MAY 7 - FOUNDATION DONATES PPE (MASKS) TO BC VETERANS AND SENIORS IN CARE
Vancouver, BC – Senator Yonah Martin and MP Alice Wong joined Social Diversity for Children Foundation (SDC), a local B.C. non-profit organization, to deliver Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) face masks to veterans and seniors in assisted living and care homes. Recipients include George Derby Care Society/Derby Manor Independent Living, Amenida Seniors’ Community, The New Vista Society, Korean Senior Citizens Society and Korean Veterans Association Western Chapter.
APRIL 24 - REMEMBERING KAPYONG
Various Regions - The Honourable Yonah Martin, Grand Patron of Korea Veterans Association (KVA) of Canada (Heritage Unit) and Honorary Member of KVA Unit 7 (National Capital Region), in consultation and partnerships with Korean War Commemorative Committees (KWCC) across Canada and BC-based Korean War Commemorative Alliance (KWCA), launched a virtual #RememberingKapyong campaign, and prepared and distributed a commemorative package encouraging everyone to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong on April 24, 2020 11:00am (local time).
FEBRUARY 26 - TEACHERS INSTITUTE ON CANADIAN PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY
Ottawa, ON – Senator Martin welcomed teachers from across Canada participating in the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy organized by the Library of Parliament. She attended a special dinner hosted by Senate Speaker, George Furey and House of Commons Speaker, Anthony Rota. Senator Martin moderated a panel of Senators in the Senate Chamber and participated in a roundtable discussion with BC teachers to share about the role and work of Senators.
FEBRUARY 21 - KOREAN WAR LEGACY PROJECT MOU SIGNING
Ottawa, ON - The Honourable Yonah Martin, Grand Patron of the Korea Veterans Association Heritage Unit, hosted a special Korean War Legacy Project MOU signing ceremony in the Senate Chamber on February 21, 2020. The ceremony was a historic moment and perfectly timed as June 25, 2020 begins the 70th anniversary of the Korean War years. The Honourable Jack Murta, Chair of the Korean War Veterans of Canada Foundation; Dr. Jongwoo Han, Chair of the Korean War Legacy Foundation; and Rachel Collishaw, President of Social Studies Educators Network of Canada, signed the MOU as a show of commitment and dedication to this important legacy project.
FEBRUARY 18 - 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CANADA-KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT RECEPTION
Ottawa, ON - The Canada-Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group, Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Canada-Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group hosted a reception on the Hill in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement. The event was well attended by Parliamentarians, dignitaries, Korean War Veterans, public servants, stakeholders and community members. Special messages were delivered by Deputy Minister of Global Affairs, Mr. Jonathan Fried; His Excellency Maeng-ho Shin of the Republic of Korea; Senator Yonah Martin and MP Ali Ehsassi, Co-Chairs of the Canada-Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group; and a special toast by The Hon. Ed Fast, former Minister of International Trade during the ratification of the CKFTA. On Feb. 19th, Senator Martin organized a CKFTA 5-year review roundtable discussion with various sector stakeholders, representatives from Global Affairs Canada, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
FEBRUARY 17 - OFFICIAL VISIT OF KOREAN MINISTER OF PATRIOTS AND VETERANS AFFAIRS MINISTER
Ottawa, ON – Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs of the Republic of Korea visited Ottawa during his official tour of Canada to meet with Canadian Korean War veterans. The Minister hosted a dinner for local Korean War Veterans and dignitaries. Also in attendance were Ambassador Maeng-ho Shin, MP Nelly Shin and former Veterans Affairs Minister, Hon. Steven Blaney.
FEBRUARY 11- RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT TAIWAN PAVILION GLOBE 2020
Vancouver, BC - Senator Martin attended and delivered remarks at the opening of Taiwan Pavilion at GLOBE 2020 conference in Vancouver. She was joined by local parliamentarians and dignitaries.
FEBRUARY 8 - KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION WESTERN CHAPTER AGM
Coquitlam, BC - Senator Martin attended the Korean War Veterans Association Western Canada Chapter Annual General Meeting held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263 in Coquitlam, BC.
FEBRUARY 8 - KCWN LUNAR NEW YEAR EVENT
Burnaby, BC - Senator Martin attended Korean Community Works Network (KCWN) event as a keynote speaker and shared her experience of working in Canada. KCWN is made up of front-line workers in the areas of education, social work, immigration settlement, case managers in school districts, non-profits and the Government of British Columbia.