Honoured to Serve the Fort Richmond Community
A Note from Sarah
At this time of year, I usually highlight how the holidays are filled with joyful celebrations of many different faiths and cultures, with various traditions, in our diverse neighbourhood of Fort Richmond. And while I still hold these traditions and festivities dear, this year--this holiday season--is unlike any other.
This change cannot be ignored. We cannot be close to our loved ones in the same way we are used to. We cannot pop into shops and restaurants for supplies and treats as easily as before. Many are facing difficult financial decisions and having to stay far away from those they want to hold more than anything.
There is the hopeful light of the COVID-19 vaccine, but it may be months before we have the level of protection needed to return to life as we knew it.
Yet, it is still important to mark traditions, hold our families and friends dear (virtually), and try to offer hope and connection when everything feels different. I know many in our community are reaching out to others, supporting charities with gifts or time, or kindly ordering a delivered meal for a neighbour.
Speaking of hope, there are caring families in Fort Richmond who act as foster parents, and the need for more. The need for safe, loving homes does not take a break, especially during uncertain times as these. If you have ever considered becoming a foster parent, or if you have some questions, there is a lot of valuable information on The Kinship and Foster Family Network of Manitoba website www.kffnm.ca. An introduction to potential foster parents is being held via Zoom on February 6, 2021. Please reach out to KFFNM to register.
I wish you and your families all the best in 2021!
For accurate and timely information surrounding COVID-19 measures, please visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html.
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.