August 2019 E-NewsletterPublished on August 15, 2019
A Message From The Desk of Your MPP
With many of you approaching the end of your summer breaks, I encourage you all to squeeze in some more summer fun with your loved ones out in the community. I hope that you are continuing to find interesting, exciting, and motivating activities to dedicate your time to this summer.
My team and I have so many exciting things lined up this summer. So far, we have had community days, our free STEM workshop, and our blood drive. We will continue to find innovative ways to be active within the Mississauga-Malton community during and after the summer months – please stay tuned. I want to thank all of you who came out to our events and thank you to all of the volunteers who dedicate their time to the community.
During the summer months, families tend to think of ways to keep our youth active, fresh, and engaged. Summer camps, summer jobs, and summer volunteer activities are all fantastic ideas. I have another great idea – are you aware of the amazing activities taking place at Queen’s Park? The Ontario Legislature is home to various summer programs for the youth aged 6-17. Some activities include guided tours of Ontario’s Legislative Building where you can explore historical architecture and landmarks on the grounds. Queen’s Park is also host to ‘Family Fun Fridays’ where the entire family can partake in a mock debate, play dress-up in traditional robes, and enjoy a scavenger hunt. Lastly, the ‘Weekend Explorers’ program, designed for families with children aged 6-10. With so many options available – what a great opportunity to take a peek into the world of provincial politics in Ontario. You can find more information at https://www.ola.org/en/visit-learn/programs/summer-programs. Don’t forget, the door is always open for volunteer opportunities at the Mississauga-Malton Community Office.
Make the most of the rest of the summer season, and don’t forget to get some rest, relaxation, and recharge to finish off 2019 stronger than ever!
Queen's Park Update
Seniors Mental Health Funding
Seniors are the cornerstone of our society, but statistics show up to 30 percent of all Ontario seniors suffer from a mental disorder. Studies have found that rates of depression in long-term care facilities can be as high as 40 percent, and the rate of depression in older adults within hospitals is up to 45 percent.
The Ontario government has provided funding to improve mental health for seniors, pledging $2.5 million towards creating resource material and running workshops on common risk factors and prevention strategies, signs and symptoms of mental health and addiction issues, and how to access appropriate supports.
Mississauga Business Improvement Areas Benefit from Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative
The City of Mississauga received $667,953 in funding through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario as part of the Government of Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative. The funding is being distributed among Mississauga’s four BIAs: Clarkson, Malton, Port Credit and Streetsville, as well as the downtown.
This investment is excellent news for Mississauga residents and businesses as these projects will draw more visitors to our city, help small businesses grow and encourage more people to start a local business in Mississauga.
The city has identified priority projects through consultation with ward councillors and the BIAs, which will focus on Mississauga’s downtown core and key neighbourhoods.
The first beautification project to be completed in Mississauga was the installation of new waste receptacles in Port Credit, aimed at keeping its main streets clean. Other beautification projects being managed by the City’s BIA’s include enhanced signage, benches, new planters and flowers. I look forward to the unveiling of Malton BIA’s project!
A Drop for You, an Ocean for Someone Else - Our Blood Drive.
Every month 4.5 million people in the US and Canada need a blood transfusion. 1 in 7 people who go into the hospital, need a blood donation and very often, finding a match can be difficult. That is why it is so important to have a steady donation of blood.
On July 13, we had a blood drive at the Britannia Canadian Blood Services office and members from across the community came in to donate. I am proud to see so many people contributing to such a worthy cause. It is not an easy thing to do but there were still numerous donations made.
I encourage everyone to go visit your closest CBS location and try to make a donation.
I'd like to thank everyone who came out to donate and hope to see even more of you at the next one!
Full STEM Ahead!
We had a STEM learning event on Sunday, Jul 21 at Frank Mckechnie Community Centre from 11am onwards. We had over 100 people join us for a morning of fun and learning. The young guests were introduced to some basic principals of STEM through innovative activities such as coding robots and building launchers. We were happy to have the Minister of Education also stopping by and try his hand at the various activities. STEM learning is important as it opens the mind to creative and critical thinking, both of which are important in this day and age.
We also hosted a Seniors Strategy Consultation at Four Corners Health Centre in Westwood Mall on July 5, which was attended by the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility and his Parliamentary Assistant. This session was part of the government’s outreach to seniors to help formulate a province-wide policy to help seniors age at home and in communities, remain healthy, active and socially engaged, stay safe and secure, and participate in the labour market and economy. Attendees included various service providers, representatives of seniors’ organizations, and caregivers and seniors from the community. Some of the issues raised included mental health and wellness, appropriate transportation and housing, and homecare support.
Volunteer of the Month: Kevin Perera
Kevin is one of our summer student volunteers at our community office. He is currently in Grade 12 at Port Credit Secondary School in the regional Sci-Tech program. Kevin helps out with event organization and administrative tasks in the office.
We'd like to thank him for choosing to volunteer with us this summer, and for his hard work and dedication. Good job Kevin!
Together, We Can Make a Difference
Earlier this year, residents from Comiskey Crescent contacted us about with their concern about driving test routes and how it was effecting their day to day life. We are working with DriveTest Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation to find a resolution.
If you have any provincial issues we can assist you with such as concerns with Service Ontario, OHIP, WSIB, ODSP etc., please contact our office. We are open Monday to Friday from 10AM-5PM. You can call us at 905-696-0367 or email us at [email protected]
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Out and About in July
Having a fabulous time at Philippine Festival
Touring the Associated Youth Services of Peel with the Associate Minister of Women and Children.
Had a great conversation with Sickle Cell Awareness Group CEO Lanre Tunji-Ajayi.
Starting the morning at the Ontario Realtors Care Foundation's Motorcycle Ride for Charity.
Meeting with Sikh Sports Club
Celebrating Canada Day at Westwood Square!