Elmwood Seniors host former premier

By: Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood

As published in The Herald

November 19, 2013

Elmwood MLA Jim Maloway alongside Ed and Lily Schreyer and residents the Kildonan Horizon at the October 28th Tea and Conversation evening.

On Oct. 28 we hosted a coffee and conversation evening at the Kildonan Horizons at 505 Munroe Ave.

Former Governor General and Manitoba Premier Ed Schreyer captivated the crowd by speaking about the issues of the day. He and his wife Lily enjoyed renewing acquaintances and making new friends. It was a great night and it was wonderful to see so many residents again.

The official opening ceremonies were held at Clara Hughes Recreation Park on Oct.15. Six-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes and her husband Peter Guzman were in attendance. Growing up, Clara spent a great deal of time at the former Kelvin Community Centre site, and has been a strong advocate for the "Right to Play" movement worldwide.

I am excited to see that the Kelvin Community Centre site, which at one point was up for sale, has been developed. It shows that determination and commitment by local activists can get things done. The provincial government has so far contributed $410,000 to this project, and the city has put in $450,000. The federal government contributed $58,000.

Local activists led by John King, Kelly Livingstone, Moira Honey, Valerie Denesiuk , and many others are continuing their advocacy for the full restoration of a community club facility. What has been accomplished so far is an important step towards full restoration of the site.

In late September, I joined seniors at the Good Neighbours Active Living Centre’s annual Fall Tea. Good Neighbours, located in Bronx Park, has many programs to help seniors stay connected with others in their community. Congratulations to Don King, Good Neighbours President, who was recently recognized by the Manitoba Council on Aging with its annual recognition awards for his dedication to the community and seniors.

I would also like to congratulate Albert El Tassi on his recent appointment to the official rank of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. Born in Lebanon, Albert is a well-known businessperson living in northeast Winnipeg who works tirelessly to promote understanding, tolerance and respect. His community commitments include board member of the Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Forces Liaison Council, and the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. He is also a major fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and founder of Al-hijra Islamic School.

If you have any questions about events happening in the community, please free to give me a call at 204-415-1122 or email me at Jim.Maloway@yourmanitoba.ca.