Dear H2O Pumassi Board of Directors and Community,
Thank you for your warm welcome to Korea, hosting me for lunch and also inviting me to speak at Han Young Foreign High School. It was a pl...easure to see the dedicated Pumassi team as well as be reunited with some of the students and supervisors.
As a former educator, it was my sincere pleasure to empower the students to be visionaries and global leaders by fulfilling their destiny. As the leaders of tomorrow, it will be their creativity, ingenuity and determination that will shape our world for generations to come.
I am pleased to share that Canada and the Republic of Korea are on track to bring the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement into force on January 1, 2015, following the ratification of the FTA Bill in both Houses of Parliament on November 25th and the National Assembly on December 2nd.
The CKFTA is a milestone in Canada and Korea’s diplomatic relationship founded on a century of sacrifice, service and tireless dedication. We now look ahead to the goals and vision for the next 50 years of friendship and diplomatic relations.
Lastly, I am so honoured to hear news of the award that is being bestowed on me and my colleague Barry Devolin. It is my true blessing to had the opportunity to work closely with all of you and become part of the Pumassi family. If I am able to return to Seoul in February, I will humbly accept on behalf of my dedicated staff and all the volunteers who made the Canadian "Thank you from Korea" tour a success.
On behalf of the Senate of Canada, I wish all members of H2O Pumassi a Merry Christmas and another successful year ahead.
The Honourable Yonah Martin
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Co-Chair, Canada Korea Inter-Parliamentary Group