Summer is here, and the ongoing efforts to protect and maintain our valuable green spaces continue throughout Winnipeg South. Neighbourhood clean-up days, such as those hosted by the Bridgewater Forest Neighbourhood Association on May 9th, and the annual Richmond West neighbourhood clean-up on May 14th are great examples of the types of civic engagement that our community is known for. I thoroughly enjoyed lending a hand on both days!
The recent tree planting at Henteleff Park on June 11th is another illustration of the volunteer spirit of our residents. It was inspiring to see residents donating their time – and hard labor! – to aid in the park’s annual spring tree planting. Henteleff Park, spanning 30 acres along St. Mary’s Rd., is a treasured part of this community, and plays an important and valuable role in maintaining an ecologically friendly environment. The official opening ceremony for the Henteleff Park Interpretive Centre, featuring a Shelter Building displaying information panels, all-weather notebooks, and new bench seating, will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 7th.
Finally, residents of St. Norbert were pleased to be a part of the ribbon cutting for Parc Charette Park, on Tuesday, June 14th. Located on the banks of the Red River beside Pembina Hwy., Parc Charette boasts a long and storied history as one of the oldest settlement sites along the Pembina Trail.
Events such as these play a valuable role in maintaining the beautiful parks, green spaces and natural gathering places that make our community such a unique place to live and play. None of this would be possible without the tireless dedication of volunteer organizations and engaged citizens who so rarely get the recognition they deserve.
In other news, I recently had the pleasure of hosting a community open house and BBQ at our constituency office on Saturday, June 4th. My staff and I appreciated the chance to see some familiar faces, and meet many new ones. A great turn-out from around the riding ensured a day of interesting conversations. Afternoons such as this provide me with a unique opportunity to listen and respond to the questions, concerns and ideas of our diverse community, so that I can better represent your views in Ottawa.
Lending a hand at the Bridgewater Forest Neighborhood clean-up
Planting trees at beautiful Henteleff Park