Mary May Simon visits Ottawa Mission

Governor general says Ottawa homeless shelter and food centre is ‘vital in supporting our most vulnerable’

Gov. Gen. Mary May Simon (centre) and her husband, Whit Fraser (right), served prepared food and groceries to clients of the Ottawa Mission ahead of Thanksgiving weekend. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)

By Jeff Pelletier - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Gov. Gen. Mary May Simon and her husband, Whit Fraser, started off their Thanksgiving weekend with a visit to an Ottawa homeless shelter and food centre.

Every day, hundreds of homeless people line up to receive free food and groceries from the Ottawa Mission. May Simon and Fraser spent part of Friday morning greeting the mission’s clients and touring the facilities.

“The Ottawa Mission, and similar community organizations across the country, are vital in supporting our most vulnerable,” May Simon said in a statement. “Thank you to all those who make this happen on a daily basis, and help shape a positive future for their communities.”

Indigenous people represent up to 34 per cent of homeless shelter populations, according to a 2018 report from the mission.

“At the Ottawa Mission, we offer culturally safe and appropriate programs to meet the needs of our Indigenous clients,” the organization tweeted last week on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The organization also provides Inuit-specific mental health services in co-operation with Tungasuvvingat Inuit.

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(7) Comments:

  1. Posted by proud on

    I think that is wonderful, Queen representative to Canada supporting the front line and seeing the less fortunate folks. Whit being the model husband as always!

    Proud day to be Inuk!

    • Posted by Amedextrous on

      Proud as an inuk
      a husband can be
      An awesome,
      an example of
      human beings,
      To his wife,
      as an
      Example to human kind
      Of good humanity

      • Posted by Inuapik on

        She is a beautiful example to all inuit. Her majesty’s representive to the decendant of King David….Queen Elizabeth….i kneel down in honor as her royal subject.

        • Posted by PROUD INUK on

          I say after the queen dies , we should become a republic.

        • Posted by Attasi Pilurtuut on

          She is indeed caring and forgiving person with big ?
          I am proud of her work for all human kind on this earth.

        • Posted by KUUJJUAMIUK on

          Mary is a decendant of Bob and Nancy not Dave.

  2. Posted by Kanayuq on

    Just Wonderful and Grateful thanksgiving Story.

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