Committee invites Canadians with disabilities to apply for the 2009 Centennial Flame Research Award.  (Photo: Flickr user, mikeygottawa)
Committee invites Canadians with disabilities to apply for the 2009 Centennial Flame Research Award. (Photo: Flickr user, mikeygottawa)

Centennial Flame Research Award

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Committee invites Canadians with disabilities to apply for the 2009 Centennial Flame Research Award

As a member of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities I want to make constituents aware that the Committee is inviting Canadians with disabilities to apply for the 2009 Centennial Flame Research Award.

This monetary award is offered each year to a person with a disability to enable him or her to conduct research and prepare a report on the contributions of one or more Canadians with disabilities to the public life of Canada or the activities of Parliament.

The award, which amounts to $4500.00 for 2009, comes from the money collected from the Centennial Flame monument on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and any money otherwise received as a donation to the Centennial Flame Research Award Fund.

For your application to be considered, the following criteria must be met:

  • The applicant must be a person with a disability
  • The applicant must submit proof of Canadian citizenship
  • The applicant must submit an outline in any medium of his or her proposed research project dealing with the contributions of a Canadian or Canadians with disabilities to public life in Canada or the activities of Parliament. The outline must explain the significance of these contributions and describe how the research will be undertaken
  • The applicant must submit a letter of support for his or her application from a person of his or her choice other than the subject of the research
  • All required documents must be sent to the Clerk of the Committee and must be postmarked on or before May 29, 2009.

    Those interested in more information on this award may consult the Committee's web site or contact the Office of the Clerk of the Committee, Christine Holke David at [email protected], by phone at (613) 996-1542 or by fax at (613) 947-9670.

    If you have any Federal issues or concerns you would like to discuss please feel free to contact me at your convenience or drop into my Constituency Office which is located in the Capri Mall.

    Ron Cannan, MP
    Kelowna-Lake Country
    250-470-5075 or [email protected]

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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.

    The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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