From St. James to the mayor’s chair…
I would like to congratulate Scott Gillingham on being elected the new mayor of Winnipeg. After a hard-fought race with 10 other mayoral candidates, it really came down to the wire. It has been a pleasure to work with Scott Gillingham in his two terms as city councillor in St. James-Assiniboia, as we were involved in many successful projects together. I am very confident that he will continue his commitment to collaboration and build a stronger city. I look forward to the next four years with Scott at the helm of the City of Winnipeg. Best of luck, Scott!
I would also like to congratulate Shawn Dobson on being elected the new city councillor for St. James. I am confident that he will continue his strong community involvement and I look forward to working with him in our shared area of Assiniboia. I would like to extend a special thank you to all candidates who put their names on the ballot and demonstrated, through their hard-work and determination, their desire for to serve.
I also wish to extend my sincerest thank you to all the outgoing St. James-Assiniboia School Division trustees and administrators who retired in October after the 2022 civic election. We say goodbye to Mike Wake, chief superintendent, and SJASD school trustees Craig Johnson, Jennifer Lawson and Bruce Chegus.
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On Oct. 28, I was pleased to recognize Bruce Chegus in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for his significant achievements over his 34-year career as a SJASD school trustee.
First elected in 1988, Bruce supported school programming in keeping with our community values and supported the needs of our students in a safe educational setting. In order to ensure quality education, he worked with the division to support literacy initiatives and numeracy enhancements. They focused on the fundamentals in elementary school which would ultimately lead to better student performance and outcomes in middle and high school.
Bruce is very proud of the school division’s innovative learning program, particularly its remote-learning model. Remote learning was unique to this division and was developed to ensure students could continue their education no matter the circumstance. This program facilitated education for athletes away from home and students with disabilities and the SJASD model was adopted by the Province of Manitoba and all school divisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you for your many years of service to our community, Bruce. I wish you well in your retirement.
Assiniboia constituency report
Scott Johnston is the PC MLA for Assiniboia.