Posted on May 2, 2017

November 2016 Constituency Newsletter

Hello Everyone!

November is here and all members of the legislative assembly have returned to Edmonton, bringing with them the voices of their constituencies. The fall sitting is a busy time for me and for all Alberta MLAs. The things we debate in the Legislature can have a direct impact on you, and there are things you should do to make sure you benefit from government services and programs.

Perhaps the most important thing you should have done is to make sure you’ve filed your 2015 tax return. If you’ve done that you’re automatically signed up for the Child Tax Credit and the Carbon Rebate program. Both of these are designed to offset the cost of raising a family, and both can help you out if your income is below the threshold. If you want more information about how these programs work please call our office.

There are a number of events all around the community as we get closer to the winter holidays. I encourage you to check your local community association website for details and I do hope to see you out there!

November is of course, a time of remembrance and celebration of the freedoms we enjoy as individuals and as a nation. We owe these incredible gifts to the brave women and men who risked their lives to protect those freedoms, many of which made the ultimate sacrifice in the end.

Calgary Bow has traditionally been home to a large number of veterans and also hosts one of Calgary’s oldest legions. Earlier this fall I spent some time at the Bowness legion to learn more about this historic place, and to hear from some of the Veterans. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #238 received its charter in December of 1947 with its first meetings held at the Bowness Fire Hall. By 1953 a small property was purchased and member volunteers worked to clean it up, and made a few additions including a small kitchen and an indoor bathroom for female members. An unfortunate fire displaced members to the Moose Hall in Montgomery until in 1962 the members came together to purchase the property Branch #238 sits on today. The cost is thought to have been about $13,000 and since that time there have been a number of improvements and additions made to the building, mostly by proud volunteers and members.

I was honored to meet Mr. Daniel Girouard and his wife Mrs. Claire Girouard who have been members of the Bowness legion for 34 years. Mr. Girouard served our country during World War II, joining the Canadian forces in 1941 at the age of 21. Daniel served in Italy, France and Holland until 1946 and the end the war. Shortly after returning to Alberta Dan met Claire and the two settled into Bowness in 1955. The pair have been members at the Bowness legion for 34 years and are much loved by the members there.

The Bowness Legion hosts a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Bowness Community Association every November 11th. I am honoured to participate in this tradition and will be speaking at that event again this year. Participants march to the Bowness Legion following the ceremony for coffee and conversation. I encourage you and your family to join us.