Chinese New Year at the Centrepointe Theatre

A set of phenomenal performances were held at the Centrepointe Theatre by the Canada-China Culture and Art Association Spring Festival Gala in honour of the Chinese New Year. Anita was pleased to attend alongside the Chinese Ambassador to Canada, as well as many other community leaders and members in Ottawa West-Nepean. 


Anita hosts Autism Discussion Pannel

Anita hosted a town-hall and panel discussion on Autism, where she heard directly from people living with Autism and Asperger Syndrome about their life experiences, and their advice for federal policy.


Transfer of land for new hopsital campus

Today we signed the lease for the transfer of federal land to the The Ottawa Hospital - L'Hôpital d'Ottawa for the new 21st century Civic Hospital campus at the site of the old Sir John Carling building. Three levels of government working together for the people of Ottawa!


Anita tours Parliament with Woodroffe HS students

This week Anita had an excellent visit with students from Woodroffe High School. She gave them a tour of Parliament, and was impressed by their questions - which showed that Canada's young people are aware, inclusive, and socially engaged.


Anita commemorates the independence of Kosovo

Ten years ago today, Anita was in Kosovo when they declared independence and a new country was born. Yesterday she was at Ottawa City Hall with the ambassador of Kosovo to Canada Lulzim Hiseni and the Kosovo-Canadian community to celebrate this momentous anniversary by raising the Kosovo flag in front of Ottawa City Hall. For Anita, Kosovo and its generous and kind people will always hold a special place in her heart. Here's to the next ten years of peace, prosperity and friendship.


Anita speaks about social justice at St Basil's Parish

Anita extends a warm thank you to the social justice committee at St. Basil’s parish, for inviting her to their church to talk about women, peace and development. She congratulates then on all the good work they do for advancing the cause of peace and justice.


Supporting the Girl Guides of Canada

Anita made sure to attend the Briar Green skating party in Ottawa West-Nepean in support of the Girl Guides of Canada, who were raising money to go to Mexico to save the turtles. They had organized a fun-filled day with beaver tails, a horse-drawn sleigh, hockey, skating and even a real igloo.


Anita celebrates Lunar New Year

Tonight Anita was celebrating the Lunar New Year with the Korean-Canadian community at Ron Kolbus Centre in Ottawa West-Nepean. She had a chance to talk to Korean War veterans who were given an honoured place at the event. Anita also participated in the New Year's Bow Ceremony with the children at the event.


Announcement of $6 million for Ottawa West-Nepean housing

Anita joined all levels of government and Minister Jean-Yves Duclos to announce $6 million for housing in Ottawa West-Nepean. This will fund 42 new affordable seniors' units and 6 family units in the riding. The announcement was part of a broader expansion of funding accross Ottawa - 16 new projects in all.


Anita visits Soloway Jewish Centre

Today Anita participated in Mitzvah Day at the Soloway Jewish Centre, cutting hair for charity. She extends her warm congratulations to all the volunteers cooking soup, making candles, and packing birthday hampers.


Anita visits Camp Kaleidoscope

Anita toured camp kaleidoscope for kids with autism which will have a summer camp at St Paul High School in Ottawa West-Nepean. The staff, volunteers, and kids were all amazing!


Anita attends Fisher Heights Carnival

Anita attended the fantastic winter carnival at Fisher Heights Community Centre. She shared chili and hot chocolate with the attendees, and took part in all the winter activities on offer - snowshoeing, skating, roasting marshmallows, and tug of war. She congratlates all the volunteers who worked hard to make this a fun family day.


Anita announces funding for Coding & Digital Skills

This morning Anita was at Woodroffe Avenue Public School to announce funding to The Learning Partnership for digital skills & coding training for young Canadians in Ottawa West-Nepean. Coding and digital skills are becoming the new ABCs; making digital literacy fundamental to the jobs of the future, particularly in the fields of STEM. CanCode will give thousands of Canadian teachers the know-how needed to properly teach our kids these new digital skills and technologies. This was part of a national announcement of $50 million to teach over a million kids how to code.


Anita marches with 2018 Women's March

Anita joined the 2018 Women's March because every woman in Canada has the right to equal opportunity to pursue her dreams and live life free from violence and harassment. Together, she and her constituents celebrated their achievements, and reflected on the work they have yet to do. Anita was particularly impressed with the young men who jointed thousands of women to march for gender equality. 


Anita tours Nepean Housing's renovated homes

One of our government's priorities is increasing the availability of quality, affordable housing across Canada. Anita had a chance to tour housing units being renovated by Nepean Housing in Ottawa West-Nepean, thanks to federal funding provided by the National Housing Strategy. Lots of progress has been made, and the Strategy aims to reduce the number of Canadians without a home by half.


7th annual Awakening Somali Youth Conference

Anita was honoured to attend the 7th Annual Awakening Somali Youth Conference this weekend. The Conference's theme was "Creating Agents of Change, Igniting the Rising Generation". Anita met more than a few young change-makers this evening! She congratulates all the award recipients and extends a warm thank-you to all those who make our communities better places.


Anita helps pack hampers at OCH Caldwell

Anita spent the morning today helping Ottawa Community Housing Caldwell (OCH-Caldwell) pack Christmas hampers to make sure every family in Ottawa West-Nepean has a very happy holiday season. She was pleased to be joined by Minister Catherine McKenna, MPP Bob Chiarelli, and Councilman Mark Taylor.


Anita attends opening of Bayshore Community Field House

A great celebration was held for the opening of the new Bayshore Community Field-House. Anita was proud to be part of a government that contributed federal funding to the project as part of Canada 150, alongside municipal funding from Mayor Jim Watson and Concilman Mark Taylor. 


Anita attends École Polytechnique memorial

Anita took time to pay her respects to the 14 women murdered on December 6th 1989 at École Polytechnique, and all the women killed by violence in Ottawa this past year. A moving and tearful vigil was held in Minto Park. We remember them and we vow to do more to end gender-based violence.


Anita attends Caldwell Family Centre Christmas Bazaar

Today Anita participated in the Caldwell Family Centre Christmas Bazaar. She was invited to draw the door prize. The Bazaar was a great way to bring the community of Ottawa West-Nepean together, and raise money for those most vulnerable in the holiday season.


Anita visits Woodroffe High School

Anita visited the Woodroffe High School Holiday Bazaar today - the students themselves did all the work of organizing it!


Anita visits Algonquin College with Minister Morneau

The Philip Killeen Hospitality Centre at Algonquin College was very kind to welcome Anita and Finance Minister Bill Morneau. They toured the facilities of the Culinary Management and Culinary Skills Program, and were impressed by the passion and dedication of students and teachers alike.


Anita tours Parliament with Pinecrest Youth Group

Anita was thrilled to welcome a group of youth from the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre to the Hill. She gave them a special tour of Parliament Hill, with all its Christmas lights and decorations.


Anita participates in Spin For Kids fundraiser

This morning Anita participated in ‘Spin for Kids’ raising funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Ron Kolbus Clubhouse in Ottawa West-Nepean. Everyone was welcome to come ride bikes for 20 minutes and enjoy refreshments as part of a fundraiser for local children.


Anita attends Old Forge Christmas Bazaar

Anita spent the afternoon at the Old Forge Community Centre's 2017 Christmas Bazaar. The community had gathered together for a bake sale and homemade craft sale. There was lots of warm company for a cold day!


Anita announces public transit expansion

Today Anita announced, on behalf of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, two new projects funded through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) that will directly benefit the residents of Ottawa West-Nepean. The Pinecrest Garage will see many improvements, including two new double-decker buses, repairs to the bus bay, sidewalks and asphalt replacement.


Anita hosts Dementia Town Hall

Anita hosted a town hall for her constituents on the topic of dementia care, treatment, and awareness. She was able to speak about our government's new National Dementia Strategy, and heard the voices of many constituents whose lives are affected by this important issue. 


Anita lays wreath at Remembrance Day ceremony

Anita had the honour to lay a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada at the West End Villa Seniors Residence hosted by Westboro Legion. She met a man named Ian, who served in the Netherlands as part of the Third Canadian Infantry Division, and had helped liberate her parents' families during the Second World War.


Anita's 2017 Remembrance Day remarks

Anita delivers her Remembrance Day remarks to the citizens of Ottawa West-Nepean.


Seniors' Health and Wellness Fair

Anita returned to the Old Forge Community Resource Centre, where she ran a table at the 2017 Seniors' Health and Wellness Fair. She had a great time meeting local seniors and hearing their priorities.


Anita participates in community association meeting

Anita spoke at the Crystal Beach Community Association AGM, where she met many devoted volunteers from the neighbourhood.


Anita attends fundraiser for Mexico earthquake relief

Anita was honoured to attend last night's Mexico Earthquake fundraiser at Ottawa City Hall with her friend and colleague, William Amos. It was a wonderful evening full of musical and dance performances and delicious Mexican food!

Thank you to the Asociación Cultural Mexicano Canadiense Ottawa-Gatineau and Holas Carleton for putting on such a well attended event, and to all the sponsors who stepped up to support such an important cause.


Anita attends Pinecrest Health Centre BBQ

Today Anita spent time at the Pinecrest Queenway Community Health Centre's annual BBQ. She met with staff and volunteers of the Health Centre, and thanked them for their valuable work in helping to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.


Anita and her team attend Ottawa Pride 2017

Anita, her team, and other MP's in the Ottawa area had a fantastic time at Ottawa's 2017 Pride Parade. She is proud to march in support of our LGBT community.


First Pride Shabbat dinner!

Anita was honoured to receive an invitation to the first Pride Shabbat dinner at Kehillat Beth Israel Synagogue in Ottawa West-Nepean. She celebrated Ottawa Pride with the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and CIJA.


Ottawa River Heritage Designation

Today we joined Catherine McKenna, indigenous elders and representatives from the governments of Quebec and Ontario to announce that the Ottawa River will receive an official Heritage Designation. This river is the lifeblood of so many communities, including Ottawa West-Nepean. I was proud on such a beautiful day to appreciate the rich historical, ecological and cultural significance of the Ottawa River alongside colleagues Mona Fortier, Steven MacKinnon, and Stephane Lauzon.


Anita's team attends local festivals

Instead of canvassing today Anita and her team made the rounds of local festivals! After exhausting themselves dancing at the Festival of India they regained their energy by eating fried cheese (Saganaki) from a flaming frying pan at the Ottawa Greek Festival, where we met new friends and learned more about the ways Ottawa Police keeps our community safe.


Attending Britanna Woods Mural

Today, Anita helped to unveil a mural painted with the help of Neighbourhood Arts and the House of Paint, in which youth and children added colours and patterns to reflect their community. She was honoured to help cut the ribbon in a new outdoor ping pong table, and toured the community garden. The mint leaves were fresh and perfect for tea (or maybe a mojito!). Kudos to the community on a job well done!


Attending Ottawa's new Somali Cultural Festival

This July, Anita participated in the first-ever Somali-Canadian cultural festival at Ottawa City Hall. It was an enriching experience full of music, dance performances, and fantastic food, all held to celebrate the contributions of Canada's proud Somali community!


Anita hosts Town Hall on participatory democracy

Anita hosted a Town Hall meeting on how to improve Canada's Parliamentary democracy and make it more participatory and responsive of citizen's views and ideas. She used the opportunity to meet with her constituents, gathering innovative and positive ideas to guide her work in chairing the Canadian all-party democracy caucus.


Anita attends Canadian-Ukrainian Festival

This July, Anita attended the official opening of the Capital Ukrainian Festival. She had the pleasure of delivering greetings from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and greatly enjoyed the weekend of cultural celebration.


Anita attends graduation ceremony at Woodroffe High School

Anita was pleased to congratulate Woodroffe High School`s graduating class of 2017 as they embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives.


Anita meets with Ottawa flood relief volunteers

Anita was honoured to be invited to a garden party, held in honour of the hardworking volunteers in Ottawa West-Nepean who worked all night to save their neighbour's house from the May floods. They represent the best in our community!


Happy Canada Day 2017!

Wishing all Canadians a Happy Canada Day!


Anita meets with Girl Guides

girl_guides_wide.jpgAnita enjoyed meeting with local Girl Guides and Pathfinders at General Burns Park to talk about leadership and answer questions about the Canadian Parliament. An impressive group of young leaders learning about service to our community.


Anita attends Nowruz celebration

nowruz.jpgAnita was pleased to attend a celebration of Nowruz hosted by the Afghan Students Association. Norway is a celebration of the New Year and the arrival of Spring. It is celebrated in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. 


Anita attends inter-faith dialogue

Interfaith_circle.JPGAnita joined Catherine McKenna and Greg Fergus at an inter-faith dialogue circle with faith leaders from across Ottawa from Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths. They discussed how to work together against prejudice and hate.


Anita attends Woodroffe United Church Dessert & Drama Play

Woodroffe_drama.JPGOttawa West-Nepean has a rich artistic and cultural scene. Anita enjoyed a play by Joan Conrod as part of the "Dessert and Drama" series at Woodroffe United Church. It was a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek story about the Mothers of Confederation as part of Canada's 150th year celebrations.


Anita attends Britannia Woods Food Pantry 25th anniversary

britannia_food.jpgThe Britannia Woods Food Pantry has operated on volunteer efforts for 25 years to provide food to some of the most vulnerable in our community. While it is unfortunate that such a service is needed in our community, the hard work of countless volunteers and the generosity of donors has made a significant difference for many families. 


Anita recognizes Syrian refugee family

Anita attended a potluck dinner at St. Remi church for the one-year anniversary of the arrival of the Nawful family, refugees from Syria that were hosted by parishioners at the church at the initiative of a group of high school students. During a visit to parliament, Anita recognized the family and their sponsors in a statement to the House of Commons. The family are doing well, they are working and studying hard and very grateful for the generosity of Canadians.