Honoured to Serve the Fort Richmond Community
A Note from Sarah
The beginning of a New Year is usually met with optimism and hope as we set goals to better ourselves. There is nothing usual about the start to this year. In fact, 2021 is proving to be a challenge for optimism as we face a pandemic, violent events and political unrest that threaten our health, freedom and sense of security.
All these elements have shaken us and created uncertainty and, for some, a feeling of helplessness.
Hope is not lost. The flicker of light at the end of this difficult tunnel can be seen in the numerous acts of kindness in our local community.
Nicole Carnegie, an active volunteer in Fort Richmond, jumped into action over the holidays when she heard of a family that was struggling because a loved one was in hospital with COVID-19. With their entire focus on the health of their relative, they had no time to plan or organize for a special Christmas.
Nicole reached out through social media, asking for assistance to make sure the family did not miss out on a celebration. Donations of gifts, food and funds began to flow in immediately and, over the course of 24 hours, the heart of the Fort Richmond community was evident.
The people in the family that received this outpouring of love and care were not the only ones who benefited through these actions. Each person and business who reached out to help was gifted with the reminder that loving one another is an effective way to lighten the burdens we all carry.
A teacher at Dalhousie Elementary School recently reached out on a community Facebook page looking for donations of indoor shoes (runners), warm winter boots, nylon water-proof mittens and pants for boys size 5 to 12. If you can help out with any of these items, please contact the Dalhousie School office at 204-269-4101 or reach out to my constituency office by calling 204-221- 8881 or emailing contact@sarahguillemard. com We would be happy to pass along the donations!
Collectively we will get through the times of struggle and it will be the kind hearts and generous spirits that will lead the way.
Next month is I Love to Read Month, and I am looking forward to arranging some virtual visits with schools and daycares throughout the community. If you are a teacher or childcare expert and wish to participate, please let my office know so we can add you to our growing list Have a safe, healthy and kind new year Fort Richmond!
The Kinship and Foster Family Network of Manitoba
Info Zoom Session: February 6, 2021
For those considering foster parenting, KFFNM is hosting an Introduction to Kinship and Foster Care Zoom meeting on Saturday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Visit www.kffnm.ca for more information and to register.
About Sarah Guillemard
Sarah is a community activist and long-time Fort Richmond resident.
A graduate of Fort Richmond Collegiate, Sarah has lived in Fort Richmond for over 30 years. She is proudly raising her family in the same vibrant, caring neighbourhood in which she grew up.
Sarah has been a tireless community advocate whose efforts have benefitted families in the community and throughout Winnipeg.
Sarah’s belief that parents should be active participants in decisions that affect their children’s education compelled her to take the lead in working with the Pembina Trails School Division to address timely issues. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Sarah received the Parent Council Recognition Award from the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils in 2010.
Sarah also believes in welcoming those who are new to Canada. Living overseas with her husband and young family gave her an appreciation for the difficulty facing newcomers with a language barrier. This led Sarah to begin teaching English conversation classes for new Canadians through her church.
In addition to her work in the school system and with newcomers to Canada, Sarah was a long-time soccer coach and enjoyed working with her teams to bring out the best in each player both on and off the field.
Sarah was named Minister of Climate Change and Conservation following the 2019 provincial election.
With four generations of her family living in the area, Sarah is deeply committed to Fort Richmond. She is proud to be serving her second term as MLA for Fort Richmond, especially while navigating such a difficult situation as the global pandemic of COVID-19.