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March 3, 2021

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


Senators Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Pierre J. Dalphond and Lucie Moncion participate in a roundtable discussion about diversity with youth from the Forum de jeunesse pancanadien, an annual, national event that brings together more than 100 French-speaking Canadians from across the country.Senators Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Pierre J. Dalphond and Lucie Moncion participate in a roundtable discussion about diversity with youth from the Forum de jeunesse pancanadien, an annual, national event that brings together more than 100 French-speaking Canadians from across the country.

Friday, February 12, 2021 – Senator Pierre J. Dalphond hosts a conference on reform of the Divorce Act at the Bar of Quebec’s 2021 training conference.Friday, February 12, 2021 – Senator Pierre J. Dalphond hosts a conference on reform of the Divorce Act at the Bar of Quebec’s 2021 training conference.

Friday, February 19, 2021 – Senator Lucie Moncion meets with Grade 12 students studying Canadian and international politics at Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie, Ontario, to discuss the role of the Senate in Parliament, the work of senators and her career.Friday, February 19, 2021 – Senator Lucie Moncion meets with Grade 12 students studying Canadian and international politics at Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie, Ontario, to discuss the role of the Senate in Parliament, the work of senators and her career.

Friday, February 19, 2021 – During a virtual event with more than 100 Canadian secondary students, senators Wanda Elaine Thomas Bernard, Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia, Marie-Françoise Mégie, Rosemary Moodie and Mobina S.B. Jaffer  share their experiences of being a person of colour in Canada and how young leaders can shape the future.Friday, February 19, 2021 – During a virtual event with more than 100 Canadian secondary students, senators Wanda Elaine Thomas Bernard, Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia, Marie-Françoise Mégie, Rosemary Moodie and Mobina S.B. Jaffer  share their experiences of being a person of colour in Canada and how young leaders can shape the future.

Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Senators Salma Ataullahjan, Patricia Bovey, Paula Simons and Yuen Pau Woo participate in a panel discussion on civic engagement and democratic participation with members of the GLOCAL Foundation of Canada. They talked about how senators engage with Canadians and give minorities a strong voice in Parliament.Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Senators Salma Ataullahjan, Patricia Bovey, Paula Simons and Yuen Pau Woo participate in a panel discussion on civic engagement and democratic participation with members of the GLOCAL Foundation of Canada. They talked about how senators engage with Canadians and give minorities a strong voice in Parliament.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – Senator Kim Pate discusses her pre-Senate career —including her work with the Elizabeth Fry Society — and Canada’s correctional system with University of Manitoba law students enrolled in the course Aboriginal People and the Law: Criminal Justice and Family Law Topics (Child Protection).Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – Senator Kim Pate discusses her pre-Senate career —including her work with the Elizabeth Fry Society — and Canada’s correctional system with University of Manitoba law students enrolled in the course Aboriginal People and the Law: Criminal Justice and Family Law Topics (Child Protection).

Thursday, February 25, 2021 – Senator Stan Kutcher meets with representatives of the Canadian Federation of Students to discuss the COVID-19 recovery through a student lens.Thursday, February 25, 2021 – Senator Stan Kutcher meets with representatives of the Canadian Federation of Students to discuss the COVID-19 recovery through a student lens.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 – Senator Peter M. Boehm presents at the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Café series, which brings together internationally minded students, faculty and members of the Canadian International Council to build connections and discuss contemporary issues.Thursday, February 25, 2021 – Senator Peter M. Boehm presents at the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Café series, which brings together internationally minded students, faculty and members of the Canadian International Council to build connections and discuss contemporary issues.

Friday, February 26, 2021 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan takes part in a cheque presentation ceremony organized by Human Concern International and the Odawa Friendship Centre, whose winter relief campaign supports Indigenous people who are homeless in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.Friday, February 26, 2021 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan takes part in a cheque presentation ceremony organized by Human Concern International and the Odawa Friendship Centre, whose winter relief campaign supports Indigenous people who are homeless in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Senators Jean-Guy Dagenais and Pierrette Ringuette talk with French-speaking youth from across the country during the Forum jeunesse pancanadien, which is organized by the Fédération jeunesse canadienne-française.Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Senators Jean-Guy Dagenais and Pierrette Ringuette talk with French-speaking youth from across the country during the Forum jeunesse pancanadien, which is organized by the Fédération jeunesse canadienne-française.

Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie, who was born in Haiti, participates in a Facebook Live event for Black History Month organized by the Université de Montréal’s Haitian Students Association. The event’s theme was “Systemic racism in Canada: What is the impact on the Black community?”Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie, who was born in Haiti, participates in a Facebook Live event for Black History Month organized by the Université de Montréal’s Haitian Students Association. The event’s theme was “Systemic racism in Canada: What is the impact on the Black community?” 

Monday, March 1, 2021 – Senator Lucie Moncion tells fifth-grade students at l’École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître in Ottawa, Ontario, about her path to the Upper Chamber and her role as a Franco-Ontarian senator.Monday, March 1, 2021 – Senator Lucie Moncion tells fifth-grade students at l’École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître in Ottawa, Ontario, about her path to the Upper Chamber and her role as a Franco-Ontarian senator. 

Monday, March 1, 2021 – Senators Mobina S.B. Jaffer, Terry M. Mercer and David M. Wells participate in an interview about youth leadership and community engagement with Scouts Canada Council Youth Commissioners Alex Mendes and Heather McCracken, during one of the organization’s webinars.Monday, March 1, 2021 – Senators Mobina S.B. Jaffer, Terry M. Mercer and David M. Wells participate in an interview about youth leadership and community engagement with Scouts Canada Council Youth Commissioners Alex Mendes and Heather McCracken, during one of the organization’s webinars.