The past couple of months have turned out to be some of the most exciting and humbling of my life. They have given me many opportunities to get my feet wet as the new MLA for Point Douglas. I have been able to learn about the legacies of the MLAs before me, and why they were important to you. I have also enjoyed exploring how to make this new role my own.
Part of this role includes attending many important community events that have taken place this summer.
One of my first opportunities to do this was attending graduation ceremonies at Isaac Newton Jr. High, Children of the Earth High School, Argyle High School, Strathcona Elementary School, and Faraday Elementary School. As a former educator, I know how meaningful these accomplishments are.
Congratulations and good luck to each and every one of the graduates!
Another event that I took part in, and am continuously proud to help organize, was the ninth annual No Stone Unturned concert in honour of Manitoba’s Missing and Murdered Women and Girls. It was a free concert that took place at the Oodena Celebration Circle at the Forks. There were performances all throughout the day, which were followed by a feast and closing candle light vigil. We were successful in helping families to grieve, celebrate, and honour the lives of those they have lost through music, performance, and art.
The community gatherings didn’t end there.
A couple of weeks ago, I teamed up with our neighbouring MLA, Nahanni Fontaine, to host a joint Point Douglas and St. Johns Community barbecue. It brought together people from both our communities and many other welcome guests from all throughout the city.
We had lots of free food, family activities, and tons of laughs. We were happy to have so many people join us and talk about what matters to them most in their communities.
I am looking forward to continuing these conversations with the people of Point Douglas in our community.
I am happy to announce that we will be using Kevin Chief’s old office at 804 Selkirk Ave. as our constituency office. Every opportunity I get to talk to people from our community means a lot to me, so please come in and visit me and let’s talk about what our community means to you.
If you would like to get in contact with me you can call me office at 204-417-1477 or email me at Bernadette.Smith@YourManitoba.ca