As Canadians, we are proud to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, strong and free country we are today. Elmwood-Transcona is hosting many upcoming events to celebrate our great community and all that we have accomplished.
Transcona Hi Neighbour Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary this year from June 6 to 8. I am pleased to have participated in this wonderful event and enjoyed this unique opportunity to celebrate Transcona’s local history and heritage. Huge congratulations are in order for all of the organizers and volunteers involved in making this celebration the tremendous success that it was.
Happy Days on Henderson will be taking place on June 14 this year on the grounds of Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute. This is an excellent opportunity for residents to connect and celebrate the many good things happening in the community.
We also have Celebrate Canada events taking place in the riding this summer. The Elmwood Community Resource Centre (ECRC) Celebrate Canada event is being held on June 27 at Ernie O’Dowda Park. The Transcona Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) is also planning a Canada Day celebration in the new Transcona Centennial Square on July 1 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. These are very welcomed celebrations and I am proud that our government provided funding support for these activities through our Celebrate Canada program.
The diversity in our community is truly one of our greatest strengths. Much of our community is made up of immigrants, some very recently and others who have established roots in our community for many generations. Many people have come here in search of new opportunity and a better life. These newcomers have brought to Canada valuable skills and have helped build our community.
Among these immigrant groups Elmwood-Transcona is home to thousands of people of Ukrainian descent. I am proud that our government has been a leader in the international community in support of Ukrainians and their aspirations for a peaceful, democratic and prosperous society. I am very honoured to have recently travelled to Ukraine as an election observer for Canada’s Election Observation Mission to help assist in a free and fair election process.
Canada is known around the world as a diverse and welcoming society that guarantees the fundamental rights of every individual. It is important that we take the time to reflect on our rich national multicultural heritage and participate in activities celebrating our remarkable diversity. If my office can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at 204.984.2499 or by email: Lawrence.Toet@parl.gc.ca.