Reflections on Family and Community

Published on February 23, 2019

The February MPP column in Our Community Voice 

Our Community Voice, February 21, 2019 -- It was wonderful to have a day this past Monday to share with family members. Canadian actor Michael J Fox once observed, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” I couldn’t agree more.

Whatever your age – whether an older adult or young child – family is the essential part of your life. It is where you explore beliefs and values, and establish your views of what is most important in life. Family is where you can be yourself. So, when you have a chance to spend time with your family like on Monday, you relax from the pressures of your daily routine. I always enjoy the moments I get with my mother, and with my husband and children.

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy family time this week.

As we find comfort and strength through our families, I believe our families grow with their involvement in community associations and their events. With the Ontario Legislature not in session, I have had a chance to attend a number of fun community events recently. For example on Monday morning, I was at the Kanata Sensplex for a Family Day Skate, co-sponsored by the Glen Carin Community Association. It was wonderful to see so many young skaters, and many young-at-heart taking to the ice. Being at the arena certainly brought back great memories of my hockey mom days when my boys were suited up for the Blazers. Yes, ours was a sports family, spending endless time at rinks and soccer pitches across the region. 

A week ago I attended the Kanata-Hazeldean Lions Club Winter Carnival Pancake Breakfast where I had a chance to meet many neighbourhood residents. I appreciated Ottawa City Councillor Allan Hubley who provided a tour of the Dick Brule Community Centre. Congratulations to the Lions volunteers who hosted the breakfast and provided the sleigh rides and family fun for our community.

Congratulations also must go to the organizers of the All Seniors Care Seniors Games, a national competition of 30 retirement residences from 5 provinces across Canada. For four days the seniors competed in a variety of physical activities at Kanata’s Courtyards Retirement Residence. What a pleasure it was to meet the residents and staff, and to hear of the friendships formed during the games.  

If your community group is having an event, please let my staff know. I would welcome the opportunity to attend if it can be worked into my schedule!

If I can assist you with your provincial government needs, please contact my staff at the Community Office. Do you need help with your health card, driver’s licence, Ontario photo card, birth certificate, name changes, or marriage certificate? Would someone you know like to receive a birthday, milestone anniversary, or congratulatory certificate? Contact my office.