Big things happening at local Legions

By Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood

As Published By The Herald

June 2, 2015

Jim Maloway, MLA for Elmwood and volunteer Bianca Policarpio, look over the bikes about to be given away by the province to area youngsters, during the Happy Days on Henderson festival back in 2013. More bikes will be given away in this year’s Happy Days festival.

By now, most residents of northeast Winnipeg and Elmwood should have been notified of this summer’s major construction project on Henderson Highway.

Starting in June, repair work is being done to the southbound lanes between Hespeler Avenue and Munroe Avenue, as well as the sidewalk along the west side of Henderson. Once complete we can all look forward to a smoother and safer drive down Henderson.

The Manitoba government has provided nearly $60 million this year to renew Winnipeg roads, including Henderson Highway. While $20.7 million has been earmarked for regional streets like Henderson, $20.6 million of this major infrastructure initiative will go towards residential streets.

While the provincial government provides funds for road work inside city limits, the City of Winnipeg is responsible for prioritizing which streets are repaired and co-ordinating the projects. I’m sure that families along Chelsea Avenue and Neil Avenue will be happy to hear that their streets are two of the Elmwood residential streets getting a facelift.

On another note, there are many great events happening at our local Legions. I had the pleasure of giving greetings to Elmwood Legion No. 9’s Annual Ladies Auxiliary Spring Tea and Fundraiser earlier this spring. Congratulations to Carol McCall and her legion of volunteers, making this yet another successful fundraiser!

By the time this article goes to print, our own Prince Edward Legion Branch 81 will have held its Decoration Day Parade, which celebrates our veterans and remembers those who lost their lives serving our country. I hope that you will have been able to join us for the parade starting at the cenotaph at Centennial Park on Raleigh Avenue between Dunrobin and Linden.

Our Legions do great work in our community. I’m always proud to support our military and our Legions, which is why I was pleased to introduce a Private Member’s Resolution in the legislature affirming our support for the important role Canadian troops play when serving abroad.

One last thing: you should circle Sat., June 13, on your calendar. That’s when the 14th annual Happy Days on Henderson festival is being hosted at the Christian Family Center and MBCI grounds at 81 Henderson, at the foot of the Disraeli Bridge. It’s always a special day for the kids in our community, with a petting farm, children’s games, face painting, a barbecue, and much more.

If you’ve any questions or need more information, please call my office at 204-415-1122, or email me at Jim.Maloway@Your.Manitoba.ca.