New centre a testament to resilience

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As MLA for Tuxedo, I have had the privilege of building many great relationships with community organizations, churches, businesses, and schools throughout my constituency.

One of the relationships I value the most is the one I have established with Canadian Mennonite University. CMU is an invaluable post-secondary institution and truly one of the crown jewels of the Tuxedo community.

Rooted in a strong Christian faith tradition that is supported by the Mennonite Church Canada and the Mennonite Brethren Church, CMU offers diverse postsecondary programming to over 900 undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ecumenical backgrounds. After many visits to CMU, I can truly say that it lives up to its mission to equip “women and men for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.”

Supplied photo (From left) Heather Stefanson, MLA for Tuxedo; Cheryl Pauls, president of Canadian Mennonite University; Ian Wishart, Minister of Education and Training; Doug Eyolfson, MP for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley; and James Magnus-Johnston, Director of the CMU Centre for Resilience cut the ribbon on the CMU’s new Centre of Resilience.

Not only does CMU enrich the spiritual and intellectual lives of its students and the wider community, it also adds to the beauty of Tuxedo.

Part of the CMU campus includes the former Manitoba School for the Deaf and its surrounding grounds at 500 Shaftesbury Boulevard, which has long been designated a Manitoba historical site.  

Designed by respected Winnipeg architect John D. Atchison, the former School for the Deaf is considered an impressive example of Collegiate Gothic architecture. From its steep roof lines, towers and stone ornamentation, it reflects an admirable attention to detail and a resolve on the part of the architect to construct a truly beautiful place of learning.

It is with this mind that I am proud to have been a part of a substantial investment that builds on the academic, spiritual, and aesthetic excellence of CMU for the benefit of Tuxedo residents and all Manitobans.  

On Fri., April 13, I joined Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Training Ian Wishart, CMU president Cheryl Pauls, CMU vice-president external Terry Schellenberg and many others from the CMU community to announce a nearly $420,000 investment in their new Centre of Resilience.

The new Centre of Resilience is built into 6,500 square-feet on the top floor of the former School for the Deaf. After extensive renovations to what used to be an aging storage space, the new centre includes bright, state-of-the-art common areas as well as spaces designed for rigorous research and study.  

The centre’s work will bring together multiple disciplines, including environmental studies, business and social innovation to foster a new generation of social entrepreneurs to address complex issues like climate change and social equity.

Indeed, the centre’s very name speaks to the need for human resilience in the face of monumental economic and ecological challenges.

I am confident that the provincial investment in the new Centre of Resilience will accomplish these goals, fostering entrepreneurial leaders who can address the challenges we face as a province — both for today and for future generations to come.

Heather Stefanson

Heather Stefanson
Tuxedo constituency report

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

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