Hon. Terry M. Mercer (Acting Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, on behalf of the independent Senate Liberals, I would like to welcome our two new colleagues: Mary Coyle, from my home province of Nova Scotia; and Mary Jane McCallum, from Manitoba.
Senator Mary Coyle has had an eminent career in the post-secondary education and non-profit sectors, notably serving as Vice-President and Director of St. Francis Xavier’s Coady International Institute and as Executive Director of the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.
The Honourable Mary Jane McCallum, who is believed to be the first female indigenous dentist accredited in Canada, is a strong advocate for social justice who has, amongst many other things, provided dental care to First Nations communities across Manitoba.
This place is full of dedicated, experienced and hard-working senators on all sides of the chamber. We are proud to serve in the Senate, trying to make our provinces, our regions and the country a better place for everyone.
I hope that you both, Senator Coyle and Senator McCallum, will take in your new surroundings and learn all you can about the Senate and the people working in it.
I encourage you both to find your niche and use your experiences to add to what we do here. I, in fact, have no doubt that each of you will put your talents and expertise to good use as we go forward together.
Welcome to the Senate of Canada. Enjoy every minute of it.