Plenty of good in Elmwood

By: Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood

As published in The Herald

August 7, 2013

Elmwood MLA Jim Maloway with director of Munroe Early Childhood Education Centre Silvana Passante-Cantafio.

Summer gives me an opportunity to connect with you and hear about what issues matter most.

One of the single most important issues for Elmwood residents concerns child care. Young families need to feel confident that their children are being cared for by qualified, competent and caring professionals while they are away at work.

One great facility that has been offering quality child care in our community for almost 40 years is the Munroe Early Childhood Education Centre, a non-profit child care facility located in Elmwood High School on Chalmers Avenue. They provide an enriching, developmentally- appropriate environment for children and recognize the importance of allowing each child to express their ideas and imaginations freely.

With a variety of languages spoken at the centre, including English, Arabic, Polish, Punjabi, Russian and Tagalog, fostering respect for others across social and cultural backgrounds is a priority for the centre — and an important outcome of a child’s development.

An affiliated school-age child care program is also offered at three locations: Kent Road School, Polson School and George V School.

I was pleased to drop in at the Munroe Early Childhood Education Centre and tour their Chalmers Avenue facilities. The provincial Community Places Program recently provided a grant to help the centre repair the fencing where the children play outside. Across the province, grants like this one help provide child care facilities with the resources they need to ensure that our children grow up healthy and happy. Children’s lives are shaped by their experiences in the early years. In turn, they will determine where our community and our province are taken in the future.

Our community is home to organizations who work for people of all ages, and I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Sierra Leone Nationals Association of Manitoba (SALNAM) on the recent grand opening of its new resource centre at 251 Henderson Highway.

For youth, the centre will offer a homework club, drop-in and after-school recreation programming, and mentorship programs. Adult literacy classes, computer training and workshops in resume writing will make this centre an important asset to the Sierra Leonean community. Thank you to President Allieu Sesay for the tour!

If you have questions about other services available in Elmwood or comments about the issues that matter most to you, feel free to give me a call at (204) 415-1122, email at jim.maloway@yourmanitoba.ca or stop by the office at 202 Henderson Hwy.

I look forward to hearing from you!