Aspiring to great things in Ward 3


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This article was published 12/08/2019 (1392 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

For the past five years, I have been honoured to be one of the three trustees representing Ward 3 in the Louis Riel School Division.

This ward encompasses the area south of Bishop Grandin Boulevard and between the Red and Seine rivers. I have visited all the schools in LRSD and attended several events, meeting many dedicated staff, learners and families. I have also had the pleasure of  witnessing the graduation of many learners and continue to wish them well as they pursue their goals.

I’d like to share some news about what is happening in Ward 3.

Supplied photo A participant in the LRSD Aspire program enjoys meeting a cuddly friend.

Nicholas Kelly, principal of Darwin School, told me that Darwin has been learning about the Creation of Hope, which is a community outreach program serving vulnerable children in the Mbooni region of Kenya, and the school has helped raise $1,000 through various fundraising activities to support the program. In June, Darwin teamed up with Dr. D. W. Penner School and Minnetonka School for a Walk for Water to raise awareness of the great work being done in Kenya. In September, Eric Walters, Canadian author and founder of Creation of Hope will be visiting Darwin, Dr. D. W. Penner, Minnetonka, Hastings and Victor H. L. Wyatt schools to talk about additional fundraising ideas.

I also had the chance to visit Victor H. L. Wyatt School, where Melissa Brown, c-oordinator of the Aspire Program in LRSD and Nicole Barry, program team leader, told me what the Aspire program is all about.

Aspire is a summer program offered through LRSD at Victor H.L. Wyatt, Victor Major, École Bergeron and Frontenac Schools to help students continue to grow as learners through physical education, arts and crafts, dance, music and educational games with a focus on a hands on learning experiences.

Field trips have included a visit to the Assiniboine Park Zoo, a farm, the St. Vital Museum and Nature’s Playground as well as a Mobile Planetarium and Let’s Talk Science visit.

The program costs families nothing and includes breakfast and lunch as well as a “walking school bus,” where children are escorted by Aspire staff to and from school or divisional bussing. Families can provide the names of their children at their local school to attend. Aspire runs Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m to 3 p.m. from the beginning of July to the first week in August.

Renovations to Collège Jeanne-Sauvé are nearing completion with a new entrance, a larger foyer, a music room, lunch room and an outdoor learning and performance area. We are very much anticipating the grand opening.

I look forward to hearing about the many events that will happen in Ward 3 and throughout LRSD as we approach the new school year in September. Until then, I hope you enjoy the rest of our beautiful Manitoba summer.

Josie Landry is a Ward 3 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.

Josie Landry

Josie Landry
Louis Riel School Division trustee report

Josie Landry is a Ward 3 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.

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