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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
April 15, 2010

University of Winnipeg Students' Association Day Care

I rise today to celebrate the success story of a wonderful service in my constituency, the newly expanded University of Winnipeg Students' Association Day Care.

The UWSA Day Care has been providing affordable child care to area residents for nearly 30 years. In September 2009, it moved into a brand new state-of-the-art facility right next to the equally new McFeetors Hall student residence. This much larger facility will allow the UWSA Day Care to care for up to 112 children, compared to just 62 in its former location. The layout can accommodate infants as young as three months, right up to five-year-old preschoolers, and, at a minimum, one-quarter of the spots available are reserved for area residents.

Mr. Speaker, I was very pleased to recently host a pancake breakfast for the children and their parents at the start of their busy day. I saw first-hand how this wonderful new day-care centre is helping both parents and children find the support they need and deserve to balance work, school and family commitments. With their tummies full of pancakes and fresh fruit, the children were certainly keen to start exploring the new day and all the adventures they were sure to find along the way. The diversity of these families is truly impressive, representing cultures from literally every corner of the globe.

I was also very proud to witness the commitment of day-care staff, led by executive director Diana Rozos, to not only accommodate but truly celebrate this diversity as the asset it truly is.

Mr. Speaker, it is very encouraging to see such incredible child care provided in my own constituency at some of the most affordable rates in the country. I was extremely proud that this year's provincial budget includes the launch of a pension plan for child-care workers across Manitoba. These professionals do amazing work with our treasured children during the most formative years of their life.

I wish to thank the staff, parents and children at the UWSA Day Care for sharing their morning with me and for teaching me so much along the way.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.