Posted on Mar 1, 2016

March Newsletter

Visiting the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.

Beginning Tuesday, March 8th the Alberta Legislature will be back in Session. This year the legislature will sit for more days than it has at any time over the past five years. Our current schedule has the legislature sitting 54 days in 2016, that is 10 days more than in 2015, 12 days more than in 2014, 5 days more than in 2013, 3 days more than in 2012 and 7 days more than in 2011. In addition to more days in the Legislature, our sittings will begin at 9:00 a.m., rather than 10:00 a.m. which will make MLA’s days family-friendly and allow for more discussion.

The month of March means that we can officially start looking back on winter and look forward to spring! On March 4th, I will be attending and speaking at the Franco-Albertan flag raising event at City Hall, an event that brings together French speakers and Francophiles to celebrate the vibrant Franco-Albertan community in Calgary. The Franco-Albertan community contributes to the social, cultural, and economic development of the province and continues to play a vital role in strengthening Canada’s linguistic duality. It opens the doors to opportunity, not just with other francophone communities and French-speaking citizens, but in industries that have a vital importance to our economy.

Also in March, I will be touring Inn From the Cold, a vital organization for many of Calgary’s most vulnerable families. Inn From the Cold provides shelter, support for basic needs, and outreach programming for families who are facing homelessness and crisis. The dedicated volunteers at Knox United Church run a emergency response shelter for Inn from the Cold.

Immigrant Services Calgary is hosting their 20th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards Gala on March 11th, which I will be attending to recognize the important contributions that the many immigrants in Calgary have made to enrich our community. Awards are given in the areas of community services, entrepreneurship and innovation, arts and culture, and organizational diversity. These are just some of the engagements I will be at during the month of March, please do not hesitate to contact my office directly during this time.