June 8th, 2020 

Today was a great day in St Vital! New pedestrian and cyclist underpass now open!

Officially opening of the $2.5 M pedestrian / bike tunnel under the Fermor bridge with Matt Allard (an ally in fighting for this project), Mark Cohoe from Bike Winnipeg and Michele Kading from Save Our Seine River Environment Inc.

On June 8th, 2020, I stopped by Greendell ⁩with MLA Rochelle Squires to meet with General Manager Darryl Elyk about some more good news. Good city (new rink boards coming) & provincial (summer green team) support for Greendell.

Out with the old, in with the new! St. Vital Arena - home of St. Vital Minor Hockey Association and the St. Vital Junior Victorias is getting an update! I was happy to contribute to this alongside the SVMHA and Don at Dakota Skate Care. We should also give an “assist” to Rochelle Squires who recently announced $20,000 in funding to help repair the St. Vital Arena.

On June 10, 2020, I announced a $1,500 grant to help Heritage Winnipeg with Doors Open Winnipeg, set for Sept 12-13 to celebrate Manitoba 150. Funds were from the budget I receive as Chair of Council’s Property, Planning  and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development Committee.

Congrats to Glenwood Community Centre on their grant for $78,668 from the City’s Community Club renovation grants program. Almost doubles the $80,000 allocated in the City budget 2020 for rink board/glass project at Glenwood’s Arena.

On June 11th, 2020, I joined LRSD staff for a few hours to help out with the hamper project.

 

I was inspired by Jamie Moses, MLA for St. Vital, and his efforts to pack food hampers for Louis Riel School Division families at Dakota Collegiate Institute.

Kudos to LRSD staff on this very well-organized effort!

On June 17, 2020, due to the threat of COVID-19,  we held the first virtual Mark Dickof Memorial Awards ceremony for high school students promoting awareness of mental health.

Another year of great cooperation with the Manitoba School Boards Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association's Manitoba Chapter. 

Congrats to winners Jessica Giesbrecht of Garden Valley & Avery Shtykalo of ⁦J.H. Bruns!

Photo: Avery Shtykalo is pictured with her teacher/school advisor, Pamela Kuorikoski, school trustee, Pamela Kolochuk, MLA for Southdale, Audrey Gordon and St. Vital City Councillor, Brian Mayes 

 

The new community garden at St Vital Arena is a great story of teamwork, thanks to the Winnipeg Food Council, the St. Vital Minor Hockey Association, Lawson Sales (Kubota) and gardening volunteers from St. Vital!

Photo: Brian is pictured with Winnipeg Food Council coordinator, Jeanette Sivilay and volunteers at community garden at St. Vital Arena 

I was pleased to get the opportunity to put my hands in the soil with Mayor Brian Bowman and Councillor Sherri-Lynn Rollins, to plant vegetables at City Hall in support of Winnipeg Harvest's Grow a Row program!

Work is underway on ⁦the tennis courts at Dakota Collegiate.

Thanks to Councillor Markus Chambers for partnering with me to fund this project!