Canada 150 Community Leader Nomination Closes TOMORROW AT MIDNIGHT!
On behalf of The Canada 150 Community Leader Selection Committee, and in celebration of Canada 150 in our own community, I would like to thank you for the nominations received recognizing those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in one or more of the following four Canada 150 pillars: Diversity and Inclusion; Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples; Youth Engagement and Leadership; and Environmental Stewardship.
Our community is full of thoughtful, hardworking, and passionate individuals. The testimonies we received are proof of this. The deadline for submissions closes tomorrow, Saturday, July 15, 2017 at midnight AST. Click here if you are interested in the nomination process and stay tuned for information about the sesquicentennial pin award ceremony.
Canada Day Celebrations in our Region
This year, in commemoration of 150 years since Confederation, #TeamDeCourcey had an active day in Fredericton, Oromocto and New Maryland. Rain couldn’t stop the festivities, as smiles and laughter were shared in abundance. Cakes were cut, dance moves were learned, and Canadian pride was well on display across our entire region. It was a wonderful Canada 150 celebration and I look forward to continuing to celebrate throughout the rest of 2017. Click here for a video recap of our day.
Towards a more Engaged Leadership Role for Canada
With Canada’s Home of the Army at 5th CDSB Gagetown, I am strongly committed to supporting our women and men in uniform. The new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, released last month better recognizes their dedication and the pivotal role they play in making Canada strong at home, secure in North America, and engaged in the world.
The policy announced an increase of over 70% in defence spending over the next 10 years. It places an unprecedented focus on our women and men in uniform by ensuring that they and their families are well-supported and resilient – physically, psychologically, and socially. It places added attention on improving recruitment, retention, and training to capitalize on the unique talents and skill sets of Canada’s diverse population. Click here to read my recent editorial on the new defence policy.
Federal dollars for community infrastructure
Last month, on behalf of the honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, I was pleased to recently announce two federal investments totalling $510,554 under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
The funding, delivered through ACOA, will be used for interior and exterior renovations to the Fredericton Cultural Centre as well as for renovations to the Bernard-Poirier theatre and other infrastructure projects at the Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne. These investments will further enhance the quality of our region’s infrastructure and strengthen the vibrancy of our community spaces.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Visit
Over Canada Day weekend, Fredericton hosted the 38e Finale des Jeux de l’Acadie, the first in New Brunswick’s capital since summer 2000.
Over 1,200 young Francophone athletes from across the four Atlantic Provinces competed from June 28 to July 2 while celebrating their athletic achievements and their proud Acadian heritage.
Marking the occasion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined us on opening day. The energy throughout the Games was contagious, and the Prime Minister himself was ecstatic to witness the celebrations. From the beginning of the competition through to the closing ceremonies Acadian pride was on full display.
Prime Minister Trudeau followed his Jeux de l’Acadie stop with a surprise visit to the Fredericton Fire Department to commemorate a special anniversary.
Congratulations and thank you to the brave women and men of the FFD for their dedication in keeping our residents safe for 200 years.
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