I had the opportunity to speak in Parliament on the contributions of many churches in Nepean for the Big Give. The text of the speech reads as follows:
I rise today to recognize an Ottawa initiative called ‘The Big Give’ which was launched in 2009 by Kathy Blakely. Organized by churches, it is basically a garage sale where all items are free.On Saturday, June 2nd, 130 churches participated Canada wide in this great initiative.
In my riding of Nepean, 10 churches from Barrhaven to Bells Corners offered everything from furniture, clothes, toys, appliances, bbqs, car washes, esthetics, bouncy castles and more! – all free.
Thank you to organizers and volunteers of this year’s Big Give at
Bibleway Ministries International
Cedarview Alliance Church
Emmanuel Alliance Church
Good Shepherd Barrhaven
Living Waters Christian Assembly
Longfields Community Church
Metropolitan Bible Church
The Church of Pentecost, Ottawa
Sequoia Community Church and
It was a wonderful day when everybody in the community come together to help one another.
Thank you Mr. Speaker.”