Mr. Speaker, one of the many reasons Fredericton is such a vibrant community is the dynamism of the people: the leaders, the dreamers and the doers.
Today I am so proud to celebrate the achievements of a few of them whom I have the honour to represent here in this House. Keith Lyon, the recipient of the Champion of Mental Health Award for sharing his journey with schizophrenia and donating proceeds from his four children’s books to the psychiatric unit that helped him.
Natasha Dhayagude, founder of Chinova Bioworks, was named as a semi-finalist for the CANIE Entrepreneur of the Year Award for creating a natural alternative to artificial food preservatives.
Earlier this month, a four-person team representing the Fredericton Fire Department won the Canadian FireFit Championships. Running, climbing stairs, hoisting hoses and saving lives, the competition is done in full gear to simulate actual field conditions.
Candy Paul of the Under One Sky friendship centre won a Prime Minister’s award for excellence in early childhood education, and Angela D’Entremont and Shauna Kelly from Park Street elementary school each won an award for teaching excellence.
I invite everyone to join me in congratulating these Frederictonians on their achievements.