326 B High Street West Moose Jaw, SK

Moose Jaw Express January 30, 2019

Moose Javians may prefer the warmer spring and summer weather, but many are finding ways to embrace and enjoy activities throughout our Saskatchewan winter season.

In Saskatchewan we have a reputation for staying active during the winter months as there are many recreation options available to us.

The City of Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Guide covers a variety of Community Association programs including free swimming and skating.

There are a number of toboggan hills to enjoy. Outdoor rinks are popular places to skate and play hockey, and if you’re feeling adventurous you can even try a new winter sport, “Crokicurl” (curling and crokinole) – check it out at Elgin Park.

Wakamow Valley is a winter wonderland where cross country skiers can enjoy groomed trails. Families can look forward to Winterfest coming up on February 16.  Buffalo Pound Provincial Park also provides opportunities for cross country skiing and ice-fishing.

On those cooler, blustery weather days, I enjoy turf time with my grandchildren at Yara Centre. The Public Library has many free indoor programs from Monday to Saturday for all age groups. The Western Development Museum is a great place to visit anytime. Heritage Day on February 9 is one of their many special programs that happen throughout the year.

Moose Jaw takes pride in the many volunteers in our City. Last Thursday, Moose Jaw recognized some of our most active individuals and groups with the Citizen & Group of the Year Awards. I want to acknowledge and thank all nominees for their outstanding contributions to our community and say a special congratulations to our Citizen of the Year, Cory Olafson, and Group pf the Year, 15 Wing Fellowship Inc.

It is with much consideration and mixed emotions that I have decided not to seek nomination leading into the next provincial election, and will be retiring from politics at the end of this term. It is a time of growth in Saskatchewan and I appreciate having been a small part of the progress this province has experienced over the past 11 years.

Moose Jaw has seen improvements to our way of life as well, with new facilities and programs. The construction of the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Hospital has been a great advancement in health care for Moose Jaw and area.  We have also had significant government investments including public housing, child care facilities, improvements to schools and seven Habitat for Humanity homes.

I appreciate the privilege of representing Moose Jaw in the Saskatchewan Legislature. Thank you for that opportunity; and I will continue to work on your behalf until the next provincial election in 2020. Thank you for the encouraging comments, the visits and conversations over the years. Serving you, the constituents of Moose Jaw, has been the honour of my working life. Thank you for your support.