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December 6, 2021

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


Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard spoke to students in the Africentric Perspectives in Social Work course at the University of Calgary. The senator discussed her path to the Upper Chamber and addressed anti-blackness in social work.Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard spoke to students in the Africentric Perspectives in Social Work course at the University of Calgary. The senator discussed her path to the Upper Chamber and addressed anti-blackness in social work.

Thursday, November 4, 2021 – Senator Rosa Galvez stands in front of a hydrogen fuel cell electric ambulance from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service at the main venue of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Senator Galvez discussed the role of the health-care sector in the fight against climate change with representatives of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.Thursday, November 4, 2021 – Senator Rosa Galvez stands in front of a hydrogen fuel cell electric ambulance from the United Kingdom’s National Health Service at the main venue of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Senator Galvez discussed the role of the health-care sector in the fight against climate change with representatives of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.

Thursday, November 4, 2021 – Senator Michèle Audette speaks with committee representatives of Lawyers Without Borders at the Université de Montréal during a podcast recording.Thursday, November 4, 2021 – Senator Michèle Audette speaks with committee representatives of Lawyers Without Borders at the Université de Montréal during a podcast recording.

Friday, November 5, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons speaks at a special Remembrance Day ceremony honouring Indigenous veterans, which took place at the Baitul Hadi Mosque in Edmonton, Alberta.
Friday, November 5, 2021 – Senator Paula Simons speaks at a special Remembrance Day ceremony honouring Indigenous veterans, which took place at the Baitul Hadi Mosque in Edmonton, Alberta.

Friday, November 5, 2021 – Senator Rosa Galvez meets Alison Johnstone, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, during the GLOBE COP26 Legislators Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland. The two parliamentarians discussed the impacts of climate change.Friday, November 5, 2021 – Senator Rosa Galvez meets Alison Johnstone, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, during the GLOBE COP26 Legislators Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland. The two parliamentarians discussed the impacts of climate change.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Senator Brian Francis is welcomed by vice-principal Amanda MacIntosh during a visit to Donagh Regional School in Prince Edward Island. Senator Francis discussed the history of residential schools and reconciliation with Grade 5 students.Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Senator Brian Francis is welcomed by vice-principal Amanda MacIntosh during a visit to Donagh Regional School in Prince Edward Island. Senator Francis discussed the history of residential schools and reconciliation with Grade 5 students.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Senators Donna Dasko and Marilou McPhedran participate in the Reykjavik Global Forum of Women Leaders with Jeannette Menzies (right), Canada’s ambassador to the Republic of Iceland.Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Senators Donna Dasko and Marilou McPhedran participate in the Reykjavik Global Forum of Women Leaders with Jeannette Menzies (right), Canada’s ambassador to the Republic of Iceland.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Senator Éric Forest explains his role as a senator and moderates a debate among Grade 6 and 7 students in Halifax, Nova Scotia, about lowering the voting age to 16. The forum was organized by French for the Future, an organization that promotes bilingual learning and communication for students in Grades 7 to 12 across Canada.Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Senator Éric Forest explains his role as a senator and moderates a debate among Grade 6 and 7 students in Halifax, Nova Scotia, about lowering the voting age to 16. The forum was organized by French for the Future, an organization that promotes bilingual learning and communication for students in Grades 7 to 12 across Canada.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 –Senator Ratna Omidvar attends the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations’ annual conference as keynote speaker. During a Q&A session moderated by Senator Paula Simons, Senator Omidvar discussed systemic racism within the laws governing charities, the need for greater diversity in governance and how to turn philanthropy into a force for justice.Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Senator Ratna Omidvar attends the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations’ annual conference as keynote speaker. During a Q&A session moderated by Senator Paula Simons, Senator Omidvar discussed systemic racism within the laws governing charities, the need for greater diversity in governance and how to turn philanthropy into a force for justice.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Senator Robert Black visits the Royal Canadian Legion in Fergus, Ontario, during Veterans Week.Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Senator Robert Black visits the Royal Canadian Legion in Fergus, Ontario, during Veterans Week.

Thursday, November 11, 2021 – Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia and his wife, Dianne Ravalia, lay a wreath at the cenotaph in Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador on Remembrance Day to honour all those who have served Canada.Thursday, November 11, 2021 – Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia and his wife, Dianne Ravalia, lay a wreath at the cenotaph in Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador on Remembrance Day to honour all those who have served Canada.

Thursday, November 11, 2021 – Senator David Wells lays a wreath in Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador on Remembrance Day to commemorate those who served and sacrificed.Thursday, November 11, 2021 – Senator David Wells lays a wreath in Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador on Remembrance Day to commemorate those who served and sacrificed.

Friday, November 12, 2021 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan moderates a discussion between panelists from Afghanistan who have resettled in Canada. The panel was part of “Remembering Canada in Afghanistan,” an event hosted by the Canadian Club of Ottawa to reflect on the largest deployment of Canadian military personnel since the Second World War.Friday, November 12, 2021 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan moderates a discussion between panelists from Afghanistan who have resettled in Canada. The panel was part of “Remembering Canada in Afghanistan,” an event hosted by the Canadian Club of Ottawa to reflect on the largest deployment of Canadian military personnel since the Second World War.

Sunday, November 14, 2021 – Senator Tony Loffreda attends a Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa organized by the local Italian community, along with Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa-Centre MP Yasir Naqvi. A commemorative plaque honouring Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was unveiled during the ceremony.Sunday, November 14, 2021 – Senator Tony Loffreda attends a Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa organized by the local Italian community, along with Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa-Centre MP Yasir Naqvi. A commemorative plaque honouring Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was unveiled during the ceremony.

Monday, November 15, 2021 –  Senator Kim Pate discusses her law career with students enrolled in Brock University’s Law Plus program. She offered participants advice on how they can gain experience within their communities and answered questions about her work in the Senate.Monday, November 15, 2021 –  Senator Kim Pate discusses her law career with students enrolled in Brock University’s Law Plus program. She offered participants advice on how they can gain experience within their communities and answered questions about her work in the Senate.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – Senator Ratna Omidvar delivers opening remarks at the “Solidarity with Afghan Women: A Policy Perspective” panel co-hosted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and the World Refugee and Migration Council.Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – Senator Ratna Omidvar delivers opening remarks at the “Solidarity with Afghan Women: A Policy Perspective” panel co-hosted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and the World Refugee and Migration Council.

Thursday, November 25, 2021 – Senator Rob Black meets with Michael Hoffort, president and CEO of Farm Credit Canada, to learn more about the strategy for Indigenous agriculture and to receive an update on the organization’s mental health program for farmers.Thursday, November 25, 2021 – Senator Rob Black meets with Michael Hoffort, president and CEO of Farm Credit Canada, to learn more about the strategy for Indigenous agriculture and to receive an update on the organization’s mental health program for farmers.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – Senator Michèle Audette meets with Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami – Canada’s national Inuit organization in Ottawa, Ontario. Senator Audette spoke with experts on Inuit issues, about their priorities, and how to establish a collaborative relationship.Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – Senator Michèle Audette meets with Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami – Canada’s national Inuit organization in Ottawa, Ontario. Senator Audette spoke with experts on Inuit issues, about their priorities, and how to establish a collaborative relationship.