Now that summer is finally here, I hope you are able to enjoy the fine weather by walking or cycling through our stunning tree-shaded neighbourhoods; or by spending an afternoon at one of our always-improving park pools or splash pads.
While you are appreciating time outdoors, there will be teams of dedicated young people making sure our streets and parks are well maintained, thanks to our provincial government’s Urban Green Team program.
Manitoba’s 2014 summer employment programs are creating more than 3,600 jobs for young people across the province. Our government allocated an additional $500,000 for Green Teams this year, resulting in 110 new positions, higher wages, and more hours for employees.
There will be numerous Green Teams working throughout our community this summer, including one sponsored by the Merchants Between the Parks business association on Main Street.
The North Main Street Green Team will be responsible for picking up litter and recyclables on our streets, back lanes and boulevards, as well as cleaning up graffiti and keeping a watchful eye on our neighbourhood. They will also pitch in to help local organizations and businesses with their summer beautification projects and maintain our community flowerbeds.
One of the key reasons we have been able to rid Main Street of graffiti is due to the ongoing vigilance and removal efforts by Green Teams in past years. This year the Green Team will tackle more Main Street back lane graffiti.
Green Teams are great for communities and youth alike. Communities benefit from the hours of work they put in to maintaining our public spaces. Green Team employees in turn receive meaningful work experience and an opportunity to get involved in their community — building the leaders of tomorrow.
Thank you to this year’s Green Team in advance for your work. I hope your investment in our community is a fulfilling experience for you, and that it helps prepare you for a brighter future.
Your work makes the rest of us even more proud to live in North Winnipeg.
If you have any questions about the Green Team, please call my Community Office at 204-582-1550 or email us at Gord.Mackintosh@YourManitoba.ca