It seems like just a couple of weeks ago that we were visiting the beaches across the riding in scorching temperatures. Yet, December is here, and we’ve already had our first snowfall of the season. As we wrap up the last weeks in Ottawa for the year, I’ve been reflecting on some of the great times we experienced together throughout 2018.
From participating in Lakeview Park’s Canada Day festivities and hosting a Bike Your Riding event, to sponsoring a Waverley on the Green concert and showing off our hospitality when bringing cabinet ministers to the community.
And of course, my favourite memories are of meeting as many of you as I could during community events and while visiting local business. There are so many great moments to choose from. I’m looking forward to seeing you again in 2019!
With the turning of the last page on the calendar, most of us will be gearing up in preparation for the holiday season. It’s a time when we can easily get lost in the hustle and bustle, buying and wrapping gifts, decorating and baking, etc. W
e might not be as aware of those in our community who are struggling with the season and could use a friendly hand. Maybe it’s a family dealing with financial hardship (and too proud to ask for help) that could use an anonymous donation or be surprised with new toys or clothes for their children.
Also, let’s not forget that some of our neighbours may be struggling with what seems like unbearable stress. If you know of someone in need of help—or if you ever need help—please jot down this information so it is right at hand:
Mental Health Crisis Line
1-888-429-8167 (toll free)
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
After a year of sitting in the House of Commons listening to politicians bickering, I look forward to the Christmas break and more pleasant exchanges of peaceful wishes between people. It doesn’t matter what the seasonal greeting is, there is one reply that suits them all.
If someone wishes you, “Merry Christmas!” and you’re not Christian— “Joyeux Noël!” and you’re not Francophone— “Happy Hanukkah!” and you’re not Jewish— “Happy Kwanzaa!” and you’re not African-Canadian—or “Happy Holidays!” and you are religious; the reply that works for me is, “Thanks! Same to you!” Let’s all look past the words used by person so we can appreciate the good intention of the seasonal wish.
My wife and I are looking forward to the first Christmas for our new grand-daughter, Emma Ruth, who will be just over one month old (and yes, she is adorable!), as well as spending time with friends and family.
From my family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Joyeux Noël!