Getting in touch over the holiday season

By: Matt Wiebe, MLA for Concordia

As published in The Herald

January 3, 2018

Happy New Year! The holidays were an excellent opportunity forme to connect with constituents at various celebrations throughout our community.

One of the best ways to kick-off the holidays is with the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. Every year, the brightly lit, 14-car train pulls up into our community, where it’s greeted by families from all over Winnipeg. On December 2, my family and I were excited to welcome the train on Panet Road and Munroe Avenue. Upon arrival, volunteers swiftly transformed one car into a stage. People were treated to a free show by Colin James and Emma-Lee, and, of course, an appearance by Santa himself. It was a fantastic, free event for our community, and our community once again showed its generosity by donating generously to Winnipeg Harvest.

Also on Dec. 2, the Legislative Building was once again opened for the annual public Holiday Open House.

The building was full of activities for everyone. Thank you to everyone who was able to come down and visit me and my colleagues.

There were also many Christmas breakfasts and dinners that happened throughout this holiday season. The Healthy Aging Resource Team, the Legion Gardens social committee and local Colour Art group worked together to host the Christmas luncheon at Legion Gardens and it was a great time to visit with residents and enjoy the holiday season.

On Dec. 9, my family and I attended the Elmwood Community Resource Centre’s Breakfast with Santa, which was held at Riverwood Church. We joined families for the wonderful breakfast, crafts with Santa and of course the sleigh ride. We also attended the Valley Gardens Community Centre’s annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa, where our local hockey team served breakfast and then ended with Santa giving gifts to the children.

Thank you to all of the amazing community organizations and volunteers that help to make every event in our neighborhood so special. Your hard work and dedication to our community is greatly appreciated. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!

As always, feel free to contact me by email at or call my office at 204-654-1857