First and foremost, I would like to start this letter off by wishing you a happy International Women’s Day. Each year, March 8th is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women and renew our efforts in achieving gender equality – in Canada and around the world.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #InnovateForChange, a call to action, asking everyone to harness the power of technology to create a more equal world. This theme celebrates the many women and girls who are thriving in science, technology, engineering and math and other sectors where women are under represented.
I hope you will join me in this year’s #InnovateForChange campaign by advocating for changes that remove the barriers preventing women and girls from entering fields like STEM and others where women still face barriers. Most importantly, add your voice to the chorus calling for more women – particularly young women still deciding their futures – to follow their dreams and pursue exciting, fulfilling careers in these sectors.
What makes March 8th even more special for me is that today is my son Oliver’s first birthday. This past year has been nothing short of amazing and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your kind words and support.
One of my favourite events that I look forward to every year is the annual Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw that took place this year on February 16th at Assumption North. After having to be rescheduled due to inclement weather, I was happy to be able to participate in this year’s installment as I strive to beat my previous record of sinking one basket.
While I was unsuccessful, it was fantastic to see so many of our youth being able to celebrate a morning of sport. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for their hard work in organizing the event!
February was also the Government of Canada’s Infrastructure Month. Our Government is making historic investments to grow our country’s economy, strengthen the middle class and improve Canadians’ quality of life.
Right here in Burlington, that includes investment in Burlington Transit and GO Transit, as well as roads, bridges, and community centres. Whether it be for getting to work or heading into Toronto to catch a performance, our Government understands the need for an safe and stress-free commute. In 2018 I announced the purchase of 53 bi-level rail passenger coaches for the GO Train network. I am pleased to update everyone that that 19 of those 53 coaches have entered service.
As the temperatures get higher in the next few weeks, I look forward to seeing you all throughout the community at one of our great local businesses or events!
Hon. Karina Gould
Member of Parliament
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