Posted on Dec 3, 2018

Erin's Corner: November 2018

November marks that solemn event of remembering our fallen soldiers that served our country so that we are able to enjoy our freedom, and also a day to remember all that have sacrificed their lives to protect and serve our nation.   This past Remembrance Day also acknowledged the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (1918-2018) and I was proud to present a scroll to our local legion on November 10th. 

As you know the government has started the fall session, and my days are spent in the Legislature, however in my evenings I enjoy engaging in the community.  I endeavor to attend as many functions as possible, and of course my favorite time when not working is shopping downtown, at a few of my favorite stores or watching my son play hockey.

On November 8th I participated in the Legislature Remembrance Day Ceremony November 9th, I attended the Memorial Composite High School Remembrance Day Service, and the November 11th Service in Stony Plain.   

On November 10th I attended the 12th Annual Stony Plain and District Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala 2018.  After 60 years, our Chamber is still going strong, and very much a viable and important part of our community not only in business but also support our youth.   The chamber awarded $1,500.00 to Janine Schmitke as the Scholarship Recipient for her academic achievements in her post-secondary education.  The Chamber winners are posted on the Stony Plain chamber web page, and a heartfelt congratulations to everyone!  You are the reason this community is so successful!    

On November 13th I was so pleased to visit the Professional Business Connection Centre (Pro Biz) and get a tour from France, the founder of this fantastic space.  The idea behind this Centre is truly unique, with all sorts of spaces for entrepreneurs, home based businesses, and those looking to network and bounce ideas off other professionals.  There are courses and interesting opportunities offered in this beautiful and exceptional place.

November 14th, I was pleased to shop at the Light Up Your Life Silent Auction at Westview, and I won the bids on some beautiful donations, and all of the money raised goes towards the efforts in our communities of the Light Up Your Life Society.

I also had the pleasure of having coffee and cupcakes with one of our local entrepreneurs, Debra DeBernardo of LauraBella Custom Cakery.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful space with me.

My warmest thank you to the Lighthouse Church for dropping off a beautiful heartfelt letter and baked goods to my office on Monday morning.  I will continue to advocate and do my best for my community.  It is this kind of encouragement that enables me to continue to do my best! 

I absolutely love the Stony Plain Christmas tree light up on Main Street each year, and this year was no exception.  The treasure hunt is a treat for my family and I have the chance to visit some of our local businesses like Stony Plain Eye Centre, The Parkland Potters Guild, Kountry Korner Gifts, and Village Fashions.  

The Central Park Light up in Spruce Grove was incredibly beautiful this year with 150 000 lights, dancers from Dance Co. the choir from Prescott Learning Centre, axe throwing, princesses, skating, maple candy, crafts, hot chocolate provided by Century 21, hot dogs provided by the Kinsmen Club.  Lil Chippers Ice Carving, fires that were stoked by the Scouts, and fireworks to end a wonderful afternoon. 

This month was also the Rural Municipalities Association (RMA) conference in Edmonton, which is a great time to connect with our municipal leaders and learn what issues they are hearing about in communities all across Alberta. I heard about sustainable funding being a priority and ideas for keeping communities outside our urban areas strong and resilient. 

I spent time this month connecting with many people in our communities.  I heard about initiatives people would like me to advocate for, events people would like me to attend, and important issues people are facing here at home. 

Join us on December 13th for my Christmas Open House at the Constituency Office.   

My office is at 5004 50th Ave. in Stony Plain. If you have any questions or need help with an issue, please contact me by phone at (780) 963-1444 or email at stony.plain@assembly.ab.ca. You can also find me on Facebook (@ErinNDP) and Twitter (@msebabs).