I would like to congratulate all the June graduates this year.
It is amazing the breadth of knowledge, volunteerism and commitment that was evident in this 2013 graduating class. Congratulations to the students who received an MLA Peacekeeper Award.
These certificates recognize and reward students who represent a commitment to peacekeeping through nonviolent conflict resolution, co-operation and the principles of fair play in the classroom and school community.
I would also like to congratulate all other students who won awards or scholarships for their hard work.
This summer, many students are busy with the help of employment programs such as STEP Services, Manitoba’s MB4Youth employment programs, Career Focus, Green Team, Manitoba Youth Job Centres, and Odd Job Squad. Through summer employment, young people are able to acquire many skills with the possibility for setting direction for future employment or educational options. The Green Team has been active in our community for many years, keeping the grass cut at the community centres and providing many hours of activity for young children.
As the long, hot summer vacation days have already begun, many children are enjoying the new splash pad at the St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool. This new activity in our neighbourhood will provide many hours of summer fun.
Also, walking groups, families and bike riders have now incorporated the Yellow Ribbon Trail and other trails into their summer plans. These new recreational possibilities ensure that everyone can stay active and healthy, making my job as Healthy Living Minister easier.
Over the years, many people have raised concerns about the state of our area’s social housing. As you may have noticed, these buildings have received or are receiving upgrades inside and out.
Investment in social housing and supports for low-income families will continue through the Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan. New investments in local parks, recreation facilities and roads will continue to improve our community.
This summer I will continue to canvass homes and hold events around the constituency — this allows me to stay connected. I look forward to speaking with as many of you as I can. Come out and share your thoughts and ideas about what more we can do for our community.