HIGHLIGHTS OF 2015
This album is a collection of some of the highlights of the year. 2015 was a year full of milestones: among many achievements, there were the implementation of the Canada Korea Free Trade Agreement and the beginning of the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War Years; the launch of IPCVSS co-founded and co-chaired by Sen. Martin; the end of the productive 41st Canadian Parliament, the election of a new Government, the opening of the 42nd Parliament, and Sen. Martin's acclimation as the Deputy Leader of the Loyal Opposition in the Senate.
VISIT TO VICTORIA
Victoria, BC - On December 30, Senator Martin travelled to Victoria for various meetings and events. She met with Mr. Byeon, President of Victoria Korean Community Association. She also met with Gen. Herb Pitts and Peter Seiersen, President of the Korea War Veterans Association of Canada, to continue discussions on several important files. Lastly, Senator Martin delivered greetings on behalf of Canada's Upper Chamber at the BC Legislature to the participants of the 87th British Columbia Youth Parliament (BCYP).
VISIT TO EDMONTON
Edmonton, AB - Senator Martin visited Edmonton from Dec. 19-20 where she had the opportunity to meet with community leaders, speak to youth and young adults and some parents about finding one's successful career path and contributing meaningfully to Canadian Society, and attend a year-end dinner celebration where Korean War Veterans (members of KVA Unit 21) and their spouses were also in attendance. On Sunday, Dec. 20, Senator Martin met with small business leaders, and then attended the worship service at the Edmonton Korean United Church.
CHRISTMAS VISIT TO THE GEORGE DERBY CENTRE
Burnaby, BC - On December 19, a group of Senator Martin’s dedicated volunteers went to George Derby Centre for the final monthly visit of 2015. They were joined by the Canada Muse Orchestra who performed Christmas music for the residents.
KVA WESTERN CANADA BRINGS CHRISTMAS CHEER TO GEORGE DERBY
Burnaby, BC - On December 18, Senator Martin visited the George Derby Centre with members of the Korean Veterans Association and the Korean War Veterans Association. The KVA brought presents for the residents and made a donation to the George Derby Centre in support of their programs for veterans.
WEEK IN PHOTOS: DECEMBER 7
Ottawa, ON - During the week of December 7, Senator Martin attended various Christmas receptions after the Senate sittings, as well as co-host (as Deputy Leader) a reception for colleagues and staff of her Caucus. She also attended an organizational meeting to promote the Parliamentary Fitness Initiative and National Health and Fitness Day, led by Sen. Nancy Greene Raine and former MP John Westin.
WEEK IN PHOTOS: DECEMBER 1
Ottawa, ON - During the week of December 1, Senator Martin was acclaimed Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and attended various meetings and events: a Christmas Party at the Perley Rideau, a Veterans care facility in Ottawa; opening night of Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Nutcracker production at the National Centre for the Arts; a reception for the installation of the New Speaker of the Senate; and the opening of the new Parliament and the Speech from the Throne, among others.
VISIT TO THE PERLEY AND RIDEAU VETERANS' HEALTH CENTRE
Ottawa, ON - On December 2, Senator Martin visited the Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre with members of KVA Unit 7, to bring Christmas cheer to the residents. Senator Martin and the Ambassador of Korea presented service medals to two residents (Korean War veterans). Bill Black, President of KVA Unit 7 also presented Senator Martin with a KVA pin to induct her as an honorary member of their unit.
LAUNCH OF IPCVSS AT THE UN
United Nations, New York City - On November 23, Senator Martin attended the official launch of the International Parliamentary Coalition for Victims of Sexual Slavery (IPCVSS) at the United Nations Headquarters. She was joined by four founding co-chairs of IPCVSS. Senator Martin will serve as Chair of the IPCVSS Steering Committee representing Canada in its first year.
Coquitlam, BC - On November 21st, Senator Martin attended the M2 Festival at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. This multicultural music festival showcased talents of musicians from various cultural backgrounds and genres of music. Senator Martin congratulated the performers and the organizers of the festival and applauded the City of Coquitlam's support and vision of a vibrant multicultural community and its upcoming 125th anniversary in 2016.