Hello to the residents of Vaughan! February has proven to be yet another eventful month for me both at Queen’s Park and in our community. Be sure to visit the photo section on my website, or visit my Facebook page to check out pictures and to keep updated on upcoming events.
February started off on a high note as I participated in the leadership conference hosted by the University of Toronto’s Woodsworth College Student’s Association. The conference provided students with the opportunity to both participate in skill-building workshops and network with individuals in the community. Events like these truly provide our youth with the confidence they need to begin taking the next steps in their careers, something that can often seem like a daunting task. I enjoyed meeting everyone and appreciated the opportunity I was given to speak to the conference’s main theme: “what does leadership mean to you?”.
On Sunday, February 17th I was pleased to host my first Family Day Public Skate at the Al Palladini Community Centre. Family Day was originally introduced by the McGuinty Government in 2003 and has provided hard-working Ontarians with the opportunity to spend much deserved time with their loved ones.
In late February, I was honoured to present three Vaughan constituents with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. The Diamond Jubilee medal pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne and honours her life-long commitment to her responsibilities. The recipients, Master Warrant Frank Atyeo, Bob Bak and Peter Marcucci, were selected by Ontarians through a public nomination process. All three individuals are outstanding citizens who have made exceptional contributions to both the province and country.
In and Around Queen’s Park…
February 11th marked a historic day for Ontario as the Honourable Kathleen Wynne was sworn in as the province’s first female premier. Premier Wynne replaces former Premier Dalton McGuinty who led the province for almost a decade. The ceremony, held in the legislative chamber, also included the swearing in of her new cabinet. As the Parliamentary Assistant to Finance, I am looking forward to working closely with Finance Minister Charles Sousa.
I am also pleased to report that Premier Wynne recalled the house on February 19th and the second session of the 40th Parliament began with a Throne Speech. The speech highlighted our government’s priorities for the new session which include building a fair society, a strong economy and establishing a more accountable legislature.
On March 6th I look forward to seeing you at my town hall being held in Kleinburg at the Doctor’s House, 21 Nashville Rd, from 7:30pm to 9pm.
Until next time…
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Steven Del Duca
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