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.
FEBRUARY 5 - EMPOWERING FUTURE LEADERS
Various regions - Senator Martin visited OSS Academy to speak with international students from Korea, and to share her experience as a Canadian Senator. She discussed the important role that the Senate plays in debating and passing legislation, as well as ensuring that the issues and concerns of all Canadians are heard. She also attended Richmond Delta Youth Parliament and met with the 2020 delegates. Senator Martin met with students from the UBC Women in House Program who will travel to Ottawa in March. As a proud UBC alumna, Senator Martin has played a key role in initiating this program, sponsored by UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, for 10 female students to shadow female Parliamentarians for a day and to experience various aspects of Canada’s parliament. Finally, Senator Martin met with high school students from across Canada who participated in the 2020 Forum for Young Canadians. s a former educator, Senator Martin continues to be dedicated to empowering the future leaders of Canada and the world.
FEBRUARY 4 - MEETINGS AND GATHERINGS
Ottawa, ON - Senator Martin held several meetings and attended various events on Parliament Hill. She attended receptions organized by the Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Grain Growers of Canada, Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Nunavut Economic Developers Association. She also attended the retirement reception for Senator Joseph A. Day, the Canada-China AGM meeting, the Canada-Philippines Friendship Group meeting and met with Japanese Ambassador Kawamura Yasuhisa.
JANUARY 26 - JOSEPH CHUNG SCHOLARSHIP DINNER
Surrey, BC - Senator Martin attended the annual Joseph Chung Scholarship Dinner to bring greetings from the Senate of Canada and thank the foundation for the support they are giving to deserving BC students through scholarships.
JANUARY 25 - INAUGURAL MODEL SENATE
Ottawa, ON - The Senate of Canada organized the first Model Senate with nearly 100 students from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and l’Université du Québec en Outaouais. Journalism students from Algonquin college and Collège à la Cité were also invited to participate and tasked with covering the entire event. Prior to the Model Senate debates that took place in the Senate Chamber, Senator Martin was invited to address the delegates about her role as Deputy Leader and broader role as Senator beyond her legislative duties. Following her speech, the students asked questions on a range of topics: on mental health to partisanship in the Senate. Journalism students also got to do a one-on-one interview with the Senator. As a former educator and champion of youth and young adults, Senator Martin gladly participated in the inaugural Model Senate, and looks forward to it becoming a Senate tradition!