Mr. Speaker, parliamentarians are not often given the chance to be involved in historic events, but on May 2, I took part in something that was both historic and inspiring.
The Jamaican Canadian Association and six other community groups hosted an annual walkathon in Toronto. The walk was organized under the theme, “Walk good—Walking for a Brighter Future”, and it was launched with the goal of raising funds to support locally based initiatives.
I am pleased to say that the event was a great success, and I quote the words of walk chair, Sandra Whiting, “I am over the moon at what this means for our future as a community. It shows we can work together for the good of all”.
I would like to thank the organizations involved, including the Black Business and Professional Association, the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations, Tropicana Community Services, Spelling Bee of Canada, PACE, the Ontario Black History Society and the Jamaican Canadian Association.
I would like to ask all members of the House to join me in congratulating the organizers and volunteers who helped to make this event such a great success.