Sophocles understood the value of working for others when he said "To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task," ages and ages ago.
This quote gets at the heart of why I ran for office, as a very hands-on type of person. It was to do good things for our community.
I wanted to share a few of the projects my office has started which directly benefit our community.
Last year I heard of the need for winter wear in our area and started collecting gently used winter gear, like toques, mittens, ski pants and jackets. I was pleasantly surprised by the response and collected bags upon bags of winter wear for children in our community. After sharing this idea at a local parent council meeting, a principal said she would love to use this as a learning experience for the kids. She suggested that kids at her school could get involved by helping clean the collected clothing and distribute it to those children in need.
I am happy to say that many children were able to stay warm and play outside during this past nasty winter thanks to all the donated clothing and thanks to the volunteerism of these kids.
Even though winter is ending, we’re still collecting gear. You can bring any winter clothes your family no longer needs down to my office and help out a great cause.
We have also provided the Community Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Program again for St. Norbert residents. This service is free for couples whose combined income does not exceed $35,000, for individuals earning $30,000 or less and for single parents with incomes of $35,000 or less. This year we helped over 60 members of our community prepare their tax returns.
My office is starting a new initiative this upcoming fall. We are organizing a book sale fundraiser, where all the proceeds will be going to a group of St. Norbert high school students travelling to Kenya on a humanitarian aid mission.
This is where you can help out. On Sat., Oct. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m., I will host a used book sale and free barbecue where we can have a fun time and help a great cause.
But you don’t need to wait until October to donate. Drop off books starting this week to my office at 3489 Pembina Highway. Be sure to call my office first at 204-269-1794 first to make sure we aren’t out in our community. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.