In November, the trees have lost the last of their yellow leaves in preparation for the coming winter. The nights were chillier and migrating geese are a common sight in the sky. November is also the first full month of the fall Legislature session. My colleagues and I will be working hard on important legislation that benefits Albertans. Recently I announced how opening the process for Albertans to apply for governance positions on provincial agencies, boards and commissions has also made these boards more reflective of Alberta’s diversity. We have worked to actively recruit qualified women. In March 2015, only 32 per cent of board members were women. Today, that number is nearly 48 per cent. Government is still inviting Albertans to join the 5,000 others who have applied for more than 700 positions during the last year at boards.alberta.ca.
Looking back at October, I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. I had the chance to tour the Wellspring Calgary facility, a charity here in Calgary-Varsity that provides non-medical supports for people with cancer. These services include mental wellness, nutrition, recreation, and more, and are available to those who request them. Halloween capped off the month and Triwood Community association hosted a scary and thrilling haunted house. I’d also like to congratulate everyone who participated in the Calgary municipal elections on October 16th for their hard work and commitment to local democracy.
Looking ahead to November there is the Taste of Home Gala on November 2nd, a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House here in Calgary-Varsity. Tickets can be purchased through their website and money raised helps provide temporary accommodation for families of children in hospital. We also mark Remembrance Day to honour the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers in protecting our country.
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