As the holiday season is upon us and a new year approaches, we have much to be thankful for — most especially our families and friends, and the comfort that comes from holiday traditions that bring our diverse communities together.
One popular year-end tradition is my MLA Calendar, which I’m happy to note is in its 21st year! My family and I always enjoy visiting one of our community’s many cherished locations to snap the calendar’s photo. From the first in St. John’s Park for the 1994 calendar, to this year’s visit to the West Kildonan Curling Club, it is always an enlightening experience.
The West Kildonan Curling Club has a great history and has itself become a community tradition. It was founded in 1919 as a simple three sheet outdoor rink and was flooded using water hauled up from the Red River by horse. Today, the club is a cornerstone of our community and provides opportunities for fun and fitness to people of all ages and abilities. If you would like to learn more about what the West Kildonan Curling Club has to offer, call 204-339-5412 or visit the club’s website at www.wkcc.ca.
Another holiday tradition that many Manitobans enjoy is the annual Manitoba Legislature Open House, held this year on Dec. 7. I was pleased to welcome many St Johns residents to my office to enjoy refreshments, conversation, and the beautiful voices of the "De-Lux" choir from Luxton School. I always look forward to the choir’s exuberant performance each holiday season, and I thank this year’s students for their visit.
I encourage you to attend next year’s Open House to enjoy your beautifully decorated Legislature and grounds, along with the music and holiday cheer that you will find throughout the building on this special day.
As we enter into a new year, I feel privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to be your MLA for the last 20 years, and I will continue to work hard for the people of St. Johns in 2014. My job is to listen to you, so please feel free to call my community office at 204-582-1550 or email Gord.Mackintosh@YourManitoba.ca. And, if you didn’t receive my 2014 calendar please call or visit my community office (1763 Main St.) to get your copy.
From my family to yours, I wish you the very best this holiday season as well as health and happiness in the new year.