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Newsletter February 9

London is watching closely and cheering on our local athletes at the 2019 Winter Olympics in South Korea. 

There’s so much hometown talent in PyeongChang. The Canadian flag bearers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue have hometown roots and we’re very much looking forward to watching them take the ice soon.

Keeping that ice pristine is London based Zamboni Driver Art Johnston.

We’re well represented in the bobsleigh competitions with Alex Kopacz and Josh Kirkpatrick and with Mark Ideson in curling.

This is such an exciting time for Canadians and Londoners as we go for gold. We’re already so proud.

February is Black History Month. The City of London’s Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Committee hosted a celebration event early this week.

This year’s focus is on education and resilience and there are so many stories of just that from right here in London.

Black History Month is a time to recognize the incredible achievements of the black community throughout history locally and abroad. 

It’s been amazing to see this community rally behind The Grand Theatre and its high school production Prom Queen.

It was an honour to join everyone at The Grand this week to show support for the important story.

My most sincere thanks to those who have supported this important production and been part of the conversation surrounding LGBT+ rights.



Matt Brown


One Book One London kick off at the London Public Library


Karen Schuessler Singer's Singathon at Cherry Hill Mall

Events and Occasions:

  • Participated in the CANuary Food Drive
  • Spoke at London’s Black History Month Opening Ceremonies
  • Conducted Karen Schuessler Singer’s Singathon
  • Attended Oakride’s Optimist Trivia Night
  • Attended the book launch of “Brother” by Canadian author David Chariandy (One Book, One London)
  • Attended the Special CPSC Meeting
  • Attended a practice session at Boler Mountain with the Special Olympics “London Skiracers”, there are currently 8 athletes training to compete to quality for the Provincial Games taking place in Sault Ste Marie in 2019
  • Meeting with Paul and Martha from E&E McGaulghlin
  • Meeting with Jimal Bahbah, Ab Chanbar, and Mazen Shahatto
  • Meeting with the London International Academy
  • Meeting with James Booth
  • Attended the launch of the 2018 High School Project: Prom Queen
  • Meeting with Sam Badawi
  • Meeting with Public Affairs Officer Anne Seshadri, and Cultural Specialist Claudia Valladolid of the US Consul General
  • Meeting with the Youth Empowerment Team


Great discussion with the Youth Empowerment team from WAYS Mental Health Support  



Thank you to Anne Lee Seshadri and Claudia Lizbeth Valladolid from the U.S. Consulate for meeting to discuss my recent trip to Washington D.C.

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