October 9, 2019 Statement Recognizing Prairie Crocus Thrift Store – text and video

Madam Speaker, addictions are an awful reality in our province, and so it gives me great pleasure to tell the House about a small but significant effort to help people trapped in this terrible life, the Prairie Crocus Thrift Shop in Rossmere.

Staffed almost exclusively by volunteers personally impacted by friends or family struggling with addictions, Prairie Crocus Thrift Shop gives 100% of its profits to two local addictions recovery resources: the Finding Freedom addictions recovery program, which helps people at all stages of recovery from many kinds of addiction; and Dignity House, which helps women transitioning from complex trauma, human trafficking, sexual exploitation, abuse and addictions. The goal is to one day see these two vital organizations sustainably funded through Prairie Crocus and other creative initiatives.

Next week dozens of volunteers and staff will open Rossmere’s new Prairie Crocus Thrift Shop and I look forward to attending their grand opening on Saturday, October 19 at a new location on McLeod Avenue in Rossmere which is fifty per cent bigger than their former space.

Prairie Crocus Thrift Shop is attractively set up because they are intentional about crafting an environment to give frugal shoppers a place of dignity, peace and value.

Madam Speaker, the prairie crocus is the first flower to bloom each springtime and as such has become Manitoba’s provincial flower and a symbol of hope and the promise of new life to come. It is my prayer and hope that Prairie Crocus Thrift Store in Rossmere will live up to its name by bringing new life and the promise of future hope where there has been none for a long time.

Please join with me in standing to applaud the staff of Prairie Crocus Thrift Shop, represented today by Kim Swanson and Bruno Deleau.

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