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Newcomers add much to community

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This October, I celebrated my second year as MLA for Tyndall Park.  

The Weston Community Centre has now launched a zumba dance/exercise class. Zumba is a dance fitness program, adopted from Colombia, which combines dance with aerobic elements. This is now a regular activity in Weston every Friday night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. I have tried it out and strongly encourage all dance enthusiasts to as well!

Immigration to Manitoba over the past 100 years has shaped this province into the cultural mosaic it is today. Immigrants bring their cultural experiences with them along with many creative new ideas which add a fresh perspective to our existing cultural mosaic.

The constituency of Tyndall Park is extremely diverse, including the Sikh Society of Manitoba, the Jamaican Association of Manitoba and Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, which supports Aboriginal families in Winnipeg.

Half a century ago, most immigrants to Canada came from Europe. Now, most newcomers are from Asia. Most arrive through the Provincial Nominee Program. A 2011 study conducted by the province noted that 85% of provincial nominees were working and contributing their expertise after three months and 89% had permanent jobs.

On Oct. 26, the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM), located at 737 Keewatin St., invited new immigrants to an orientation session at its centre with PCCM board members. The orientation was geared towards newcomers discussing how to start a new life, how to be aware of employment opportunities, and how to blend their values with Manitoba’s without erasing their traditional culture. I want to thank the PCCM for inviting me to share my appreciation for the contributions of many newcomer groups in Tyndall Park.

The Philippine Centre stands as a symbol of our community’s desire to share what we value as people to promote greater understanding and respect for each other.

I look forward to attending future events such as the ones discussed above. Please visit my office at 24-360 Keewatin St. or call me at 204-421-9493 to share your questions or comments.

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