CTV News chief anchor Omar Sachedina acknowledges important mentorship provided by Lisa LaFlamme

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      The new chief anchor and senior editor of CTV National News offered a thank-you to his predecessor in his first broadcast in his new role.

      In a message at the end of the show, Omar Sachedina thanked Lisa LaFlamme, whose contract was not renewed, for her inspiration and mentorship.

      "Like many of you, I really wish Lisa's goodbye could have been from here," Sachedina said.

      He also said that a half a century ago, his parents were expelled from Uganda and were welcomed by compassionate Canadians.

      "It validates the promise of possibility," Sachedina said. "But I'm just one part of a tireless team determined to share stories with you about what matters to Canadians and brings us together."

      Video: Watch Omar Sachedina's message of appreciation to Lisa LaFlamme.