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, MLA Kirkfield Park
June 11, 2013

Christina Sudoma

Mr. Speaker, in my time as an MLA I have encountered many amazing young people in Kirkfield Park. One of these dedicated young people is Christina Sudoma who is in the gallery today with her mother. Christina has spent the past several years working hard to raise funds to help pets in need.

Christina was only five when she first came onto the pet-rescue scene. Her big brother was volunteering at Darcy’s A.R.C., and she wanted to help, too. She sold paintings and drawings to neighbours and raised $89 for the shelter.

Since then, she has expanded her work. A creative and talented crafter, she sells paintings, picture frames, painted stones, magnets and more at adoption fairs, fundraisers and awareness events. Through her hard work, “Christina’s Creations” has raised well over $2,000 to date. She is becoming very well-known on the pet rescue scene, having raised funds to help groups that seek to help unwanted, abandoned or lost pets, such as Winnipeg Lost Dog Alert, Manitoba Underdogs, the Sagkeeng Spay/Neuter Initiative Program, Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue and Angel’s Haven. Last year, this motivated nine-year-old earned the Winnipeg Humane Society’s first Dog Champion of the Year Award.

Of course, supportive families and communities are also key to young people’s success—Christina’s family has been helping her with her project since the beginning, and others have helped by donating signs, business cards and crafting materials.

Mr. Speaker, as a dog lover myself, I understand how much we want to help pets who need us. Her dedication to giving of herself and to helping others is an inspiration.

Thank you Christina, and thank you Mr. Speaker.