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Giving thanks

MLA Greg Lawrence's latest column

Thanksgiving is nearly here and that means it’s time to consider some of the things that we are most thankful for. Naturally, our thoughts turn to our loved ones, their health and well being. We are fortunate to live in a province and country that provides exceptional health care. 

Earlier this month, representatives from the provincial government, Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation gathered to celebrate its completion. I am grateful that Saskatchewan is no longer one of two provinces in Canada without a dedicated maternal and children’s hospital. This would not have been made possible if it weren’t the tireless efforts of volunteers, donors, community members, the JPCH Foundation, Brynn Boback-Lane, Jim Pattison, and countless others who came together to make the dream of the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital a reality. This is a testament to the very best of what our province has to offer.

I am so proud to live in Moose Jaw where we have some of the most generous and selfless volunteers around! This is evident at the annual fundraisers that I have recently attended. 

Habitat for Humanity recently held their Annual 5k Colour Run. This unique event is always fun and benefits well-deserving families with their own home who in turn pay it forward. Habitat does great work in our community and I am happy to support them any way that I can.

The Wakamow Valley Authority, along with many volunteers, took time out of their day to gather the harvest from The Mosaic Community Food Farm. I know that the Moose Jaw & District Food Bank and Hunger in Moose Jaw truly appreciate the proceeds. Thank you to all who participated.

I was honoured to bring greetings to the Riverside Mission’s Annual Harvest Banquet. This event was a huge success thanks to the people of Moose Jaw who came out in full force. The Riverside Mission is a heartwarming example of what a small team of committed and caring leaders can achieve. I want to thank the dedicated staff for helping our most vulnerable citizens on a daily basis.

To all of the volunteers in Moose Jaw and our province thank you for your dedication to improving our community!  I can’t think of a better place to be.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.  

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