Sarah Guillemard

Sarah Guillemard

Fort Richmond constituency report

Sarah Guillemard is the PC MLA for Fort Richmond.

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Congratulations to 2022 graduates

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Congratulations to 2022 graduates

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

Life is full of moments where we face choices. Some are simple choices like what clothing we should wear on a given day, or what we may want to eat. Others are complex choices that can determine the direction and actions we will be taking for years to come.

I distinctly remember feeling the weight of choices as I prepared for my high school graduation. I was not exactly sure what career I wanted to pursue, although I did have the grades to pick any path before me. It was a daunting task to apply for university months ahead of finishing high school, still unsure of the ‘right’ choice. My favourite teacher had told me years before that I would be a great educator, and because of that comment, I chose to apply to the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba.

What I didn’t know at the time is that there was no right or wrong choice when it came to the pursuit of learning. There is also no rule set in stone that you must stick to your first choice. Each experience you have will prepare you for future steps, even if it seems to have no connection to your goals.

Graduation ceremonies were in full force this month, with many young Manitobans facing big choices about next steps in life. Some may be feeling immense anxiety about the path ahead, while others feel confident in their career paths. The one thing each of you have in common is that you have achieved a significant milestone on your life journey, and that deserves to be celebrated!

Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

Life is full of moments where we face choices. Some are simple choices like what clothing we should wear on a given day, or what we may want to eat. Others are complex choices that can determine the direction and actions we will be taking for years to come.

I distinctly remember feeling the weight of choices as I prepared for my high school graduation. I was not exactly sure what career I wanted to pursue, although I did have the grades to pick any path before me. It was a daunting task to apply for university months ahead of finishing high school, still unsure of the ‘right’ choice. My favourite teacher had told me years before that I would be a great educator, and because of that comment, I chose to apply to the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba.

What I didn’t know at the time is that there was no right or wrong choice when it came to the pursuit of learning. There is also no rule set in stone that you must stick to your first choice. Each experience you have will prepare you for future steps, even if it seems to have no connection to your goals.

Graduation ceremonies were in full force this month, with many young Manitobans facing big choices about next steps in life. Some may be feeling immense anxiety about the path ahead, while others feel confident in their career paths. The one thing each of you have in common is that you have achieved a significant milestone on your life journey, and that deserves to be celebrated!

The power of a mother’s love

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The power of a mother’s love

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

A mother’s love for her children is powerful. It is the foundation for our growth as humans and its absence can have detrimental effects for generations.

Every lesson I have learned in life is rooted in my own mother’s love for me, which I pass down to my own four children. It is a love that shows pain when we stumble, builds us up when we are down and constantly reminds us of our true worth.

It is a universal power seen in every culture and in every corner of the world. The love of a mother is the strongest protector of our hearts and the most effective treatment for anything that ails us.

This profound power comes at a cost for those who experience the soul searing pain of child loss. A pain that is amplified further when a child is lost to mental illness or substance use.

Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

A mother’s love will sustain a child for life.

Community shows support for Ukraine

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Community shows support for Ukraine

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2022

As we enter spring in Manitoba there is a sense of hope as the days get warmer and the sun shines brighter. It has been a long and difficult two years navigating a pandemic and all the unexpected changes to our lives.

Recently we have been flooded with news about the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. It has been devastating for the Ukrainian families living here in Manitoba as they worry about loved ones back home. The world has rallied to stand with Ukraine and provide supports as they defend their country and her people.

Manitobans have shown their heart by stepping forward with donations, offering their homes to families fleeing the violence, and sending messages of support and love to all who face the horrors of war.

As governments work around the clock to find ways to end the attacks and restore peace to Ukraine, there is work happening at the grassroots right here in Manitoba. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Manitoba is collecting contact information of people who have space in their homes to support women and children who will come here as refugees. They are also collecting funds to support humanitarian efforts for others trapped in the violence. To learn more about hosting a family or to make a donation, please visit www.uccmanitoba.ca

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2022

The window at Sarah Guillemard’s Fort Richmond constituency office is decorated in the colours of the Ukrainian flag with a message of support for Ukraine.

November has been a month to remember

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November has been a month to remember

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 26, 2021

The month of November has been chock full of significance this year. With the swearing-in of Manitoba’s first female Premier, Heather Stefanson, our province has opened the door to a future that recognizes the value of diverse viewpoints. It was an honour to attend the ceremony for my friend and colleague and to be a part of history being made.

In the midst of some of the most challenging times in our province’s history, Premier Stefanson stepped forward to serve in a role that will likely demand more from her than any previous premier. Her love for the people of Manitoba will always be her strongest attribute and that lead us back into relationship, which is key to restoring peace and community.

This month we also marked the 100th year milestone of the poppy’s adoption as the flower of remembrance. The Manitoba Legislative Building once again showcased the poppy blanket that hangs over the third floor balcony and drapes across the grand staircase. It is a stunning display of over 8,000 handmade crocheted poppies and is 85 feet in length. This project was the brainchild of Winnipegger Sheilah Lee Restall, who had read about a similar project online. She organized a group to join her in the efforts and was supported by city councillor Devi Sharma to bring the project to this public space.

The poppy blanket was a visual reminder during Veterans’ Week to pay tribute to the soldiers who fell in battle and to those who returned wounded. Those of us who have never experienced war cannot truly understand the sacrifices nor the undeserved gift we were given by these brave souls. We owe it to each veteran to actively honour the peace that was fought for.

Friday, Nov. 26, 2021

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The poppy blanket on display at the Legislative Building was a poignant reminder of sacrifices made by Canadian veterans.

Wear orange on Sept. 30

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Wear orange on Sept. 30

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

School has been in full swing for almost a month and the smiles on the faces of children speak volumes about the amazing job education staff have done to welcome each student back.

September is historically a busy month for families as they adjust to new routines at school, at home and in sports or other extracurricular activities. Add a pandemic and federal election to the mix and the days become that much more occupied for us all.

It is important to take time during all the busy-ness to reflect on the basics of good physical and mental health, and to maintain our friendships and relationships with others. These life fundamentals have been strained over the last year-and-a-half for people in Fort Richmond and across the globe.

 

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

School has been in full swing for almost a month and the smiles on the faces of children speak volumes about the amazing job education staff have done to welcome each student back.

September is historically a busy month for families as they adjust to new routines at school, at home and in sports or other extracurricular activities. Add a pandemic and federal election to the mix and the days become that much more occupied for us all.

It is important to take time during all the busy-ness to reflect on the basics of good physical and mental health, and to maintain our friendships and relationships with others. These life fundamentals have been strained over the last year-and-a-half for people in Fort Richmond and across the globe.

 

Kits for kids campaign helps families in need

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Kits for kids campaign helps families in need

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Friday, Aug. 27, 2021

The summer has passed by quickly and September is now upon us.

I usually look forward to the autumn for its beautiful colours, the fresh crisp air, and less annoying insects! This year feels a lot different than previous years. We have learned a lot over the last 18 months but we face another battle ahead of us with the pandemic’s 4th wave.

This year’s back to school routine looks and feels different for many families, including my own. We have learned to be adaptive, flexible, and in some ways more creative. The things we used to plan for are still planned for, but there is extra thought put into the ‘what if’ senarios. It takes an emotional and mental toll on each of us, which is why kindness is so important to offer in these challenging times.

One of the activities I look forward to is connecting with schools and families who are preparing for the return to classes. In Fort Richmond we have a large population of newcomers and vulnerable families who struggle this time of year to get their children prepared for a new school year. There are local organizations that are involved in assisting with school supplies and other supports for students.

Friday, Aug. 27, 2021

The summer has passed by quickly and September is now upon us.

I usually look forward to the autumn for its beautiful colours, the fresh crisp air, and less annoying insects! This year feels a lot different than previous years. We have learned a lot over the last 18 months but we face another battle ahead of us with the pandemic’s 4th wave.

This year’s back to school routine looks and feels different for many families, including my own. We have learned to be adaptive, flexible, and in some ways more creative. The things we used to plan for are still planned for, but there is extra thought put into the ‘what if’ senarios. It takes an emotional and mental toll on each of us, which is why kindness is so important to offer in these challenging times.

One of the activities I look forward to is connecting with schools and families who are preparing for the return to classes. In Fort Richmond we have a large population of newcomers and vulnerable families who struggle this time of year to get their children prepared for a new school year. There are local organizations that are involved in assisting with school supplies and other supports for students.

SWCC Fort Richmond site to be upgraded

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SWCC Fort Richmond site to be upgraded

Sarah Guillemard 2 minute read Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021

On July 24, along with Waverley MLA Jon Reyes, Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West), and Coun. Markus Chambers (St. Norbert-Seine River), I was pleased to announce that South Winnipeg Community Club has been awarded a 2021 Building Sustainable Communities grant from the provincial government.  Approximately $146,000 will help with several key upgrades needed at the SWCC’s Fort Richmond site. These include the upgrade of the building’s wooden exterior to metal cladding, new soffits and lighting. The showers and dressing room will be remodeled, and the arena will get new LED lighting and its ice plant condenser will be replaced. 

It is important to maintain our existing community clubs as a proactive approach to not only maintaining programs but also to ensuring that new programs will continue to be offered.  The modern facelift for SWCC will encourage continuous use of the facility. The ice plant condenser replacement will allow skating, hockey, and many other activities for years to come. The SWCC serves approximately 60,000 residents who will be pleased to see the improvements to this much-loved community gathering place.

Apart from the provincial grant, the SWCC has received a City of Winnipeg renovation grant and a donation from the Kinsmen Club, meaning the centre has a total of $292,000 for the upgrades.

I love to hear from you. Although my office is closed to the public for now, please feel free to reach out at 204-221-8881 or contact@sarahguillemard.com

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021

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Waverly MLA Jon Reyes, Fort Richmond MLA Sarah Guillemard, SWCC Fort Richmond site general manager Murray harding, Coun. Markus Chambers (St. Norbert - Seine River) and Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West) announced funding for upgrades and renovations to the centre and its arena on July 24.

Meet this year’s bursary winners

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Meet this year’s bursary winners

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 6, 2021

I am excited to celebrate this year’s recipients of the MLA for Fort Richmond Bursary Awards...

Congratulations to these deserving high school graduates:

David Jim Krouse graduating from Fort Richmond Collegiate; Delphus Harper, a graduate of South East Collegiate; and Jack Moore of Centre-scolaire Léo-Rémillard.  Anne Zhang from Acadia Junior High was also honoured as a band student to continue her musical pursuits.  

Your excellence is especially poignant during this challenging academic year.  

Tuesday, Jul. 6, 2021

I am excited to celebrate this year’s recipients of the MLA for Fort Richmond Bursary Awards...

Congratulations to these deserving high school graduates:

David Jim Krouse graduating from Fort Richmond Collegiate; Delphus Harper, a graduate of South East Collegiate; and Jack Moore of Centre-scolaire Léo-Rémillard.  Anne Zhang from Acadia Junior High was also honoured as a band student to continue her musical pursuits.  

Your excellence is especially poignant during this challenging academic year.  

Winnipeg turned blue for cystic fibrosis

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Winnipeg turned blue for cystic fibrosis

Sarah Guillemard 2 minute read Monday, Jun. 7, 2021

May was Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month  and on May 15, the Winnipeg sign at The Forks was coloured blue to highlight this. 

Fort Richmond resident Jackie Snarr’s grandson, Jack, lives with cystic fibrosis and   Jackie and her whole family are highly supportive of increasing awareness of cystic fibrosis and the new life-changing treatments that have been developed for Manitobans living with the condition. 

Please visit www.cysticfibrosis.ca to learn more about how to get involved.  

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Monday, Jun. 7, 2021

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Jackie and Dennis Snarr are Fort Richmond residents dedicated to raising awarness of cystic fibrosis because their grandson, Jack, lives with it. They had their picture taken at The Forks on May 15 when the Winnipeg sign was coloured blue in recognition of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.

Volunteers are core of our communities

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Volunteers are core of our communities

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 11, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers honoured this past Sunday!

May 12 is Manitoba Day, and as we again mark this occasion more quietly due to COVID-19, it is still a chance to celebrate our amazing province. Apart from the beautiful, varied landscape, it is the people who make our home so wonderful. Manitobans step up to make differences, big and small. 

Peter and Audrey VanderSpek are two such Manitobans. When our community club’s mini-soccer program desperately needed volunteers, they signed up to fill the roles of registrar and equipment manager.

Peter regularly helps with the South Winnipeg Community Centre soccer jamboree barbecue, Audrey has coached and they have both been involved with hockey, as well as volunteering at their church’s outreach programs and at Harvest Manitoba with their daughter, Lara, five, and son, Matthias, who’s eight. 

Tuesday, May. 11, 2021

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Peter and Audrey VanderSpek with their son, Matthias, and daughter, Lara.

Yazidi community finds home

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Yazidi community finds home

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

What a month for spring traditions. The Jewish community celebrated Passover in March and April, Hindus commemorated Holi, the “festival of colours,” and Christians celebrated Easter on April 4. Eastern Christians and the Yazidi community will also mark Easter on April 14. 

Thank you for celebrating safely during this second spring holiday season of COVID-19.

Throughout April, Yazidi people around the world are also observing the Yazidi new year. For the safety of families, it will be commemorated at home, rather than with the traditional communal feast. 

Hadji Hesso of the Yazidi Association of Manitoba notes the Yazidi people settled in Canada are proud Canadians, happy to be part of our city and province. They look forward to better times for celebration in the years to come, hopefully with new Yazidi arrivals. Hesso has volunteered for years to bring persecuted Yazidis over to Canada and help them settle in Winnipeg and other cities across North America.

Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

What a month for spring traditions. The Jewish community celebrated Passover in March and April, Hindus commemorated Holi, the “festival of colours,” and Christians celebrated Easter on April 4. Eastern Christians and the Yazidi community will also mark Easter on April 14. 

Thank you for celebrating safely during this second spring holiday season of COVID-19.

Throughout April, Yazidi people around the world are also observing the Yazidi new year. For the safety of families, it will be commemorated at home, rather than with the traditional communal feast. 

Hadji Hesso of the Yazidi Association of Manitoba notes the Yazidi people settled in Canada are proud Canadians, happy to be part of our city and province. They look forward to better times for celebration in the years to come, hopefully with new Yazidi arrivals. Hesso has volunteered for years to bring persecuted Yazidis over to Canada and help them settle in Winnipeg and other cities across North America.

Activity blooming in Fort Richmond this spring

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Activity blooming in Fort Richmond this spring

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Friday, Mar. 19, 2021

The beginning of March brought a much-needed break from winter’s cold. We can only hope the balmy weather extends quickly into spring. We all benefit from being able to easily step outside for a breath of fresh air after such a challenging winter. 

This past season has taken its toll in many ways. If you - like many - find yourself stressed, anxious, or depressed, please know there are free resources at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/bewell/virtualtherapy.html including self-guided online modules and virtual counselling. 

This pandemic has caused many of us to feel isolated and alone. We need to be conscientious about taking care of ourselves, our loved ones, and those we suspect may not be feeling loved.

In the meantime, Manitoba has provided many online activities to keep us safe and entertained. The website www.safeathomemb.ca offers free online events and activities designed to make staying home a little easier. One of my favourite family-friendly activities is Manitoba Museum’s Dome@Home, a weekly series of video programming inviting Manitobans to explore the universe.

Friday, Mar. 19, 2021

Photo by Ken Gigliott / Winnipeg
Helen Wang of Fort Richmond (above) is one of the Honour 150 honourees, a list of distinguished Manitobans who have helped better their province.

I Love to Read month inspires

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I Love to Read month inspires

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

Feb. 17 is I Read Canadian Day, a national celebration of Canadian books for young people that celebrates the richness, diversity, and breadth of Canadian literature.

As well, February is I Love to Read Month, with 2021’s theme of Joyful Reading in a New World. This year’s theme encourages readers to try new book formats and engage in different activities that promote reading, writing, and the sharing of the joy of literacy within the current pandemic situation. 

I have embraced this year’s theme of trying new formats to reach young readers in Fort Richmond, using a combination of recorded readings and live video calls with schools and daycares. Visiting young students during I Love to Read Month is my very favourite part of the year, and I am happy to continue to participate. 

My feelings were summed up wonderfully when I greeted a childcare class virtually, asking them, “Do you know why I come visit you each year in February?” 

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

Feb. 17 is I Read Canadian Day, a national celebration of Canadian books for young people that celebrates the richness, diversity, and breadth of Canadian literature.

As well, February is I Love to Read Month, with 2021’s theme of Joyful Reading in a New World. This year’s theme encourages readers to try new book formats and engage in different activities that promote reading, writing, and the sharing of the joy of literacy within the current pandemic situation. 

I have embraced this year’s theme of trying new formats to reach young readers in Fort Richmond, using a combination of recorded readings and live video calls with schools and daycares. Visiting young students during I Love to Read Month is my very favourite part of the year, and I am happy to continue to participate. 

My feelings were summed up wonderfully when I greeted a childcare class virtually, asking them, “Do you know why I come visit you each year in February?” 

Together, we will get through this

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Together, we will get through this

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

The beginning of a New Year is usually met with optimism and hope as we set goals to better ourselves. There is nothing usual about the start to this year. In fact, 2021 is proving to be a challenge for optimism as we face a pandemic, violent events and political unrest that threaten our health, freedom and sense of security.

All these elements have shaken us and created uncertainty and, for some, a feeling of helplessness.

Hope is not lost. The flicker of light at the end of this difficult tunnel can be seen in the numerous acts of kindness in our local community.

Nicole Carnegie, an active volunteer in Fort Richmond, jumped into action over the holidays when she heard of a family that was struggling because a loved one was in hospital with COVID-19. With their entire focus on the health of their relative, they had no time to plan or organize for a special Christmas.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

The beginning of a New Year is usually met with optimism and hope as we set goals to better ourselves. There is nothing usual about the start to this year. In fact, 2021 is proving to be a challenge for optimism as we face a pandemic, violent events and political unrest that threaten our health, freedom and sense of security.

All these elements have shaken us and created uncertainty and, for some, a feeling of helplessness.

Hope is not lost. The flicker of light at the end of this difficult tunnel can be seen in the numerous acts of kindness in our local community.

Nicole Carnegie, an active volunteer in Fort Richmond, jumped into action over the holidays when she heard of a family that was struggling because a loved one was in hospital with COVID-19. With their entire focus on the health of their relative, they had no time to plan or organize for a special Christmas.

Celebrate the holidays safely

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Celebrate the holidays safely

Sarah Guillemard 2 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

At this time of year, I usually highlight how the holidays are filled with joyful celebrations of many different faiths and cultures, with various traditions, in our diverse neighbourhood of Fort Richmond. And while I still hold these traditions and festivities dear, this year — this holiday season is unlike any other. 

This change cannot be ignored. We cannot be close to our loved ones in the same way we are used to. We cannot pop into shops and restaurants for supplies and treats as easily as before. Many are facing difficult financial decisions and have to stay far away from those they want to hold more than anything.

There is the hopeful light of the COVID-19 vaccine but it may be months before we have the level of protection needed to return to life as we knew it.

Yet, it is still important to mark traditions, hold our families and friends dear (virtually), and try to offer hope and connection when everything feels different. I know many in our community are reaching out to others, supporting charities with gifts or time, or kindly ordering a delivered meal for a neighbour.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

At this time of year, I usually highlight how the holidays are filled with joyful celebrations of many different faiths and cultures, with various traditions, in our diverse neighbourhood of Fort Richmond. And while I still hold these traditions and festivities dear, this year — this holiday season is unlike any other. 

This change cannot be ignored. We cannot be close to our loved ones in the same way we are used to. We cannot pop into shops and restaurants for supplies and treats as easily as before. Many are facing difficult financial decisions and have to stay far away from those they want to hold more than anything.

There is the hopeful light of the COVID-19 vaccine but it may be months before we have the level of protection needed to return to life as we knew it.

Yet, it is still important to mark traditions, hold our families and friends dear (virtually), and try to offer hope and connection when everything feels different. I know many in our community are reaching out to others, supporting charities with gifts or time, or kindly ordering a delivered meal for a neighbour.

Manitoba Bridge Grant open until Dec. 15

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Manitoba Bridge Grant open until Dec. 15

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

This is proving to be a challenging season for our community of Fort Richmond, our province, our country, and all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While we have all heard so much about this crisis lately, or may be dealing with it directly through illness, the death of a loved one, job or income loss, or mental health concerns, please know that I am here to serve you as best as I can. 

My office — while physically closed to the public — can be a source of information, including how and where to get help. Please reach out via phone at 204-221-8881 or email contact@sarahguillemard.com

Also, please follow my social media feeds for current news and resources.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

This is proving to be a challenging season for our community of Fort Richmond, our province, our country, and all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While we have all heard so much about this crisis lately, or may be dealing with it directly through illness, the death of a loved one, job or income loss, or mental health concerns, please know that I am here to serve you as best as I can. 

My office — while physically closed to the public — can be a source of information, including how and where to get help. Please reach out via phone at 204-221-8881 or email contact@sarahguillemard.com

Also, please follow my social media feeds for current news and resources.

Local teacher-librarian stands above the rest

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Local teacher-librarian stands above the rest

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

October is Canadian Library Month, an annual celebration of libraries, library workers, and their services, as declared by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations.

It is also International School Library Month, with the 2020 theme being Finding Your Way to Good Health and Well Being.  Participants are encouraged to think about the connection between books, reading, school libraries, good health and well being.

How fitting, then, that this month we celebrate one of Fort Richmond’s teacher-librarians from Bairdmore School, who has received multiple awards in 2019 and 2020.

Alison Bodner received the 2019 Manitoba School Library Association’s outstanding teacher-librarian of the year award. She also she received the 2020 Angela Thacker Memorial Award, which honours teacher-librarians nationwide who have made contributions to the profession through publications, productions, or professional development activities. 

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

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Fort Richmond MLA Sarah Guillemard was pleased to honour Bairdmore School teacher-librarian both in person and in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly.

Giving thanks in our community

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Giving thanks in our community

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

As Thanksgiving approaches, there is so much for which to be grateful in our community. This year is particularly poignant as we “Stay Apart, Together,” and once again, possibly find different ways to celebrate. 

Speaking of different, schools in Fort Richmond are finding creative ways to help kids adjust to school life. I am thankful for the efforts of educators, support staff, and administrators who are working tirelessly to re-open and keep open our schools. 

Every aspect of facilities and activities has been examined, adjusted, and even eliminated to adopt safety for everyone. The education of children is important in our society and needs to be timely; we cannot indefinitely suspend learning opportunities which are best addressed at certain ages and stages of development. Children (and families) need normalcy, even if that looks a little strange right now.

I am inspired by a quote from Bairdmore School’s Open House YouTube video:

Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

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École St Avila teachers Dan Mitchell and Lucille Fournier played guitars to welcome students on the first day of school.

Summer’s here and we are finally reopening

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Summer’s here and we are finally reopening

Sarah Guillemard 2 minute read Friday, Jul. 10, 2020

Last month, as Fort Richmond Collegiate staff and students got creative to celebrate the graduating classes of 2020 during a pandemic, I was happy to announce the recipients of the MLA for Fort Richmond bursaries. 

Our community congratulates Lucy Liu from Acadia Junior High School, who received a band bursary; Alexander Papineau from Centre Scolaire Léo-Rémillard, Ethan Little from Southeast Collegiate and Maltha Uwambajimana of Fort Richmond Collegiate. 

The last school year was a challenging, unforgettable one for students, staff and families. You should all be extremely proud of your achievements.

After a long winter and strange spring, we are relieved to benefit from the heat of summer and the safe, enjoyable activities that come along with sweltering Manitoba sunshine. In Fort Richmond, many local businesses are now open and ready to serve us, whether safely in person, online, or through delivery and pickup. 

Friday, Jul. 10, 2020

Last month, as Fort Richmond Collegiate staff and students got creative to celebrate the graduating classes of 2020 during a pandemic, I was happy to announce the recipients of the MLA for Fort Richmond bursaries. 

Our community congratulates Lucy Liu from Acadia Junior High School, who received a band bursary; Alexander Papineau from Centre Scolaire Léo-Rémillard, Ethan Little from Southeast Collegiate and Maltha Uwambajimana of Fort Richmond Collegiate. 

The last school year was a challenging, unforgettable one for students, staff and families. You should all be extremely proud of your achievements.

After a long winter and strange spring, we are relieved to benefit from the heat of summer and the safe, enjoyable activities that come along with sweltering Manitoba sunshine. In Fort Richmond, many local businesses are now open and ready to serve us, whether safely in person, online, or through delivery and pickup. 

Plenty to celebrate, plenty to consider

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Plenty to celebrate, plenty to consider

Sarah Guillemard 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2020

There are some very unsettling and difficult conversations happening across North America about privilege and abuse of power. 

The actions of many citizens have proven these discussions necessary if we want to reach the goal of peace and justice for all.  I stand with every person who has lived through trauma, abuse, systemic racism, and any other form of injustice. I stand with you through the pain and will celebrate when we witness the needed changes in our society.

As well, my heart goes out to all the graduating students from high schools and universities across the province.

We have been forced to take a more practical and safe approach to time that is traditionally marked by pomp and circumstance. Thank you to all the school staff who have gone the extra mile by planning creative ways to honour graduates. It means so much to the students and their families.

Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2020

There are some very unsettling and difficult conversations happening across North America about privilege and abuse of power. 

The actions of many citizens have proven these discussions necessary if we want to reach the goal of peace and justice for all.  I stand with every person who has lived through trauma, abuse, systemic racism, and any other form of injustice. I stand with you through the pain and will celebrate when we witness the needed changes in our society.

As well, my heart goes out to all the graduating students from high schools and universities across the province.

We have been forced to take a more practical and safe approach to time that is traditionally marked by pomp and circumstance. Thank you to all the school staff who have gone the extra mile by planning creative ways to honour graduates. It means so much to the students and their families.

Holiday traditions

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Holiday traditions

Sarah Guillemard - Fort Richmond MLA Constituency Report 4 minute read Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019

The holidays are filled with celebrations of many different faiths and cultures around the world, and we are fortunate to experience the various traditions within our diverse neighbourhood of Fort Richmond. This is a season of coming together with friends and family. As a person of faith, I am thankful to live in a province that protects the rights of individuals to express themselves free from discrimination and persecution.It is truly a blessing to live and serve within a community that values connection and relationship. Thank you to the staff and volunteers at SWCC Richmond site for organizing the Skate with Santa Breakfast earlier this month. I am grateful to have been invited, to assist with serving the many families who came to see Santa and fill their morning with festive fun!Like many of us, I have special holiday memories. Every Christmas Eve we invite family and friends over for soup, hors d’oeuvres and simple desserts. Fun trivia games are played long into the night, and after the guests have left, each of my four children are allowed to open one gift before heading to bed. Stockings are filled and hung on their doorknobs while they sleep (or pretend to sleep), and the house is quiet and still until the morning excitement begins. Traditions and memories are precious and my wish is that everyone has plenty of both to bless their hearts this holiday season.I was happy to open my office to constituents on Dec. 16 and share some of the good cheer that permeates the air during this special month.  Each interaction and greeting was full of smiles and well wishes for the upcoming new year. One couple shared their travel plans for the Christmas break, another spoke of their unique traditions on the first of January! As 2019 winds down, thoughts quickly turn to New Year’s resolutions and fresh starts. There are several exciting new projects that will gear up in Fort Richmond in the new year, and I look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks!Warmest wishes to you and your loved ones this holiday season and all the best in 2020! Please feel free to reach out to me at the constituency office at 204-221-8881 or contact@sarahguillemard.com

The holidays are filled with celebrations of many different faiths and cultures around the world, and we are fortunate to experience the various traditions within our diverse neighbourhood of Fort Richmond. This is a season of coming together with friends and family. 

As a person of faith, I am thankful to live in a province that protects the rights of individuals to express themselves free from discrimination and persecution.

It is truly a blessing to live and serve within a community that values connection and relationship. Thank you to the staff and volunteers at SWCC Richmond site for organizing the Skate with Santa Breakfast earlier this month. I am grateful to have been invited, to assist with serving the many families who came to see Santa and fill their morning with festive fun!

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019

The holidays are filled with celebrations of many different faiths and cultures around the world, and we are fortunate to experience the various traditions within our diverse neighbourhood of Fort Richmond. This is a season of coming together with friends and family. As a person of faith, I am thankful to live in a province that protects the rights of individuals to express themselves free from discrimination and persecution.It is truly a blessing to live and serve within a community that values connection and relationship. Thank you to the staff and volunteers at SWCC Richmond site for organizing the Skate with Santa Breakfast earlier this month. I am grateful to have been invited, to assist with serving the many families who came to see Santa and fill their morning with festive fun!Like many of us, I have special holiday memories. Every Christmas Eve we invite family and friends over for soup, hors d’oeuvres and simple desserts. Fun trivia games are played long into the night, and after the guests have left, each of my four children are allowed to open one gift before heading to bed. Stockings are filled and hung on their doorknobs while they sleep (or pretend to sleep), and the house is quiet and still until the morning excitement begins. Traditions and memories are precious and my wish is that everyone has plenty of both to bless their hearts this holiday season.I was happy to open my office to constituents on Dec. 16 and share some of the good cheer that permeates the air during this special month.  Each interaction and greeting was full of smiles and well wishes for the upcoming new year. One couple shared their travel plans for the Christmas break, another spoke of their unique traditions on the first of January! As 2019 winds down, thoughts quickly turn to New Year’s resolutions and fresh starts. There are several exciting new projects that will gear up in Fort Richmond in the new year, and I look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks!Warmest wishes to you and your loved ones this holiday season and all the best in 2020! Please feel free to reach out to me at the constituency office at 204-221-8881 or contact@sarahguillemard.com

The holidays are filled with celebrations of many different faiths and cultures around the world, and we are fortunate to experience the various traditions within our diverse neighbourhood of Fort Richmond. This is a season of coming together with friends and family. 

As a person of faith, I am thankful to live in a province that protects the rights of individuals to express themselves free from discrimination and persecution.

It is truly a blessing to live and serve within a community that values connection and relationship. Thank you to the staff and volunteers at SWCC Richmond site for organizing the Skate with Santa Breakfast earlier this month. I am grateful to have been invited, to assist with serving the many families who came to see Santa and fill their morning with festive fun!

Reflecting on the gift of freedom

Sarah Guillemard - Fort Richmond MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Preview

Reflecting on the gift of freedom

Sarah Guillemard - Fort Richmond MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

These are words that permeate the month of November as we reflect on the amazing gift of freedom and peace we were given by the brave men and women who fought for our country.

I was invited to participate in a service at Victoria General Hospital, where I read former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson’s Eulogy for Canada’s Unknown Soldier to a room full of patients who have lived through memories of war.

Their tears, songs and reverence during the service displayed an understanding and burden beyond what most of us could ever comprehend. I thank them for allowing me into their space to be a part of the respect and honour owed to all the members who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces.

The torch that was passed to our generation is filled with a flame that yearns for lasting peace. It is up to us to find ways to work toward unity and co-operation so we do not dishonour the ultimate sacrifice of our ancestors.

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

These are words that permeate the month of November as we reflect on the amazing gift of freedom and peace we were given by the brave men and women who fought for our country.

I was invited to participate in a service at Victoria General Hospital, where I read former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson’s Eulogy for Canada’s Unknown Soldier to a room full of patients who have lived through memories of war.

Their tears, songs and reverence during the service displayed an understanding and burden beyond what most of us could ever comprehend. I thank them for allowing me into their space to be a part of the respect and honour owed to all the members who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces.

The torch that was passed to our generation is filled with a flame that yearns for lasting peace. It is up to us to find ways to work toward unity and co-operation so we do not dishonour the ultimate sacrifice of our ancestors.

The key to successful teaching

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The key to successful teaching

Sarah Guillemard - Fort Richmond MLA Constituency Report 2 minute read Monday, Jun. 10, 2019

Education has been described as the key to success.

When we think of education, most people focus on academics and results. Although these are the tools and outcomes of learning, they are not reflective of the true keys to success.

My mother was a teacher who approached each child as an opportunity for her own growth in understanding best teaching practices. She found there are many avenues to learning, but students can fall into three categories: those who are self-motivated and confident to explore on their own, those who depend on constant affirmation and direction, and those whose minds work in amazing ways that the teacher needs to figure out to help them demonstrate understanding.

The common theme among all three categories, according to my mother, is they all perform optimally when they have a positive relationship with their teacher. Pembina Trails School Division is filled with teachers who understand and practise this approach, which is why many of their students reach success.

Monday, Jun. 10, 2019

Education has been described as the key to success.

When we think of education, most people focus on academics and results. Although these are the tools and outcomes of learning, they are not reflective of the true keys to success.

My mother was a teacher who approached each child as an opportunity for her own growth in understanding best teaching practices. She found there are many avenues to learning, but students can fall into three categories: those who are self-motivated and confident to explore on their own, those who depend on constant affirmation and direction, and those whose minds work in amazing ways that the teacher needs to figure out to help them demonstrate understanding.

The common theme among all three categories, according to my mother, is they all perform optimally when they have a positive relationship with their teacher. Pembina Trails School Division is filled with teachers who understand and practise this approach, which is why many of their students reach success.

Support local sport this summer

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Support local sport this summer

Sarah Guillemard - Fort Richmond MLA Constituency Report 3 minute read Monday, Apr. 29, 2019

Historically, sport has been a unifying activity. Whether you play a sport or are just an avid spectator, you are part of a group that celebrates wins together and commiserates losses.

I have been a sports fan since I was a child, and remember watching the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Jets with my family huddled on the couch. There were exciting victories during those years, as well as devastating defeats. But through it all, fond memories were made.

It has been encouraging to see the energy of the hockey fan base building since the Winnipeg Jets returned to the city in 2011. Although there was hope for a longer playoff run this year, the unity of the fans lasts long after the final whistle of spring, and typically carries over into the Blue Bomber season.

With the warmer weather, our focus shifts to summer sports in which Winnipeg offers a buffet of entertainment. From football to baseball to soccer, there are games to keep you cheering well into the fall.

Monday, Apr. 29, 2019

Historically, sport has been a unifying activity. Whether you play a sport or are just an avid spectator, you are part of a group that celebrates wins together and commiserates losses.

I have been a sports fan since I was a child, and remember watching the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Winnipeg Jets with my family huddled on the couch. There were exciting victories during those years, as well as devastating defeats. But through it all, fond memories were made.

It has been encouraging to see the energy of the hockey fan base building since the Winnipeg Jets returned to the city in 2011. Although there was hope for a longer playoff run this year, the unity of the fans lasts long after the final whistle of spring, and typically carries over into the Blue Bomber season.

With the warmer weather, our focus shifts to summer sports in which Winnipeg offers a buffet of entertainment. From football to baseball to soccer, there are games to keep you cheering well into the fall.