Great turnout for Happy Days

By: Jim Maloway

As published in The Herald

July 15, 2015

Elmwood MLA Jim Maloway laying a wreath at the cenotaph on Raleigh Street during Prince Edward Legion No. 81’s regional Decoration Day ceremonies on May 31.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen many of you out and about in the neighbourhood at different community events. Spring is a great time to reconnect over a barbecue or with a school visit, and I look forward to seeing more of you at our summer events in the weeks ahead.

We celebrated the 14th annual Happy Days on Henderson on June 13. We deserved a better day than the rainy one we had last year, and we got it! It was a beautiful hot summer day — perfect weather to enjoy great children’s entertainment, face painting, bike giveaways, live music, petting zoos, zumba and so much more, including, of course, free hot dogs and drinks. In total, 1,600 people registered this year —a Happy Days record. My lemonade stand served a record number of refreshments, too. It was a close call, but I’m happy to say we made it to the end of the day without running out.

Congratulations and a big thank you to the Happy Days on Henderson Committee for putting on this amazing community event. Led by co-chairs Edgar French and Dale Karasiuk, these hard-working committee members are: John and Janice Stuyck, Cath McFarlane, Geoff Archambault, Leilani Esteban, Louise Balaban, John King, Trinetta Konge, Mark Stine and Debra Wasny.

This spring, Prince Edward Legion No. 81 also held their regional Decoration Day parade and ceremonies. I was privileged to attend, lay a wreath at the cenotaph at Centennial Park on behalf of the province, and share a few words at the gathering afterwards. While we have much to celebrate every year, we should be ever mindful of the sacrifices made by our men and women in Canada’s military.

At the end of June, 42 students in Grade 6 from Neil Campbell School came to the Manitoba legislature for a tour and a visit. The group was led by Ms. Chelsea Bohemier, and I had a great time greeting the students on the grand staircase and answering a few of their questions. I encourage all schools to bring their students down to our fascinating legislative building. The best time is on an afternoon when the House is sitting. Question Period can be particularly interesting!

For more information on how to set up a tour of the legislature, or if you have any other questions, please give my office a call at 204-415-1122 or email me at Jim.Maloway@YourManitoba.ca.