It has been four months since I was sworn in as an MLA and the summer is nearly over. How fast the time seems to have gone by.
The newly elected MLAs have been working hard at the Manitoba Legislative Building, and have had time to return to the communities they represent. I would like to share with you some of the highlights of summer from the Kildonan area.
On Father’s Day I had the honour of being in attendance for the rededication of the monument that marks the Battle of Seven Oaks, also known as the Victory at Frog Plain. We gathered to remember the bicentennial of this event that affected people of many heritages. People of Métis and Scottish backgrounds shared in the event that marks a period of hostility in our community.
Many people are happier to move towards the future. Part of reconciliation is communication and consideration of other people’s perspective. For some, the battle was a tragedy, others a victory. Today, such a loss of life would be devastating, but I believe the people of today have taken great strides to understand the history of our great province from many perspectives. The various groups involved have worked hard to create a wonderful province and my favourite place to live in Canada.
It’s hard to think of summer without thinking of graduation. This year is no exception, with classes of bright young minds moving from elementary to middle school, middle to high school or high school students taking their first steps into their adult lives.
This year I was able to attend many graduations, but one in particular that stood out was the Met School. This unique school allows students the opportunity to take work placement courses alongside class room learning. Whether it be to pursue additional learning opportunities or move on to their first full time job these young learners will have a bright future here in Manitoba.
I look forward to all the upcoming barbecues and perhaps enjoying a day at one of the many beaches Manitoba has to offer, because soon classes will be starting up again, and for many others vacations will be over and it will be back to work.
As the MLA for Kildonan I look forward to our fall session where the comments and concerns I have heard meeting with many people in our community will be again brought before the house and discussed how to best address the needs