of the #KoreanWarForgottenNoMore commemorative campaign.
FEBRUARY 25 - BILATERAL MEETING CANADA-BULGARIA
Historic inter-parliamentary meeting in celebration of the 55th anniversary of Canada Bulgaria diplomatic relations.
FEBRUARY 13 - KOREAN LUNAR NEW YEAR
Ottawa, ON - Sen. Martin co-hosted a special lunar new year event with MP Nelly Shin for the national Korean Canadian community; The Hon. Erin O’Toole made a surprise visit and joined the virtual celebration.