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, MLA St. Norbert
July 15, 2013

Nelson Mandela International Day

Mr. Speaker, July 18 marks the birthday of an incredible man who has fought for the rights of humanity, contributing to the culture of peace and freedom internationally, former South African President Nelson Mandela.

As Nelson Mandela remains in hospital in critical condition, people throughout the world will celebrate Mr. Mandela's birthday with a day dedicated to his life's work.

Every year, the Nelson Mandela Foundation encourages people to join together in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, ensuring his legacy lives on and in building a global movement for good, inspiring individuals to help change the world for a better one, one action at a time.

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day, recognizing the contributions Mr. Mandela made in the field of conflict resolution, race relations, promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and rights of children, among others.

Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years to bring change to the people of South Africa. He spent his life fighting for the rights of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner for 27 years, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. On Nelson Mandela Day, the Nelson Mandela Foundation asks individuals to devote 67 minutes of their time, one minute for every year Mandela dedicated to public service in the community, and make a goal of doing something good for others on that day.

Mr. Mandela said that we can change the world and make it a better place. It's in your hands to make a difference. Mr. Speaker, each person has the ability to make a difference in their community. One small act of kindness can have immeasurable impacts on the lives of others. Let's continue to work to make our province and world a better place for every person.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.