In the House

Last Wednesday night over 100 volunteers met at the Boys and Girls Club in St. John’s Centre to do the second Point In Time Count organized by End Homelessness St. John’s. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. the volunteers spread out across the city counting our city’s homeless population.

 

Thank you Mr. Speaker. I stand on March 28, what would have been the 74th birthday of Michael John Jones – father, grandfather, brother, uncle, visionary filmmaker, inspirer, and mentor especially of young people – had Mike lived two more weeks.

 

The Salvation Army has reached a significant milestone and broke ground for construction of their new Centre of Hope, on Springdale Street in St. John’s Centre. The Centre will provide 20 affordable, supported housing units, a health clinic, food bank, mental health services and drug addiction programs for some of the most marginalized members of society.

 

I am so pleased on International Women’s Day to recognize a constituent who is the essence of the unsung heroine, as are so many women.

Wife, mother, activist Brenda O’Brien for the past 14 years has been an untiring advocate for her own son and all children on the autism spectrum.

 

When we all heard the news that Jenny Wright and her daughter Shelby had survived a harrowing collision on the Southern Shore highway, there was an enormous outpouring of concern and support. Jenny’s commitment to the feminist movement and to the innovative work by her team at the St. John’s Status of Women Council’s Women’s Centre is legendary.

 

I am delighted to congratulate Dr. Falah B. Maroun for being invested into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Maroun came to NL to do a three-week locum in 1967 and has been in the province ever since. Like many Lebanese before him, including my own grandparents, he chose to stay and make this province his new home.

 

Susan Kathryn Shiner, daughter, lover, partner, mother, friend, grandmother, folklorist, social worker, community builder, unionist, fierce fearless feminist activist, Vagina Warrior.

 

I am delighted to congratulate an organization that has been creating positive community empowerment for the last decade.

The Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir is a place of acceptance where there are no auditions and people sing for the joy of it. The Choir is comprised of Stella’s Circle participants, staff, and volunteers, has 35 plus members, and 100 performances under their belt.

 

This has been a large year for interdisciplinary artist April White. She was named 2017 Emerging Artist of the Year by Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador and just recently named recipient of the Cox & Palmer Pivotal Point Grant, valued at $5,000.

 

I am happy to rise to congratulate a young constituent who has had recent success in provincial debating.

 

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