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At a glance
November 16, 2018

While senators’ duties are mainly as legislators within Parliament, their work also takes them far beyond. Learn more about some of their activities.

Friday, October 26 – Senator Ratna Omidvar meets attendees after delivering remarks as the keynote speaker of the Global Career Booster Germany event at the University of Toronto. Over 80 high school and U of T students attended the event to learn about Germany as a destination for study, research and professional development and about the career benefits of learning foreign languages and acquiring international experience.

Left to right: Sara Ghaffarian (Goethe-Institut), Stefan Soldovieri (iPRAKTIKUM/UofT), Uwe Rau (Goethe-Institut), Senator Ratna Omidvar, Lara Brödenfeld (German Consulate Toronto.)

Thursday, November 1 – Grade 12 students from École secondaire publique De La Salle meet Senator Diane Bellemare in the Senate Chamber during a forum organized by SENgage. She spoke about the upper chamber’s role and her own journey to the Senate.

Wednesday, November 7 – Senator Yvonne Boyer welcomes Navy Lieutenant Alex Metaxas-Mariatos (left) to the Senate Chamber, photographed here with the Usher of the Black Rod, J. Greg Peters. Lieutenant Metaxas-Mariatos has served 12 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as a logistics officer.

Wednesday, November 7 – Senators Rob Black, Mary Coyle and Colin Deacon gather with 4-H Canada members to celebrate national 4-H day, known as the “Show Your 4-H Colours” initiative, which marks the start of a month-long awareness campaign. Youth members, volunteer leaders, alumni and 4-H friends and supporters wear green to demonstrate their pride in the work of the Canadian affiliate of the 116-year-old international youth-development organization.

Thursday, November 8 – Senators Joseph A. Day (fifth from left) and Jane Cordy (right) meet with visiting cadets from the Royal Military College in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee Room on Parliament Hill.

Thursday, November 8 – Senators Marilou McPhedran, Rob Black, Yonah Martin, René Cormier and Julie Miville-Dechêne welcome teachers to the Senate Chamber during the annual Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in Ottawa.

Sunday, November 11 – Senator Peter Harder lays a wreath on behalf of the Senate of Canada during the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

Sunday, November 11 – Speaker of the Senate George J. Furey and Senators Sabi Marwah, Grant Mitchell and Yonah Martin attend the Remembrance Day Tribute and Commemoration Luncheon, hosted by the Honourable Woo-Jin Pi, South Korea’s Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

Sunday, November 11 – Senate Speaker George J. Furey marks the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, South Korea, and pays tribute to the 26,000 Canadians who served during the Korean War.

Monday, November 12 – Senator Larry W. Smith  and a group of grade 11 students engage in a lively conversation about the role of the Senate during a SENgage event at École secondaire Saint-Henri in Montreal.