Madam speaker, the Legislative break allows all MLAs to spend time serving their constituents, and I was only too happy to reconnect with those who recently elected me to serve them for another 4 years.
I enjoyed several Rossmere seniors events including a Valentines lunch with a table of Grandmas all over 80 years old. These women told stories about their adventurous lives and shared concerns with me that my office was able to resolve within a few days. I heard their positive experiences at Concordia’s new Urgent Care Centre and later in February attended a Winnipeg Police Choir concert put on for these seniors.
I was happy to assist newcomers settling into their new Canadian home by answering questions about the Provincial Nominee Program, directing them to government services, helping them find Doctors and other services outlined in my “Now that you are here” presentation. The newcomers Ruth and I have welcomed into our own home have enriched our lives and family as we’ve tried to ease their transition to a new culture.
Another highlight of the constituency break was visiting 13 Rossmere area schools and preschools where I read fun stories and answered many questions from students. I joined a djembe drumming class where I tapped into past lives of teaching and drumming for a few fun hours of games and rhythms with local students.
I am honoured to be the MLA for Rossmere and look forward to debating and passing legislation in the coming weeks, but I am always glad to return to Rossmere where I can help the people there who have graciously asked me to represent them again.