1. Symposium on the Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms
I had the pleasure of attending a symposium on the Importance of First Nations Education in Ontario Classrooms. It was a fascinating conference that explored aspects of reconciliation with our Indigenous community through education.
The keynote speakers were experts on this subject. The Honourable Justice Harry LaForme as well as Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, Chief LaForme, and Senator Murray Sinclair (lead of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission), all spoke about education being the key to achieving reconciliation.
I also had the honour to speak to Mississaugas of the New Credit Councillor Cathie Jamieson. It was interesting to hear of the similarities, and also differences in our roles as Councillors.
As a Canadian, I look forward, over the coming years, to more progress toward the goals of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission.
2. Mackenzie Music (Alexander Mackenzie High School) Musical Production of Les Miserables
Congratulations to Alexander Mackenzie High School student cast, pit band, and the dedicated staff for their outstanding performance of Les Miserables. For the past number of years our family have enjoyed the annual production, but this year’s show was particularly spectacular.
3. Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra
The Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra (RHPO) performed their annual Holiday concert just before Christmas. RHPO always produces an outstanding performance, and this was a particularly fun event with lots of opportunity for audience participation. The concert also featured a live reading of Twas the Night before Christmas accompanied by the Orchestra. RHPO will host their next concert on February 16th (details below in the Great Things to See and Do around Town section).
4. 5th Annual Youth Volley Ball Tournament in support of 360kids
On Thursday, December 20th almost four thousand pounds of food were collected and donated to 360kids as a part of Sonny Dhillon’s 5th Annual Youth Volleyball tournament at the Elgin West Community Centre. Sonny is a volunteer and Richmond Hill resident who hosts this annual event. His efforts over the years have helped raise food and awareness for the important work that 360kids does in our community.
Thanks to all the youth that came out to support the event and for the incredible generosity of Sonny and his family and for organizing and hosting the event each year. What a wonderful gift to our community!