When good ideas and funding meet

By: Rob Altemeyer, MLA for Wolseley

As published in The Lance

July 17, 2014

Wolseley MLA Rob Altemeyer and his constituency assistant JoAnn Moffatt at the grand opening of Altemeyer's second constituency office, this one north of Portage at 365 McGee St.

Making a difference in our local neighbourhoods is sometimes as simple as mixing a good idea with some funding to make it happen.

We’re lucky that here in the Wolseley constituency there’s no shortage of great organizations with fantastic proposals, and this year they are once again doing a wonderful job of accessing provincial programs for the funding they need.

Just last month, for example, the Community Places Program announced grants for five different projects in Wolseley. The Canadian Mental Health Association will receive a $2,000 grant towards the cost of a smudge room, taking care of spiritual needs as well as mental health. All Saints Anglican Church is receiving $19,500 to help repair their roof, and Crossways in Common is receiving $25,000 for building repairs. The Friends of Ralph Connor House is approved for $11,500 for eavestrough repairs. Perhaps neatest of all, the non-profit Taking Charge! training program now has $25,000 so they can replace their daycare’s current concrete play area into a true outdoor green space for young children.

The Heritage Grants program also gives small community organizations some extra lift when they need it. This year, funding will go to the United Church of Canada Archives to create a new online research tool; to the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation to develop exhibits and books that focus on Manitoba modernist architectural firms from the 1950s and 1960s; to the Manitoba Historical Society to finish their interactive map of Manitoba’s historic sites, and to the Friends of Cornish Library to produce a 45-minute film about the history of the building for the library’s 100th anniversary next June.

None of these amazing stories would have happened if either the good idea or the funding was missing. To make sure we all keep in touch, I was very pleased recently to officially open a second constituency office in addition to the West Broadway office located at 222 Furby St. The new office is part of the West End Commons, located at 365 McGee St. and will be open Mondays and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. Please stop by anytime you would like to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can make our community an even better place to live.