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TWENTY-FOURTH ANNUAL EID-UL-FITR CELEBRATIONS AT PARLIAMENT HILL ON JUNE 13, 2019
This year, APMC honoured the Right Honourable Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand for her leadership in taking measures to stop and prevent violent extremism and terrorism online after the terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch in which 51 Muslims were murdered and 49 wounded.
The Keynote address was delivered by Mrs. Amy Tisdall, Deputy Head of Mission for New Zealand. In her speech, she spoke about how New Zealanders came together and the grief they shared. She spoke about the messages of sympathies, support and solidarity from people across the world, the generous support that came from Canada and the core values shared by both countries. She received a standing ovation for her speech. For full speech, please click here.
A plaque and Sandulak's polar bear sculpture were presented to Mrs. Tisdall for the Prime Minister. The plaque had the following inscription:
HON. JACINDA KATE LAURELL ARDERN, PRIME
MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND ,
,IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR REMARKABLE AND COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP IN THE WAKE OF THE TERROR ATTACKS IN THE CITY OF CHRISTCHURCH ANDYOUR EFFORTS TO STOP AND PREVENT VIOLENT EXTREMISM AND TERRORISM ONLINE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS, COMPASSION AND CARING
LA TRÈS HONORABLE
JACINDA KATE LAURELL ARDERN, PREMIÈRE MINISTRE DE
In her greetings, Marjolaine Hudon, RBC's Regional President for Eastern and Northern Ontario, said " What we just heard from Deputy High Commissioner Tisdall is an inspiring story of how the world comes together in solidarity when these terrible attacks occur, an affront to our citizens, to our society, to our global community. The way the Prime Minister of New Zealand chose to address this tragedy … through caring, courage and grace … insisting on not giving criminals any notoriety … and instead, focusing on uniting the community … I find this to be truly an inspiring example for all of us.
In Canada, and in our nation’s Capital, we have
the privilege to live in a place that considers inclusiveness a part of
who we are. At RBC, we create the space for our teams to have
open and honest dialogue around diversity and inclusion. All
these conversations lead to greater understanding and greater appreciation
of each other. At RBC,
Diversity & Inclusion are at the core of who we are and what we value."
The celebrations were held in the Sir John Mcdonald Building on Wellington Street. Retired Chief Armand La Barge was the Master of Ceremonies. Miss Yumna Siddiqi introduced Mrs. Amy Tisdall who got a standing ovation for her speech.
As in the past, many drove from Toronto to attend these celebrations. Many thanks to our sponsors whose generous support makes it possible for APMC to continue hosting these celebrations. Thanks to John McKay, M.P., P.C., for co-hosting this event. Catering was by the Parliamentary Restaurant - the food was delicious and the cakes were beautiful and delicious.
Here are some pictures from the event.