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KENYA ATHLETES DOMINATE OTTAWA MARATHON

KENYA ATHLETES DOMINATE OTTAWA MARATHON

The Tamarack Ottawa race weekend took place from May 23nd – 24th 2015. It attracted about 48,000 competitors from all walks of life to participate in the various races ranging from, full and half marathon, including the wheelchair marathon, in addition to the 10k and 5k and the 2 k family race.

Kenya participated in the event by presenting 25 elite athletes for the 10k and the 42k Marathon race. The Kenyan athletes performed extremely well where they took the first four positions led by Mr. Nicholas Bor in the 10k race for men and the ladies took the first and second position led by Ms Gladys Cherono.

For the 42k Philip Kangogo and Ms Rebecca Chesire got the silver medal for both the men and women second to Ethiopians who won the first and third positions in both the men and women races.

The High Commission led by H.E the High Commissioner of Kenya to Canada, Amb. John L. Lanyasunya participated in the event by providing moral support and being there to cheer the athletes during all the races. The Mission also provided Kenyan tea to be served at the VIP tent. Many Kenyans in Diaspora and fans of Kenya in Ottawa also came in large numbers to cheer the athletes.

After the Marathon race, H.E the High Commissioner, hosted the athletes to a luncheon at the Ottawa Marriot Hotel. Hon. Wesley Korir MP, who was a participant in the race, spoke during the luncheon on behalf of the athletes. The whole weekend event was very colourful and successful.

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Kenyan Diaspora Planned Activities in Canada

The Kenyan Diaspora is a key pillar in Kenya’s Foreign Policy as the government realizes and appreciates its important contribution towards national development. The milestones made by the government towards enhancing Diaspora engagement culminated in the development of Kenya’s

Diaspora policy which was launched recently. The recently concluded Diaspora Easter Investment Conference 2015 held in Nairobi and attended by over 1000 delegates is a key achievement.

The conference received immense support from all the stakeholders creating a renewed partnership between them, the Diaspora and the government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is keen on sustaining the momentum created by the conference by supporting Kenyan Diaspora initiatives all over the world.

Consequently, this Mission is requesting all the Kenyan Community Organizations in Canada to submit all their planned activities for the remaining part of 2015 such as conferences, investment forums and Town Hall Meetings. This will enable the Ministry and the Mission to plan the activities as well as share information with the Kenyan Private sector and other Stakeholders who are keen in participating in the same.

The organizations should also nominate Focal points and submit their details for ease of communication between this mission and the Diaspora organizations. The Schedule of events and the details of the focal point should be sent by email to: jk.cheruiyot@kenyahighcommission.ca

Kindly treat this as urgent.