Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House today to recognize Canada's inspiring, creative and hardworking women.
Canadians are celebrating International Women's Week this week with the theme, “You are Here: Women, Canada and the World”.
Last Friday I was proud to host the eighth annual international women's day breakfast in partnership with the women's leadership committee of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
International Women's Week is a celebration of women's contributions to Canada and the world. Through this breakfast event, women have the opportunity to meet ordinary women who have interesting and extraordinary stories to share.
This year my special guests were Elen Steinberg, an entrepreneur who provides marketing kiosks in airports, and Carolyn Stark, a young woman who has participated in professional HIV-AIDS internships in India and Toronto. Both women shared their experiences, their challenges and their successes.
Canadian women have made tremendous contributions in the home, in the workplace, and in the community to make Canada a better place for all.