Happy days are here again…


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This article was published 06/07/2022 (329 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Summer festivals and activities are back in full-swing this year; and after the harsh winter and wet spring we’ve all experienced, Manitobans are eager to reconnect with their neighbours and have some fun.

One of my favourite community events is Happy Days on Henderson. This family-friendly event brings people together from Elmwood and beyond to celebrate our community. Happy Days holds a special place for me personally as I’ve volunteered and supported the event for years. Thirteen years ago my wife and I even managed to stop in on our wedding day, where we shared our first dance on the lawn in front of the main stage!

This year I agreed to participate in the notorious dunk tank. Some of the young throwers had remarkable aim, so needless to say was dunked in the cold water more than a few times — but I was happy to help out as all donations raised went to a good cause. With an estimated 3,500 people attending, this year’s Happy Days was a huge success. Thank you to the many, many volunteers and organizers and congratulations on 20 years of bringing our community together.

ConcordiaMLA Matt Wiebe (above right) happily agreed to sit in the dunk tank as the Happy Days festival returned to Henderson Highway this year.

I was also excited to attend the Hi Neighbour festival in Transcona with MLA Nello Altomare and NDP leader Wab Kinew. After attending the unveiling of the refurbished Hi Neighbour Sam statue on Regent, we made our way to the bustling midway to take in the opening ceremonies. While we all certainly miss the parade portion of the event, the enhanced activity on the main stage made for a great weekend.

Thanks to the organizers of the festival

The Filipino Street festival is another event that has only grown over the years and is now one of the signature summer festivals in our city. I joined my colleagues at the NDP booth where we let folks know about what our team has been up to in the legislature. Thanks to the organizers of the festival for persevering through the pandemic and Mabuhay!

I’ve also had the pleasure of joining numerous graduation powwows across the city, including one for the Winnipeg School Division. These celebrations are a powerful way to recognize and celebrate our grads and their contributions to our communities. I take every opportunity to remind our grads that they are the future citizens and leaders of our province, so their success is all of our success.

Congratulations to all our grads and happy summer to everyone! I can be reached at 204-654-1857 or matt.wiebe@yourmanitoba.ca

Matt Wiebe

Matt Wiebe
Concordia constituency report

Matt Wiebe is the NDP MLA for Concordia.


Updated on Thursday, July 7, 2022 10:48 AM CDT: Corrects electoral district to Concordia.

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