Sunshine on the Hill
Sunshine on the Hill
June 17, 2016
This past week, representatives from The Sunshine Foundation of Canada travelled to Ottawa for the 2nd annual Sunshine on the Hill, an event to engage in discussions with Members of Parliament on how to support making dreams come true for kids. Sunshine CEO, Nancy Sutherland, Board President and Vice President Greg King and The Honourable Ed Holder, as well as Sunshine staff were all on hand to meet and greet with the distinguished audience in a reception hosted by The Speaker of the House, The Honourable Geoff Regan.
“We are so thankful to The Honourable Mr. Regan and his staff for making Sunshine feel so welcome at Parliament and for all of their assistance in making Sunshine on the Hill a great success,” says Nancy Sutherland. Mr. Regan introduced the organization and their mission in the Speaker’s Salon to Members of Parliament and guests from across Canada.
The Honourable Ed Holder, The Honourable Geoff Regan, Nancy Sutherland
Sunshine was honored to be joined by the Rondeau family - Neil, Christine, Carol, Dylan, Joelle, and Adrianna, who shared their Sunshine Dreams with the audience and got to speak one-on-one with several guests. “The Rondeau’s are a special Sunshine Family,” says Sutherland. “Joelle received her Sunshine Dream to go to American Idol in 2011 and their daughter Adrianna’s Sunshine Dream to meet The Flash is currently being coordinated. Their parents were able to share with the audience the true impact that these experiences has on their family. We’re so grateful to have them come out and support making dreams come true for more families like theirs.”
As a thank you to attendees, Sunshine provided each Member of Parliament with a Sunshine Bear from the WINNERS/HomeSense Spread a Little Sunshine Campaign. As the MP’s were called to vote, several Sunshine Bears were seen in the House of Commons – a first for Sunshine Bear!
In addition to the reception, Sunshine representatives were privileged to meet with several MP’s to have specific discussions on how to get their communities involved in some upcoming events in the region.
“It was a great opportunity for Sunshine to connect with the Federal Government,” says Sutherland. “We look forward to building on those connections to help us spread the Sunshine message and engage more with the community.”
See more pictures from the 2nd annual Sunshine on the Hill on our Facebook page.