Fort Garry-Riverview bursting with community spirit

By James Allum, MLA for Fort Farry-Riverview

As published in The Times December 22, 2016

One of the greatest things about being an MLA is learning about all the amazing things happening in Fort Garry-Riverview.In the spirit of the season, here’s a snappy tribute to some, but surely not all, of the people who are making our world a better place.

The families sponsored by the South Osborne Syrian Refugee Initiative folks are starting to arrive! It’s been a journey for everyone involved, but patience and very hard work have proven to be a virtue. Well done and welcome to our new friends.

Congrats to Vincent Massey Collegiate for hosting Canadian Paralympian Rick Hansen and to the College Churchill High School students who visited Nova Scotia as part of We Day. Congrats as well to Ecole Viscount Alexander, who received a Breakfast for Learning grant to support the EVA Breakfast Program.

I had a blast at General Byng’s United Way breakfast and Oakenwald’s Christmas Wish Breakfast. As usual, our schools continue to be leaders in building community.

Kudos to local authors Mark Burch and Simon Ungarian for adding two new books to my library. Mark’s Euterra’s Rising is a work of fiction and Simon’s Talking to the Trees is a personal memoir, but both challenge us to connect the past with the present to prepare for the future.

Anyone familiar with Jean Altemeyer will know she is an uber volunteer with multiple projects on the go. I was pleased to contribute to her Warm-up to Winnipeg project, which gives donated hand-knitted scarves to newcomers at Welcome Place. If you would like to donate you can contact Jean at

South Osborne Arts Group held another open house last month. I paid tribute to these amazing artists in a Member’s Statement a few years ago and I’m so pleased they continue to promote the arts in our neighbourhood. I was also pleased to welcome Peace of Mind’s Ceanray Harris-Read, Jibril Hussein and Loizza Aquino to the legislature. These incredible young people are working overtime to promote youth mental health.

The Canoe and Kayak Club has had another stellar summer. They came home with many individual and team medals from various international competitions. Last but not least, I want to celebrate the generosity of my neighbour Mike, who generously donates his time by clearing snow for others. I’m so grateful for all the amazing folks in this constituency!

If you would like to get in touch with me you can call my office at 204-475-2270, or email me at