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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
November 8, 2005

Lions Manor Residents

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to a wonderful group of seniors in my constituency of Wolseley.

On October 12, I had the opportunity to spend a truly fun, entertaining and instructive afternoon with residents of Lions Manor. It was an event held to celebrate Seniors' and Elders' Month and to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of Manitoba seniors to their communities. On hand for the celebration were approximately 90 Lions Manor residents and the manor staff, plus nine children from Lions Gate Child Day Care and a man who has a remarkable resemblance to Charlie Chaplin but who also responds to the name of Jack.

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the residents of Lions Manor for the many things they have done for this province and for the things they continue to do for their neighbours, their community and each other. I am proud to be part of a government that has taken several important steps to respect and value our seniors and to improve services available to them.

Mr. Chaplin's workshop entitled "The Use of Mime in the Silent Film Era," a hands-on workshop, featured Charlie entertaining the crowd with a clip from his movie days, followed by a live performance. He then went on, ably assisted by the children from Lions Gate Child Day Care, to teach the crowd how to perform mime. It was fascinating to watch as Charlie led one child through a complete costume change to become a miniature Charlie Chaplin. I want to thank Mr. Chaplin and the children for their fine efforts.

I also wish to say a special thank you to Laura Devlin, director of social care at Lions, and the manor staff for their initiative and their co-operative attitude in putting together a lovely afternoon. It was a great privilege to honour the Manitoba seniors and elders that they work with on a regular basis. The cakes, I might add, were also delicious. I want to thank the staff at the child care office for their part in bridging the generations that day.

Mr. Speaker, I conclude today by officially thanking and putting on the record the respect and admiration with which I hold all seniors in Wolseley. Congratulations on their ongoing achievements and contributions.

Thank you.