Since my last column to report to the constituents of Lacombe-Ponoka, there have certainly been many events that have claimed the attention of everyone in the province.
First of all, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the first responders, community officials and volunteers who acted so quickly and with such compassion in the recent flooding in southern Alberta. The actions have resulted in a bonding of the people in Alberta as everyone acted with a common goal — to help those in trouble as neighbours and their fellow man.
Locally, it has been a busy time. Congratulations to all of the grads in the area. It was my pleasure to attend all of the graduation ceremonies in the constituency in May and June. Job well done. I wish all the grads success in their future endeavors.
Each community in the constituency has been hosting events throughout the last month and into the summer: Blackfalds Parade and events, The Lacombe County Trail official opening, the vintage tractor displays in Lacombe, Clive Days and so much more. Community spirit shines in the summer months.
The Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame Mural unveiling in Ponoka was held June 25 and I was honored to attend this great event. The mural is the culmination of a year-long project and depicts the cowboy tradition over the last 100 years. This event preceded the Ponoka Stampede, which was a great success again this year. I was happy to attend the parade as well as the opening of the Stampede.
Canada Day saw the Lacombe Legion and the City of Lacombe for the raising of the Canadian Flag. This ceremony brings national pride and pride in the flag to the forefront.
July will see a host of events within the constituency again. I will be pleased to attend a great number of these community events to meet with constituents on a less formal footing.
Over the summer months, my office will be open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have a concern you wish to discuss, please feel free to contact the office at #101 4892 46 Street, Lacombe, AB T4L 2B4 or phone 403 782 7725 or email: Lacombe.email@example.com.