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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
March 25, 2014

Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association

Mr. Speaker, empowering local people to revitalize their own neighbourhood is an important part of building community. That's why I'm proud to work alongside organizations like the Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association.

Thanks in large part to a unique funding arrangement with our government's Neighbourhoods Alive! program, the DMSMCA consults with local residents on their priorities, and then provides financial support to help turn those dreams into reality. The result is a safer, healthy and vibrant community.

This grassroots approach to renewal means that each of the dozen communities now funded by Neighbourhoods Alive! can select their own priorities. In DMSMCA, those have included greening initiatives such as community gardens, a composting program, neighbourhood-wide spring clean-up, reducing climate change emissions in a single year by 14 tonnes and helping households recycle their old batteries and cell phones.

They've also got a housing plan, with grants for fixing up the exteriors of local homes, plus bedbug prevention and treatment services. There's a community-building block parties, summer and winter festivals and a free literacy program for families new to Canada.

Just last week, I was very pleased to celebrate the completion of a $100,000 retrofit of the DMSMCA offices and resource centre. Jointly funded with the federal government, this investment will enable the DMSMCA's valuable programs to evolve and expand for years to come.

Congratulations to DMSMCA Board Chair Sean McManus, Executive Director Kemlin Nembhard and all their staff and volunteers on this important accomplishment.

I'm proud to share the DMSMCA catchment area with my honourable colleague, the Attorney General (Mr. Swan). I'm sure both of our calendars will continue to be filled up with many wonderful events and opportunities to connect with the vibrant community that is the DMSMCA.

Thank you Mr. Speaker.