Job fair a great community event

The snow stopped melting just in time for Winter Fun Day at the Clara Hughes Recreation Park, held on Sat., Feb. 25.

The day was full of toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, slides, horse-pulled sleighs, skating, and even giant ZOVB balls for people to roll around in. It was a great day for the young and the young at heart.

Events like this can’t happen without a tremendous, hard-working team of volunteers and supporters. Congratulations to Bronx Park Community Club, Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corp., Together in Elmwood, the Elmwood Community Resource Centre, the City of Winnipeg, Bikes and Beyond and the Glenelm Neighbourhood Association.

Another great event that happened on the same day was the Annual Jobs Fair at Elmwood High School. The event was hosted by the Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba Inc. for an impressive 18th year in a row. If you’re a young person, or a recent graduate looking to enter the workforce, finding a good job takes time, effort, and hard work. Events like job fairs are great opportunities for networking and skill-building.

It was a privilege for me to once again deliver greetings on behalf of my NDP colleagues at the Manitoba legislature. The organization team at the Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba did an amazing job bringing everyone together. Congratulations to Jim Ogunnoiki, Irvin, Lorraine Thomas, and Tope Elemeje for bringing this tremendously important community event to Elmwood High.

There were scores of employers, both large and small, were on hand at the job fair. Eager job seekers could find out about exciting options and new opportunities to start and advance their careers. A big thank-you, also, to all the participating businesses and employers who helped make the Annual Jobs Fair a can’t-miss event for our community’s young people.

Even though Manitoba’s economy and solid employment numbers are holding their own this year — with real GDP growth of 1.7 per cent — the Conference Board of Canada is predicting Manitoba will slip back into the middle of the pack over the next few years, even though we’re outperforming Saskatchewan.

The Business Council of Manitoba has warned the current Conservative government that unless we continue to spend money on major capital projects — like a new CancerCare Centre, better roads for the north, and schools for our growing population — Manitoba could suffer an economic slowdown. Manitoba’s economy doesn’t need that, and our young people who are looking for jobs don’t need that.

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