Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to two remarkable women in my Mount Royal riding.
Bracha Chetrit-Tritt was born in Jerusalem and came to Canada in 1962. She was a teacher for 35 years. Bracha has been an exemplary community volunteer, was involved in both federal and provincial politics for 30 years and was a founding member of the Group of 35 in the struggle for Soviet Jewry.
To a proud mother and grandmother, a happy 80th birthday.
Grunia Slutzky-Kohn was born in Belarus in 1928, fled the Nazis during the Shoah, and came to Canada in 1972. She became a prolific and gifted poet and writer about the Holocaust, children and peace, and is about to publish her tenth book as a tribute to her beloved Canada, in three languages.
Happy 83rd birthday, Grunia.
Ad mea ve'esrim. To 120 to both of them. We wish you all the best.