Leduc Festival of Trees in support of the Boys and Girls Club Leduc
The holiday season has begun and November 19-20 saw the 6th annual Canadian Tire Festival of Trees and Christmas fair. Constituency staff had a great time putting up a display tree for the Winter Wonderland held at the Leduc Recreation Centre Field House. . My kids and I came to experience all the fun this event has to offer families in the area such as the Children's Carnival and over 70 Christmas Vendors.
The Festival of Trees is one of the most important fundraisers for the Boys and Girls Club of Leduc (also housed in the Leduc Recreation Centre).
If you would like more information on the programs and services the Boys and Girls Club of Leduc offer to children and families in Leduc please visit http://www.bgcleduc.com/
Remembrance Day Leduc & Beaumont 2016
On November 11 Canadians pause and take a moment to remember our heroes.
During this moment of silence, we all take time to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, those that continue to take on the hazardous work of safeguarding our freedoms and ideals, as well as those working as peacekeepers around the world.
Lest we forget.
Thank you to MLA Lorne Dach for coming to Beaumont to help honour the veterans, active service men and women, and first responders.
Flu Shot at Beaumont Shoppers Drug Mart
I was invited by owner Lena Snodgrass to the Beaumont Shoppers Drug Mart to receive my flu shot this year. I always learn a lot about what services pharmacies in Alberta are able to provide.
According to Alberta Health Services:
Good health isn't contagious. Influenza is. Chances are, you don't want influenza anymore than your loved ones do.
Getting your influenza immunization every season is the single most effective way to protect yourself from influenza.
All Albertans six months of age & older should be immunized each season.
Protect yourself. Protect others. Get immunized. Why Chance It?
Small Business Week October 17-21, 2016
This week is small business week across Canada. I had the opportunity to visit some small businesses this week who all offer great products and services to the constituents in Leduc Beaumont.
Thank you to:
Nisku Eatery on 8th for a fantastic breakfast. Check out their lunch buffet as well! Local Meats Leduc Ltd. for all the information about local producers and farmers that you work with. Go-Led.ca for information and an "illuminating" experience learning about how much money and energy I can save by switching to LED's Embroidme-Edmonton SE & Beaumont for a sneak peak at all the new promotional items for fall and winter, and Jef's Cafe for the fantastic coffee and service
Read In Week October 2016
One of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to visit schools and meet the students in the constituency of Leduc-Beaumont. When I go to the schools in our communities I get to see how engaged our smallest community members really are.
I also get a chance to see how hard the teachers, administrators and EA's work in our community schools. I have noticed how growth in our communities has affected their jobs, and I am very happy to know that there are new schools being built for both the STAR Catholic School Board and the Black Gold Regional School Division No. 18, along with the new schools we have opened this year.
The students I've encountered in the constituency have always asked good questions, often in the grade 6 classrooms I get caught off guard by one or two future politicians preparing themselves for question period in future years.
2016 Alberta Summer Games - Leduc
From July 14-17 the City of Leduc, with municipal and provincial partnerships, help the fantastic Alberta Summer Games 2016.
I had the opportunity to speak at the torch relay, attend the opening ceremonies, throw a less-than-perfect first pitch for a ball game, and had the honour of presenting medals to elite youth athletes.
One of the major goals of the organizers of the Alberta Summer Games Leduc (#UNLEASH2016) was to have the most sustainable games to date. I feel extremely pleased and humbled to sit as Honourary Chair of the Sustainability committee for the games. The goals of the sustainability committee were to:
1. Achieve 80% waste diversion at the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC)
2. Power LRC with 100% clean energy (which resulted in Canada's largest commercial rooftop solar array installed in Leduc)
3. Host a disposable water bottle free event
4. Educate over 5000 visitors and residents about the sustainability of the games.
You can find out more about the games at www.2016asg.com as well as see photos and updates from last weekend.
These goals included a lot of events and planning to lead up to the games. For example, on May 7 volunteers, staff and council members planted trees for Arbour Day 2016 and used the opportunity to discuss sustainability and the environment. There were many other beautification and environmentally sustainable projects taken on throughout the years the team took to plan the games.
Along with these goals, I am so proud of the work the games organizers, board, chair, and volunteers did to showcase our city and region. The athletes, coaches, families and spectators really got to see the absolute best this region can provide. Thank you so much.
Thank you also to Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ricardo Miranda for coming to the games to speak to the athletes about teamwork and learning about the communities their new friends are from. Also, thank you to the other MLA's who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to be there.
Congratulations to all the medal winners, and to all the athletes, who all represent the best of the best in their chosen sport.
Canada Day 2016
Canada Day is always a busy day in the constituency of Leduc Beaumont. I had the pleasure of attending Gateway Family Church (Leduc) dunk tank for Leduc & District Victim Services. Constituents definitely got in to the spirit, and I may have lobbed a few (in good fun) during Mayor Krischke's turn.
I also was able to attend the ceremony in Beaumont with Member of Parliament Mike Lake and Mayor Camile Berube. It was a beautiful ceremony, and I was honoured to stand on stage with our local RCMP.
After the Beaumont festivities I was back to the city of Leduc to enjoy their ceremony program and a bit of the entertainment.
All in all, it was a beautiful, busy Canada Day that reminded me of how amazing this country and this province is. After all the hardship we have faced, we still come together to celebrate our heritage and our future.
Thank you to everyone who invited me to join in the celebration.
Leduc Recreation Centre to have Canada's largest commercial rooftop solar array
On June 28 the City of Leduc, along with Enmax, Great Canadian Solar, and the Climate Change Emissions Management Corporation announced Canada's largest commercial rooftop solar array. My colleague, Minister of Energy Margaret McCuaig Boyd was present to speak on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Mayor of Leduc Greg Krischke spoke on behalf of the City and representatives from Enmax and the CCEMC expressed their excitement over this new initiative.
It is so exciting to see this new project in our constituency. Leduc-Beaumont is truly a forward thinking and progressive community, ready for the future. This project showcases the commitment the communities in our constituency have to the future citizens of our province.
Beaumont Youth Positive Ticketing Program
Recognizing youth for their positive actions and contributions to the Beaumont community, the RCMP have partnered up with the municipality as well as businesses within Beaumont to help promote and support our community of exceptional youth.
If you receive a positive ticket with the Leduc Beaumont Constituency Office contact information please stop by between 9-5 at 106, 6202 29 Ave and we have your prize pack here! It is a long bike ride from 50th street, so you may want to call ahead to make sure we are in the office and not out and about in the community.
Thank you to the Beaumont Youth Positive Ticketing Program for all their hard work!
NDP Caucus Tour with Leduc Nisku Economic Development Association
I had the opportunity to invite my colleagues to the constituency of Leduc-Beaumont to tour the Nisku Energy Park, Leduc Industrial Park, and learn about the Edmonton International Airport. We were able to participate in a round table discussion with local stakeholders on matters of the economy and business.
On the tour, ND Caucus MLA's had the opportunity to see Richie Bro's Auction right before their record breaking sale, Absolute Combustion, a tech company making huge innovations, learn about Leduc #1 Living Energy Project, hear about the Agrivalue Food Processing plant, Leduc County and City of Leduc as well as meet officials from the Town of Beaumont. We ended at the Renaissance hotel at the Edmonton International Airport.
All of this allows other MLA's from the capital region to make connections within their constituencies and their local businesses to help us all work together in this challenging economy.
A big thank you to the Leduc Nisku Economic Development Association as well as my fellow MLA's who were able to come, City of Leduc. Leduc County and the Town of Beaumont, Edmonton International Airport as well as the businesses that hosted us and took time out of their day to engage with us.
Alberta Oil Energy Services Breakfast
Alberta Oil magazine hosted an industry panel breakfast on March 30 where industry experts discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the Oil and Gas industry. As Leduc, Nisku and Leduc County are home to many businesses in the Oil and Gas or related industries.
It was interesting to hear representatives from PSAC, ATB, and AB Innovates discuss what the future looks like and how efficiency, safety and environmental responsibility is really the focus of the future in the industry, as it has been for a while.
Thank you for having me, I learned a lot!
Easter Lunch at Telford House
On March 24 I was invited to have lunch at Telford House in Leduc with the very active seniors group there. With a membership over 300 strong, weekly lunch service, bridge, crib, floor curling, a stained glass studio and much more to offer, it really was a great tour. We ate a delicious traditional Easter ham and scalloped potatoes, and it was delicious. Thank you Telford house for having me to your facility!
BAHA Provincial Hockey Tournament
Thank you to BAHA for inviting me to bring greetings at the BAHA Provincial tournament held March 18, 2016. I was lucky enough to speak after NHL alum and Dinner Television host Jason Strudwick as well as Mayor Berube and some other very special guests.
Edmonton International Airport receives LEED Gold certification
Edmonton International Airport is a major driver in the economic development of the Leduc-Beaumont Constituency. They have recently gone under major renovations as well as expansion of their terminal. During this process EIA made the conscious decision to strive for certification that no other airport in Canada had committed to - LEED Gold certification.
By attaining LEED Gold, the EIA not only built their beautiful living wall, but also ensured major efficiencies were employed in water usage, electricity, heating, and products used.
Along with their LEED certification, the EIA has also been awarded the BOMA Best certification, making them a true leader in combining energy efficiency with growing their organization.
Agriculture Safety Week March 13-19
I was please to speak during Agriculture Safety Week which was held March 13-19, 2016. I know Alberta farmers work hard to ensure that safety is paramount on and around the farm. Keep up the good work, and reach out for resources available all year long.
Habitat for Humanity Welcomes Family Home
This winter I was so humbled when Habitat for Humanity and the City of Leduc had me speak as the provincial representative to a Leduc family accepting the keys for their new home.
After months of hard work, the family was finally moving in and they were so happy.
Habitat for Humanity and Tristate homes worked together to ensure that this new home would be safe, secure, welcoming and a place to call home.
Poinsetta Tour 2015
We all know the holiday season can be hectic. I wanted to take the opportunity to slow down and meet a few of the constituents in Leduc-Beaumont who have given so much of themselves to their communities.
With permission from the seniors homes as well as LINX connect and Community Living in Leduc I was able to come for a visit, often cookies enjoy some of the holiday festivities around town. The poinsettia's I brought felt like a small token to me, considering how important these folks are to our community. I also realized that I should just bring chocolate next time, because when I brought those they were definitely a hit!
Thank you to the seniors living communities that had me this holiday season.
Read In Week
Each year, throughout the province, schools hold Read In week, where teachers invite people from the community to come and read to the students in their class to promote healthy reading habits and the joy of literacy. These people are sometimes famous, sometimes parents or volunteers, and in some cases, elected officials from the community.
I was very happy to be asked to attend read-in week in the fall at many schools in the constituency. I visited schools all over Leduc Beaumont, and in some cases the kids got to pick out the books. Overwhelmingly, the silliest books were the biggest hit.
I had a great time, connecting with students and teachers across the constituency.