This year, Remembrance Day ceremonies looked quite different, A the ongoing pandemic meant we were not able to gather as a community to hold Remembrance Day ceremonies for the first time in 100 years. However, I am proud that our community found creative ways to show support for our veterans and respect for the fallen; those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live free.
We wear poppies as a symbol of remembrance, reverence and support. I was encouraged to see many constituents wearing their poppies out in the community, showing their support online and observing a moment of silence at home through the #DoorstepRemembrance campaign. We must never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans, and our brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces currently serving around the world.
Unfortunately, the poppy campaign and legions across Canada have experienced revenue shortfalls during the pandemic and, as a result, revenues that support services for our veterans have been negatively impacted. I encourage everyone make to a generous donation to the Henderson Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 15 to support veterans in our community.
It is important to find new ways to safely come together to fight isolation and strengthen community bonds. Over the past several weeks, I have had the special honour to meet virtually with various constituents and local faith-based organizations. In particular, I have met with several faith leaders who serve congregants across Kildonan-St. Paul. These meetings have allowed me to hear first-hand the challenges facing our community and our places of worship during the pandemic. I also recognize the critical role the faith community plays in serving Kildonan-St. Paul’s most vulnerable residents during this unprecedented time. I will continue to advocate for better support and recognition of the faith community in Kildonan-St. Paul.
At the end of last month, I was pleased to host a drive-through Halloween trick-or-treat celebration at my constituency office to hand out treats to kids and their parents on their way home from school. It was truly heartwarming to see the smiles on the faces of children excited to dress up for Halloween and I was pleased to provide a safe and fun activity on behalf of the parents and grandparents of Kildonan-St. Paul. Thank you to everyone who came out to participate; you made this event a success.
Kildonan-St. Paul constituency report
Raquel Dancho is the Conservative MP for Kildonan-St. Paul.