Backpacks to help Carpathia students


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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving enjoying time with family and friends. It is a reminder to us all to be thankful for our health, happiness and prosperity. It also reminds us to be charitable to those who are less fortunate.

I was very pleased to present a private member’s statement in the House on the first day of session at the legislature recognizing the philanthropic initiatives put forth by the TELUS Foundation.

For the past three years TELUS has worked in partnership with Parliamentarians and legislatures across the country to host “Kits for Kids” as a part of the TELUS Days of Giving. Each spring during the Days of Giving TELUS mobilizes more than 20,000 team members, retirees, friends and family members to volunteer at community centres, retirement homes, parks, schools and hospitals across the country.

Supplied photo Heather Stefanson, MLA for Tuxedo, with Telus volunteers.

On May 30 I was happy to join my fellow MLAs in the Kits for Kids event at our Legislature. The task was simple; pack a backpack with school supplies (all donated by TELUS) and in turn receive ten backpacks to be distributed to a school of the MLA’s choice within their constituency. Since its’ inception the Kits for Kids project has provided over 2,500 students with backpacks to start their school year.

At the beginning of September it was my pleasure to deliver the 10 backpacks I was allotted to Carpathia School in Tuxedo. New principal Susan Christiuk was thrilled to receive these backpacks and has informed me that they have all been distributed to students in need at Carpathia.

It goes without saying that our children are our future and endeavours such as Kits for Kids puts the necessary tools in the hands of marginalized students, making their return to school and the school year itself a little bit easier.

I would also like to take this opportunity to promote the National Take Our Kids to Work Day which will be taking place this year on Nov. 14. National Take Our Kids to Work Day gives hundreds of thousands of Grade 9 students from across Canada an opportunity to spend the day at work, job shadowing a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host.

Manitoba Education and Training (MET) is a proud sponsor of this exciting event and encourages the entire community; parents, guardians, relatives, teachers, and workplaces to play an important role in the career development and career readiness of our children.

I would like to encourage our community members to participate on Nov. 14 whether it be as a parent, guardian or relative of a Grade 9 student or as a host at their workplace.

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Heather Stefanson

Heather Stefanson
Tuxedo constituency report

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

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