NOVEMBER 11 - REMEMBRANCE DAY/VETERANS' WEEK 2020
During Veterans’ Week (Nov 5-11), in small numbers at cenotaphs and memorials, from home or online, Canadians gathered and stood united for a moment of silence to honour our fallen heroes and thank the veterans and current serving men and women in uniform at home and abroad. In Ottawa, a special Turn Toward Busan ceremony was held at the cairn at City Hall, timed with the November 11, 11am commemorative ceremony being held in Busan, Korea at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. In Brampton, ON wreaths were lain at the KVA Wall of Remembrance; and in BC, Senator Martin laid a wreath accompanied by Korean War veteran Frank Smyth at the Blue Mountain Cenotaph and she and Woo Seok Lee laid a wreath at the Ambassador of Peace Korean War Memorial in Burnaby, BC. Also timed with Veterans Week, Sen. Martin’s office organized a virtual tribute event for veterans with students of Intergenerational Integrities where each student read their written composition about the veteran he or she had interviewed. Lastly, Senator Martin attended a Tribute Concert at YVR airport and participated in 2 virtual Remembrance Day ceremonies organized by Blessed Sacrament School and Seaforth Highlanders. Veterans Week 2020 was a meaningful week of remembrance, and the #koreanwarforgottennomore campaign continues. We will remember them. Nous nous souviendrons d’eux. Lest we forget.
HIGHLIGHTS OF NOVEMBER
Various Regions - Senator Martin participated in various stakeholder meetings and events that were held virtually across Canada. She attended the AKCSE virtual conference to discuss Canada and Korea’s strategic science and technology partnership and opportunities for youth in this field. She also hosted a virtual roundtable with MP Jag Sahota, Shadow Minister for Women and Gender Equality and a diverse group of women, to discuss women in leadership and other topics of interest to the group. In addition to organizing or participating in these virtual meetings and events (among many), students and young adults remained an important priority for Senator Martin. She met virtually with student leaders of Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, CPC Club members of SFU, UBC and University of Victoria; University of Toronto Women in House Program; as well as with members of a non-profit Ottawa based organization (Hanway Society), to inspire these young adults and professionals on their career paths as they serve their local communities.
FALL SITTING 2020
The Fall sitting began with the Speech from the Throne at the end of last month, and October was filled with on-going committee meetings, debates on the chamber floor and constituency work in Ottawa, BC and across Canada. Online and in person meetings at weekly Regional, National and Senate caucus were held. In BC and through Zoom, Senator Martin has met with many stakeholders and participated in forums and webinars on a range of important topics. She also hosted roundtable meetings with regional community leaders and Korean war commemorative committees in preparation for Veterans Week (Nov. 5-11) and to discuss ways veterans and community members can be better supported.
OCTOBER 22 - CANADA KOREA FORUM
The 17th annual Canada-Korea Forum was held Virtually, co-chaired by former Ambassador Len Edwards and Ambassador Sung-joon Yim in partnership with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University and Seoul Forum for International Affairs. CKR is held annually to discuss the state of relations between Canada and Korea as well as to provide expert insights through panel presentations and discussions with forum participants. As Co-Chair of the Canada-Korea Interparliamentary Friendship Group, Senator Martin participated in the Forum and delivered remarks on behalf of her colleagues and thanked former Prime Minister Lee Hong-Koo Lee, after his special opening remarks. The Forum consists of legislators, high-level Canadian and Korean leaders from business, academic institutions and think tanks, as well as current and former government officials.
OCTOBER 21 - VISIT TO NUAC OFFICE
Coquitlam, BC - Senator Yonah Martin visited the NUAC office and held a meeting with members of the association.
OCTOBER 21 - NEW VISTA SOCIETY TOUR
Burnaby, BC - Senator Martin was invited to took a tour of the New Vista Health Care & Housing for seniors.
OCTOBER 15 - VISIT TO MEI SCHOOL
Abbotsford, BC - Senator Yonah Martin visited students at MEI school to share about her work as a Senator and help students reach for their potential.
OCTOBER 7 - BC CHRISTIAN ACADEMY RIBBON CUTTING
Coquitlam, BC - Senator Martin delivered remarks and participated in a special dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at BC Christian Academy for their new campus.
JULY & AUGUST IN PHOTOS
Various Regions - Senator Martin held various zoom meetings over the summer.
SUMMER 2020 - KINDNESS & SAFETY
Various Regions – “Shared joy is double joy. Shared sorrow is half the sorrow”. In spite of these challenging times, these words resonate all the more as people show their care and dedication for others. Canadian businesses like INNO Lifefoods have stepped up to retool their businesses to make personal protective equipment, to help curb the shortage of supplies within Canada. Companies like Ambrose Holdings and HS7 have generously donated Matilda’s chocolates to various hospitals to thank all frontline health workers for their dedication and service. Charitable foundations like D2D Destiny Foundation and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. have organized fundraising events that bring communities together and raise funds for essential programs and hospital equipment. Caring individuals have created programs like Meals on Wheels for Veterans and organizations like SDC Foundation and the Korean Embassy and Consulates are providing protective masks to veterans. “Together, we shall overcome. And this too shall pass.”