On 17th June, Ināra Eihenbauma, the spouse of the Latvian Ambassador to Canada, delivered another batch of hand-crafted masks to the Perley Rideau Veterans' Health Centre in Ottawa.
Since March, Ināra has been working on a charity project: sewing and donating homemade face masks as her personal contribution against COVID-19. Her face masks are reusable, and designed with washability in mind.
Ināra's first batch to the centre, delivered in May, was commended and a request was extended for additional masks. Mrs. Eihenbauma has supported the centre as a volunteer in many other ways, and she remarks that this is all but a small contribution to those who have defended our ideals and freedoms with their service.
Many of the centre's residents have been stationed all around the world, while some even served in the Second World War.
For the past few years, the Latvian Embassy has had a very wholesome relationship with Ottawa’s main veteran centre. Ambassador Kārlis Eihenbaums, Mrs. Ināra Eihenbauma, and the Latvian Defence Attaché, Colonel Agris Ozoliņš, have frequently visited and met with the veterans at the centre.
The Embassy has also supported several charity events at the centre, and organised a handful of popular concerts by Latvian military bands.
During these difficult times, it is more important than ever for us to reflect on and to support those who made sure that we could live safely and freely. Thank you for your service!