Thank you from Michael Barrett, M.P.

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During these trying times the residents of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes have risen to the challenge. They have made sacrifices and gone above and beyond to make the lives of their neighbours better and to keep our community safe.

It would be impossible to list everyone who has emerged as a community hero, but I would like to highlight a few. Like Lily, an eight-year-old from Elgin who raised money for her local food bank by building and selling squirrel picnic tables. Or Louise Boardman from Spencerville who is making masks for long term care facilities and selling others to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Action Association.

The Knights of Columbus in Prescott raised funds and are distributing some $27,000 to charitable groups throughout the region. And the Knights of Columbus in Kemptville are working overtime operating the local food bank. And who can forget our top-notch healthcare workers like Hannah and Mary at the Brockville COVID-19 testing site.

It is the people that make Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes great. To everyone working to make a difference, and all our essential workers, thank you.

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