Sou’wester Article: December 12, 2016

Sou’wester Article: December 12, 2016

Sarah Guillemard, MLA for Fort Richmond

Sou’wester article: December 12, 2016


Give what you can this holiday season

The last month of the year for many families is spent making lists, waiting in long lines at the mall, writing cards to friends and family, and gearing up for multiple holiday gatherings.

For those who have been blessed with much, the sights and sounds of this season bring fond memories of childhood excitement and full bellies.


However, during our joyous celebrations, let us not forget those who struggle at this time of year whether due to illness, the loss of a loved one or the stress of financial insecurity. Manitobans have always been known for their generous nature throughout the year, and December is an opportunity to shine even brighter.  

My heart was full on Dec. 9, as my constituency office welcomed each resident who donated baby formula and cash to help feed the hungry babies of Winnipeg. Thank you, Atticus McIlraith, for your dedication to such a great cause and for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing experience.

Your care and concern for those in need is commendable, and I look forward to watching where life will take you.

The Legislative Building was abuzz with holiday cheer as we opened the doors and welcomed Manitobans to join us for a visit on Dec. 3. The offices were decorated with care and with homemade goodies and apple cider to share. Children were seen throughout the halls, pulling parents and grandparents from room to room. As a special treat, the MLAs from all parties joined together on the grand staircase to sing Christmas carols, serenading the crowd that had filled all three levels of the building. It was truly a special day, spent with great people.

The Breakfast & Skate with Santa was a blast at Richmond Kings Community Centre. I enjoyed chatting with the early-morning hockey families as they eagerly awaited Santa’s arrival.

Congratulations to the organizers on this great success.

Every day we are given an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Give from the heart, even if all you can afford is a smile. That smile might be the catalyst that turns someone’s day around.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Fort Richmond!