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Community Connects with Amanda Yeung Collucci at Multi-cultural New Years Celebration 

Recently one of the largest gatherings of diverse groups in the community came together to celebrate the New Year in Markham-Unionville with Amanda Yeung Collucci. The well-liked Provincial Liberal candidate for Markham-Unionville joined event hosts, the Markham Unionville Provincial Liberal Association, in welcoming locals to the free event.

Nearly 500 people braved less than ideal weather conditions to join their favourite candidate for a variety of diverse community performances at Angus Glen community centre. Several talented performers of all ages and genres took to the stage to deliver a selection of Chinese and South Asian songs, choreographed dances and even an elegant senior’s fashion show.

The three-hour event was packed with energy, excitement, great dialogue and interaction among the community with Collucci who kicked things off with a brief address. In it, she assured the diverse crowd that she was a representative to them all.

“I represent all of the people in this community, not just one group or ethnic group of people – but every group and every ethnic group of people.”

Amanda Yeung Collucci, Provincial Liberal Candidate Markham-Unionville

Local residents packed the hall and did not falter in their enjoyment of the festivities, even lining up in the hallway to meet with Collucci. Her close bond with the community, established through years of service and active participation, was coined with a duet she performed with local residents on stage.

She also discussed important issues like healthcare, education and programs offered by the government to address them like OHIP+ offering free prescription drugs to anyone 25 and under. Collucci also discussed the benefits of OSAP+ that has already provided free tuition for over 200,000 students from low-income families in Ontario.

Already establishing herself as a voice for seniors in the community, Collucci brought up their challenges in accessing affordable housing, dental care and better transit.  Amanda also advocated for seniors needs during the Ontario Liberals Annual General Meeting in early Feb. in an interview with Premier Kathleen Wynne.

“I have an 85-year-old mother who lives with me and as her daughter, and the main caregiver, I understand the needs of seniors in this community.  Many in Markham lack adequate dental care as their children are not able to cover treatment through their work benefits plan. I think that dental care in high demand, particularly in the Markham area and across York Region. Another pressing issue affecting the stability of individuals, families and seniors in the community is housing; affordable housing and seniors housing.

“An improved transportation system is also necessary to support our seniors in being more active in the community. This will help them to stay healthy both mentally and physically while keeping up with the activities that they enjoy taking part in. I have faith that our Liberal government will continue to develop programs that provide support to vulnerable groups in our community.”

Amanda Yeung Collucci, Provincial Liberal Candidate Markham-Unionville

As a working mom, Amanda also understands the needs of and challenges faced by working women as she has two young children at home and must balance that with a busy career. She recently visited the Welcome Centre Markham, which provides immigration services to newcomers, to share on her journey as an immigrant and a mom. During her visit, Amanda was able to offer advice to local newcomers on integrating into the community, while utilizing the resources available to new immigrants.

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