Summer is well underway, and over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to attend some great summertime events in and around the Kirkfield Park area.
I was extremely fortunate to be able to meet former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and to assist him, and many other volunteers, with the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes at the former city police station site on Lyle Street. Habitat for Humanity builds safe and affordable housing for low-income working families. Our Manitoba government and the federal government have committed $1.2 million to this project. As Minister of Families with responsibility for housing, I appreciate the value and importance of investments made in affordable housing. Participating in the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project was truly an honour.
Another great event I attended this summer was Pioneer Heritage Day at the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia. I highly recommend this museum as a place for anyone to visit. There are so many really interesting facts to learn about the history of our community, and the staff are always friendly and engaging.
Food is a big part of summer events and activities. I recently hosted a barbecue at ANAVETS Unit 283 on Aug. 2 for its members and for the residents of nearby Glendale Court. I always enjoy hosting these kinds of events in the community. They allow me to connect with constituents on a more personal level, and gives Kirkfield Park residents a chance to let me know of any issues or concerns they have. Thanks to all who attended the barbecue and especially to ANAVETS Unit 283 for allowing us to use its parking lot and facility.
Another community barbecue is coming soon. St. James MLA Scott Johnston, city councillor Scott Gillingham and I will host our annual neighbourhood barbecue at Grant’s Old Mill on Sept. 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. We invite area residents to come and have a free hot dog and drink with us. Please RSVP your attendance by calling my constituency office at 204-889-0540 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer, and I hope to see you at the annual barbecue.