Audrey Gordon

Audrey Gordon

Southdale constituency report

Audrey Gordon is the PC MLA for Southdale.

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Manitoba government expanding care to seniors

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Manitoba government expanding care to seniors

Audrey Gordon 2 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

After two years of the pandemic and with summer upon us, many of us are looking to soak up the sun and enjoy all the wonderful local events that Manitoba has to offer.

As an advocate of improving our community mental health, it is more important than ever that our seniors participate in the wonderful, sunny, festivities before the leaves begin to change colour.

The benefits of seniors safely gathering with friends and family are monumental — namely, reducing the risk of depression from isolation, bolstering self-esteem, reducing stress, and increasing lifespan.

I recently had the honour of making several announcements as health minister that focus on strengthening physical and mental wellness for our seniors.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

After two years of the pandemic and with summer upon us, many of us are looking to soak up the sun and enjoy all the wonderful local events that Manitoba has to offer.

As an advocate of improving our community mental health, it is more important than ever that our seniors participate in the wonderful, sunny, festivities before the leaves begin to change colour.

The benefits of seniors safely gathering with friends and family are monumental — namely, reducing the risk of depression from isolation, bolstering self-esteem, reducing stress, and increasing lifespan.

I recently had the honour of making several announcements as health minister that focus on strengthening physical and mental wellness for our seniors.

Singing the way into summer

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Singing the way into summer

Audrey Gordon 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

Seeing students on stage, performing alongside their classmates and enjoying milestone moments was such a great experience. After more than two years of change and adaptations, local students were able to hit the stage full force and I am pleased to say I was recently able to take in two fabulous musicals put on by Southdale constituency high schools.

Windsor Park Collegiate students put their spin on the classic Mamma Mia! in May. The costumes were amazing, and the music was incredibly fun, of course. Congratulations to all the talented students who contributed to the show, from the backstage support to the performers. Congratulations, as well, to director Kate WIlloughby, musical director Jeff Hunter and principal Karen Haluschak for putting on such a wonderful event.

Collège Béliveau students and staff performed Parallèle, an original musical comedy written by the school’s own Michel Roy. The closing-night performance I attended earned a standing ovation from the enthusiastic crowd. Congratulations to all the students, and to Michel Roy and Melanie Dubois as well as all the other staff and volunteers,who helped make the show a success.

The excitement of the students was obvious. They were thrilled to be back on stage in front of a crowd. These types of events are open to the public and I encourage others in the community to take in a show or two when the opportunity comes up. The shows are always fun and well done and are such a terrific way to celebrate local talent in our community.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon recently attended musicals at two local high schools — Mamma Mia! at Windsor Park Collegiate, and Parallèle at Collège Béliveau.

Making micro-mobility easier in Manitoba

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Making micro-mobility easier in Manitoba

Audrey Gordon 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

As we look towards the warmer weather of spring and summer, the province is supporting steps towards innovative personal transportation options, particularly for our urban areas. My colleague, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk recently introduced a bill that will pave the way to piloting micro-mobility transportation in the province.

Micro-mobility modes of transportation include electronic scooters, bikes and mopeds. In recent years, rental bikes and scooters have soared in popularity in urban centres. The rentals are available at a variety of locations throughout a city and accessed via an app and rental account. When users are done, the bikes or scooters can be easily dropped off at the most convenient location. These are popular not only among visitors — residents also use them to run errands or visit friends.

With this proposed amended legislation, Manitoba is poised to find out what could work well for us in our communities. Following in the footsteps of other Canadian cities, initial pilot projects done in collaboration with municipal governments will allow us to find the best fit for cities such as Winnipeg. After two years of pilot projects, Calgary approved a fleet of 1,500 scooters last year.

Projects and initiatives such as these can have many benefits. Apart from expanding and supporting transportation options for visitors and residents, this is a small step toward low-emission options which can help lower our greenhouse gas emissions. There are also economic benefits, with new business opportunities and potential jobs if micro-mobility companies join our local market.

Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

Rented electric scooters for rent, such as these in Paris, France, may soon come to Winnipeg now that provincial legislation makes such ventures possible.

Thinking locally about Women’s Day

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Thinking locally about Women’s Day

Audrey Gordon 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022

International Women’s Day took place on March 8. The day marks a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. But it is also an important time to talk about the work that must be done to ensure equality and safety for women in our province.

The international theme this year was “Break the bias.” While the world has come a long way in ensuring women have more equality and opportunity, we know there are still disparities. Sometimes these are more readily discussed and documented with statistics and evidence. But these are also daily experiences in our homes, communities, workplaces and governments. While progress is being made, events such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic can reveal the gaps still there.

A 2021 report from Statistics Canada indicated that women were more severely affected by employment losses in the first year of the pandemic. This is on top of existing statistics that verify the existence of a gender pay gap between women and men. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development marks Canada as having the eighth-highest gender pay gap out of 43 countries. As the pandemic continued, there were concerns that women would be disproportionately affected by impacts of childcare and caregiving.

Last year our government invested more than $600,000 to initiatives that support women to develop careers in trades in Winnipeg and in four northern and remote communities. We also partnered with our federal counterparts on a multi-year plan to improve affordability and accessibility of quality childcare for Manitobans. These initiatives aim to help ensure women have more opportunities in the workforce.

Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022

International Women’s Day took place on March 8. The day marks a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. But it is also an important time to talk about the work that must be done to ensure equality and safety for women in our province.

The international theme this year was “Break the bias.” While the world has come a long way in ensuring women have more equality and opportunity, we know there are still disparities. Sometimes these are more readily discussed and documented with statistics and evidence. But these are also daily experiences in our homes, communities, workplaces and governments. While progress is being made, events such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic can reveal the gaps still there.

A 2021 report from Statistics Canada indicated that women were more severely affected by employment losses in the first year of the pandemic. This is on top of existing statistics that verify the existence of a gender pay gap between women and men. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development marks Canada as having the eighth-highest gender pay gap out of 43 countries. As the pandemic continued, there were concerns that women would be disproportionately affected by impacts of childcare and caregiving.

Last year our government invested more than $600,000 to initiatives that support women to develop careers in trades in Winnipeg and in four northern and remote communities. We also partnered with our federal counterparts on a multi-year plan to improve affordability and accessibility of quality childcare for Manitobans. These initiatives aim to help ensure women have more opportunities in the workforce.

Celebrate Black History Month in February

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Celebrate Black History Month in February

Audrey Gordon 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

February marks Black History Month in Manitoba and Canada. While the word history is in the title, the month is not just about looking back but also understanding how we got to where we are today. This month, with all its events and educational opportunities, is for everyone. Some of the more prominent stories we hear around Black History Month are often the most well-known across the world, but we have some great volunteers and community members generating local events and information to help Manitobans get better acquainted with our local Black history.The Black History Month celebration committee, led by Black History Manitoba, has organized several events happening throughout February and I encourage anyone interested to take part. From virtual history education to virtual field trips, there are several different opportunities to learn and participate. The committee’s theme for this year is Look, Listen, See and Act. The month’s events kick off with a virtual opening ceremony on Jan. 30. There are three virtual field trips with the Manitoba Museum happening throughout February, as well as a virtual history lesson on Feb. 21. Story book readings for kids are available on Black History Manitoba’s YouTube channel, as well. You can find more information on the committee’s website at www.bhmwinnipeg.com or by visiting Black History Manitoba’s social media pages.One highlight this year is the launch of The Porter,  a CBC television series that was filmed in Winnipeg. It tells the story of events that led to railway workers from both Canada and the United States joining together to establish the first Black labour union in North America. In 1917, Black employees of the railways were not permitted to join the existing unions, so sleeping car porters began to organize their own. The Canadian Museum of Human Rights’ website notes the groundwork for that union was laid right here in Winnipeg by four porters — John Arthur Robinson, J.W. Barber, B.F. Jones and P. White. The Porter airs Feb. 21 on CBC and Black History Manitoba is holding a red-carpet premiere on February 20. In addition, a commemorative Black History Month stamp was  just issued by Canada Post. This year’s stamp features Eleanor Collins, Canada’s ‘first lady of jazz’. Eleanor, who is 102 years young, is a singer, television host and entertainer born in Edmonton in 1919. She eventually relocated to Vancouver and was featured in many television series beginning in the 1950s, eventually earning her own national variety show on CBC. Eleanor was not only the first Canadian woman to have a national show but was also the first Black artist in North America to host a nationally broadcast television series. I look forward to experiencing some of these upcoming events with you and hearing about some of the events taking place in our local schools as well.

February marks Black History Month in Manitoba and Canada. While the word history is in the title, the month is not just about looking back but also understanding how we got to where we are today. This month, with all its events and educational opportunities, is for everyone. 

Some of the more prominent stories we hear around Black History Month are often the most well-known across the world, but we have some great volunteers and community members generating local events and information to help Manitobans get better acquainted with our local Black history.

The Black History Month celebration committee, led by Black History Manitoba, has organized several events happening throughout February and I encourage anyone interested to take part. From virtual history education to virtual field trips, there are several different opportunities to learn and participate. 

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

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Jazz singer Eleanor Collins has been honoured with a commemorative stamp issued by Canada Post, just in time for Black History Month in February.

Celebrating safely for the season

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Celebrating safely for the season

Audrey Gordon 3 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

We have come a long way from last holiday season. With vaccinations begin administered to everyone over five and modifications to gathering rules, it is looking like we can safely reconnect over the holidays.

During the past year or more, many of us have really felt the absence of friends and family when we had to keep our distance or not gather at all. If there is one lesson we’ve carried forward, it is how to make the most of our time with people we care about when we do get those opportunities to see them.

I wish all of you a happy holiday season and hope you find many moments of joy, reconnection, solace and peace. Whether gathering with family (safely) or taking your favourite winter hike, it is so important to find ways to nourish our well-being this winter.

We also have to keep taking care of each other. Whether through simple connection and conversation, or charitable initiatives that ensure people have what they need to be safe and warm this holiday season.

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021

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Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon helped support a Christmas turkey drive for Agape Table.

Marking Indigenous Veterans Day

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Marking Indigenous Veterans Day

Audrey Gordon 3 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

Nov. 8 was Indigenous Veterans Day in Canada. Indigenous people have been significant contributors to Canada’s military efforts over many decades. The government of Canada estimates that as many as 12,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit people served in the major conflicts of the 20th century.

To understand more about the importance of Indigenous Veterans Day and the historical context, I sat down with Unkan (grandfather) Wanbdi Wakita, who is president of Indigenous Veterans Manitoba.

As part of IMV, Wakita takes part in ceremonies and flag raisings on both Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day. The organization spends time throughout the year providing education, participating in ceremonial flag raisings and speaking to school children about being a veteran.

“We get messages to children about how important it is to protect our land. We never want to have a war in Canada,” he said.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

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Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon met with Unkan Wanbdi Wakita recently to learn more about the experiences of Indigenous veterans of the armed forces.

Listening, learning and looking forward

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Listening, learning and looking forward

Audrey Gordon 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021

I had the honour and privilege of being welcomed to Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata’s Every Child Matters youth event on Sept. 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

While there were many events taking place across the province that day, this event’s focus on youth really caught my attention.

Right from the start, the feeling of support for and empowerment of youth in attendance was compelling.

As part of the event, participating young people entered from four different directions — which is culturally and ceremonially significant — carrying sacred tobacco. The tobacco from each youth was joined together into one larger bowl, signifying the coming together and unity of everyone in attendance.

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021

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Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon attended Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata’s Every Child Matters event on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Local ball teams earn major honours

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Local ball teams earn major honours

Audrey Gordon 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2021

This summer saw two great performances by local baseball and softball teams, and I want to congratulate them on their successes.

First up, the Southdale Lakers U15 A team had five straight wins during the city championships in August, winning the three-game round-robin, the semi-final and finally the championship game.

“The kids were very excited. They were very happy to achieve that accomplishment,” said Lakers head coach Dennis Gagliardi.

Baseball kicked off in May but saw a pause before resuming in July. About 15 members of the team proceeded with the rest of the season. Gagliardi said it was a great experience to see the kids gain back some normalcy.

Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2021

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Lagimodiere MLA Andrew Smith (far left) and Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon (far right) congratulated members of the Bonivital East U19 girls softball team and their coaches on the team’s silver-medal performance at the provincial championships.

Back to school supports for 2021-22

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Back to school supports for 2021-22

Audrey Gordon 3 minute read Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021

A new school year is on the horizon and we are all hoping to see as much normalcy as possible.

I have received and responded to letters and feedback from local parents and have heard their concerns regarding the plan for the 2021-22 school year and COVID-19. I also meet regularly with our local school division and school trustees.

I understand everyone has been under a lot of stress. While we have continued to adapt and move forward, and our kids have shown tremendous resilience, I want to make people aware of the plans and resources available to support students, parents and teachers during this school year.

The plan for the 2021-22 school year has been a collective effort and is built upon the successes of the last school year with four priority areas that will help guide students and school officials with a safe return to the classroom. The four priorities are promoting mental health and well-being, vaccinating Manitobans through promotion and outreach, assessing and addressing learning impacts, as well as following public health’s recommendations of health and safety.

Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021

A new school year is on the horizon and we are all hoping to see as much normalcy as possible.

I have received and responded to letters and feedback from local parents and have heard their concerns regarding the plan for the 2021-22 school year and COVID-19. I also meet regularly with our local school division and school trustees.

I understand everyone has been under a lot of stress. While we have continued to adapt and move forward, and our kids have shown tremendous resilience, I want to make people aware of the plans and resources available to support students, parents and teachers during this school year.

The plan for the 2021-22 school year has been a collective effort and is built upon the successes of the last school year with four priority areas that will help guide students and school officials with a safe return to the classroom. The four priorities are promoting mental health and well-being, vaccinating Manitobans through promotion and outreach, assessing and addressing learning impacts, as well as following public health’s recommendations of health and safety.

Building a community voice

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Building a community voice

Audrey Gordon 2 minute read Thursday, Jul. 29, 2021

Residents’ associations are an invaluable tool that help community members to accomplish goals and gain understanding about community priorities and concerns.

After seeing, and working alongside, so many dedicated and involved community members in the Windsor Park and Southdale neighbourhoods, I wanted to explore how we can establish residents’ associations in these areas.

I know many people in those communities are interested in coming together in a united voice that can create change. Many individuals have already brought residents together in a variety of ways to build community and raise funds for charity.

A residents’ association is a formal group of people who live in a neighbourhood and work together to improve their community. The activities of an association can include seeking grant funding for community development projects or organizing grassroots events.

Thursday, Jul. 29, 2021

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Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon presented an award to former Niakwa Park Residents Association president Chris Chipman for 30 years of service.

Graduates shape our future

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Graduates shape our future

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Thursday, Jul. 1, 2021

I want to acknowledge all the graduates this year, especially our local high school graduates. Congratulations to the graduating classes of Windsor Park Collegiate, Collège Béliveau, Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre and J.H. Bruns Collegiate.

Many of our high school and university students adapted to a variety of challenges over the last 15 months. Your hard work and perseverance have not gone unnoticed. We are all very proud of you and congratulate you on reaching this milestone.

This month, I am pleased to provide several scholarships to some of our local hard-working and deserving students.

Congratulations to Austin Tomlinson, Ehren Strifling, Feyisayo Oluyemi and Lex Xavier Salanguit, each of whom received an Overcomer Award for demonstrating courage, resolve, and perseverance in addition to improving their academics and volunteering in their communities.

Thursday, Jul. 1, 2021

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Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon (right) makes a presentation to Brooke McMullen, a Windsor Park resident and recent university graduate.

Seeking support as the pandemic continues

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Seeking support as the pandemic continues

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2021

It has been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, creating new stresses and challenges for people in our communities. From having to live with constant uncertainty to loss of income and social isolation - many people are feeling the strain of the past several months.

In surveying Canadians between September and December of 2020, Statistics Canada found that one in five people had symptoms of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. It also found that youth, women, people facing significant social isolation and visible minorities were impacted at higher rates than the general population.

If you feel it is too challenging to maintain your well-being or that your quality of life is being impacted, it may be time to reach out for support. There are many useful resources available in our province.

Some support services have been developed in response to the pandemic and include short-term and virtual therapy options. Manitoba has a two-session counselling program available by calling 1-844-218-2955, as well as the AbilitiCBT virtual therapy program available at manitoba.abiliticbt.com

Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2021

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Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon, the Minister of Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery, has proclaimed June PTSD Awareness Month.

SOS partners with Niakwa Country Club

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SOS partners with Niakwa Country Club

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 12, 2021

The Seine River bridges several of our communities and is such an incredible natural asset to have in our communities.

Recently the Niakwa Country Club and non-profit organization Save our Seine (SOS) entered into a co-operative agreement to work together to protect and preserve the Seine River greenway that exists alongside the golf course.

SOS president Laurie Ringaert says the two groups have many mutual goals and the joint effort makes sense.

“Both of us value the wonderful green space and the river,” Ringaert explains. This is the first time in its 30-year existence that SOS has worked with a golf course in a formal effort.

Wednesday, May. 12, 2021

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Representatives of Save Our Seine and the Niakwa Country Club recently gathered to formally acknowledge their agreement to work on preservation of Seine River greenspace at Niakwa - (from left) Alan Kowalec, Shawn Magor, Wade Nybakken, Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon, Laurie Ringaert, Lia Abolit and Anita Moyse.

Youville to become home to new youth hub

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Youville to become home to new youth hub

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

New youth health and wellness services are coming to the St. Boniface and St. vital areas.

In March, I was excited to announce that our government is contributing $1.92 million toward the creation of five new youth hubs in the province. One of these hubs will be run by Youville in the south end of the city.

These hubs will be a new way of delivering care to youth aged 12 to 29. Youth hubs will bring a variety of services together - from primary and mental health care to family therapy and substance use support - to create an easily accessible location for youth to get care tailored to their needs. The youth hubs will aim to not only provide more services but create smoother transitions between services and service providers.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to transform how we deliver services in a way that increases access and reduces barriers,” says Toni Tilston-Jones, executive director of Youville Clinic.

Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

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Toni Tilston-Jones and Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon, pictured outside the Youville Clinic, of which Tilston-Jones is executive director.

Prairie Crocus helps fund needed programs

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Prairie Crocus helps fund needed programs

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021

Janice Howard is a Windsor Park resident who is passionate about her day job. She is a manager at the Prairie Crocus Thrift, which raises funds for free counselling and addictions programs in Winnipeg.

When Howard initially applied for the job three years ago, she wasn’t sure they would see her as the right fit.

“I am a little bit different because I am full of tattoos and I have a very outgoing attitude,” she says.

But she had ideas to grow the store and raise more funds.

Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021

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(From left) Kari Keam of RE/ACT Finding Freedom Program, Tony Pare (board member), Soutdale MLA Audrey Gordon and Janice Howard, store manager, are pictured at Prairie Crocus Thrift.

Reaching out through reading

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Reaching out through reading

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

February marks I Love to Read Month in Manitoba. Anyone who knows me knows that I love this opportunity to promote reading. This month is a great reminder of how valuable it can be to spend time reading with your kids or to encourage their independent reading. It is also a good excuse for adults to pick up a new book from the store or library.

I am excited to be reading to students once again to mark I Love to Read Month. This month I will be doing virtual and video readings to students that align with the Manitoba Reading Association’s theme for this year which is “Joyful Reading in a new world.”

The theme promotes the ideas of finding more ways to read using different types of technology.

With this past year being unlike any other for many students, I wanted to showcase books with messages of hope and help for youth.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021

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Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon shows off the books she will be reading to kids online during I Love to Month.

Vaccines are here — let’s do what must be done

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Vaccines are here — let’s do what must be done

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

At the beginning of 2020 we never could have known how much would change over the coming year.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were so many unknowns. We faced a year of adjustment and adaptation, and what felt like a pause. A pause of the lives we had known up until that point.

As we start 2021, we can take back the steering wheel as we manoeuvre into the new year. Many of you have been closely following public health guidelines and restrictions. For that, I thank you. I know you are tired, lonely and struggling. But you care. You care about our many health-care workers who are putting in long hours looking after an influx of patients. You care about vulnerable people in our community who at risk of becoming very ill from COVID-19. You care about making sure our health-care system can continue to serve all people suffering from health issues or needing emergency care. You are making a difference.

Your care and action are shining lights as we move into 2021 because we have big goals for this year. With your continued efforts and the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines, this will be the year we do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our beautiful community and thrive.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

At the beginning of 2020 we never could have known how much would change over the coming year.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were so many unknowns. We faced a year of adjustment and adaptation, and what felt like a pause. A pause of the lives we had known up until that point.

As we start 2021, we can take back the steering wheel as we manoeuvre into the new year. Many of you have been closely following public health guidelines and restrictions. For that, I thank you. I know you are tired, lonely and struggling. But you care. You care about our many health-care workers who are putting in long hours looking after an influx of patients. You care about vulnerable people in our community who at risk of becoming very ill from COVID-19. You care about making sure our health-care system can continue to serve all people suffering from health issues or needing emergency care. You are making a difference.

Your care and action are shining lights as we move into 2021 because we have big goals for this year. With your continued efforts and the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines, this will be the year we do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our beautiful community and thrive.

A lesson from Whoville

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A lesson from Whoville

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

Two weeks before Christmas, it may appear that the joy of the season is not bright or near. With COVID-19 among us, the holidays won’t be  the same. No extended family or friends gathered around fireplace flames.

While times are tougher than when the Grinch stole holiday decorations and feasts, the risk of COVID-19 has taken away some of the traditions we usually look forward to. But like the residents of Whoville, we can find joy in the season despite the differences between this year and last.

This is in fact what many are doing — making a conscious effort to create more joy in ways big and small. Whether it’s decorating houses early in the season to brighten dark days or rallying around community members to ensure anyone struggling gets food and gifts this holiday season.

There are many ways to give this season. The annual Toy Mountain drive has drop-off locations and is accepting online donations. The Christmas Cheer Board is taking online or mailed donations to purchase food vouchers in lieu of packing food in hampers this year.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

Two weeks before Christmas, it may appear that the joy of the season is not bright or near. With COVID-19 among us, the holidays won’t be  the same. No extended family or friends gathered around fireplace flames.

While times are tougher than when the Grinch stole holiday decorations and feasts, the risk of COVID-19 has taken away some of the traditions we usually look forward to. But like the residents of Whoville, we can find joy in the season despite the differences between this year and last.

This is in fact what many are doing — making a conscious effort to create more joy in ways big and small. Whether it’s decorating houses early in the season to brighten dark days or rallying around community members to ensure anyone struggling gets food and gifts this holiday season.

There are many ways to give this season. The annual Toy Mountain drive has drop-off locations and is accepting online donations. The Christmas Cheer Board is taking online or mailed donations to purchase food vouchers in lieu of packing food in hampers this year.

November is Domestic Violence Awareness month

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November is Domestic Violence Awareness month

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

November is Domestic Violence Awareness month in Manitoba. According to Statistics Canada, Manitoba has the second-highest rate of police-reported intimate partner violence among Canadian provinces.

Domestic violence is defined as people using abusive behaviour to control or hurt their partners. This can happen between married, separated or divorced people, current or former common-law partners, current or former dating partners and other intimate partners.

In Manitoba, we have many resources available to people experiencing domestic violence. From websites to crisis phone lines and shelters — please know we are here to help.

Resources available include 24-hour crisis and text lines. Call 1-877-977-0007 or text 204-792-5302 or 204-805-6682. Visit www.gov.mb.ca/familyviolence for information and lists of additional resources or locations where you can find help.

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

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Cathy Cox (left), minister responsible for the status of women, holds the Domestic Violence Awareness Month proclamation with Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon.

Remembering the Second World War

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Remembering the Second World War

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 2 minute read Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

Remembrance Day takes place next month and it is unlikely we will be able to take part in the ceremonies we are used to.

We can still take time — through virtual events or on our own — to honour and remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. We can also honour all who have served or continue to serve our country.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. I was recently honoured to meet one of our city’s Second World War veterans, Arthur Miner.

Miner is now 98 years old but he still remembers his time in the war. He still lives in south Winnipeg, where he was born and raised and says that he enlisted with the armed forces at the age of 18.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

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Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon recently met and chatted with Arthur Miner, a veteran of the Second World War.

Costumed ‘mystery runner’ helps raise spirits

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Costumed ‘mystery runner’ helps raise spirits

Audrey Gordon 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

As the Easter long weekend approached, Noel Lee Beckel could see how the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant shutdown was affecting his household.

“It was a strain on everybody,” he says.

The Windsor Park resident saw his wife’s anxiety rise to the point of panic attacks. His kids struggled with the loss of school and routine, particularly his youngest son who lives with autism. He also knew they weren’t alone — other people were struggling with the sudden changes in their daily lives.

Beckel turned to running. He had taken its up years earlier after facing a health scare.

Monday, Sep. 21, 2020

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Noeel Lee Beckel shows one of his many running costumes, which have proven a hit in and around his Windsor Park neighbourhood.

Back to school, with precautions and masks

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Preview

Back to school, with precautions and masks

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

Parents and kids are gearing up for the new school year but preparations for this September are markedly different.

Despite the challenges we are facing right now, we all want the same thing — safe and healthy environments for kids. To achieve this, we all have roles to play.

Our chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, has been sharing the same messages for many months, and it is a critical time to ensure we are following his advice.

In particular, parents need to monitor their family’s health and keep kids home from school if they are sick. Parents can find a list of symptoms and the self-assessment tool at manitoba.ca/covid19 and can use these to determine if a child needs to stay home or be tested for COVID-19.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

Parents and kids are gearing up for the new school year but preparations for this September are markedly different.

Despite the challenges we are facing right now, we all want the same thing — safe and healthy environments for kids. To achieve this, we all have roles to play.

Our chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, has been sharing the same messages for many months, and it is a critical time to ensure we are following his advice.

In particular, parents need to monitor their family’s health and keep kids home from school if they are sick. Parents can find a list of symptoms and the self-assessment tool at manitoba.ca/covid19 and can use these to determine if a child needs to stay home or be tested for COVID-19.

Support small businesses this summer

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 2 minute read Preview

Support small businesses this summer

Audrey Gordon — Southdale MLA Constituency Report 2 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 28, 2020

Many of us are staying closer to home this summer. It’s a great opportunity to explore local businesses and show your support.

Head out on a walk, bike or drive, and see what the neighbourhood has to offer. Do an online search to see what other services or businesses are operating in our area.

Many small and medium-size businesses have been working hard to navigate the current situation and get back to normal operations.

In Manitoba we are proud to host more than 42,000 small and medium-size businesses and our government is providing support through a variety of programs. Business owners can call the Manitoba Economic Support Centre at 1-888-805-7554 for more information about the following supports:

Tuesday, Jul. 28, 2020

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Perry Verot, owner of the Southdale Village Family Restaurant (at left), and Southdale MLA Audrey Gordon hope you will get out and support local businesses.