The January Chamber luncheon was well attended with over 30 people in attendance. The guest speaker was Myrna Driedger, MLA for Roblin Constituency.
During the recent provincial election campaign, Myrna and her team knocked on a lot of doors and visited numerous businesses in Headingley to get an understanding of what local issues are. Concerns were expressed about the condition of Caron Road, possible closure of the RCMP Detachment and questions about why Headingley is not part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Myrna Driedger has been very active throughout her political career. Through a private members bill when she was in opposition, she created the Nellie McClung Foundation and raised the funds for a monument on the grounds of the Legislature. The “Our Nellie.com” website was created to inspire women and girls to follow in her footsteps. Myrna is working to get more women involved in politics and in leadership roles. She is a proud supporter of youth parliament and she started the initiative to bring Girl Guides into the legislative assembly. Throughout her career Myrna has held various portfolios, both in government and as the official opposition, served as deputy leader and is currently serving her second term as Speaker of the House.
Myrna is a huge community advocate and is fully aware of the local issues. She is a member of the Charleswood Legion, an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Charleswood, and has hosted Community Leaders Networking Luncheons for the past 22 years. Myrna showed various photos of the many, many events and activities she was been a supporter of.
Headingley is once again part of her constituency due to the recent provincial boundaries realignments. She served Headingley for 1-½ years in the early 90’s and then lost it due to a boundary change at that time. Myrna feels very lucky to have Headingley back as she is very familiar with the municipality and frequents the restaurants, market gardens and other area businesses quite often.
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