A sign that summer is indeed over came to me in the form of relinquishing Winnipeg Harvest’s Grow-A-Row garden bins which had been sitting outside of my constituency office for the summer.
The beets and carrots still had a little more growing to do, but Winnipeg Harvest didn’t scorn my gardening ability and graciously accepted all of the produce at their wrap-up event recently, hosted by the Winnipeg Airports Authority. Having the blue bin garden in front of the office sparked much curiosity about the Grow-A-Row program, which redistributes homegrown vegetables to people who need emergency food. I encourage anyone interested in growing a box or two to commit for next year’s growing season. Winnipeg Harvest makes it very easy to do!
With the summer session in the Legislature having just ended on Sept. 13, the past several months have found me rushing back and forth frequently between community events and my Legislative commitments. I also had the opportunity to announce investments in St. James through the province’s Winnipeg Community Infrastructure Program. The recipients of the grants included community centres, daycares, and the St. James Village BIZ, all of whom will be putting this money toward improvements and projects that will directly benefit our community.
Now that school is back in session, my own son began his full day experience of Grade 1. He already informed me that he felt that the first week was enough school for him. I didn’t have the heart to tell him just how much more he had to look forward to! I suppose I could compare the length of his future education to the life of Linwood School, which is turning 100 this year.
That might give him some perspective (especially as he recently asked me if I was 100 years old yet!). Linwood School is celebrating its centennial year in a big way. There are numerous events taking place, including an open house, a reunion social for alumni, an afternoon tea, a reunion dinner and a pancake breakfast.
If you are interested in attending, please visit www.linwoodreunion.com, or give my office a call at 204-415-0883. I will be attending some of the events, and at one of them will be in the company of Linwood School alumni, Premier Selinger! Hope to see you there, too.