While for me summertime means spending time with my kids, and cooking burgers on the barbecue, it also means it’s time to knock on some doors.
It’s very important to me to talk to as many people as I can, face-to-face, so my goal this summer is to visit every neighbourhood in Kirkfield Park.
It is such a privilege to reconnect with people in our community. At one house, a little boy opened the door, looked at me and said: "You’re Sharon Blady. You were at my school’s grad!" and then told me how much he was looking forward to I Love to Read Month — another time of year I visit as many schools as I can.
I knocked on another door and it was a gentleman my office had recently helped with a difficult concern. He was happy to share that everything worked out for him. If you’re ever having a problem or are confused about how a government service works, you can always give our constituency office a call.
Door-knocking is also a great way to meet new neighbours, whether they’re new to Manitoba or just to this side of town. Having grown up right here in west Winnipeg, I also often meet people from school, including my old vice-principal from what used to be called Collège Silver Heights Collegiate (now known as Collège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate).
There’s a lot of excitement right now around the opening of the new ACCESS Centre at Grace Hospital. We are also in active development of the first community-based MRI and the brand new emergency department at the Grace, which will mean better emergency care for families and seniors in the area. It has been great talking to nearby residents about being able to bring state-of-the-art medical care so close to home.
I’ve also been letting people know about the progress on redeveloping the Kirkfield Westwood Community Centre. They are currently doing a feasibility study to bring this community hub into the 21st century. Many possibilities are being explored — options for sports arenas, child care centres, and more. It is inspiring to see the passion people have for redeveloping the KWCC and for deciding what our community needs most for the future.
Meeting people in the community is a huge part of why I love my job. It is so important to talk with your neighbours and constituents, to listen to the insight they offer, and to let their ideas energize you for the work ahead.
If I missed you, feel free to give my office a call at 204-832-2318 or stop by for a visit at Unit B-3059 Portage Ave. See you on the doorstep!