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A Seasonal Mailout Proudly Highlighting Our Fort Richmond Community

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Kits for Kids Campaign Helps Families in Need

The Sou'Wester September 1, 2021

Th e summer has passed by quickly and September is now upon us. I usually look forward to the autumn for its beautiful colours, the fresh, crisp air, and less annoying insects! This year feels a lot different than previous years. We have learned a lot over the last 18 months but we face another battle ahead of us with the pandemic’s fourth wave...

SWCC Fort Richmond Site to be Upgraded

The Sou'Wester August 4, 2021

On July 24, along with Waverley MLA Jon Reyes, Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West), and Coun. Markus Chambers (St. Norbert Seine River), I was pleased to announce that South Winnipeg Community Club has been awarded a 2021 Building Sustainable Communities grant from the provincial government...

Bursaries Announced; Restrictions Ease

The Sou'Wester July 7, 2021

I am excited to celebrate this year’s recipients of the MLA for Fort Richmond bursary awards.
Congratulations to these deserving high school graduates...

Winnipeg Turned Blue for Cystic Fibrosis

The Sou'Wester June 9, 2021

May was Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month and on May 15, the Winnipeg sign at The Forks was coloured blue to highlight this...

Volunteers are Core of Communities

The Sou'Wester May 12, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers honoured this past Sunday!
May 12 is Manitoba Day, and as we again mark this occasion more quietly due to COVID-19, it is still a chance to celebrate our amazing province. Apart from the beautiful, varied landscape, it is the people who make our home so wonderful. Manitobans step up to make differences, big and small.
Peter and Audrey VanderSpek are two such Manitobans...

Yazidi Community Finds Home

The Sou'Wester April 14, 2021

What a month for spring traditions. The Jewish community celebrated Passover in March and April, Hindus commemorated Holi, the “festival of colours,” and Christians celebrated Easter on April 4. Eastern Christians  will also mark Easter on May 2, while the Yazidi community marks Easter and their new year in mid-April. Thank you for celebrating safely during this second spring holiday season of COVID-19...
(Please note the date for Eastern Christians celebrating Easter was accidentally listed as April 14 in this article.  Sorry for any inconvenience!).

Activity Blooming in Fort Richmond This Spring

The Sou'Wester March 17, 2021

The beginning of March brought a much-needed break from winter’s cold. We can only hope the balmy weather extends quickly into spring.  We all benefit from being able to easily step outside for a breath of fresh air after such a challenging winter...

I Love to Read Month Inspires

The Sou'Wester February 17, 2021

Feb. 17 is I Read Canadian Day, a national celebration of Canadian books for young people that celebrates the richness, diversity, and breadth of Canadian literature....

Together, We Will Get Through This

The Sou'Wester January 20, 2021

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...

Celebrate the Holidays Safely

The Sou'Wester December 23, 2020

At this time of year, I usually highlight how the holidays are fi lled with joyful celebrations of many diff erent faiths and cultures, with various traditions, in our diverse neighbourhood of Fort Richmond...

Manitoba Bridge Grant Open Until December 15

The Sou'Wester November 25, 2020

This is proving to be a challenging season for our community of Fort Richmond, our province, our country, and all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic...

Local Teacher-Librarian Stands Above the Rest

The Sou'Wester October 28, 2020

October is Canadian Library Month, an annual celebration of libraries, library workers, and their services, as declared by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations...

Giving Thanks in Our Community

The Sou'Wester September 30, 2020

As Thanksgiving approaches, there is so much for which to be grateful in our community.  This year is particularly poignant as we “Stay Apart, Together,” and once again, possibly find different ways to celebrate...

Parks a Crucial Resource Amid Pandemic

The Sou'Wester September 2, 2020

More families stayed close to home this summer because of the restrictions on travel.  It provided an opportunity to explore our wonderful province and discover the hidden gems in our own backyards...

Looking Forward to Engaging with Constituents

The Sou'Wester August 5, 2020

There is so much in our community to be proud of, including our fabulous parks. I am looking forward to the opportunity to engage with residents later this month while I visit several of our green spaces and share some Manitoba 150 memorabilia...

Summer’s Here

The Sou'Wester July 8, 2020

Last month, as Fort Richmond Collegiate staff and students got creative to celebrate the graduating classes of 2020 during a pandemic, I was happy to announce the recipients of the MLA for Fort Richmond bursaries...

Plenty to Celebrate, Plenty to Consider

The Sou'Wester June 10, 2020

Th ere are some very unsettling and difficult conversations happening across North America about privilege and abuse of power.  The actions of many citizens have proven these discussions necessary if we want to reach the goal of peace and justice for all...

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Fort Richmond Newsletters

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Fall 2021 Newsletter

First and foremost, thank you to each one of you who chose to get vaccinated in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19. You have truly saved lives...

Spring 2021 Newsletter

The warmer weather has brought with it a new hope after a long and difficult winter.  Our community has shown its true  strength over the last year, assisting one another through challenging situations and offering encouragement to those who need it most...

Fall 2020 Fort Richmond Newsletter

We are now heading into the darker, colder months of the year and facing challenges that none of us could have foreseen. In spite of these unique pressures, our community of Fort Richmond has banded together and adapted to the needs of our neighbours...

Early Spring 2020 Newsletter

Each year brings its own unique set of opportunities and challenges.  2020 is proving to follow this theme in our community as we learn how to adapt in a changing environment and world...

Early Summer 2019 Fort Richmond Newsletter

There are many reasons to be thankful in our small corner of the province, and these last few months have highlighted them. Our community has dedicated people who maintain the reputation of caring and generousity that Fort Richmond is known for...

Fall 2018 Fort Richmond Newsletter

Two and a half years ago I was elected to represent the Fort Richmond constituency as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. There have been many opportunities to learn from each of you as we met to discuss the issues that matter most to
our corner of the province...

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Sarah shares personal stories and celebrates those living and working in Fort Richmond in the videos below.

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Sarah Guillemard Recognizes a COVID-19 Christmas

MLA Sarah Guillemard recognizes small gestures of love by neighbours and wishes seasons greetings to all.  Posted December 2, 2020, by Manitoba PC Caucus.

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MLA Sarah Guillemard Recognizes Alison Bodner

MLA Sarah Guillemard recognizes Alison Bodner, teacher-librarian at Bairdmore School.  Posted October 8, 2020, by Manitoba PC Caucus.

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Sarah Guillemard Recognizes Heidi Wilson

Fort Richmond MLA Sarah Guillemard recognizes Heidi Wilson, a dedicated employee of the University of Manitoba who recently took part in Take Your MLA to Work Day.  Posted December 6, 2018, by the Manitoba PC Caucus.

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Sarah Guillemard Recognizes Darryl and Cheryl Ferguson

Fort Richmond MLA Sarah Guillemard recognizes Darryl and Cheryl Ferguson, two outstanding music educators in the Fort Richmond constituency.  Posted April 26, 2018, by Manitoba PC Caucus.

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Bell Let’s Talk - Sarah Guillemard, MLA for Fort Richmond

Sarah shares her personal story on mental health and the need to end the stigma around mental illness.  Posted January 31, 2018, by Brian Pallister.

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Sarah Guillemard Recognizes Community Hero Atticus McIlraith

Fort Richmond MLA Sarah Guillemard recognizes young community hero Atticus McIlraith who has raised over $40,000 to provide baby formula for those in need.  Posted April 13, 2017, by Manitoba PC Caucus.

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