Kildonan-River East constituency report
Cathy Cox is the PC MLA for Kildonan-River East.
Recent articles of Cathy Cox
Every February, I look forward to participating in the joy of reading at elementary schools and daycares across our River East community.
From books about friends and family, to dragons and distant magical places, sharing stories with hundreds of children brings back memories of reading to my own three boys when they were young. I now read to my two young granddaughters, and I truly cherish those moments.
To celebrate I Love to Read Month in 2018, I have, at the time I write this, shared stories with three elementary schools and one daycare, reading books in classrooms and libraries to hundreds of children from kindergarten to Grade 4.
There’s many things I love about reading to children — especially the looks on their faces as the pages turn and curiosity piques about what happens next. Then, after each book, we take the opportunity to talk about our favourite part of the story and the characters. These discussions are some of the most lively and uplifting; it truly makes reading to children so enjoyable!
November is a month we usually associate with falling leaves and the inevitable arrival of snow.
To me, it marks one of the most important occasions of the year — Remembrance Day. It’s a day when we all join together to reflect and give thanks to our veterans.
The bright, beautiful poppy is one of the enduring symbols of Remembrance Day. Pinning this red flower over your heart is just one simple yet meaningful way to honour those who have served and sacrificed.
While the poppies show support to our veterans, donations to local poppy funds also help our community. For instance, poppy fund donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Henderson Highway Branch No. 215 have helped support critical medical research for nearly a decade. Since 2009, Branch 215 has contributed nearly $13,000 to hip and knee research through the Concordia Joint Replacement Group. It’s a truly valuable gift that benefits our entire community — and beyond.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here. The last six weeks have been very busy but also very productive. I have enjoyed spending time in our community and meeting many wonderful constituents along the way.
I want to thank the Royal Canadian Legion Henderson Highway. Branch #215 for providing me the opportunity to assist with their Annual Poppy Campaign. I was honoured to sell poppies for them one Saturday morning at Gateway Recreation Centre.
On Remembrance Day, nearly 700 people joined together at Eastview Community Church to pay tribute to our veterans and military. I was humbled to lay a wreath in honour of those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom.
Our community has been active, hosting many fall suppers and craft sales. It was wonderful to break bread with over 400 guests at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and again at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church’s perogy supper. Thank you to all the volunteers and parishioners who help make these events a success. We are very blessed — your dedication and commitment to our North Kildonan community is sincerely appreciated.
In addition to the privilege of serving as the MLA for River East, I was honoured to be appointed the Minister of Sustainable Development by our Premier, Brian Pallister.
Recently, I proclaimed the month of October as Sustainability Month, which will ensure each October we celebrate and support sustainability initiatives.
On Oct. 14, I was fortunate to visit with Grade 3 students at Sun Valley School where I explained the importance of trees to our environment. The students had some excellent questions on why trees are so beneficial to our planet.
As part of Sustainability Month, each student and teacher received a white spruce seedling, Manitoba’s provincial tree, to take home, plant and nourish. The students were so excited and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to promote sustainability to this class of future leaders.
As the newly elected MLA for River East, I am proud to represent a community so rich in culture and ethnic diversity.
I have had the opportunity to attend several community events, such as the Jubilee Church Neighbourhood Block Party, the Gateway Rec Centre Carnival, and the 40th anniversary celebration of Kilcona Park Alliance Church.
The event at Kilcona took place over the weekend of June 24 to 26 and ended with over 500 guests attending the outdoor gathering. It was an inspirational service and I was fortunate to connect and share this important day with so many River East families.
Every Sunday, Kilcona has 300 to 400 people attend their service, which is no surprise as Pastor Bruce always leads a heartfelt and uplifting sermon. Under Pastor Bruce’s leadership, the church has stayed true to its vision of a life-giving community. A great example are the family-friendly, drive-in movie nights that are hosted during the summer months, as well as their Kids Camp.