The last two days have been incredible. Meeting our first African Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, The Honourable Ahmed Hussen and others visiting dignitaries to our province. I was privileged to participate in the African Canadian Roundtable as a speaker.(Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, Ingrid Waldron, Quentel Provo, Sylvia Parris, Felicia Eghan, Tony Smith, Godfred Chongatera and others). The compelling stories participants shared about current issues and experiences in our communities were captivating.
Today, SMU, hosted an event for International Students. It was powerful. Students spoke passionately as they articulated their struggles with the immigration processes, overcoming barriers, finding employment and succeeding. At SMU today were some of our most brilliant, creative and innovative minds. The "cream of the crop." A very positive day, high energy and impactful. I have no doubt that our Minister will be back soon.
Some of us have also received invitations to attend a reception in Ottawa to mark African Heritage Month. This was no accident. Thanks to Ariel Gough, who assisted with our Ministerial visit and the impeding reception in Ottawa. She works at the Atlantic Desk in Ottawa. You're an amazing young woman.