Diamond Jubilee Week

On February 8th, as part of Diamond Jubilee Week, I had the great honour of viewing a beautiful stained glass window honouring the Queen’s Jubilee, which was being officially unveiled in the Senate Foyer in Centre Block by the Governor General.

Viewing the stained glass window was particularly meaningful because the window was created by artists Christopher Goodman and Angela Zissoff of Goodman Zissoff Stained Glass Studio in Kelowna. Angela’s mum, Mary Jane Zissoff was in attendance.

The design, which depicts both Queen Elizabeth II as well as Queen Victoria, the only other Sovereign to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee (60 years of reign), was based on specifications provided by the Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, with the advice of the Canadian Secretary to the Queen of Canada and the Usher of the Black Rod, Kevin MacLeod.

Her Majesty approved the design, and unveiled a model of the window at Rideau Hall (the residence of her Canadian representative, the Governor General) during her tour of Canada in 2010.

The Diamond Jubilee window is made of 500 pieces of antique mouth-blown and machine-made glass and took six weeks to complete.

It is incredibly beautiful and a real testament to the artistic craftsmanship of the Goodman Zissoff Studio.

If you wish to see a picture and read the story behind it you can do so at http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Senate/jubilee/window-e.htm .

The Government of Canada is helping Canadians celebrate this special year in other ways as well.

Each Member of Parliament will be given 30 Queen’s Jubilee medals to award to constituents as part of the Diamond Jubilee Medal program, a legacy activity that will recognize the service of Canadians from all walks of life and backgrounds who have made significant contributions to their communities and helped create the Canada of today. The achievements of younger Canadians who are actively contributing to our future will also be a focus.

To be eligible for this honour, a person must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, but need not necessarily reside in Canada; must have made a significant contribution to a particular province, territory, region or community within Canada, or an achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada; and must be alive on February 6, 2012.

If you know of someone who has made a significant contribution to our community or country, you can nominate them by completing a Nomination Form at my website www.cannan.ca . A non-partisan nomination committee has been struck and will recommend a list of local recipients. The deadline for submitting nominations is May 31, 2012. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call Louise in my constituency office at 250 470-5075.

The government is also providing a small amount of funding for community groups and organizations to organize their own unique, grass-roots celebrations. It is available to associations, communities, educational institutions, and First Nations groups.

Whether a celebration or commemoration, an essay contest or an art show, a party or a tree planting, a cricket tournament or high tea, a variety of promotional products including paper hand flags, lapel pins and posters will be available for these events and can be ordered through the Diamond Jubilee website at www.diamondjubilee.pch.gc.ca.

Educational materials will also be available, including an updated version of The Crown of Maples, a publication that explains the role of the Crown in Canada and our constitutional monarchy. It is currently being updated and will be available in spring 2012.

The Diamond Jubilee is one of several important anniversaries leading to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 that has shaped our history and contributed to our national identity.

I encourage you to visit the Diamond Jubilee website at www.diamondjubilee.pch.gc.ca and participate in this extraordinary celebration of service and dedication. As we celebrate this Jubilee with Her Majesty, let’s mark our collective pride in Canada and be proud of the contributions of all who continue to make Canada the great country it is today!

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About the Author

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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