1st year anniversary in 12 photosPublished on June 30, 2019
MPP Merrilee Fullerton celebrates her first year in office with a dozen photos
After winning the provincial election earlier in June, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton was sworn in as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Kanata-Carleton and the Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities on June 29, 2018. (You may be interested to view/read MPP Fullerton's maiden speech in the Legislature.)
MPP Fullerton celebrated her first Canada Day as an elected representative of the community. She had a wonderful time attending a dozen celebrations across Kanata and West Carleton, visiting with residents and speaking with well-wishers.
MPP Fullerton spent the summer of 2018 getting around to visit with community groups and association, like these organizers and paddlers of the Ottawa River Canoe Club on Sixth Line near Dunrobin. (MPP Fullerton publishes a month newsletter of her activities and of news around Kanata-Carleton. You can sign up for the MPP Report here.)
On September 21 a devastating tornado swept through West Carleton, touching down in Dunrobin. Thankfully no lives were lost. In the wake of the storm, our community came together to support those families and businesses whose lives were impacted. Read Our Community Voice column recounting the tornado relief efforts.
The Ontario Premier made a trip to Dunrobin in the first 72 hours to pledge support of the Province and to thank the first responders who were there to answer the call. (More on the Premier's visit here.)
Through the year MPP Fullerton visited medical facilities across Ottawa to discuss current challenges with delivering health services and programs. Here she is at CHEO speaking with paramedics.
MPP Fullerton has visited many community groups to lend her support and to raise awareness of their good work. Here she is at the Kanata Food Cupboard talking about their community appeal through the Christmas season.
MPP Fullerton hosted business roundtables through the year. Here the MPP is with her colleague, President of the Treasury Board, discussing Ontario's financial situation and the Government's support of business with high tech business leaders from across Kanata-Carleton.
MPP Fullerton hosted many Ontario Government Ministers as they toured our businesses and organizations, including the Premier, Finance Minister, Labour Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. Here MPP Fullerton is with the Environment Minister at a visit of the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.
In Spring 2019, the Ontario Premier visited Kanata-North, where he toured a high tech facility and was briefed on local innovation by the Kanata-North Business Association. One of MPP Fullerton's priorities is to promote the high tech sector and local business interests at Queen's Park. She launched in early 2019 and is implementing the Kanata-Carleton's High Tech and Business Initiative.
MPP Fullerton was guest speaker at Mayor Watson's Breakfast Series to discuss the 2019 Ontario Budget and its impacts on the City of Ottawa. Here she is with the Ottawa Mayor and Kanata-Carleton's City Councillors Eli El-Chantiry, Allan Hubley and Jenna Sudds. Read more of MPP Fullerton's City Hall address here.
West Carleton residents along the Ottawa River were again impacted by natural disaster with spring flooding. Again, our community answered the call to provide both physical and moral support. The Provincial Government provided numerous services in relief. MPP Fullerton was active throughout the flooding - here she is seen providing thanks and gifts of appreciation from local school students to front line responders.
My personal highlight of the year was being elected as your voice at Queen’s Park. I have grown up, worked, and raised a family in this community. So, I have a great sense of gratitude in knowing you have entrusted me to represent your interests.
It is an honour and a privilege to be representing residents of Kanata-Carleton and I work each and every day to maintain your trust and to be your voice at Queen's Park.
Contact me if I can be of assistance and please stay in touch,