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March 22, 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.


Friday, February 19, 2021 – Senator Yvonne Boyer speaks with students in the Limestone District School Board in eastern Ontario about her work in the Senate and Indigenous rights.Friday, February 19, 2021 – Senator Yvonne Boyer speaks with students in the Limestone District School Board in eastern Ontario about her work in the Senate and Indigenous rights.

Friday, February 26, 2021 – Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard meets with students in Grades 6 to 8 from Viola Desmond Public School in Ajax, Ontario for Black History Month.Friday, February 26, 2021 – Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard meets with students in Grades 6 to 8 from Viola Desmond Public School in Ajax, Ontario for Black History Month.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia meets virtually with members of the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Black Student Association to discuss Black History Month and the importance of representation in the Senate.Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia meets virtually with members of the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Black Student Association to discuss Black History Month and the importance of representation in the Senate.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Senator Rob Black meets virtually with University of Manitoba students studying agriculture and food to discuss the role and the importance of the Senate, as well as agriculture and food issues.Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Senator Rob Black meets virtually with University of Manitoba students studying agriculture and food to discuss the role and the importance of the Senate, as well as agriculture and food issues.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Senator Yuen Pau Woo shares his knowledge of the policy-making process in Canada with students from the University of Victoria’s School of Public Administration.Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Senator Yuen Pau Woo shares his knowledge of the policy-making process in Canada with students from the University of Victoria’s School of Public Administration.

Friday, March 5, 2021 – Senator Brent Cotter meets virtually with law students at the University of Manitoba to discuss ethics and Senate.Friday, March 5, 2021 – Senator Brent Cotter meets virtually with law students at the University of Manitoba to discuss ethics and Senate.

Monday, March 8, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons engages with teachers participating in the 2021 virtual edition of the Alberta Teachers Institute on Parliamentary Democracy. The annual professional development program provides participants with unique access to the Alberta Legislature and has them explore the traditions and roles of the western province’s parliament.Monday, March 8, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons engages with teachers participating in the 2021 virtual edition of the Alberta Teachers Institute on Parliamentary Democracy. The annual professional development program provides participants with unique access to the Alberta Legislature and has them explore the traditions and roles of the western province’s parliament.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – During Canada’s Feminist Response and Recovery Summit, Senator Marilou McPhedran moderates a breakout session on the women’s movement, which examined current challenges and concrete actions required to support women in various sectors.Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – During Canada’s Feminist Response and Recovery Summit, Senator Marilou McPhedran moderates a breakout session on the women’s movement, which examined current challenges and concrete actions required to support women in various sectors.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – Senators Ratna Omidvar and Yonah Martin host a webinar examining immigration entrepreneurship that featured Senators Paul J. Massicotte, Kim Pate, Raymonde Saint-Germain, Mobina Jaffer and Anil Arora, Canada’s chief statistician and head of Statistics Canada.Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – Senators Ratna Omidvar and Yonah Martin host a webinar examining immigration entrepreneurship that featured Senators Paul J. Massicotte, Kim Pate, Raymonde Saint-Germain, Mobina Jaffer and Anil Arora, Canada’s chief statistician and head of Statistics Canada.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie meets with members of the Association of Black Law Students at the Université de Sherbrooke to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, systemic discrimination and senators’ advocacy work for underrepresented groups.Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie meets with members of the Association of Black Law Students at the Université de Sherbrooke to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, systemic discrimination and senators’ advocacy work for underrepresented groups.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons gives an inspirational speech on empathy during a virtual assembly with more than 300 students in Grades 5 to 9 at Riverview Middle School in Devon, Alberta.Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons gives an inspirational speech on empathy during a virtual assembly with more than 300 students in Grades 5 to 9 at Riverview Middle School in Devon, Alberta.

Thursday, March 11, 2021 – Senator Donna Dasko discusses getting more women elected to political institutions with University of Calgary political science students invited to the virtual talk by Professor Erica Rayment.Thursday, March 11, 2021 – Senator Donna Dasko discusses getting more women elected to political institutions with University of Calgary political science students invited to the virtual talk by Professor Erica Rayment.

Thursday, March 11, 2021 – Senator René Cormier meets virtually with master's students in the University of Moncton’s Department of Public Administration, to discuss the role of the Senate and its committees.Thursday, March 11, 2021 – Senator René Cormier meets virtually with master's students in the University of Moncton’s Department of Public Administration, to discuss the role of the Senate and its committees.