Heather Stefanson

Heather Stefanson

Tuxedo constituency report

Heather Stefanson is the PC MLA for Tuxedo and premier of Manitoba.

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Working to help Manitoba grow

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Working to help Manitoba grow

Heather Stefanson 2 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

Our government has remained committed to making life more affordable for Manitobans, and making our province more competitive. Our team has recently made some really exciting announcements to help Manitoba grow, while also helping Manitobans make ends meet.

We announced the board of the new Venture Capital Fund, which will attract new businesses and entrepreneurs to invest in Manitoba and create jobs. We also announced a new tax competitiveness working group to further position Manitoba as a destination to start and expand businesses. Helping make Manitoba competitive will continue to be a key pillar of our government.

We know that inflation is making it tougher for families to make ends meet. Our government is taking action to help Manitobans who need it the most.

We unveiled a new affordability package that directly provides relief to every Manitoba family with children under 18 years old. Families with one child will receive a $250 cheque, and families with multiple children will receive $200 for each additional child. Seniors with fixed incomes will also receive an affordability cheque for $300. This affordability benefit will help around 145,000 Manitoba families.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022

Mikaela Mackenzie / Winnipeg Free Press

Premier Heather Stefanson (centre) introduced the board of directors of the province’s new venture capital fund on Oct. 17.

Affordability package will help Manitobans

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Affordability package will help Manitobans

Heather Stefanson 2 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

All over the world, life has been getting more expensive. Inflation, the war in Ukraine, and supply chain challenges have made it harder for families to afford gas, groceries, and other needed goods.

Manitoba is no exception, which is why our government is continuing to take action to support Manitobans. Last week, I was proud to announce a comprehensive $87 million family affordability package to help Manitobans make ends meet.

This package includes benefit cheques for all Manitoba families with a household income of less than $175,000, providing $250 for the first child and $200 for each additional child. This measure will support families with school-age children, helping them fill up their cars, buy groceries, and school supplies as we head into a busy school year.

We also know that low-income seniors are struggling as prices go up. Our government is providing seniors who claimed the education property tax credit and have an income of less than $40,000 with a $300 affordability benefit this fall. This payment will help our seniors afford groceries and other needed goods as we continue to deal with rising inflation.

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

All over the world, life has been getting more expensive. Inflation, the war in Ukraine, and supply chain challenges have made it harder for families to afford gas, groceries, and other needed goods.

Manitoba is no exception, which is why our government is continuing to take action to support Manitobans. Last week, I was proud to announce a comprehensive $87 million family affordability package to help Manitobans make ends meet.

This package includes benefit cheques for all Manitoba families with a household income of less than $175,000, providing $250 for the first child and $200 for each additional child. This measure will support families with school-age children, helping them fill up their cars, buy groceries, and school supplies as we head into a busy school year.

We also know that low-income seniors are struggling as prices go up. Our government is providing seniors who claimed the education property tax credit and have an income of less than $40,000 with a $300 affordability benefit this fall. This payment will help our seniors afford groceries and other needed goods as we continue to deal with rising inflation.

Health-care investments mean we can stop waiting

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Health-care investments mean we can stop waiting

Heather Stefanson 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Over the last two years, the global pandemic created challenges in the Canadian health-care system, including significant surgical and diagnostic backlogs across the country. These backlogs hurt Canadian families in every province in Canada. While this may not be unique to Manitoba, our government is taking strong action to address it.

Last month, I was proud to announce our government’s $50 million investment in the Health Sciences Centre Foundation’s $100 million Operation Excellence campaign. The campaign will help fund a six-year capital plan to increase HSC’s surgical and diagnostic capacity by 25 per cent per year over pre-pandemic levels.

Our investment in the Operation Excellence campaign has been praised by HSC Foundation president Jonathon Lyon as an “innovative and exciting plan that will have an almost immediate impact on the troubling surgical and diagnostic wait-list in Manitoba.”

Our contribution to Operation Excellence is just one part of our government’s plan to clear the backlog in surgical and diagnostic tests so that Manitobans can stop waiting and start living.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Over the last two years, the global pandemic created challenges in the Canadian health-care system, including significant surgical and diagnostic backlogs across the country. These backlogs hurt Canadian families in every province in Canada. While this may not be unique to Manitoba, our government is taking strong action to address it.

Last month, I was proud to announce our government’s $50 million investment in the Health Sciences Centre Foundation’s $100 million Operation Excellence campaign. The campaign will help fund a six-year capital plan to increase HSC’s surgical and diagnostic capacity by 25 per cent per year over pre-pandemic levels.

Our investment in the Operation Excellence campaign has been praised by HSC Foundation president Jonathon Lyon as an “innovative and exciting plan that will have an almost immediate impact on the troubling surgical and diagnostic wait-list in Manitoba.”

Our contribution to Operation Excellence is just one part of our government’s plan to clear the backlog in surgical and diagnostic tests so that Manitobans can stop waiting and start living.

This is Special Olympics Awareness Week

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This is Special Olympics Awareness Week

Heather Stefanson 2 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2022

In 2013, I had the privilege of introducing and passing Bill 209, the Special Olympics Awareness Week Act, to proclaim the second week of June each year as Special Olympics Awareness Week in Manitoba.

The Act, which passed with unanimous support in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, remains one of my proudest achievements. It has helped attract volunteers and donations to support Special Olympic Manitoba for nearly a decade, fostering inclusion for Manitobans with intellectual disabilities. I continue to serve as a honorary member of the Special Olympics Manitoba board of directors because I believe in everything they do, and I am pleased to see them resume in-person competition this year.

For 35 years, Special Olympics Manitoba has provided sports programs that enrich the lives of thousands of Manitobans with intellectual disabilities. Over 1,800 Manitobans regularly participate in Special Olympics activities along with over 530 coaches and almost 1,000 volunteers. They have truly become a flagship organization supporting inclusion for Manitobans with intellectual disabilities right across our province.

The dedicated police officers involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run also continue to carry the Flame of Hope into the opening ceremony of competitions here in Manitoba and around the world. These ‘Guardians of the Flame’ are truly a beacon of hope and love for so many. Since the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police partnered with Special Olympics Canada 35 years ago, it has raised over $72 million to support athletes with intellectual disabilities across the country.

Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2022

The second week of June each year is Special Olympics Awareness Week in Manitoba.

The view from the Legislature

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The view from the Legislature

Heather Stefanson 2 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2022

The weather is changing, the snow is melting and our government is hard at work in the Manitoba Legislature for the spring session. Our team is working hard to make life more affordable, strengthen health care and bolster the economy.

Our government has stood in solidarity with Ukraine as the world watched with horror when Vladimir Putin illegally invaded Ukraine, and our government has since taken action. We have waived the fee for Ukrainians coming to Canada through the provincial nominee program, pledged $800,000 to the Ukrainian-Canadian congress and removed all Russian liquor products from Manitoba Liquor Marts. As your MLA, I can assure you that our government will continue supporting Ukrainians during this time. The Manitoba government also has a website full of resources for Ukrainians coming to Manitoba. Please visit manitoba4ukraine.ca

Recently, I was excited to welcome a neighbouring MLA to the Legislature when Obby Khan became the first Muslim MLA in Manitoba’s history after winning the Fort Whyte byelection. I am excited to work with MLA Khan alongside our entire Progressive Conservative caucus, and I know he will be a strong voice for southwest Winnipeg as we work together to build a brighter future for all Manitobans.

As Manitoba emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has been hard at work preparing budget 2022. This budget is about Manitoba’s recovery — more affordability, stronger health care and building our economy. Manitobans deserve a budget that revitalizes and strengthens our province, and I‘m excited to share its contents with constituents.

Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2022

Heather Stefanson, Premier of Manitoba and MLA for Tuxedo, welcomed newly elected MLA Obby Khan to the Legislature at his swearing-in. Khan won the Fort Whyte byelection on March 22.

Increasing nursing seats and support for IENs

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Increasing nursing seats and support for IENs

Heather Stefanson 2 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021

I hope this finds everyone staying safe, staying well and staying cool!

I was very pleased to be part of the July 8 announcement of plans to add close to 400 new nursing education seats across the province. We are launching a new initiative that will provide financial and process support for internationally educated nurses (IENs) looking to become licensed in Manitoba. This endeavour will be very beneficial for the constituents of Tuxedo and across Manitoba.

There are currently more than 800 nursing seats in Manitoba offered at six publicly funded post-secondary institutions across the province. Our plans are to create close to 400 new seats over the next few years, starting with intake as early as 2021-22. We will be working with post-secondary institutions to identify what steps are necessary to ensure they can increase their seat capacity in a sustainable way.

We are also launching a separate initiative to help provide IENs already in Manitoba with financial assistance for assessment and training costs to support their goal of working in the nursing field. We will be providing up to $23,000 per IEN to help cover a variety of costs to obtain licensure in Manitoba including funding for clinical competence assessments and bridge training, as well as other related expenses such as living allowance, transportation and childcare. Supports will be tailored to each individual’s needs.

Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021

I hope this finds everyone staying safe, staying well and staying cool!

I was very pleased to be part of the July 8 announcement of plans to add close to 400 new nursing education seats across the province. We are launching a new initiative that will provide financial and process support for internationally educated nurses (IENs) looking to become licensed in Manitoba. This endeavour will be very beneficial for the constituents of Tuxedo and across Manitoba.

There are currently more than 800 nursing seats in Manitoba offered at six publicly funded post-secondary institutions across the province. Our plans are to create close to 400 new seats over the next few years, starting with intake as early as 2021-22. We will be working with post-secondary institutions to identify what steps are necessary to ensure they can increase their seat capacity in a sustainable way.

We are also launching a separate initiative to help provide IENs already in Manitoba with financial assistance for assessment and training costs to support their goal of working in the nursing field. We will be providing up to $23,000 per IEN to help cover a variety of costs to obtain licensure in Manitoba including funding for clinical competence assessments and bridge training, as well as other related expenses such as living allowance, transportation and childcare. Supports will be tailored to each individual’s needs.

Special Olympics Awareness Week on the way

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Special Olympics Awareness Week on the way

Heather Stefanson 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 26, 2021

I am pleased to be able to take this opportunity to remind everyone that June 13 to 19 is Special Olympics Manitoba Awareness Week 2021.

I was honoured to have worked with the other members of the honourary board of Special Olympics Manitoba in 2013 to create Bill 209, which proclaimed the second week of June each year as Special Olympics Manitoba Awareness Week. This initiative has been instrumental in promoting the awareness of people with intellectual disabilities who participate in sports not just here in Manitoba but around the globe.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the athletes of Special Olympics Manitoba (SOM), just as it has all of us in one way or another. SOM realized at the onset of the pandemic that, in order to continue supporting the health and safety of their athletes, a shift to quality online/virtual opportunities was paramount to develop until such a time as athletes could safely return to in-person programming.

Over the past year, SOM has invested in several initiatives for its athletes. A virtual website (www.somflex.ca) was developed which houses all program offerings including fitness, health and wellness activities and opportunities for social interaction. With this shift to virtual programming, SOM realized that not all of their athletes had access to the internet. In response, 50 tablets were purchased and loaned to athletes and their families so that they could be connected to the new virtual programming.

Wednesday, May. 26, 2021

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The week of June 13 to 19 is Special Olympics Awareness Week in Manitoba.

Congrats to all Honour 150 honourees

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Congrats to all Honour 150 honourees

Heather Stefanson 3 minute read Friday, Apr. 30, 2021

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate three of my constituents who were named as part of the Honour 150, presented by Canada Life as part of the Manitoba 150 celebrations.

Earlier this year, 150 people from across Manitoba received this well-deserved recognition. Honour 150 recipients were nominated by people in their own communities based upon their dedication to philanthropic projects within our province.

Dr. Ernest Cholakis is the founder of Cholakis Dental Group. He has contributed to numerous public health initiatives in Winnipeg over his 40-year career.

Through endeavours such as The Tooth Fairy Carnival and The Open Wide campaign, Dr. Cholakis has proven himself as a champion of educating parents and children of all economic sectors of the importance of oral hygiene practices and healthier nutritional habits.

Friday, Apr. 30, 2021

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Gunvor Larsson was named one of Manitoba’s Honour 150 for her many contributions to the growth and recognition of Swedish culture in Manitoba.

Remembering the original Aunt Sally

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Remembering the original Aunt Sally

Heather Stefanson 3 minute read Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021

I hope this publication finds you and yours staying safe and enjoying the early spring weather. It’s inspiring us to get out and shake off the winter blues.

Speaking of getting outdoors, I am so excited about the re-opening of Aunt Sally’s Farm at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Some of you will fondly remember this attraction, while others will have the opportunity to experience it for the first time.

The original Aunt Sally’s Farm opened in August 1959. It was built on the site of the zoo’s original aviaries and featured a large picnic hut, a wishing well, a miller’s wheel and a central lawn area. The animal enclosures were home to a variety of small animals including geese, goats, donkeys, pigs and sheep that children could visit up close and interact with. The farm hosted thousands of visitors of all ages over its years of operation before it was closed in the summer of 1986 to make way for the construction of a new children’s attraction, the Kinsman Discovery Centre.

I would be remiss to not mention the great lady for whom Aunt Sally’s Farm was named after and inspired by. Sally Warnock came to Winnipeg in 1911 from Ireland to visit her brother and ended up staying. Her life and diverse career in Winnipeg is well documented and recognized. Over her lifetime of tireless dedication to domestic and wild animals she established herself as the city’s best-known animal rights campaigner. Her many accomplishments include being one of the founding members of the Winnipeg branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, now the Winnipeg Humane Society.

Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021

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Sally Warnock is the woman for whom Aunt Sally’s Farm was originally named in 1959. She was one of Winnipeg’s best-known animal advocates and was a founding member of what eventually became the Winnipeg Humane Society.

Thank you for all you’ve done this year

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Thank you for all you’ve done this year

Heather Stefanson 3 minute read Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

Today I would like to take the opportunity to extend a thank you to all of my constituents and to all Manitobans.

This has been a year like no other in our lifetime. While the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our daily routines with changes here at home and around the globe, it is comforting to know that amid the uncertainty there are still moments of strength and hope that showcase the resilience which people share in times like these.

Over the past few months, I have heard from constituents who shared very inspiring stories, such as good Samaritans offering help to our seniors and the most vulnerable in our community. I am proud of my constituents and all Manitobans who had made sacrifices in order to make the best of very difficult times and life challenges.

We have all had to adapt. I have witnessed the efforts on a community level, neighbours helping neighbours and extending their support beyond that for the greater good of the province. People helping people, they are reaching out in so many ways.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

Today I would like to take the opportunity to extend a thank you to all of my constituents and to all Manitobans.

This has been a year like no other in our lifetime. While the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our daily routines with changes here at home and around the globe, it is comforting to know that amid the uncertainty there are still moments of strength and hope that showcase the resilience which people share in times like these.

Over the past few months, I have heard from constituents who shared very inspiring stories, such as good Samaritans offering help to our seniors and the most vulnerable in our community. I am proud of my constituents and all Manitobans who had made sacrifices in order to make the best of very difficult times and life challenges.

We have all had to adapt. I have witnessed the efforts on a community level, neighbours helping neighbours and extending their support beyond that for the greater good of the province. People helping people, they are reaching out in so many ways.

Examples of positivity in the midst of crisis

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Examples of positivity in the midst of crisis

Heather Stefanson 3 minute read Monday, Apr. 27, 2020

Staying positive in the face of a challenge is what Manitobans do best. In fact, we’re seeing examples of positivity right here in the Tuxedo riding.

I’ve had many residents reach out to my constituency office with questions about how they can help out and make a difference as we face this challenge together.

In response to COVID-19, our government launched Help Next Door MB. It’s a website and an app where people who need help, and people who are willing to help can connect with each other.

If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you. Visit HelpNextDoorMB.ca to learn more.

Monday, Apr. 27, 2020

Staying positive in the face of a challenge is what Manitobans do best. In fact, we’re seeing examples of positivity right here in the Tuxedo riding.

I’ve had many residents reach out to my constituency office with questions about how they can help out and make a difference as we face this challenge together.

In response to COVID-19, our government launched Help Next Door MB. It’s a website and an app where people who need help, and people who are willing to help can connect with each other.

If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you. Visit HelpNextDoorMB.ca to learn more.

Let’s all look after one another

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Let’s all look after one another

Heather Stefanson 5 minute read Monday, Mar. 30, 2020

COVID-19 is here but you’re not alone. We’re in this together.In the midst of this pandemic, small acts of kindness between one another can help. Sometimes it’s the little things that help us get through the day. Recently, my kids and I delivered Subway sandwiches to thank all of the early learning and childcare staff in the department of families, who are working weekends to connect health-care workers with the childcare they need since schools have closed.We want to make sure we’re spreading the facts, not the virus. During times like these it’s important to ensure you’re getting information from official sources. Be careful not to share social media posts or emails that aren’t from authentic medical experts. The single and most up-to-date source of information on everything related to COVID-19 in Manitoba and beyond can be found here: manitoba.ca/covid19Throughout this time, Health Links-Info Santé has tripled the capacity of its phone lines to handle incoming calls. If you’re at all questioning if you should call — do it. They will assess you and determine if you should get tested for the virus at one of the many testing sites in Manitoba. Contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) if you’re experiencing symptoms.To help prevent further spread of the virus, our government has identified the 3Ps — protect yourself, protect your loved ones and protect our communities. That’s how we can all help defeat COVID-19. Practising social distancing is the most effective way you and I can act on the 3Ps.Social distancing means many things: staying two metres away from other people, declining to shake hands, staying home as much as you can, and avoiding non-essential travel. For more on the 3Ps visit: covid19manitoba.caAlthough times may feel uncertain, I want to reassure residents of the Tuxedo riding — and all Manitobans — that our team of MLAs is dedicated to protecting your health and safety. It’s the top priority.We’ve introduced the COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to Budget 2020.We’re increasing our Rainy Day Fund emergency response reserves to $872 million. Plus, with our diversified economic base, Manitoba continues to have one of the most stable and resilient economies in Canada. This leaves us better positioned to respond to this, and future emergencies effectively. As always, my office is available to answer your questions or concerns. We’re more than happy to help. You can reach out at 204-487-0013 or tuxconst@mymts.net

COVID-19 is here but you’re not alone. We’re in this together.In the midst of this pandemic, small acts of kindness between one another can help. Sometimes it’s the little things that help us get through the day.

Recently, my kids and I delivered Subway sandwiches to thank all of the early learning and childcare staff in the department of families, who are working weekends to connect health-care workers with the childcare they need since schools have closed.

We want to make sure we’re spreading the facts, not the virus. During times like these it’s important to ensure you’re getting information from official sources. Be careful not to share social media posts or emails that aren’t from authentic medical experts.

Monday, Mar. 30, 2020

Making memories at All Seniors Care Games

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Making memories at All Seniors Care Games

Heather Stefanson 5 minute read Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

Welcome to 2020! I hope all residents of the Tuxedo constituency—and Manitoba—had a restful holiday season with their family and friends.Since the holidays, January disappeared — and February is proving to be another busy month. The new year is off to a great start for Winnipeg’s Jewish community; congratulations to Mr. John Diamond for your new appointment as chief executive officer of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (JFM).John’s family has a long history with the JFM. His uncle was one of the original signatories to the JFM Charter in 1964. John understands the importance JFM’s engagement in our community — especially engagement with the new generation of Jewish youth. John also recognizes the need for creativity, modernization and adaptation. I look forward to continuing my dialogue with the JFM and John in the upcoming months.One of my favourite things about this time of year is the All Seniors Care (ASC) Games at the Shaftesbury Retirement Residence. Earlier this month, I once again brought greetings at the games. I’ve been honoured to have been included in this fun event since its inception 11 years ago.Participants, family members, and guests all walk away from each annual ASC Games with valued memories. This year, the games were held at 30 ASC Retirement Residences across Canada from Feb. 3 to 7. The games provide thousands of older adults the opportunity to participate in friendly competition to help them stay healthy, active — and go for gold. I look forward to experiencing it again next year.Of course, it wouldn’t be February without reading — and loving it.Every year at this time, I look forward to visiting the seven elementary schools in the Tuxedo constituency. I always meet with students and their teachers to share a book with them. This year I chose G is for Golden Boy-A Manitoba Alphabet. The book takes students on an A-Z journey in Manitoba, highlighting all the things that make our great province so great.I chose this book in part to get students ramped up for the celebration of the year — Manitoba 150! This is a historic year for our province. I was honoured to put forth five nominations for the Manitoba 150 Award; 150 people across the province who have demonstrated outstanding volunteerism will receive this honour. The committee for Manitoba 150 has received these nominations and will be announcing the recipients in April. For more information on all of the events and activities for Manitoba 150, please visit https://manitoba150.com/en/home/

Welcome to 2020! I hope all residents of the Tuxedo constituency—and Manitoba—had a restful holiday season with their family and friends.

Since the holidays, January disappeared — and February is proving to be another busy month. The new year is off to a great start for Winnipeg’s Jewish community; congratulations to Mr. John Diamond for your new appointment as chief executive officer of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (JFM).

John’s family has a long history with the JFM. His uncle was one of the original signatories to the JFM Charter in 1964. John understands the importance JFM’s engagement in our community — especially engagement with the new generation of Jewish youth. John also recognizes the need for creativity, modernization and adaptation. I look forward to continuing my dialogue with the JFM and John in the upcoming months.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

Celebrating the Special Olympics

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Celebrating the Special Olympics

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, May. 6, 2019

Those who know me well know that I have been involved with Special Olympics Manitoba for several years.

My kids Tommy and Victoria have volunteered for the organization and I remain a member of their honorary board. I am also happy every year to help advance the Special Olympics cause as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

After 19 years as the MLA for Tuxedo, I can proudly say that one of my greatest achievements was the introduction and unanimous passage of Bill 209, The Special Olympics Awareness Week Act.

This legislation made a simple but important change in our province by legislating that every year the second week of June would be known as Special Olympics Awareness Week in Manitoba.

Monday, May. 6, 2019

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Each year, MLAs celebrate Special Olympics Awareness Week alongside SO staff, volunteers, coaches and athletes for lunch and a game of bocce ball on the legislative grounds.

Big win for the Rangers

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Big win for the Rangers

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Apr. 1, 2019

I hope this finds everyone enjoying the start of spring after our long cold winter.

The end of winter hails the end of hockey season and I am so proud to be able to report on the recent victory of the Assiniboine Park AA bantam Rangers hockey team which claimed the 2019 city championship in its division!

The Assiniboine Park Hockey Association has been operating for over 45 years. It provides an elite hockey program in an environment which includes quality coaching, pride in self-improvement through hard work and discipline, and most importantly, fun.

Most of these 14- and 15-year-olds have played on and off with each other since they were wee Timbits! They aren’t just a team...they are good friends. When they’re not at practice or have a game, they’re still hanging out together.

Monday, Apr. 1, 2019

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The Assiniboine Park AA bantam Rangers won the 2019 city championship in their division this year.

Friendly competition at ASC games

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Friendly competition at ASC games

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

I hope this finds everyone staying warm and getting through the recent stretch of snow and cold weather.

Let’s think positive... not much longer to go!

Speaking of positivity, I had the great pleasure of attending the 10th annual All Seniors Care (ASC) Games at the Shaftesbury Retirement Residence at the beginning of the month. I have been honoured to have been included in this event since its’ inception.

The annual ASC Games creates wonderful memories for participants, family members and guests each year.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

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MLA Heather Stefanson was among the attendees of the All Seniors Care Games at the Shaftesbury Retirement Residence at the beginning of February.

Combatting bullying

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Combatting bullying

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

Last month on Oct. 25 I was very honoured to be at Queenston School for the launch of the Winnipeg Police Association’s 7th annual “Cool 2Be Kind” anti-bullying campaign.

As honorary co-chair of the initiative, I was pleased to join my fellow co-chair, former colleague and friend Kevin Chief.

The Cool 2Be Kind campaign is a positive behaviour, anti-bullying initiative of the Winnipeg Police Association that focuses on teaching students in kindergarten through Grade 8 the value of being kind to others and making good choices in school and in life.

Since 2013 this initiative has funded 145 kindness projects totalling $72,500 with off- duty police officers having spoken to over 50,000 students and educators. The campaign allows students and staff to create and submit a unique kindness proposal for their school for the opportunity to receive funding to see their program of choice come to life.

Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

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Heather Stefanson is pictured at the Legislative Building with fellow organizers of the Cool 2Be Kind initiative. Stefanson is an honorary co-chair of the initiative, which kicked off Oct. 25 at Queenston School.

Backpacks to help Carpathia students

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Backpacks to help Carpathia students

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving enjoying time with family and friends. It is a reminder to us all to be thankful for our health, happiness and prosperity. It also reminds us to be charitable to those who are less fortunate.

I was very pleased to present a private member’s statement in the House on the first day of session at the legislature recognizing the philanthropic initiatives put forth by the TELUS Foundation.

For the past three years TELUS has worked in partnership with Parliamentarians and legislatures across the country to host “Kits for Kids” as a part of the TELUS Days of Giving. Each spring during the Days of Giving TELUS mobilizes more than 20,000 team members, retirees, friends and family members to volunteer at community centres, retirement homes, parks, schools and hospitals across the country.

On May 30 I was happy to join my fellow MLAs in the Kits for Kids event at our Legislature. The task was simple; pack a backpack with school supplies (all donated by TELUS) and in turn receive ten backpacks to be distributed to a school of the MLA’s choice within their constituency. Since its’ inception the Kits for Kids project has provided over 2,500 students with backpacks to start their school year.

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

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Heather Stefanson, MLA for Tuxedo, with Telus volunteers.

50 years of providing great care

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50 years of providing great care

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2018

I hope this message finds all of you having enjoyed a wonderful summer within our community and around our beautiful province.

I had the great pleasure and opportunity to take part in numerous summer celebrations with both my family and my colleagues. So much to do, so much to see and too little time to do so.

One of the celebrations I would like to especially note was the 50th anniversary of Extendicare Tuxedo Villa on Aug. 21. Extendicare residences are located throughout Canada and are proudly commemorating their golden anniversary of “helping people live better.” We are very fortunate to have one of their facilities in the heart of our constituency.

Tuxedo Villa’s pledge to residents, their family and the community is making their facility feel like home. The dedicated staff create an atmosphere of home by lending their expertise and support to facilitate a lifestyle of engagement, activity and enjoyment. The core values of Extendicare and Tuxedo Villa are courtesy, attitude, responsibility and excellence which shines through when you visit the residence.

Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2018

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Tuxedo Villa’s pledge to residents is that the facility feels like home. MLA Heather Stefanson attended the villa’s 50th anniversary celebration on Aug. 21.

Thanks for everything, Father Altilia

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Thanks for everything, Father Altilia

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 30, 2018

This year, St. Paul’s High School bids a fond farewell to a remarkable person who has helped educate hundreds of young men in Tuxedo and across our province.

Fr. Leonard Altilia leaves St. Paul’s High School after five outstanding years as president to take on new responsibilities in Montreal as the director of the office of translation with the bilingual province of the Jesuits in Canada.

Originally from Toronto, Fr. Altilia came to our province with a long history of spiritual wisdom and academic excellence.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1964, was ordained to the priesthood in 1974, and pronounced his final vows as a Jesuit in 1979. He is also gifted academically, having earned a BA in romance languages and linguistics, a master of divinity, and both a bachelor and a master of education.

Monday, Jul. 30, 2018

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Tuxedo MLA Heather Stefanson invited Fr. Leonard Altilia to the legislature recently. Altilia was honoured by the assembly for his contributions at St. Paul’s High School, where he has served the past five years as president.

Happy to help

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Happy to help

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

Those who know me well know that I have been involved with Special Olympics Manitoba for several years. My kids Tommy and Victoria have volunteered for the organization and I remain a member of their honorary board.

I am also happy every year to help advance the Special Olympics cause as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

After 18 years as the MLA for Tuxedo, I can proudly say that one of my greatest achievements was the introduction and unanimous passage of Bill 209, The Special Olympics Awareness Week Act.

This legislation made a simple but important change in our province by legislating that every year the second week of June would be known as Special Olympics Awareness Week in Manitoba.

Monday, Jun. 11, 2018

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MLA Heather Stefanson (centre) is pictured with Special Olympics Manitoba president and chief executive officer Jennifer Campbell (left) and Scott Kolody, assistant commissioner and commanding officer of RCMP D Division, at a recent Special Olympics Awareness Week celebration. (SUPPLIED/THE SOU'WESTER/CANSTAR)

New centre a testament to resilience

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New centre a testament to resilience

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Apr. 30, 2018

As MLA for Tuxedo, I have had the privilege of building many great relationships with community organizations, churches, businesses, and schools throughout my constituency.

One of the relationships I value the most is the one I have established with Canadian Mennonite University. CMU is an invaluable post-secondary institution and truly one of the crown jewels of the Tuxedo community.

Rooted in a strong Christian faith tradition that is supported by the Mennonite Church Canada and the Mennonite Brethren Church, CMU offers diverse postsecondary programming to over 900 undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ecumenical backgrounds. After many visits to CMU, I can truly say that it lives up to its mission to equip “women and men for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.”

Not only does CMU enrich the spiritual and intellectual lives of its students and the wider community, it also adds to the beauty of Tuxedo.

Monday, Apr. 30, 2018

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(From left) Heather Stefanson, MLA for Tuxedo; Cheryl Pauls, president of Canadian Mennonite University; Ian Wishart, Minister of Education and Training; Doug Eyolfson, MP for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley; and James Magnus-Johnston, Director of the CMU Centre for Resilience cut the ribbon on the CMU’s new Centre of Resilience.

Fond farewell for the Conservatory

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Fond farewell for the Conservatory

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

As the MLA for Tuxedo for 18 years and a resident of this great community for even longer, I have truly cherished being so close to Winnipeg’s crown jewel: the Assiniboine Park.

Like many in the area, I have marveled at how the visionary leadership of Margaret Redmond, president and chief executive officer of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, has turned the park and zoo into a truly world-class destination for our city.

I was therefore incredibly proud recently to help support their transformational work.

Last July, I joined Margaret Redmond as well as Hartley Richardson, chair of the Conservancy’s board of directors, to announce $15 million from the provincial government to help fund the new Canada Diversity Gardens, the final phase of the Conservancy’s 10-year, $200-million development plan.

Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

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From left: Gerald Dieleman, project director for the Canada Diversity Gardens, Tuxedo MLA Heather Stefanson, and Margaret Redmond, president and chief executive officer of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. Stefanson took a final tour of the Conservatory Feb. 21.

Rady JCC offers great cultural programming

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Rady JCC offers great cultural programming

Heather Stefanson - Tuxedo MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

As MLA for Tuxedo, I have frequently visited the Rady Jewish Community Centre both to discuss issues important to the Jewish community and to enjoy some of their excellent cultural and athletic programming.

What I have come to learn is that there is always something exciting happening at Rady. Their fitness and wellness centre provides 54,000 square-feet of resistance training and cardio equipment along with a massive salt water pool and children’s play area. Staffed with several athletic trainers, members of the fitness and wellness centre can participate in exercise programs specifically designed for them.

Rady’s cultural programming is also among the best in Winnipeg. The People of the Book Jewish book club, which facilitates discussion and debate about a range of Jewish-themed literature, and the Izzy Asper Jazz Performance concert series, are just two outstanding examples of the full range of cultural activities available at the centre.

It was with this in mind that I was proud to recently announce a $1,500 investment in the Rady Jewish Community Centre’s Music ‘N’ Mavens concert and lecture series.

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

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Murray Gilfix, volunteer and board member with the Rady Jewish Community Centre (left), MLA Heather Stefanson, and Gayle Waxman, executive director of the Rady JCC, are pictured at the centre.