As an MLA, I get to visit with people out of the province who are not familiar with our region.
When I do, I tell them about all kinds of Winnipeg "firsts," and now a lot more can be added to that list, as Winnipeg continues to build its vibrant history of great accomplishments.
Winnipeg is known for both private and public sector innovation. For example, General Electric recently moved their jet engine testing facility to Winnipeg. This means that all three major jet engine companies in the world test their jet engines in Manitoba, given that Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney already test here.
In terms of public sector innovation, did you know that Winnipeg was the first city in North America to utilize a central emergency phone system?
Furthermore, one of the largest crops grown in the world was developed by Dr. Baldur Stefansson at the University of Manitoba. He helped develop canola, which helps provide a healthy source of edible oil.
One way to harbour future innovation and Winnipeg "firsts" is to have a vibrant education system. West Kildonan Collegiate is a prime example of this in our constituency. They have used an innovative approach by working with the local community when building the school.
The key design objectives were to create small learning communities, an active student commons/multi-purpose room, gymnasium teaching stations, a state of the art home economics/family studies program and an integrated daycare program. The school’s "guiding principles" arranged everything to be an inviting and inspiring place for students and staff to learn and collaborate.
There is much more that our community has to offer. The future can and will be developed by us. We have proven this in the past and we can do it moving forward with our spirit of co-operation, our energy and our kindness. This is undoubtedly part of the "Manitoba Advantage."
If you ever need my assistance, or would like to talk about issues that are important to our community, please contact my constituency office at 204-334-5060 or at Dave.Chomiak@yourmanitoba.ca