Trail Talking

A New Year in Dawson Trail

  • Bob Lagassé, Author
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly, Dawson Trail

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to the New Year. 2020 is an exciting year because not only is it the beginning of a new decade, but it also marks the 150th anniversary of Manitoba joining confederation. In honour of this momentous occasion, our government held an event on December 14th to kick-off the 150-day countdown to Manitoba Day 2020. This event featured fun activities, such as a snowshoe obstacle course and snowmobile show, as well as a dazzling lights display. I had a great time at this event, and I’m looking forward to a year full of celebrating our province.

I am looking forward to seeing what the coming year will have in store. The Legislative Assembly just wrapped up its most recent session in December and will return again in March. In the meantime, I look forward to spending the coming weeks here in the Dawson Trail constituency. I plan on attending a number of events and just being out-and-about in the different communities. One thing in particular that I will be taking part in is I Love To Read Month. Every year I look forward to February because it’s a time when I get to visit the different schools throughout Dawson Trail and read to the students and educate them a little bit about our government. I always enjoy answering their curious questions and seeing their smiling faces. This year we have a couple new schools in Anola and Hazelridge that I am eager to visit.

Recently, the Bibliothèque Ste. Anne Library received funding from our government, in the amount of $24,469. I am pleased to announce this, because I think it is very important that organizations, such as these, receive support. In rural communities, libraries are quite important because they house resources and information that community members wouldn’t have easy access to otherwise. They also serve as a spot for community members to gather. I am glad that our government sees the value in supporting rural communities and their organizations, and that they continue to do so.

Due to the boundary changes that took place after the most recent provincial election, our constituency office no longer lies within Dawson Trail. Come the new year, we will be moving our office from St. Adolphe to Ste. Anne.