Holiday wishes and a fond farewell


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This article was published 14/12/2020 (900 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I wish to take this opportunity to wish all a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays as we enter the festive season.

I know that you have been told time and time again we must all pull together and follow the restrictions our dhief public health officer has laid down.

I wish to assure you the measures our government have taken to address COVID-19 have not been implemented without anguish. Asking people to compromise their Christmas or holiday festivities is one of the hardest things we have had to do.

Supplied photo Gale Pearson was a registered nurse at Grace Hospital for many years. She sadly succumbed to cancer in July and will be sorely missed.

We must continue to protect our families as well as our neighbours. We must not let this virus spread and the only way to do that is to continue to fight the best way we know how — by limiting our interactions.

I am extremely optimistic now that we are taking a monumental step forward with distribution of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Our premier, cabinet and caucus understand the benefits of meeting the challenges of distribution to our most vulnerable as well as the general population of Manitoba.
We are close to defeating this threat, we just must hang in there, continue fighting, and we will tame this thing together.

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It has been a difficult year to say the least. We have lost many major contributors to our community.
I wish to pay tribute to a very dear friend who left us far too early in 2020.

Gale Pearson passed away in July after a gallant fight with cancer. Gale and Larry raised their children Kris, Jesse, and Nicky in St. James–Assiniboia.

Gale was an exceptionally supportive mom, carting her boys around during hockey season and getting them to each of their different games… no small feat. While she was busy, Gale still managed to participate atand support their community clubs — Silver Heights and, later, Kirkfield-Westwood.  

We are all humbled by the dedication of our front-line workers. Gale was a registered nurse by profession and served our community at our own Grace Hospital for many years.

She had a passion for health care, she treated and comforted so many members of our community. Grace Hospital was her chosen path to serve and contribute.

The message Gale gave me as she fought on with spirit and courage was to ensure our family always lived life for her.

Every time I think of the Blood, Sweat and Tears lyric, “There’ll be one child born in this world to carry on, to carry on,” I think of Gale.

Scott Johnston

Scott Johnston
Assiniboia constituency report

Scott Johnston is the PC MLA for Assiniboia.

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