As schools have reopened and students have started to return to the classroom, we recognize that the impacts of the pandemic are far reaching and continue to be a critical issue, and as such, we want to ensure that the needs of students and staff are met. Recently, our government announced a $1 million investment for mental health supports for staff and students in Manitoba. These supports are in addition to the $2.5 million announced last year dedicated to supporting students’ mental health.

The new Manitoba Mental Health in Schools Strategy will be implemented in partnership with school divisions and stakeholders to support school-wide mental health strategies. These plans include training for teachers and school staff, teaching supports for mental health, ensuring appropriate tools and supports are available for all students, teachers, and school staff, and having an open conversation about mental health. COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives in many ways, including significantly impacting the mental health of Manitobans. I’m proud to be part of a government that values and prioritizes the importance of investing in mental health supports.

I am excited to highlight the local recipients of the Manitoba Trails grant funding. Richer has been selected to receive $7,000 to undertake upgrades to the current walking path. Additionally, Monominto has received $15,000 to implement a new trail system in their community. This funding will help provide Manitobans with safe and accessible ways to enjoy all the beautiful sights our province has to offer.

I am also pleased to highlight two child care facilities in Dawson Trail that have recently received funding from our provincial government. The Tache Community Day Care received $2,800, and the Children of the Universe Learning Center received $9,000. These grants will be dedicated to improving and maintaining the facilities, in order for the children to continue to have an enriching environment to play and grow.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my constituency office.

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