I had a great time at the St. Albert Catholic High School's open house. The quality of our schools in St. Albert is astounding and I cannot wait to visit this fall when SACHS' modernization work is complete. Thank you to SACHS for inviting me and my colleague Marie Renaud, MLA for St. Albert.
Volunteering at the Fire and Ice Festival
St. Albert's Firefighters Local has been organizing the Fire and Ice Festival for a number of years now, and I'm always delighted to volunteer for the event. We had a great time in Lacombe Park with sleigh rides, ice sculpting, hot dogs and s'mores.
Sod Turning Ceremony for Joseph M. Demko School
Another sod turning! This time, I joined St. Albert Public Schools and my colleague MLA Renaud for a commemorative sod turning for Joseph M. Demko school. This is only one of many new schools being built in Spruce Grove-St. Albert. I'm proud our government is prioritizing education in our growing communities.
William D. Cuts School Grand Reopening
I was happy to join William D. Cuts Jr. High School for their grand reopening.
W. D. Cuts has been waiting a long time for renovations and I'm proud it was our government that decided to move forward on a modernization. The new classrooms and additional staff will help service St. Albert's growing population. And a big thanks to Education Minister David Eggen for visiting our community!
Sod Turning for Sister Alphonse Academy
I recently had the opportunity to attend the sod turning for a brand new school in St. Albert, Sister Alphonse Academy. Named after the first sister at the St. Albert mission, this school will be ready for k-9 students come 2018. I can't wait for the grand opening!
Celebrating Small Business Week
It was a pleasure to take the time to visit local businesses in Spruce Grove-St. Albert and celebrate the success of our business community. Here's a photo from the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Week celebration and awards gala.
Re-Opening of Juneau House in St. Albert
St. Albert MLA Marie Renaud and I joined in celebrating the re-opening of Juneau House and the unveiling of Founders Walk Phase 2.
Originally built in the 1880s, the newly repaired Juneau House will serve Michif Cultural Connections as a museum and resource centre to display Métis heritage in St. Albert. In fact, St. Albert was originally established as a Métis settlement, and this latest addition to Founders Walk tells the story of St. Albert through its origins.
I'm proud to have taken part in the festivities and grateful for the provincial government's commitment to help St. Albert realize these historic projects.
Celebrating Culture in St. Albert
The St. Albert grain elevator was on full display for the 'Food Trucks are Coming' community event on Saturday, August 27. It was my pleasure to tour the facility and learn about St. Albert's place in the agricultural history of our province. Knowledge of our history and culture helps us address the challenges we face in the present.
Touring 'Pharmakon' at the Art Gallery of St. Albert
I had the opportunity to tour the Art Gallery of St. Albert and Pharmakon, the latest gallery by local artist Brad Necyk.
'Pharmakon', a word found in Plato's dialogues which can mean 'remedy' or 'poison', is a beautiful exhibit displaying the blunt realities of anxiety, depression, injury, illness, and their affect on personal identity. Necyk's work bridges the gap between the often sterile, clinical world of medicine and the vivid, difficult times we all experience.
The Summer Reading Games at St. Albert Public Library
I remember playing this game myself back in the day - it's what made me a bookworm!
Celebrating National Aboriginal Day in St. Albert
It was an honour to attend this year's National Aboriginal Day celebrations in St. Albert.
National Aboriginal Day is a day to acknowledge a traumatic past between our Nations and to forge a better path forward in the spirit of truth and reconciliation. By coming together we commit to a brighter future based on greater appreciation, understanding and respect.
A big 'thank you' to Gwen Crouse and all the organizers and partners who made this special day a success.
St. Albert Pride
It was my privilege to support the 2nd Annual St. Albert Pride BBQ. The event was a huge success and I hope it's even bigger and better next year!
Our NDP Caucus is committed to promoting a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe society for everyone, including all gender and sexual minorities.
Knocking on Doors in St. Albert
When Legislative Session is over, my primary focus is listening to you and using your thoughts and concerns in my decision making as your MLA. Here's a shot of me knocking on doors in St. Albert. I'm glad I was able to speak with so many of you and I heard a lot of positive feedback on the Climate Leadership Plan.
St. Albert's new Air Quality Monitoring Station
I was happy to celebrate Clean Air Day at the unveiling of St. Albert's new Air Quality Monitoring station. It was an honour to have Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips join us and I'm proud the Government of Alberta helped fund this project.
Our government has also launched a new Air Quality Health Index mobile app. This app uses a 10-point scale to help Albertans gauge air quality in the province and is available on Apple and Android devices.
Attending the Bockman Foundation Charity Event
The Bockman Foundation for Spinal Cord Injuries held their annual Wheel, Walk and Run event on June 5 at Lion's Park in St. Albert. This event raises money to help people afford the costs associated with suffering a spinal cord injury, which are often costly and life-changing. I would like to thank all the organizers and the KwadSquad for inviting me and for doing great work in our communities.
At The Rainmaker Rodeo and Kinsman Parade
I had a fabulous time joining my fellow elected officials, local business and community groups in the Kinsman Rainmaker Parade in St. Albert! The Rainmaker Rodeo is one of Alberta's biggest events, bringing together volunteers, representatives and participants from throughout the Capital Region and beyond. I know next year's event will be just as exciting.
Getting Budget 2016 Feedback in North Ridge
I rang in the month of May on the doors in St. Albert's North Ridge neighbourhood. What a thriving and vibrant community!
Many of you had questions and feedback regarding the 2016 Provincial Budget, and it was my pleasure to answer your questions and hear your thoughts. I will always be here to listen to my constituents. Your input is important and appreciated.
I also met a number of lemonade stands as well as a cul-de-sac basketball squad. We had a lot of fun.
Attending the St. Albert Lifestyle Expo and Sale
I had a great time with my colleague Marie Renaud, MLA for St. Albert, at the St. Albert & District Chamber of Commerce's Lifestyle Expo and Sale. As you can see, we had a 'big tent' party!
This annual event draws 14,000 guests and showcases some of the great entrepreneurs and services in the Botanical Arts City and surrounding area. I'm glad to be able to support Alberta businesses, big and small.
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