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SENATORS’ STATEMENTS — Health, Well-being and Community

February 6, 2024

Honourable senators and staff, it’s great to be back today.

A special welcome to our five new senators.

As I return, I would like to highlight three happenings that connect to our health, well-being and community building at this time of year.

The first is to remind you that next Wednesday, February 14, with hearts, I will be hosting the Ski Day on the Hill with our parliamentarians and special guests. Yes, we are doing the snow dance, dreaming of shipping some of the snow in from the East so that you can join us in front of Centre Block at 12:30 on February 14. You can take part in a lap or two on cross-country skis, snowshoes or have a hot chocolate and say hello to celebrate the outdoors and winter.

We are honoured to have students joining us from Nunavut — Iqaluit — a very special group. As a reminder to new senators, this event is part of our buildup to National Health and Fitness Day started by a bill here in the Senate to help ensure our communities are physically and mentally active.

I also wish to remind you that in a few short weeks, from February 27 to March 2, Calgary will be hosting the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. Their theme is “Together. We Can.” There are no better words for 4,000 athletes, coaches, families, volunteers and partners.

The games will open February 27 with the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Students from the RBC school program are gearing up now to cheer on these athletes as they compete — a special group — in five-pin bowling, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, floor hockey, figure skating, snowshoeing and speed skating.

Finally, this past January 19, Team Canada marched into the opening ceremonies of the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Flag-bearers Chloe Fediuk in curling and Charlie Beatty in freestyle skiing carried our flag into the opening ceremonies.

Senators, think back a short while. Here, Chloe was in the Senate with us as part of Team Plett, that fabulous group of young curlers, just over a month ago. We met her, shared the Senate world with her and we’re thrilled to see and witness her on this world stage. There were many great results, learnings and some disappointing performances which our athletes will learn from.

Today, I want to share with you what Chef de Mission Lisa Weagle reminds us of as she looks back at these games — important messages. First, control what you can but accept you cannot control everything; meet the factors outside of your control with courage and kindness. Second, remember you can choose your perspective; instead of dwelling on what has gone wrong, view it as an opportunity to learn and to grow. Focus on the positives, what went well, as much as you do on what could be improved. Third, ask for help when you need it. Nobody gets to the top on their own. Regardless of your sport or dream, everyone needs a trusted team to rely on. Four, it’s a cliche, but enjoy the journey. It rings loud with truth. Embrace the moment to have fun. Enjoy what you do and who you do it with. Need I say more? Thank you. Meegwetch.

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