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Rob Altemeyer, MLA Wolseley
April 13, 2011

Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commend the excellent work now under way thanks to the Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association in my fine constituency of Wolseley. This organization receives core funding from our government through the Neighbourhoods Alive! program, which engages local citizens in revitalizing their own community. Once the local priorities are established, the hard-working staff at the DMSMCA access additional funds from the multi-million dollar annual budget of Neighbourhoods Alive! to implement programs that address the wishes of their residents.

Just some of the accomplishments already under way in Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews include the following: an after-school program that filled up almost immediately with over 40 children attending per day; hosting a winter fair this year, which still drew over 200 people in February on one of the coldest days of the year; a community bike shop offering free lessons on the repair and maintenance of bicycles for safe, active transportation; small grants for local programs; vacant lots have been transformed into beautiful community gardens; new additional units of affordable housing have been constructed; a community composting program collects organic waste from local businesses in the West End, and turns material back into healthy soil; community safety's been improved by informing residents of such tools as the provincial Safer Communities Act, which has now lead to the shut down of nearly 500 properties that were being used for illegal purposes.

The strong environmental programs of the DMSMCA caught the attention of the Manitoba Eco?Network recently, which honoured the neighbourhood with a Protecting Our Earth award. At this time, Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the staff and the board members of the DMSMCA, some of whom I see have joined us in the gallery today at the Legislature, for their tireless efforts and remarkable accomplishments to date. These include staff members, Kemlin Nembhard, Glen Koroluk, Robyn Webb, Dodie Graham, Jen Nagy, Jennifer Sparling; Board of Directors Executive Jamil Mahmood, Margaret Bryans, Genny Funk-Unrah, Aileen Krush; and members-at-large Rob Marriott, Daisydee Bautista, Trevor Doner, Alex Wright, Christopher Parker, Catherine Chambers, Barrett Ens and Rebecca Blaikie.

Mr. Speaker, I was very pleased to see that our 2011 budget will expand the 10-year-old Neighbourhoods Alive! program to new communities, just as it was expanded to Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews just a few years ago. I certainly encourage all residents of the neighbourhood to contact the DMSMCA through the Web, or by phone at 774-7005, and get involved with these impressive partnerships with our government, to build our province together for everyone.