Examples of positivity in the midst of crisis

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This article was published 27/04/2020 (1015 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Staying positive in the face of a challenge is what Manitobans do best. In fact, we’re seeing examples of positivity right here in the Tuxedo riding.

I’ve had many residents reach out to my constituency office with questions about how they can help out and make a difference as we face this challenge together.

In response to COVID-19, our government launched Help Next Door MB. It’s a website and an app where people who need help, and people who are willing to help can connect with each other.

If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you. Visit HelpNextDoorMB.ca to learn more.

Of course, a staple of the Tuxedo riding is undoubtedly the Assiniboine Park Zoo. It’s an important piece of our community. It’s the home of fun and educational and activities for all — and a lot of really cool animals.

Typically, in order to operate, the Zoo relies heavily on earned revenues from admission, event ticket sales and educational programs.

Right now, you can help the Zoo through these challenging times — and contribute to this treasured part of our neighbourhood. A generous community leader has offered to match all donations to the Zoo’s Animal Care Fund, up to $10,000. You can donate to this fund at assiniboinepark.ca/animalcareweb

I’ve heard from many of you in the business community. I know you have questions.

Our provincial government is taking steps to protect Manitobans, and Manitoba’s small businesses. We know that Manitoba’s small businesses and the people who run them are vital to our economy — and you’ll be vital as we bounce back from COVID-19.

As a part of our government’s Manitoba Protection Plan, we’re establishing the Manitoba Economic Support Centre. It’s vital that our businesses emerge from this challenge healthy so they’re positioned to retain their employees, and keep Manitobans working. The Manitoba Economic Support Centre will serve as a business owner’s hub for information and assistance while navigating the variety of support programs available.

Additionally, if you have questions about critical services, EngageMB.ca is a website that allows you to ask direct, specific questions to our government, and receive real-time answers.

It’s important we all take a moment to thank those who continue putting the health and safety of others before their own: healthcare workers, child-care providers, grocery clerks and many more — we thank you.

Please phone or email my office if you have any questions or concerns at tuxconst@mymts.net or 204-487-0013. We’re here for you — even if we’re apart.

Heather Stefanson

Heather Stefanson
Tuxedo constituency report

Heather Stefanson is the PC MLA for Tuxedo and the premier of Manitoba.

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