Own Our Ottawa
This is a special year here in Ottawa and I want to use social media to emphasize just how great our city truly is. That’s why I have launched a new social media campaign – #OwnOurOttawa. This campaign is all about being proud of where we live and sharing what we can do to make it even better.
Our city is full of not-for-profits helping those in need, local businesses supporting other local businesses, and festivals animating the streets. So many Ottawans are volunteering their time, inspiring others, and creating positive changes right here in our community.
I’m asking everyone to get on social media and share these awesome stories. What are you doing to #OwnOurOttawa? What are others doing to #OwnOurOttawa? Do you have a cool story? Share it!
Let’s get excited about the city we live in and start talking!
– Catherine McKenna
On April 7, I was invited by my colleague Greg Fergus to speak to his youth council on Parliament Hill. We talked about how young people can get involved in green initiatives and the importance of working closely with our government to solve environmental challenges.
Also on April 7, I was pleased to visit St. Paul University to support their new Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality. A generous $2.5 million was donated by the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul to support the school. The program will teach students to become leaders in their communities and is the first of its kind in Canada.
On April 8 I had a coffee pop-up at Morala Coffee in the Glebe. We talked about the new technologies in green construction and how we can retrofit homes to be more environmentally friendly. Thanks to all who came!
April 9 marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. It was an honour to speak at the National War Memorial on behalf of Prime Minister Trudeau. The battle was a coming of age for our country and the sacrifice of those who fought will never be forgotten.
On April 11 I attended the Alliance to End Homelessness’s 2016 report at Ottawa’s city hall. Our city is making progress but there is still work to be done, especially with women and seniors. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with stakeholders in the community to help those who need it most find a safe and affordable place to live. As a community, we are all stronger when everyone has a home.
April 12 was the Day of Pink Gala, an event that awards those who stand against bullying and bigotry, especially in the LGBTQ2+ community. While there I met Warren who transitioned when she was in grade one. Warren and her family are an inspiration and I am so proud of the work they are doing to help families with transgender and gender-fluid children.
On April 24 I met with my Youth Jobs Council. We talked about ways to engage employers to create more opportunities for young people. I look forward to continuing to work with the council on these initiatives.
On April 25 I was happy to announce over $220,000 to the Canadian Council of Aviation and Aerospace. This funding will go to a wage subsidy program that will help employ over 15 graduates in the aviation and manufacturing industry. I also got to tour an Air Canada Airbus which was awesome!
On April 27 I had the honour of being the keynote speaker at the Mayor’s Breakfast hosted by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. I challenged us as a city to set forth a plan to win the Smart Cities Challenge. Ottawa has everything necessary to win – academia, businesses, engaged citizens … there’s no reason why we can’t win this challenge and become the world’s greenest capital.
On April 27 my team and I also invited all of our volunteers to my Hill office for an appreciation party. Last year my team of volunteers donated an equivalent of 2.5 full-time job hours of their time. They are an integral part of my team, we couldn’t succeed without them. I am so thankful for each and every volunteer who comes in to help the residents of Ottawa Centre.
On April 28 I announced $1.8m to the Wood Manufacturing Council and the Social Planning Council of Ottawa. These funds come through the Skills Link Program and will help provide training in woodwork and green construction to youth facing barriers to employment including young parents, those with disabilities, those living in remote communities, and refugees new to Canada.
On April 29 I met with my Ottawa Centre Youth Council. The council brainstormed projects they could run to help give back to the community and projects that would help youth get jobs. I look forward to continuing to work with the council to bring these ideas to life.
On April 12, Malala Yousafzai visited Parliament Hill and became the youngest person to receive honorary citizenship. Her endless work and dedication to ensuring girls around the world have access to education makes her an inspiration. I was so humbled to meet her; she will continue to achieve great things in her life. I’m happy my daughters have such an awesome role model to look up to.
Ottawa Children’s Festival
Canadian Tulip Festival
Great Glebe Garage Sale
Odawa Pow Wow
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