Scott Fielding

Scott Fielding

Kirkfield Park constituency report

Scott Fielding is the PC MLA for Kirkfield Park.

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Congratulations to the St. James Canucks

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Congratulations to the St. James Canucks

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 18, 2022

On April 25, the St. James Canucks of the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League defeated the defending champion Pembina Valley Twisters 5-0 in the fifth game of their best-of-seven final series at the Bell MTS Iceplex to secure their first league title since 1998 with a 4-1 series victory.

The Canucks lost just four games in the regular season, and only two playoff games on their way to winning the Jack McKenzie Trophy, which is named in honour of the league founder and inaugural MMJHL president.

The Canucks dedicated the championship to Marc (Wanks) Wankling, their dear friend and equipment manager who passed in the fall. They carry on his spirit of giving back to the community by volunteering at community events that include the Sturgeon Heights Carnival, Assiniboia West community pancake breakfast, Canucks fall development skills camp and St. James Hockey Day.

This is the second time the Canucks have won the championship trophy in their 44-year history, and I was pleased to recognize the team in a member’s statement at the Legislature on April 27 for this achievement.

Wednesday, May. 18, 2022

Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding (far left) and Assiniboia MLA Scott Johnston (far right) recently hosted and honoured members of the MMJHL champion St. James Canucks at the Legislature.

Grant’s Old Mill to reopen on May 21

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Grant’s Old Mill to reopen on May 21

Scott Fielding 2 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022

Do you need help with your tax return?

My constituency office at 3129 Portage Ave. is hosting a drop-off tax clinic until the end of April for constituents with modest incomes requiring simple tax solutions. Your tax returns will be completed by a volunteer, and you will pick it up at a later time.

Individuals assisted by the program include:

• adults 65 years and older;

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022

Kirkfield Park MLA recently made a member’s statement in the Manitoba Legislature honour the work of the St. James-Assiniboia Pioneer Association and its stewardship of Grant’s Old Mill Museum.

Kirkfield Park is a winter wonderland

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Kirkfield Park is a winter wonderland

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022

On Jan. 12, our local Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce president Kristi Meek organized a budget consultation with chamber members, one of several budget consults happening throughout the province ahead of Budget 2022.

I was impressed by the thoughtful questions presented by local business owners and was happy to take part in this virtual event.

The recent cabinet shuffle means that this gathering was one of my last budget consultations as minister of finance, a portfolio in which I’ve truly enjoyed serving. Moving forward, I am honoured to represent Manitobans as the minister for natural resources and northern development, and the minister responsible for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.

This is an important role with an emphasis on economic development opportunities for residents in northern Manitoba, and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022

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Keith Bodley Arena at Kirkfield-Westwood Community Centre offers indoor public skating on Sundays from noon to 1 p.m.

Dishwasher Tyler takes his MLA to work

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Dishwasher Tyler takes his MLA to work

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021

In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month, I recently had the pleasure of joining Tyler at Little Goat Food and Drink (2615 Portage Ave.) for Take Your MLA to Work Day.

Tyler is a dishwasher there and he is really good at what he does, as confirmed by the people he works with. I was reminded of my days washing dishes at Brothers Restaurant on Portage Avenue in my youth and how fast-paced it can get!

Thanks to Oly Backstrom and Krish Sadanandan from SCE Lifeworks, to chef Alex Svenne for the conversation and tour, and to Tyler who showed us how the job gets done (and done well) with a positive attitude.

With the support of SCE Lifeworks, the significant contributions made by Manitobans with disabilities in inclusive workforces continues to grow — a good thing for our community.

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021

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St. James MLA Scott Fielding spent time on Take Your MLA to Work Day with Tyler, who works as a dishwasher at Little Goat Food and Drink.

Anavets 283 is ready for Veterans Week

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Anavets 283 is ready for Veterans Week

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

It has been a busy October at the Legislative Building with the latest sitting focused on Budget 2021, which helps make life more affordable for Manitobans while providing support in the fight against COVID-19.

In our community, the St. James-Assiniboia 55-plus Centre hosted a 55-plus Active Living and Resources Expo at the Westwood Community Church on Oct. 22. It was good to see so many local organizations come together for our community.

Some of the 25 organizations with info booths included:

• Mensheds Woodhaven;• Diamond Athletics;• The Seniors Moving Company;• Bee Wellness;• A&O Support Services for Older Adults;• Heart to Home Meals;• Yourstyle Financial;• Manitoba Association of Senior Centres.

Friday, Oct. 29, 2021

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Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding and Assiniboia MLA Scott Johnson paid a visit to Anavets 283 on Portage Avenue to view its impressive mural honouring several Canadian heroes.

Great to see people out at local barbecues

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Great to see people out at local barbecues

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

The leaves are changing colour and the kids are back in school - fall is definitely in the air.

It was great to get out and see some of you at a couple of the local barbecues we’ve had this month, here’s hoping these warm temperatures last a little longer so we can continue to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Kirkfield Park.

On Sept. 8 we were at Grant’s Old Mill with MLA Scott Johnston where it was a pleasure to have MLA Heather Stefanson join us.

Thanks also to Coun. Kevin Klein (Charles-wood-Tuxedo-Westwood) and MP Marty Morantz for coming by, and to Food Fare for providing the delicious food. It was our first barbecue in over two years, and I’ve certainly missed these opportunities to connect with community members. Big thanks to every one who took the time to come out.

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

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On Sept. 8, Scott Fielding (centre) hosted a barbecue at Grant’s Old Mill with MLA Scott Johnston, where they were joined by MLA Heather Stefanson (at right, in glasses).

Enjoying all Kirkfield park has to offer

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Enjoying all Kirkfield park has to offer

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Monday, Sep. 6, 2021

I am proud to have grown up in Kirkfield Park.

With an abundance of parks, trails, rinks and community spaces there was never a shortage of things to do or places to explore. I’ve always enjoyed biking in and around our constituency and this summer has been no different.

A couple weeks ago I was able to hop on my bike and connect with some of the good people in our neighbourhood. Starting on the Sturgeon Park Greenway off Ness Avenue, I meandered south through the constituency towards Best Street where it was my privilege to personally present James and Marlene Taylor with a certificate of recognition for their 60th wedding anniversary! Congratulations to them both, a wonderful milestone to celebrate.

After a short visit I carried on towards Woodhaven Park where people of all ages were out enjoying a walk with their dogs or chatting with friends while strolling past “The Hill.” From here you can connect to Assiniboine Crescent where there is a great bike path that takes you under or across the Moray Bridge in the direction of Assiniboine Park. You can also pick up some tasty snacks across from the park — the iconic Sargent Sundae is a favourite stop for many who visit the park looking for frozen treats to help beat the heat.

Monday, Sep. 6, 2021

I am proud to have grown up in Kirkfield Park.

With an abundance of parks, trails, rinks and community spaces there was never a shortage of things to do or places to explore. I’ve always enjoyed biking in and around our constituency and this summer has been no different.

A couple weeks ago I was able to hop on my bike and connect with some of the good people in our neighbourhood. Starting on the Sturgeon Park Greenway off Ness Avenue, I meandered south through the constituency towards Best Street where it was my privilege to personally present James and Marlene Taylor with a certificate of recognition for their 60th wedding anniversary! Congratulations to them both, a wonderful milestone to celebrate.

After a short visit I carried on towards Woodhaven Park where people of all ages were out enjoying a walk with their dogs or chatting with friends while strolling past “The Hill.” From here you can connect to Assiniboine Crescent where there is a great bike path that takes you under or across the Moray Bridge in the direction of Assiniboine Park. You can also pick up some tasty snacks across from the park — the iconic Sargent Sundae is a favourite stop for many who visit the park looking for frozen treats to help beat the heat.

$13 million-plus for St. James Civic Centre upgrades

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$13 million-plus for St. James Civic Centre upgrades

Scott Fielding 2 minute read Monday, Aug. 9, 2021

As we recently announced, the government of Manitoba is funding over $4.4 million and the City of Winnipeg is contributing more than $3.5 million toward eligible costs for St. James Civic Centre upgrades. In addition, the Government of Canada is investing more than $5.2 million in this project for a total of over $13 million.

Over 56 years ago, a plan to redevelop the land of the Assiniboine Golf Course came to fruition when construction of the Civic Centre began at the corner of Woodlawn Street and Ness Avenue. This new building boasted a 350-seat auditorium, a swimming pool and a 1,500-seat arena.

The SJCC became a hub for recreational activities in the area and was known as one of the more prominent (and also one of the larger) hockey venues in Winnipeg. Hockey greats Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg, and Kent Nilsson first practised there in 1974, and most recently the facility was home to the St. James Canucks of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and other local minor hockey teams.

Now over 50 years old, the SJCC is in need of improvements to continue to provide our community with a place to meet and to access sports and recreational activities. On July 30, I was honored to be part of the tri-level funding announcement for the expansion of the Civic Centre.

Monday, Aug. 9, 2021

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Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding speaks on July 30 at the announcement of tri-level funding for upgrades to the St. James Civic Centre.

Grads, grants and happy summer wishes

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Grads, grants and happy summer wishes

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 9, 2021

Welcome to summer! This week (July 12 to 18) you do not require a park pass for entry into any of our provincial parks, a great reason to get out and do some exploring in our beautiful province.

Locally, we’ve had some exciting announcements made. Just a couple of weeks ago, with Coun. Scott Gillingham (St. James) and Linda Smiley, president of Sturgeon Heights Community Centre I was happy to announce a $32,000 investment from the province’s Building Sustainable Communities program to support construction of an addition at SHCC.

This expansion will include changerooms, meeting rooms and storage facilities which will help to grow the sports and activities programming that are so important to families in the area.

I was also happy to announce that the Historical Museum Association of St. James-Assiniboia will receive a $6,800 grant from this fund, which will help to support the 100th anniversary celebrations of St. James.Watch for announcements and events happening in the area through the rest of the year!

Friday, Jul. 9, 2021

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Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding and Bonita Hunter-Eastwood, executive director of the St. James-Assiniboia Historical Museum, standing in front of the 1856 Red River Frame House on site at the museum at 3180 Portage Ave.

Celebrating 100 years of parks in St. James

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Celebrating 100 years of parks in St. James

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Monday, Jun. 14, 2021

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the RM of St. James, and you will notice a series of events, projects, and installations taking place as we celebrate this milestone within our community.

We are fortunate to have several green spaces that provide a place to enjoy fresh air and recreational opportunities. I grew up in the area, and have many memories of riding my bike through Bourkevale or walking the trails of Bruce Park with friends; today I continue to enjoy the parks with my kids - one of our favorite activities is sledding the hill at Woodhaven.

As we celebrate St. James’ 100th, let us look back some the parks that have served our neighbourhoods.

Early in Winnipeg’s evolution it was recognized that public parks serve an important societal function as recreational spaces for diverse communities of people. They have a significant impact on our physical and mental well-being and are a crucial part of any thriving community.

Monday, Jun. 14, 2021

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Assiniboine Park, which straddles the Assiniboine River between St. James and Charleswood, is Winnipeg’s largest park.

Grants help out many great local organizations

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Grants help out many great local organizations

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Friday, May. 21, 2021

As we head into May long weekend and spending more time outdoors, I’m happy to share that Kirkfield Park received over $200,000 in 2021 Green Team funding.

Urban and Hometown Green Team grants allow communities to hire youth aged 15 to 29 to work on community projects between May 1 and Sept. 30. Non-profit organizations in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba are eligible to receive 100 per cent of wage costs and $250 per position for support costs, while municipal governments receive 50 per cent of wage costs and $125 per position for support costs, on a cost-shared basis. The province is maintaining its 2020 funding level for Green Teams, which had doubled from 2019 to stimulate youth job creation during the pandemic. Priorities for the 2021 summer season are focused on community-based organizations and municipal governments that can offer full-time employment opportunities for youth, and projects that support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.  

These grants are a strong investment in our youth by helping them get involved in our communities and parks while kick-starting their career prospects. The funding supports projects involving grounds maintenance, public education, building maintenance, office work and trails.

The local organizations awarded this funding include:

Friday, May. 21, 2021

As we head into May long weekend and spending more time outdoors, I’m happy to share that Kirkfield Park received over $200,000 in 2021 Green Team funding.

Urban and Hometown Green Team grants allow communities to hire youth aged 15 to 29 to work on community projects between May 1 and Sept. 30. Non-profit organizations in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba are eligible to receive 100 per cent of wage costs and $250 per position for support costs, while municipal governments receive 50 per cent of wage costs and $125 per position for support costs, on a cost-shared basis. The province is maintaining its 2020 funding level for Green Teams, which had doubled from 2019 to stimulate youth job creation during the pandemic. Priorities for the 2021 summer season are focused on community-based organizations and municipal governments that can offer full-time employment opportunities for youth, and projects that support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.  

These grants are a strong investment in our youth by helping them get involved in our communities and parks while kick-starting their career prospects. The funding supports projects involving grounds maintenance, public education, building maintenance, office work and trails.

The local organizations awarded this funding include:

riverside cleanup and Budget 2021

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riverside cleanup and Budget 2021

Scott Fielding 2 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2021

April is Earth Month, an opportunity to celebrate our planet and all it provides while taking pause to reflect on our home and how we are treating it.

In Kirkfield Park we are fortunate to have the Assiniboine River winding through our constituency. Where Oxbow Bend Road meets the river is a peaceful little place where people like to read their books on the rocks, launch a canoe, go fishing or have a picnic.

Unfortunately, there usually seems to be a lot of litter blowing around, a problem not unique to just Kirkfield Park. On April 10, my kids and I were happy to take part in a clean-up organized by two constituents, Sandi Ferguson and Carrol MacDonald. They timed it before the recent snowstorm, which was a bonus.

This is the second year they have organized a clean-up with the support of Take Pride Winnipeg. In total, our group of roughly 15 volunteers gathered 67 bags of garbage - garbage that won’t be making its way into the Assiniboine River.  

Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2021

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Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding and his kids joined a team of about 15 volunteers to help clean up the riverbank area at the end of Oxbow Bend Road on April 10.

Plenty going on as vaccinations ramp up

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Plenty going on as vaccinations ramp up

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021

Vaccinations continue to get underway!

At the time of writing this we were already vaccinating those 75 or older in the general population with eligibility opening up daily. Over 900 COVID-19  vaccine clinics have been planned for Manitoba and, as supplies continue to arrive, the number of vaccinations will continue to increase. We are hopeful that all adult Manitobans could be vaccinated with their first doses by mid-May.

To know if you are eligible for the vaccination, please visit www.protectmb.ca and click on the Current Eligibility Criteria tab.

Appointments can now be made online or by calling 1-844-626-8222. You will be screened to ensure you meet current eligibility when you call to book an appointment. Be sure to have your Manitoba Health cards ready!

Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021

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The walkway under Portage Avenue on the Sturgeon Creek Greenway Trail.

A busy month of community engagement

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A busy month of community engagement

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Earlier this month, you may have been part in one of a series of telephone town halls or virtual engagement sessions conducted for Budget 2021. I want to thank everyone who took part and provided their input and feedback.

We were able to connect with more Manitobans than ever before despite the pandemic restricting the ways in which we gather. There were 50,686 engagements with people in 2021, compared with 18,225 engagements in 2020.

Thanks also  to the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce for hosting a Zoom call last week to continue the discussion on the budget. Everyone’s input in this process matters.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Sturgeon Heights Community Centre board president Linda Smiley was one of the Honour 150 honourees.

Plenty of activity heading into the holidays

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Plenty of activity heading into the holidays

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Monday, Dec. 28, 2020

This holiday season has been different than other years, but with a little creativity and social distancing we were still able to spread some holiday cheer in Kirkfield Park.

Just ahead of the holidays, local resident Kae Nordman celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec.19, an amazing milestone. Thanks  Kae, for all you do to support our community, including cheering on our sports teams. Congratulations on your centennial celebration.

On the last week of classes before the holiday break, we stuffed some backpacks with school supplies and a few holiday treats and dropped them off at Bannatyne School to be shared with students. Also included were some art supplies to offer the kids some creative entertainment over the holidays.

We also had the pleasure of supporting one of the Grace Hospital’s Coffee Days, where they provide refreshments for their hard-working staff and front line health care personnel. It has not been an easy time for our health care professionals, and we appreciate their extra hours and dedication to care of Manitobans.  

Monday, Dec. 28, 2020

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Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding and his staff assisted two families this season through the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Family program.

Celebrating 50 years of community

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Celebrating 50 years of community

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020

It is not easy keeping history alive. It takes a lot of time and dedication — most often by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the stories and traditions. Without the support of the community and volunteers, the corner of Portage Avenue and Banting Drive might look a lot different than it does today.

Fifty years ago, during Manitoba’s Centennial, a group of community members got together with the purpose of preserving the history of St. Charles, St. James, Old Tuxedo, Brooklands, Headingley and St. Francis Xavier parishes.

On Nov. 22, 1970 the inaugural meeting of the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia took place in the 1911 Municipal Hall Building of Assiniboia. Since then, this organization has been a mainstay of local history, working to share the stories of days gone by with interactive displays, educational programming and outreach to local schools and care homes.

Located at 3180 Portage Ave., the site features three different buildings. Here you will find the two-storey Red River frame house built in 1856 that was once owned by William Brown and Charlotte Omand and which is furnished with period pieces from 1860-1890.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020

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The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia was first established in 1970, Manitoba’s centennial year.

Even apart, we will remember them

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Even apart, we will remember them

Scott Fielding 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 6, 2020

Next Wednesday, Nov. 11, is Remembrance Day across Canada. Normally we gather together to pay respects to those who fought for our freedoms but COVID-19 is changing the way we remember this year.

In Kirkfield Park, we are proud of those who have served. Last year I was at Anavets Assiniboia  Unit 283 for its ceremony; a full house with warm camaraderie among veterans and families. Perhaps you went outdoors to Bruce Park to pay your respects at the St. James Cenotaph, originally erected in 1936 by St. James Royal Canadian Legion No. 4 to honour the fallen soldiers.  

This year, people are encouraged to stay safe and stay home when possible. The events will be fewer, smaller and often virtual; however the importance of remembering is just the same.

Seventy-five years ago, we celebrated the end of the end of the Second World War in 1945. People were out in the streets cheering, full of joy and relief, awaiting the return home of their soldiers. But many soldiers never came home. Over one million Canadians served in that war, and more than 45,000 gave their lives while another 55,000 were wounded. For a country of only 11 million people (at the time), Canada’s contribution was remarkable.

Friday, Nov. 6, 2020

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Kirkfield Park resident Bruce McBeth visited the Hall of Honour at the Manitoba Legislature earlier this year, where the name of his great uncle Peter is on display.

Honouring seniors

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Honouring seniors

By Scott Fielding 2 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

Oct. 1 was National Seniors Day, which kicked off Elders and Seniors month.

Seniors and elders enrich our lives by listening and sharing their extensive knowledge, wisdom and skills through working, volunteering and caregiving. In Kirkfield Park we are fortunate to have over 20 per cent of residents over the age of 65.

I would like to put a spotlight on a couple from Kirkfield Park who have spent several decades giving back to our community — Don and Ruth Timmerman.

The Timmermans have lived in Kirkfield Park most of their lives. Don spent 37 years as an educator in St. James-Assiniboia, where he started the first school band program in St. James. He went on to become president of the International Music Camp at the International Peace Garden, impacting the lives of youth with music for generations. Some of his other contributions to our community through volunteerism include:

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

Oct. 1 was National Seniors Day, which kicked off Elders and Seniors month.

Seniors and elders enrich our lives by listening and sharing their extensive knowledge, wisdom and skills through working, volunteering and caregiving. In Kirkfield Park we are fortunate to have over 20 per cent of residents over the age of 65.

I would like to put a spotlight on a couple from Kirkfield Park who have spent several decades giving back to our community — Don and Ruth Timmerman.

The Timmermans have lived in Kirkfield Park most of their lives. Don spent 37 years as an educator in St. James-Assiniboia, where he started the first school band program in St. James. He went on to become president of the International Music Camp at the International Peace Garden, impacting the lives of youth with music for generations. Some of his other contributions to our community through volunteerism include:

Much to adapt to in new school year

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Much to adapt to in new school year

By Scott Fielding 2 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2020

Fall is in the air!

That typically means kids are headed back to school, but things will look different this year when they return. The safety and well-being of students and staff has been front of mind for everyone involved as we continue to live with COVID-19.

Since March parents, teachers and students have had to do a lot of adjusting. Educators continue to work hard providing online learning options for students to access from home in addition to in-class curriculums. Classroom layouts have been modified to support distancing and sanitization. Parents have had to adapt to kids learning at home. Milestones were still celebrated with graduations being smaller and sometimes even virtual this year.

Enhanced safety measures like the wearing of personal protective equipment continues to change the school environment. This is new territory for everyone. As my family prepares to send our kids back to school, I’m not sure yet how our youngest, Beck (Grade 4), will do with wearing his mask properly or adhering to physical distancing, but we’re working on it! Particularly with young children who are accustomed to free mobility and play based learning in their classrooms — we need to give children time to adjust to their new learning environment.

Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2020

Fall is in the air!

That typically means kids are headed back to school, but things will look different this year when they return. The safety and well-being of students and staff has been front of mind for everyone involved as we continue to live with COVID-19.

Since March parents, teachers and students have had to do a lot of adjusting. Educators continue to work hard providing online learning options for students to access from home in addition to in-class curriculums. Classroom layouts have been modified to support distancing and sanitization. Parents have had to adapt to kids learning at home. Milestones were still celebrated with graduations being smaller and sometimes even virtual this year.

Enhanced safety measures like the wearing of personal protective equipment continues to change the school environment. This is new territory for everyone. As my family prepares to send our kids back to school, I’m not sure yet how our youngest, Beck (Grade 4), will do with wearing his mask properly or adhering to physical distancing, but we’re working on it! Particularly with young children who are accustomed to free mobility and play based learning in their classrooms — we need to give children time to adjust to their new learning environment.

Manitoba slowly but surely restarting

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Manitoba slowly but surely restarting

By Scott Fielding 2 minute read Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

Summer in the province has been quite different this year as we face an unprecedented health and fiscal situation due to COVID-19.

The No. 1 goal has been to keep Manitobans safe, and we currently have some of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in Canada and across North America.

Although there are many challenges, we do see our economy and jobs coming back as we open up. Manitoba was one of the last provinces to go into shutdown and first to come out. The Restart MB plan will put our province on the road to recovery with programs that are focused on getting people back to work while continuing to protect against the spread of COVID-19. We have the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country and lowest youth unemployment rate countrywide.

Our government has made important investments for people and business impacted by COVID. Manitoba has invested the second-most of all provinces on supports. RestartMB is our roadmap to recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines more than $2 billion in investments in public health preparedness, jobs and economic stimulus to protect Manitobans and their livelihoods.

Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

Summer in the province has been quite different this year as we face an unprecedented health and fiscal situation due to COVID-19.

The No. 1 goal has been to keep Manitobans safe, and we currently have some of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in Canada and across North America.

Although there are many challenges, we do see our economy and jobs coming back as we open up. Manitoba was one of the last provinces to go into shutdown and first to come out. The Restart MB plan will put our province on the road to recovery with programs that are focused on getting people back to work while continuing to protect against the spread of COVID-19. We have the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country and lowest youth unemployment rate countrywide.

Our government has made important investments for people and business impacted by COVID. Manitoba has invested the second-most of all provinces on supports. RestartMB is our roadmap to recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines more than $2 billion in investments in public health preparedness, jobs and economic stimulus to protect Manitobans and their livelihoods.

Looking forward to a summer of reopening

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Looking forward to a summer of reopening

By Scott Fielding 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 13, 2020

School’s out for summer!

Despite taking a little longer (and a lot of creativity) we were still able to celebrate our 2020 graduates last month. It was hard to miss the parade of decorated cars winding down Bruce Street as teachers honked and cheered for their graduating “Bearcats,” nor could you avoid the signs posted on lawns identifying graduates from Westwood Collegiate and Sturgeon Heights.

It was a beautiful day for the outdoor graduation celebration held by Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary School, where family could relax on the lawn in socially-distanced groups while celebrating student achievements.

I was happy to recognize Fiona Barkman and Gibsen Kroeker of WMEMS for their active citizenship in the school and community; each of these young ladies received a financial bursary to help with their future studies.

Monday, Jul. 13, 2020

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Fiona Barkman and Gibsen Kroeker (seen on the iPad, as she attended virtually) of Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle School were recognized for their active citizenship in the school and community.

Easing back into the swing of things

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Easing back into the swing of things

By Scott Fielding 2 minute read Monday, Jun. 15, 2020

Summer has arrived and it sure feels good to be outside. I’ve been visiting local businesses and chatting with owners, sharing information on supports that are available to them. It is encouraging to see Kirkfield Park easing back into action.

There are a lot of questions from residents and business alike, as many organizations have struggled to maintain operations amidst COVID-19. I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share their concerns as we continuously adjust to challenges presented.

Because of the dynamic nature of this situation, I encourage you to visit the Government of Manitoba website for the latest developments and announcements at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/

This year, Kirkfield Park organizations were the recipients in $70,000 in Green Team grants, which enable non-profit organizations to hire youth and young adults to work on community projects between May and August.

Monday, Jun. 15, 2020

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Kirkfield Park MLA Scott Fielding has been stopping in at various area businesses to see how they're getting along asas COVD-19 restrictions are eased. He's pictured here (at right) with of Legends Bar & Grill.

Nurse fights the good fight

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Nurse fights the good fight

By Scott Fielding 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 20, 2020

Kirkfield Park is full of great people. In recognition of National Nursing Week (May 11 to 17), we share the story of Allison Culligan, one of our own Kirkfield Park residents who is also a nurse at the Grace Hospital.

In 2008, Allison’s family moved to Winnipeg from Nova Scotia when her husband Chris was posted to 17 Wing. It was during that time, while raising three boys under the age of seven, that Allison decided to go into nursing, embarking on a career in health care. She is now a nurse in the Grace Hospital’s intensive care unit.

Speaking highly of her colleagues in the field, Allison shared stories of her recent experiences at the Grace. With COVID-19 changing the way we connect with each other, patients in ICU are unable to receive visitors. When that decision was announced Allison noticed that a pair of med students took the time to set up technology so that patients could video-chat with their loved ones, creatively continuing to provide the best care they can give.

Allison’s family understands how important it is to be able to connect with loved ones. They are coping with the recent passing of her mother-in-law at a nursing home in Nova Scotia, and the passing of military colleagues who were killed in the helicopter crash in Greece. Despite the grief, Allison stressed that she and her colleagues love their jobs and their patients are getting the best care they can possibly get even with their loved ones not being able to be there in person.

Wednesday, May. 20, 2020

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Manitobans helping Manitobans

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Manitobans helping Manitobans

By Scott Fielding 2 minute read Monday, Apr. 20, 2020

The Kirkfield Park community has always stepped up to face challenges together. Neighbours helping neighbours — Manitobans helping Manitobans. That’s what we do best.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 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. Visit HelpNextDoorMB.ca to learn more.

Kirkfield Park has an entrepreneurial spirit. I’ve heard from many of you in the business community. Our government knows that Manitoba’s small businesses and the people who run them are vital to our economy — and you’ll be vital as we bounce back from COVID-19.

On April 15, our government introduced Bill 60, the Appropriation Act 2020 (COVID-19 Response) to provide the spending authority of up to $1 billion including $500 million for the Health Services Insurance Fund, $100 million for emergency expenditures and $400 million for internal service adjustments appropriations to support our government’s ongoing actions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, Apr. 20, 2020

The Kirkfield Park community has always stepped up to face challenges together. Neighbours helping neighbours — Manitobans helping Manitobans. That’s what we do best.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 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. Visit HelpNextDoorMB.ca to learn more.

Kirkfield Park has an entrepreneurial spirit. I’ve heard from many of you in the business community. Our government knows that Manitoba’s small businesses and the people who run them are vital to our economy — and you’ll be vital as we bounce back from COVID-19.

On April 15, our government introduced Bill 60, the Appropriation Act 2020 (COVID-19 Response) to provide the spending authority of up to $1 billion including $500 million for the Health Services Insurance Fund, $100 million for emergency expenditures and $400 million for internal service adjustments appropriations to support our government’s ongoing actions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.