Giving local students the grand tour

Elmwood MLA Jim Maloway welcomes Argentinian international students attending Miles Macdonell Collegiate to the Manitoba Legislature.

By: Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood

As published in The Herald

June 25, 2014

One of the great pleasures of being an MLA is having the opportunity to meet and greet students from Elmwood schools who come to tour the legislature.

It’s an honour to share in the excitement as these young people explore our beautiful old building and journey into our province’s rich history.

One of my consistent messages to our young people is to help them appreciate the extent to which they can have an impact on our community through political and community participation. We have seen this first-hand in our own neighbourhood. Citizens shaped the City of Winnipeg’s plans for the Disraeli Bridge and the old Kelvin Community Club site, now known as Clara Hughes Recreation Park. Both of these new additions wouldn’t have happened were it not for individuals speaking out in our community.

On May 13, I had the pleasure of saying a few words to a group of students from Miles Macdonell Collegiate. These 30 students, led by Blanca Cardenas, were in the school’s International Education Program. On June 4, 22 students from Angus McKay School toured the building, led by Carla Froese. Needless to say, I hope to see more of our community’s schools take in the legislative building.

On May 28, Manitoba announced major new improvements to the north Perimeter. Design work will begin immediately on the Perimeter and Highway 59 interchange with construction starting in the fall of 2015. Additional work along Highway 59 will begin this summer and residents driving north towards cottage country will see numerous projects on the go.

Outdoor enthusiasts will also be pleased to hear that we will be building an active transportation overpass at the northeast Perimeter Highway and Raleigh Street/Gateway Road. The new overpass will connect the Northeast Pioneers Greenway with the Duff Roblin Parkway Trail and Birds Hill Park, giving cyclists and pedestrians a safer way to cross the Perimeter Highway.

If you have questions, feel free to give me a call at 204-415-1122, email me at Jim.Maloway@yourmanitoba.ca or visit my office at 202 Henderson Highway. I look forward to hearing from you.