One of the things I enjoy most about being an MLA is working with local community leaders.
We have so many talented and devoted people who serve our community. It is important to me to take the time to listen to them and to learn about the opportunities and challenges they face, and work with them to help them reach their fullest potential. I have been making good use of virtual meeting tools like Zoom to meet with a number of local leaders.
Recently, I reconnected with Katie Kitschke, the executive director at Saffron Centre. Katie and her team continue to do amazing work supporting survivors of sexual violence. They are using technology to work remotely and to serve vulnerable Albertans from all across the province. I am so proud of the competent and compassionate team at Saffron. I encourage you to keep an eye out for their upcoming virtual conference this spring, which will include training to help prevent sexual violence.
The team at Volunteer Strathcona continues to serve Strathcona County residents in need. I recently had a chance to do a shift with the Snowbusters team, shoveling driveways in Sherwood Park. It was a fun way to get some exercise, meet other volunteers, and to help keep a few sidewalks safe. I want to acknowledge the volunteers from Strathcona Christian Academy who gave their time that day. If you’re looking for a way to give back to our community, check out Volunteer Strathcona.
Last week, I met with Elk Island Public School board chair, Trina Boymook, and school trustee, Jim Seutter. They shared with me that their most urgent priority is addressing the deteriorating conditions of Sherwood Heights Junior High School. I was happy that we were able to get funding from Alberta Education to support EIPS as they were developing options on how to address this need. This study is now complete and includes some ideas on how to address a number of capital needs in the school district. I look forward to working together to present the strongest case possible to Alberta Education as we advocate for Sherwood Heights.
I also had a good meeting with the leadership team at École Claudette-et-Denis-Tardiff, our local Francophone school. They have been co-located with New Horizons Charter School for more than five years now and both schools are bursting at the seams. We continue to work closely together to find a way to support their rapid growth.
Finally, this past weekend I conducted my first Facebook Live townhall. This was a great opportunity for me to hear directly from you on the topics that you care about most. I look forward to doing this again in the future. Stay tuned on my Facebook page if you would like to join me next time.
Nate Glubish is the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Strathcona-Sherwood Park. If you have questions or comments about this column or any provincial government issues, he would like to hear from you. Contact Glubish’s constituency office at 780-416-2492 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.