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. 

Friday, May 6, 2022 – Senator Pierre J. Dalphond offers a virtual training session to roughly 40 lawyers of Quebec’s Barreau d’Arthabaska on recent amendments to the Divorce Act (Bill C-78), including measures related to family violence.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – Michèle Audette meets francophone elementary students from Saint-François-d’Assise Catholic school in Ottawa, Ontario, during a virtual SENgage event. She captivated her audience speaking about Indigenous History Month, her path to the Senate, the role of senators and the importance of truth and reconciliation.

Thursday, June 2, 2022 – Senator Bernadette Clement meets with Grade 12 students at La Citadelle Catholic high school in Cornwall, Ontario. The group discussed Senate processes and bills currently before Parliament as part of the students’ politics class.

Friday, June 3, 2022 – Senator Salma Ataullahjan speaks to Grade 10 civics students at Erindale Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. Students were keen to hear about the work the senator undertakes as chair of the Senate Committee on Human Rights. Senator Ataullahjan also took questions about the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, and the impact of Islamophobia in Canada.

Saturday, June 4, 2022 – Senator Rosemary Moodie poses with Campaign 2000 National Director Leila Sarangi who invited her to deliver a keynote speech at the organization’s national conference in Toronto, titled “Towards 2030: Building Momentum for Ending Poverty.” The senator was pleased to speak to non-profit leaders, academics and advocates about Parliament’s role in ending child poverty.

Saturday, June 4, 2022 – Senator Paula Simons attends the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Annual Conference and Trade Show, held in hybrid format from Regina, Saskatchewan. She was the keynote speaker for a workshop on the future of Canadian municipalities in the 21st century and discussed the municipal-federal relationship. Senator Bernadette Clement also moderated the discussion.

Monday, June 6, 2022 – Senator René Cormier meets with francophone Grade 9 students from the W.-Arthur-Losier school in Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick. During his presentation, he discussed his work as a senator, his path to the Senate and the upcoming challenges for Parliament’s Upper Chamber.

Monday, June 6, 2022 – To celebrate World Environment Day, Senator Mary Coyle attends a climate manifesto presentation by Canadian youth, organized by the Centre for Global Education and TakingITGlobal. The senator also participated in #Decarbonize: #Decolonize — a project that seeks to empower youth to take climate action.

Monday, June 6, 2022 – Senator Robert Black attends a Scouts Canada activity with Cub Scouts in Ottawa, Ontario. He shared his experience about working in the Senate and discussed the meaning of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The scouts demonstrated their first aid skills and told stories about their recent camping trip.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 – The Usher of the Black Rod hosts 12 interns from the British Columbia Legislative Internship Program in the Senate Chamber. This meeting, coordinated by SENgage, was part of their study tour in Ottawa to learn about the parliamentary system.

Thursday, June 9, 2022 – Senator Kim Pate meets with the 12 interns from the British Columbia Legislative Internship Program during their study tour. The meeting, organized by SENgage, gave the interns the chance to ask the senator about her path to the Senate, her law studies and her career promoting minority legal rights and prison reform.

Monday, June 13, 2022 – Senator Ratna Omidvar participates in a virtual panel discussion on supporting refugee resettlement, hosted by Toronto Metropolitan University. The other panellists were Sajjad Ebrahim of Sajjadiyya Trust, Bayan Khatib of The Northpine Foundation and Wendy Cukier, founder of the Diversity Institute at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Friday, June 17, 2022 – Senator Nancy J. Hartling visits Grade 5 students at Columbia Park Elementary School in Revelstoke, British Columbia, to explain Canada’s parliamentary system, including the roles of the Senate, the House of Commons and the monarch. The senator offered the class a copy of The Wise Owls, a children’s book written by the Senate of Canada, and a pin of the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Monday, June 20, 2022 – Senator Peter Harder talks about global affairs and international law with students enrolled in an international politics course at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Organized by SENgage, the event gave students the opportunity to ask the senator questions about his work.

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