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Ron Cannan

Canada Summer Jobs 2013

 
I don’t know about you but as a student growing up in Edmonton, looking for a summer job, I would head over to the Summer Hire-A-Student office.  I was very grateful for the employers that hired students like me because it helped us raise money to pay for our post-secondary studies.
 
It’s difficult to think about summer jobs for students while we are in the dead of winter but now is the time for Kelowna-Lake Country employers to consider hiring a student with the help of the federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs program.
 
Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative that helps employers create summer job opportunities for students 15 to 30 years of age who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year..
Designed to focus on local priorities, the initiative provides funding to not-for-profit, public-sector and small private-sector employers with 50 or fewer employees.
 
This year, the application process for employees will be held from February 1-28.  Assessment of applications will take place in March and employers will be contacted in May so that students can be hired beginning in May 2013.
Canada Summer Job proposals will be assessed using the following guidelines:
  • service to local communities;
  • jobs that support local priorities;
  • jobs that provide career-related experience or early work experience;
  • jobs with a salary that contributes to the student’s income;
  • employers who provide supervision and mentoring;
  • project activities that are directed toward members of, and support the vitality of, an official language minority community; and
  • employers who intend to hire priority students (students with disabilities, Aboriginal students and students who are members of visible minority groups).
 
In 2011, the Government of Canada increased the budget for Canada Summer Jobs by $10 million, bringing the total program budget to $107.5 million.
 
The increased funding will help more students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, now and in the future, while at the same time earning money for the upcoming school year.
 
If you are an employer who thinks you can hire a student this summer, please go to servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013 for information and learn how to apply.
 
 
PRIME MINISTER’S VOLUNTEER AWARDS - 2013 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
 
I am asking all of you who know of an individual, a group of volunteers, a business or a not-for-profit organization that is making a difference in our community to consider nominating them for a 2013 Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award.
The Call for Nominations is now open until March 1, 2013.
 
The number of hours donated by volunteers in Canada is the equivalent of nearly 1.1 million full-time jobs.
We all know what a big difference volunteers make here in Kelowna-Lake Country and our quality of life is unquestionably better because of their efforts.
  
Information about the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards, including details about previous recipients, can be found at www.pm.gc.ca/awards or call 1-877-825-0434.
 
If you know a local individual or organization that merits the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award, please take the time to nominate them and insure their valuable work is recognized.
 
Better yet, if you are looking for volunteer opportunities in our community, please feel free to get in touch with Dawn Wilkinson who manages the Community Information and Volunteer Centre at Kelowna Community Resources.  Donna can be reached @ 250-763-8008.
 
 
 
Ron Cannan is the Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
 


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The Honourable Ron Cannan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country in January, 2006. He was subsequently elected in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections. He is a member of the Conservative Caucus.

On September 13th, 2012 Ron was summoned to be a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and will provide advice to the Government as a member of the Priorities and Planning Sub-Committee on Government Administration.

Ron successfully uses his experience and knowledge as a long-time Kelowna City Councillor and regional government representative to be an effective and enthusiastic champion for his riding and his constituents.

His greatest satisfaction comes from helping local organizations and citizens obtain the support they require from Ottawa. 

He is also dedicated to doing what it takes to ensure that the growing and vibrant communities in his riding continue to thrive and prosper.

He is proud of the partnership and cooperation between federal, provincial and municipal governments which have resulted in significant infrastructure projects including upgrades to Highway 97, expansion of the Kelowna International Airport, a new horticulture strategy for fruit growers, obtaining a full service passport office for Kelowna and addressing critical economic issues such as labour skills shortages.

He works closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and once a year arranges meetings for the Chamber with Cabinet Ministers and senior policy staff in Ottawa to move forward important local issues such as crime prevention and labour skills shortages.

He is also an ardent champion for important community initiatives including homelessness, mental health, women’s resources, and support of arts and culture.

On Parliament Hill, Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade since 2006 supporting initiatives which will broaden the economic opportunities for local businesses and businesses Canada-wide.

In previous parliamentary sessions Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates, Veteran’s Affairs, Human Resources and Social Development, the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee, and the Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans.

Ron is also involved in a variety of inter-parliamentary organizations: he is Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship group.

As Chair of the Conservative Wine Caucus, Ron works with his colleagues across the country to promote the wine regions of Canada.  Ron tabled Motion 218(formerly Motion 601) which supports direct to consumer purchasing of Canadian wine. His motion became Bill C-311, sponsored by MP Dan Albas, seconded by Ron, which was passed into law on June 28th, 2012.

Prior to entering politics, Ron developed a diverse business background as a small business owner and had several years experience in marketing and sales management working with corporations including Coca-Cola, Costco and Corus Entertainment.
 

Very active in his community, Ron has been a Director for both the Central Okanagan Regional District and the Central Okanagan Hospital Board. Ron also served on the Okanagan University College Access to Training Advisory Board, the Glenmore Elementary School Parents Advisory Council, and the Kelowna Christian School Fund Raising Committee.  He was co-founder of the Okanagan Volunteer Festival. Currently Ron is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Kelowna and, along with his wife Cindy, was the honorary Chair of the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball.

Ron lives a family-oriented and active lifestyle with his wife Cindy. He is the proud father of three daughters and grandfather to three grandsons.  His hobbies include music and sports.




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