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, MLA Dauphin
May 28, 2013

Town of Roblin Centennial Celebrations

Mr. Speaker, Western Manitoba is an area rich in history, and I am proud to be able to rise today and share a little bit of that history with the House. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the official founding of Roblin, Manitoba.

The first inhabitants of the Roblin area lived off the land for thousands of years. As settlers from Eastern Europe began to arrive in Manitoba, many were drawn to the Roblin area by the opportunities that the region’s rich agricultural land and many rivers and lakes offered. The railway, elevators, a flour mill and a lumber mill were soon operating in the Village of Roblin, which was originally called Goose Lake. In 1913, the village officially incorporated.

A hundred years later, Roblin is a beautiful, thriving community. To celebrate Roblin’s past and present, the Roblin Centennial Committee has some great events and festivities planned. A banquet was held May 1st to celebrate the date that Roblin officially became a village, and more events are coming up in July, Mr. Speaker.

The celebrations will kick off on July 12th. The Centennial Committee has worked very hard in putting the week’s events together. With historical displays, pancake breakfasts, several dances, an art exhibit and a scavenger hunt running throughout the week, there really will be something for everyone to enjoy, Mr. Speaker.

A parade on the 13th will celebrate Roblin “Through the Ages,” and a ceremony to open Roblin’s Millennium Time Capsule will be held at Millennium Park. The Keystone Pioneers Museum will be holding their annual Museum Days at the museum grounds and the Red Coats of the Northwest, a group that does re-enactments of life in the North West Mounted Police, will be featured. We are also very proud that the Canadian Snowbirds flying group are coming to celebrate with us, performing on July 17th.

Mr. Speaker, I am very excited to attend these and many more events coming up in Roblin. I invite all members to join us this July in celebrating the hundredth birthday of the “Jewel of the Parkland,” and in looking forward to the next century.