Thanks for joining us at our Black History Month event

I would like to begin by thanking the members of the Centennial community who joined us for our 5th annual Black History Month celebration at St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy on Saturday, February 8.

Our celebration focused on marking the halfway point of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. Together, we reflected on the successes and some of the shortcomings of the previous five years, and envisioned the actions required to make the next five years more equitable, progressive and successful for our community, our country and our world.

 This year, we were thrilled to have a number of influential members of the Black Canadian community join us for our celebration, including Keynote Speaker Professor Wisdom Tettey, Vice-President of the University of Toronto and Principal of University of Toronto, Scarborough.  

Flag Day

 On Saturday, February 15, Canadians across the country celebrated the 55th anniversary of our beloved Canadian flag. Many residents from our community remember fondly where they were on February 15, 1965, the day our iconic flag with its red and white stripes and maple leaf, was raised for the first time.

 For 55 years, the Canadian flag has been recognized the world over for the beautiful, tolerant and diverse country it represents. It highlights the fact that the common values that unite us – openness, generosity, peace and freedom – are stronger than our differences.

 I was honoured to represent the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in Scarborough for a special Flag Day citizenship ceremony as we welcomed 98 new citizens to Canada – all of whom share a deep appreciation and respect for our national flag.

Sip and Chat

 I would like to invite you and your family to join my team and me at our constituency office for a special Spring Sip and Chat on Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Drop by for some coffee or tea a and tour of our constituency office. My staff and I will be here to answer any questions you have about services offered by the federal government, federal policy questions or simply to say hello. No appointments required, just drop by.

If you would like to meet my team and me, you are always welcome to contact my office at 416-283-1414 or We are always eager to hear your ideas, assist you with federal services, answer your questions and notify you about our upcoming events in the community.