Regional Times Your vote 2018 – make it count

SPRING 2018 AUTUMN 2018 Growing and Working Together

Colleen Sklar, Winnipeg Metropolitan Region

will be able to have their say on who will lead their community into the future by choosing their mayor, reeve, councillors and school board trustees. For those of you who think sitting out


on municipal elections is no big deal or assuming they are less important and impactful than provincial or federal elections, it’s time to think again. Mayors, reeves, councillors and trus-

tees are on the front lines when it comes to providing the day-to-day services you count on. Services such as fire, police, sewer and water, parks, social services, garbage removal, public transit, librar- ies and community clubs – all have an incredible impact on citizens’ daily lives. Tese are challenging times for local

leadership. Along with quality of life decisions, they also make decisions that ensure that the infrastructure that connects our communities and supports development is maintained and well planned. Tis is done all while grappling

Colleen Sklar.

with the realities of stretched budgets, shifting demographics, keeping up with the advances of new and emerg- ing technologies and adapting to new environmental realities brought on by climate change. Many of the decisions that affect our

communities now and in the future are made at the local level, and these

ctober 24, 2018 is municipal elec- tion day in Manitoba. Across our province, residents

decisions are made by the majority of council or board. Working as part of a team, sharing differing opinions and coming up with a way forward is perhaps one of the most important tasks of any elected council. We have all seen un-friendly and less

than professional exchanges between political candidates that are designed to impede progress and change - tactics that keep us locked in status quo rather than move us forward. So this October, when headed to the

polls ask yourself this: which candidate has a vision for the future of your com- munity or school? Which candidate can work as a team - embracing new op- portunities? And which candidate can manage budgets and make investments to ensure a bright future for your family, your business and your community. Our local governments have the abil-

ity to both influence change and take action, however they too, require sup- port of their community. As citizens of one of the greatest democracies in the world, voting in a local election is not only a right and responsibility but an opportunity to create the change you wish to see.

Election 2018: who’s running across the region

RM of Macdonald Reeve Bradley Erb - ACCLAIMED

RM of East St. Paul Mayor Shelley Hart – ACCLAIMED

RM of Ritchot Mayor Chris Ewen – ACCLAIMED

RM of Headingley Mayor John Mauseth - ACCLAIMED

RM of Cartier Reeve Dale Fossay – ACCLAIMED

Town of Niverville Mayor Myron Dyck – ACCLAIMED

Village of Dunnottar Mayor Rick Gamble – July 2018 Elected

RM of Springfield Bob Bodnaruk Tiffany Fell Vince Bennici Ken Lucko

City of Winnipeg Brian Bowman Jennifer Motkaluk Doug Wilson Don Woodstock Umar Hayat Tim Diack Desmond Tomas Christopher Clacio Venkat Rao Machiraju Ed Ackerman

RM of Rosser Frances Smee Donald Stratuliak

RM of St. Clements Debbie Fiebelkorn Rob Morrissey Scott Hillhouse

RM of St. Andrews George Pike Joy Sul Ian Tesarski

RM of West St. Paul Bruce Henley Cheryl Christian

RM of Rockwood John Frig Mark Hidlebaugh J. Wesley Taplin

RM of Tache Robert Rivard Justin Denis Bohémier

City of Selkirk Larry Johannson Ian Kathwaroon Teresa Macumber

Town of Stonewall Clive Hinds Sandra Smith

RM of St. Francois Xavier Dwayne Clark Rick Van Wyk

Larry McIntosh.

tosh responded with, “We have a great group of people that like working together to put all the different facets of the business together.” Similar to the need of local leaders of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region working together with a shared vision to- ward a common goal, much of the same can be said for the family of employees over at Peak of the Market. McIntosh prides himself on the fact that he has helped create a very successful business model and has led this thriving organi-


zation for over 24 years. Peak has made supplying Manitobans

with fresh produce a top priority, and for the past 76 years, Peak has ensured those closest to home are supplied first with 1/3 of Mani- toba produce staying right here at home, 1/3 getting shipped across the rest of Canada and the remaining 1/3 going to the US. With Peak doing over $100 million dollars in sales each year, they provide a substantial amount of veggies across North America. Peak of the Market is only one part of get-

ting all those fresh veggies from the farm to your table with Manitoba growers and producers playing a key role. Tis is where the coordination and collaboration comes in to the equation. “A lot of it is ensuring that we’re working

together as a group of growers because the growers are competitors too,” says McIn- tosh, “Everyone wants to have the better potato or carrot and be in the marketplace, but at the same time we want to share good ideas and still have that healthy competi- tion.” Ensuring Manitobans have access to fresh produce and that producers have access to markets across Canada and North America requires coordination and col- laboration and by working together, more can be achieved. Tis is also true for municipalities in the

WMR. Although, each community needs to balance budgets while carrying out impor- tant projects, we know collaboration can be challenging work. But just as McIntosh

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hen asked what makes a successful Manitoba business flourish, CEO of Peak of the Market Larry McIn-

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