November 22, 2006 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada held a reception in Ottawa on National Child Day. This is a part of the organization’s goal to initiate and build key relationships with policy-makers and to move our Government Relations program forward.The event was a great success on a number of fronts.
First and foremost, our goal of communicating our message to key politicians, senior bureaucrats and senators was significantly advanced early in day when we met with the Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Senator Terry Mercer, and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Stockwell Day.
These meetings went extremely well, and they now provide us with great momentum as we continue to build relationships with people of influence within the Canadian policy-making environment.
Secondly, the reception held later on that evening provided us with the opportunity to meet personally those MPs who have supported our movement through volunteerism and other efforts. It also let us honour this support by providing them with a special framed certificate.
Sharing our passion for the movement at the reception were various MPs (including the Speaker of the House), Cabinet Ministers, senior level bureaucrats and staff from numerous political offices. In fact, our RSVP list was up to 75 MPs alone!
The evening was topped off by the appearance of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and a former Big Brother. Minister MacKay also received a special certificate for his past involvement with the organization.
Throughout the night, our guests signed a large poster which read:
“In recognition of National Child Day and in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across Canada, we the undersigned endeavour to advance the social, economic and academic development and well-being of all children, and believe that Every Child in Canada Who Needs a Mentor, Has a Mentor”.
A professional photographer was on hand to take pictures of all our guests signing this poster. Pictures of the event will be posted shortly.
A similar reception will be held at Queen’s Park early in the New Year. All 100+ MPPs from across Ontario will be invited, as will key bureaucrats and policy makers. Again, this will serve to advance our interests as we continue to move forward with our government relations strategy.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Puneet Luthra (bbbsc.ca), BBBSC Manager of Government Relations - Ontario at 416-789-7859.