Member Statements

Twelve years ago film producer Mary Sexton began her odyssey to bring Maudie to the big screen. And she did it! Not only did she get the story of artist Maude Lewis on screens around the world, Maudie won twenty international awards. Among them Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards and three awards at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards.


It is not always easy in a city to feel part of a community, but the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association, formed in 2000 and run by volunteers, has been able to achieve that for the residents living inside the boundaries of Military Road, Bonaventure Avenue, Empire Avenue, and Monkstown Road in St. John’s.


Mr. Speaker what an honour to celebrate Mr. Wayne Lucas here in the people’s House today. After 26 years serving as President of CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador, Wayne has retired.


I am delighted today to congratulate Sarah Lewis, a Grade 11 Student at St. Bonaventure’s College, who was recently awarded the Lester B. Pearson scholarship to attend the prestigious Pearson College in Victoria, BC.


Last weekend Government House was “reclaimed” by 27 First Peoples, Indigenous artists from around the province. “Reclamation” curated by Mi’kmaq artist Jerry Evans as part of Eastern Edge’s 15-day ‘IDENTIFY’ – a celebration of indigenous arts and culture, the exhibit was so well attended that the organized tours had to be abandoned so the community could all squeeze in!


Last Wednesday night over 100 volunteers met at the Boys and Girls Club in St. John’s Centre to do the second Point In Time Count organized by End Homelessness St. John’s. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. the volunteers spread out across the city counting our city’s homeless population.


Thank you Mr. Speaker. I stand on March 28, what would have been the 74th birthday of Michael John Jones – father, grandfather, brother, uncle, visionary filmmaker, inspirer, and mentor especially of young people – had Mike lived two more weeks.


The Salvation Army has reached a significant milestone and broke ground for construction of their new Centre of Hope, on Springdale Street in St. John’s Centre. The Centre will provide 20 affordable, supported housing units, a health clinic, food bank, mental health services and drug addiction programs for some of the most marginalized members of society.


I am so pleased on International Women’s Day to recognize a constituent who is the essence of the unsung heroine, as are so many women.

Wife, mother, activist Brenda O’Brien for the past 14 years has been an untiring advocate for her own son and all children on the autism spectrum.


When we all heard the news that Jenny Wright and her daughter Shelby had survived a harrowing collision on the Southern Shore highway, there was an enormous outpouring of concern and support. Jenny’s commitment to the feminist movement and to the innovative work by her team at the St. John’s Status of Women Council’s Women’s Centre is legendary.



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