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Connecting with neighbours at Grant’s Old Mill

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Kirkfield Park MLA Sharon Blady (far left) and Premier Greg Selinger (back row centre, standing) chat with constituents at the community barbecue held at Grant’s Old Mill in August.

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Kirkfield Park MLA Sharon Blady (far left) and Premier Greg Selinger (back row centre, standing) chat with constituents at the community barbecue held at Grant’s Old Mill in August. Photo Store

September has begun and many of us are easing into the familiar back-to-school routine. How quickly time goes by!

Every summer I try to host at least two community barbecues. They’re a great opportunity to connect with old friends and new faces in Kirkfield Park and to chat about the issues at the top of your mind.  

I hosted the first barbecue in July at the Historical Museum of St James-Assiniboia. With winds, rain and even a tornado watch, the weather certainly did not seem to want to co-operate, but I’m glad that many people braved Mother Nature to come by!  Luckily, the museum has great indoor facilities that sheltered us from the rain.

Thankfully, the second barbecue had beautiful weather! Community members came together for a hot dog, a beverage and a chat at the historic Grant’s Old Mill in mid-August. Even the Premier came out to talk about some of the great things going on in our neighbourhood.  
To all the volunteers who helped with these barbecues, thank you so much—I would not be able to hold them without you.  

Thank you as well as to the Historical Museum of St James-Assiniboia and to the St. James-Assiniboia Pioneer Association, who run Grant’s Old Mill, for graciously hosting us. Both of these beautiful historical sites have hosted community events of their own this summer, which I very much enjoyed attending.  

The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia held its annual Pioneer Heritage Day in July. This free event’s historical exhibits, displays and pioneer games from the 1890s transformed the museum site into a time-travelling settler experience right on Portage Avenue.

The St. James-Assiniboia Pioneer Association held its Pioneer Picnic in August at Grant’s Old Mill. This year, we were treated to musical entertainment by the Contra Band, as well as hot dogs, ice cream and bannock. This annual picnic is a wonderful chance to enjoy the beautiful park while learning about flour milling, Cuthbert Grant and the fur trade.

Community barbecues, celebrations and gatherings provide valuable opportunities to get to know our neighbours, share our stories and learn more about what we have in common. Ultimately, this makes our community stronger. These are all annual events, so remember to stay tuned next year for more information. I look forward to seeing you!

I would love to hear from other community organizations interested in hosting an event with us. Feel free to contact my office at 204-832-2318 or email Sharon.Blady@YourManitoba.ca

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