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At a glance
October 25, 2019

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

Monday, August 19 to Saturday, August 24, 2019 — Senator Brian Francis participates in the Royal Canadian Navy’s Canadian Leaders at Sea program, in the Arctic. The program gives civilians who are leaders in their communities the opportunity to spend a few nights on board a Canadian warship and learn about the work of the navy.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 — Senator Rob Black joins community members to officially open the Wellington Place Child Care and Learning Centre in Fergus, Ontario.

Monday, September 2, 2019 — Senator Pat Duncan attends the opening of the Special Olympics Northwestel Development Games in Teslin, Yukon. Senator Duncan is pictured with athlete Mallory Pigage.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 — Senator Marilou McPhedran joins the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) and partners for a roundtable with GNWP’s Young Women for Peace and Leadership (#YWPL) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Friday, September 6, 2019 — Senator Paula Simons takes part in the University of Alberta Board of Governors' panel on the role of universities in the age of “fake news.” Senator Simons (third from the left) was joined by, from left to right, Professor Lois Harder, Globe and Mail editor-in-chief David Walmsley, Professor Timothy Caulfield, freelance scientist Torah Kachur and University of Alberta President David Turpin.

Sunday, September 8, 2019 —  Senator Marilou McPhedran meets with the Honourable Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsadof (Parliament of Bangladesh), in Dhaka, its capital. 

Monday, September 9, 2019 — Senator Marty Deacon joins other senators and members of Parliament to fill backpacks with school supplies for children from families in need across Canada as part of Telus’s annual Kits for Kids.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – Senator Percy Downe accompanies the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Canada, His Excellency Vit Koziak, on a tour of Prince Edward Aqua Farms with General Manager Jerry Bigwood during the ambassador’s official visit to Prince Edward Island. The aqua farm has been harvesting and processing shellfish since 1989.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 – Senator Pierre J. Dalphond speaks about the role of the Senate of Canada at Concordia University as part of a series of lectures by former Judge Morton Minc and André G. Roy, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 – Senator Paula Simons at the Vegreville Pysanka, the world's largest Easter egg with members of Vegreville Town Council and community leaders.

Friday, September 20, 2019 – As part of a family law training conference organized in Montreal by the Quebec Bar, Senator Pierre J. Dalphond speaks to lawyers about important changes to the Divorce Act, which he sponsored in the Senate.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 – Senators Percy Downe and Brian Francis tour Burns Poultry Farm, a seventh-generation family farm, with Nathan and Wendy Burns in Freetown, Prince Edward Island.

Friday, October 4, 2019 – Senator Lillian Eva Dyck participates in Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik's (Women Walking Together) annual walk and vigil at the Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre to honour the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and two-spirited persons.

Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14, 2019 — As part of the Canadian delegation, senators take part in plenary sessions and discussions at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meetings in London, United Kingdom. From left to right, senators Vernon White, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Jane Cordy, Peter M. Boehm, Joseph A. Day, Pierre J. Dalphond, and Stephen Greene.

Friday, October 18, 2019 – Senators Frances Lankin, Donna Dasko, Rosemary Moodie and Ratna Omidvar celebrate Persons Day in Toronto with the granddaughter of Nellie McClung – Marcia McClung (centre).