2022 Holiday Message

At the 2022 Christmas parade in Carp.

Kanata and West Carleton Residents,

December is a very special time of giving, sharing, and coming together in our community. This is a time to count our blessings. I am grateful for my many blessings, and especially for my family and dear friends.

As my parents imparted on me and my siblings, Christmas is all about charity, compassion, and empathy. Like no other time of the year, through December we are reminded of those in our community who are less fortunate. Given the events of the past few years, we are even more aware of people who may find the holidays difficult from financial strain or the stress of not being with a family member. We can all make a difference by giving to our local charities, and by safely connecting with a neighbour or friend who is spending this time alone. I believe that the charity and generosity demonstrated each December brings out the best in ourselves and our community.

I also wish to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our front line health care workers and first responders in our community. I have great admiration for their continuous professionalism and endurance. I recognize many individuals will be away from their families to keep front line services operating, and thank them for their caring commitment. Likewise, there are many who work through the holidays – and I know and appreciate their commitment. Thank you.

So to all residents in Kanata and West Carleton, I wish you the very best through this holiday season and hope you find peace of mind, good company, and cheer with those you love.

Merry Christmas & Joyeux Noel to all!