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:
• YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg;
• St. James Assiniboia Minor Hockey Association;
• St. James-Assiniboia Minor Baseball Association;
• Historical Museum Association of St. James-Assiniboia;
• Westwood Community Church;
• Ness Avenue Baptist Church;
• Rotary Club of Winnipeg-Assiniboine;
• St. James-Assiniboia School Division; and
• Sturgeon Heights Community Centre.
Thanks to everything these organizations do to keep our citizens healthy, engaged and active — it truly does make for a vibrant community.
Active and engaged communities are the result of dedicated individuals like KP constituent John Lund, who volunteer countless hours of time to support, teach and mentor athletes. Congratulations to John Lund on receiving the 2021 International Coach Recognition Award as part of Sport Manitoba’s Annual Coaching Awards Presentations earlier this year!
I also want to congratulate local curlers Kaitlyn Lawes, Jocelyn Peterman, Selena Njegovan, and Shannon Birchard. They may not curl out of the same club, but they all call Kirkfield Park home and they represented Manitoba well at the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts earlier this year. Shannon Birchard will also be representing Manitoba and Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics – it’s great seeing Kirkfield Park athletes make it onto the national and world stages.
Thanks to everyone in our community for working hard to keep each other safe. You can always reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204-889-0540.
Kirkfield Park constituency report
Scott Fielding is the PC MLA for Kirkfield Park.