OTTAWA (ON), December 22, 2021 /CNW/ – I would like to thank the members of the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as all Canadians working in the foreign service, for their extraordinary commitment to our country. Their work continues to make a difference every day.

This year I had the opportunity to participate in my first Remembrance Day ceremony as Commander-in-Chief. I saw the pride of members of Parliament in serving our country. I have met veterans who have given everything to Canada. It was inspiring. It was humiliating.

Today, our Canadian Armed Forces, along with our diplomats, face new threats at home and abroad, not the least of which is the COVID 19 pandemic and the devastation caused by climate change.

COVID-19 has changed the way we deliver essential aid and how we protect each other. As we keep hope in our hearts and masks on our faces, we are working alongside the global community to provide equipment, vaccines and resources to fight the virus. Additionally, we continue to work with international partners to fight climate change, grateful to those on the front lines who are ready to help.

To all of you, we appreciate your selflessness and sacrifices, especially those away from family and friends at this time of year. Your support and dedication do not go unnoticed.

However and wherever you celebrate, I hope you have a healthy and safe New Year.

Mary Simon

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