MNO Veterans’ Senator Kennedy with
the Honourable David C. Onley and
wife Ruth Ann Onley.
Métis veterans started the New Year by attending levées that increased their visibility in communities throughout the province.
Levées are New Year’s Day social events traditionally held by representatives of the Crown but can be also be hosted by other officials. This tradition dates back to the 18th century, originating in France.
One levée was held by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable David C. Onley. This will be his last levée as his term is nearing completion.
Held at Queen’s Park in Toronto, the event was well attended by Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizens including MNO Veterans’ Senator Dr. Alis Kennedy C.D., O.M.C..
MNO Veterans’ Council President
Joseph Paquette with Missisauga
Mayor Hazel McCallion.
MNO veterans also attended a levée in honour of Her Worship, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. Celebrating her 36 years in office, the event marked Mayor McCallion’s last levée. Held at the Mississauga Civic Centre, the event was attended by many, including MNO Veterans’ Council President Joseph Paquette.