Mr. Speaker,

I`d like to draw to the attention of the House of Commons a couple of important events in my riding of Wellington-Halton Hills.

As past Chair of the Board, I am proud that the Elora Festival Singers and conductor Noel Edison were recently nominated for a Grammy Award for a 2010 recording of the music of Eric Whitacre, in the “Best Small Ensemble Performance” category.

While the Grammy award went to another nominee, the nomination has put this local Southwestern Ontario choral choir on the map. While we locals always knew that the village of Elora had a world-class choral choir, now the rest of the world knows as well.

I`d also like to congratulate the Acton Scouts and Guides on their centenary. There have been 100 years of Scouting in Acton.

Scouts is one of Canada`s leading youth organizations, offering programs for boys and girls from ages 5 and up in towns and cities across this great land. Over 74,000 young people are in Scouts, which are provided by 23,000 volunteers, and Acton has been part of this proud tradition for one hundred years.

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