Honourable Senators, it is with great honour that I rise today to recognize the tremendous contributions of the Senate Protective Services.
Last Friday June 19, the Senate Protective Services held the 19th Annual Golf Tournament at the Mont Cascades Golf Club. I had the absolute pleasure to be the Honorary Chair of this important event, which has fundraised over $70,000 in support of the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) program and many other Canadian charities over nearly two decades.
All funds collected this year will benefit the Canadian Cancer Society, which estimates that “nearly half of Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime.” Here on Parliament Hill, we all know people whose lives have been impacted by this disease – including our late Speaker, the Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin. I therefore want to express my heartfelt appreciation towards the organizers and supporters involved in this year’s Golf Tournament, in particular Mike McDonald, Director of Corporate Security of the Senate Protective Services.
After 19 successful editions, the Golf Tournament comes to its final edition this year. As many of us are already aware, the House of Commons and Senate security services have been integrated under the operational command of an RCMP-led Parliamentary Protective Service. I am certain that we will all benefit from this strong partnership, and look forward to future editions of this event under a new banner.
To conclude, I would like to express my profound gratitude for the men and women of the Senate Protective Services, who put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect us. I thank each of them for their service and dedication to public safety. Additionally, I would like to commend them for their efforts to raise awareness and funds for a cause that is very close to our hearts.
Thank you, Merci.
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