Many opportunities to enjoy community

By: Sharon Blady, MLA for Kirkfield Park

As published in The Metro

June 12, 2013

Kirkfield’s budding young artists showed off their work to family, friends and fellow art lovers at a reception held at Sharon’s constituency office in May.

I am excited to share with you again the great things that are going on in our neighbourhood.

In my last article, I mentioned I was hosting a creek cleanup on the Mother’s Day weekend. Despite the weather, the event was a great success — over 40 people came out to help give Sturgeon Creek a little TLC!

Thank you to the volunteers for their great work and to local businesses for donations.

Our art show was also a big success. Over 40 students from Lincoln Middle School, Westwood Collegiate and the Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle School contributed some great pieces to the show, which were displayed alongside work by local artist Charlie Johnston. It was great to meet some of these future artists and their families at the reception at my office.

Don’t worry if you missed these great events. As we head into summer, there will be many other opportunities to get out into our community.

If you feel like returning to a time long past, the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia is always a great place to visit in the summer. Located at 3180 Portage Ave., the museum’s authentic Red River frame log house and numerous artefacts make for a great afternoon of exploring. A glimpse of a real, working water mill can also be had just down the road at Grant’s Old Mill (2777 Portage Ave.), where you can sample stone-ground wheat or have a picnic on the grounds.

I’m also looking forward to visiting various Kirkfield Park schools, attending graduations and awards ceremonies. We have many amazing students here and I am excited again to be partnering with schools to give out Peacekeeper and Healthy Living scholarships, awarded to students who have demonstrated citizenship and leadership at their schools.

For those looking to contribute to our community while spending some time outside, École Bannatyne is recruiting volunteers to help with the next phase of its natural playground at its Team Depot Day on June 22.

I am pleased to announce that the Government of Manitoba has committed funding to this great community asset through the Community Places Program, and I would also like to congratulate Kirkfield Westwood Nursery School and Academy Kids Day Care, Inc., who will also be receiving Community Places funding for upgrades to their facilities.

As always, feel free to come by my office for a chat or to give us a call at (204) 832-2318. We would love to hear if you have any upcoming events to feature in our next article!