by Marilyn Hamilton
Tribute to my MLA , Darryl Plecas, Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors BC
Keynote Speaker at Canada Day Lunch
Canada geese fly across blue sky
Leaders (like MLA’s) taking turns
Northern lights as bright and iridescent as our multi-
Song for Canada.
Incense to this place
Touch our hearts
149th birthday celebration.
Our country unique
Beautiful natural environment
Honour Order of Abbotsford Recipients
Build strong community
Promise justice and character
Inspired, listened, acted
Building a complete community.
I am a news junkie.
Canada was a British colony
May these gates never be closed
Comfortable as neighbours.
Canada is a HUGE country.
1/10th United States
… they say …
Residing in World Class Cities
-81 degrees not including wind-chill??!!
If you are in a fight you want
Canadians on your side.
Highway of heroes
In our darkest hours Canada has been with US
Operation Yellow Ribbon
Close, productive, peaceful.
We share our continent.
Let no man put asunder!
Flag waving, uncharacteristic display of patriotism
Too much geography!
We live as far south as possible
Unarmed American with benefit of health care!!??
World needs MORE Canada.
Harp music in wheat fields …
YOU WANTED ME BACK!!??
Even though saying wrong thing?
To 3 other former mayors?
Getting initiative off the ground to
Recognize seniors for what they offer
Seniors tell stories
Tell young people
Instill value systems
Volunteering 20 years
Create platform for opportunity
To teach others
As a pilot for 3 years
Coordinate all this
Changing our thinking
Recognize all seniors can do for everyone else
Finding ways to be respectful to people with disabilities
Give every senior an iPad (like Japan).
Do NOT ask me to record anything –
I hope he doesn’t turn it off 🙁
Holding people by the hand
Work with them for 4 months – incredibly comfortable
Plugged into the wide world – infotainment can be shallow
But connecting can give
Greater ability in a nanosecond
Have a doctor in a second.
Next year is the BIG ONE.
1 – 5 – 0. 150. 150th.
You’ve all been here for half of them
Reflect where we’ve been –
Because what Canada has done for others
What can we do
To make life better
For those who follow us?
Of CARE – on a continuum
Better at Home or
Home that is just like home
Giving absolutely amazing incredible level of CARE!!
Phone me first to find out
How well you’ll live
Have a wonderful quality of life.
You made my life better – you wanted me back!
This Land is My Land
This Land is Our Land.
Have a blessed Canada Day!!