160 entries from Kindergarten to Grade 6 students from The Straits-White Bay North were submitted for the annual Christmas Card contest. There is amazing artwork that should be publicly displayed and recognized. I encourage you all to take a look at the incredible creativity shown by children ages 5-11 on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula.
All entries are posted in the Public Art Gallery at 279 West Street, but to make them more accessible we decided to showcase them on-line.
Rural Newfoundland & Labrador has many traditions and talents. It is always nice to stop for a moment and look at life in the lens of a child. These students should be proud of their entries and I encourage them to continue to be involved and hope to reach more schools and student entries. Youth engagement matters!
Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA for The Straits-White Bay North
Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North, MHA) announced today the winners of his 2014 Christmas card contest.
“I was very encouraged that more than 150 students participated in this year’s contest announced in September, which is up from the 90 entries received last year” says Mitchelmore. “All entries are available for public viewing at our constituency office’s public gallery on 279 West Street, St. Anthony until Christmas.”
In 2014, our District will have again have two unique card designs (depicted below) that showcase a total of ten student’s artwork that will brace the cover of the card. All businesses and households will get their own copy in time for the holidays if they accept unaddressed mail.
Card 1: Cover Credit Clockwise (Top Left): Basia Krupski, White Hills Academy, Grade 3; Tori Way, Canon Richards Memorial Academy, Grade 6; Cameron Dempsey, H.G Fillier, Grade 5; Emily Jones, Truman Eddison Memorial, Grade 6
Card 2 Cover Credit Clockwise (Top Left): Harley Pilgrim, 1st St. Anthony Girl Guides, Grade 6; Alexandra Tucker, Mary Simms All-Grade, Grade 6; Caiden Parris, Cloud River Academy, Grade 1; Emma Carroll, White Hills Academy, Grade 3; DJ Moores, Canon Richard’s Memorial Academy, Grade 2; Kyle Genge, Canon Richard’s Memorial Academy, Grade 4
Each winner will receive a certificate and copies of the cards for their distribution.
“I congratulate all who participated and hope this encourages other schools and students throughout the District to also share their creativity and imagination for others to appreciate.”
Therefore, if our transportation networks are not up to par, we will lose our ability to be competitive in the global marketplace. It is evident that our transportation networks are failing us, especially in the rural regions. We can not continue with such neglect, as rural Canada’s infrastructure needs are continuosly eroded or the needed investments never made. Rural areas are the regions that feel the most pain because of this neglect.
MHA Fitzgerald states, “I believe as a nation we need t revisit the thinking of Canada’s first Prime Minister and share the burden of bringing the country’s transportation network into the 21st century”. I agree with the Honourable Member.
Rural regions need an advanced transportation and communications network. We must lobby governments on all levels to make such investments in the appropriate infrastructure. “Infrastructure is essential to economic diversification. and diversification is integral to sustainability. A region is best-position for survival if it has many oars in the water at once.” This is a very logical argument. Newfoundland & Labrador’s rural economies have been typically built around natural resources and one-industry towns. We have certainly experienced the devastation of boom and bust when an industry shuts down or fails us. The Cod Moratorium of 1992, Abitibi Bowater closing its Mill in Stephenville, and later Grand Falls – Windsor to name a few.
To build stronger communities, a stronger Canada – a greater focus must be placed on rural regions despite our increasingly urbanized world. If we do not focus on investing in the rural economies, as Canadians we will all suffer if we just ignore the current infrastructure challenge that is only getting worse as the days go by…
Live Rural NL – CCM