Summer is finally here.
I would usually be telling you about the eight end-of-year school celebrations that I am always so delighted to attend, but this year my daughter graduated from Grade 12 on the same day as a number of schools held their big events. I was sad to miss them, but excited to see my daughter celebrate a major transition in her life.
Yesterday, I attended the Canada Day celebration at Elwick Community School, organized by the amazing women who work at Elwick Village Resource Centre. This year, the resource centre was faced with some federal funding cuts that usually help pay an honorarium to the event’s wonderful performers. Not discouraged by this, we reached out to the community to see if people would perform for free as a community service. No surprise — they did! It was a great event with an eclectic variety of performers. Thank you to all those who help make this a vibrant and exciting celebration of our country.
I also recently attended the unveiling of a spectacular mural designed and painted by Grade 9 students on the exterior of Andrew Mynarski VC School. The 10-foot-high mural depicts Andrew Mynarski, a recipient of the Victoria Cross who died saving a fellow Royal Canadian Air Force office during the Second World War. The mural is stunning. It’s visible driving down McPhillips, so I encourage you to check it out.
You might also have noticed the completion of the new playground at King Edward School. Go down and enjoy this beautiful, community space. Those new swings work for all ages!
Also completed this spring is the Medicine Wheel teaching garden at Shaughnessy Park School. This will not only provide the students an opportunity to connect with nature through a hands-on approach in an outdoor setting, but gives the surrounding community a great spot in which to relax and enjoy the outdoors. This was part of a $7.5-million provincial grant to develop community recreation spaces, which also provided funding to the Maples Recreation Centre, Northwood Community Centre and the Norwest Community Food Centre.
If I missed you at these events, I will be going door-to-door throughout the Burrows constituency this summer to chat with as many people as I can about their priorities.
If you’ve got something on your mind, you can also call us at 204-421-9414 or come visit our office. You can also visit Melaniewightmla on Facebook to check out what going on in the community.