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  • December 31, 2016

Daiene's Diary - Month in Review - December 2016

 

Month in Review - December 2016

 
In this edition:
  • Supporting Conestoga College Expansion
  • Celebrating Local Food Exporters
  • Child Care Consultations Come to Kitchener
  • Great Insight at the Great Lakes Forum
  • Kicking off the Season with our Holiday Office Open House
Be sure to check out our additional resources and my activities in the community!
 
Supporting Conestoga College Expansion
 
Ontario is investing in renewed and renovated facilities at Conestoga College that will provide specialized training and programming opportunities for students in Kitchener-Waterloo, and better equip them with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
 
Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre, was joined by MarwanTabbara, MP for Kitchener South-Hespeler and Raj Saini for MP for Kitchener Centre, at Conestoga College to announce funding for the college's Pathways to Prosperity campus renewal project.
 
The investment from the province and the federal government will support the following projects:
 
Institute for Culinary & Hospitality Management - expanded classroom, lab and learning spaces, and a new, specialized research kitchen.

Centre for Advanced Learning - a new centre that will expand existing space and consolidate programming in high-demand areas such as information and communications technology and business.

Access Hub - a new hub that will expand and consolidate guidance services such as career advice, academic upgrading and programs for job-seekers.
 
Celebrating Local Food Exporters
 
Ontario is recognizing agri-food companies that have strengthened the province's economy through increased exports of Ontario manufactured food to new international markets.  MPPs Daiene Vernile and Kathryn McGarry presented Conestoga Meat Packers with the 2016 Food Exporter Award on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
 
Conestoga Meat Packers  received the award for its global marketing strategy that has focused on exporting its premium quality, fresh pork to key markets such as Japan, China, Mexico and the United States.  Agrocrop Exports Ltd. and  Super-Pufft Snacks Corporation were also recognized for their excellence in working with international markets.
 
Child Care Consultations
come to Kitchener
 
Access and affordability were the top concerns discussed at a recent Child Care Townhall held at the Victoria Hills Community Centre.  MPP Daiene Vernile was pleased to welcome Ontario’s Associate Minister of Education, Indira Naidoo-Harris, as she conducts a province-wide tour collecting feedback from parents, child care workers, and experts. 
 
Ontario is improving access to affordable, accessible, and responsive child care for families across the province with a commitment to deliver 100,000 more child care spaces within the next five years.
 
Great Insight at the Great Lakes Forum
 
Earlier this month, MPP Daiene Vernile joined MPP Soo Wong, and legislators from eight American states to collaborate on pressing environmental issues at the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators’ Great Lakes Forum.   More than 30 legislators participated in the two-day forum which highlighted water-related issues and threats to the Great Lakes, such as nutrient pollution, invasive species, and lead contamination.  
 
Connecting with our U.S. neighbours is vitally important in our goal of solving issues of common concern.
 
Kicking off the Season with our
Holiday Office Open House
 
Oh the weather outside was frightful, but the food and company were so delightful!
 
On December 15, 2016, we were pleased to open our doors for our annual Holiday Office Open House.  Special guests included Minister Kathryn McGarry, Associate Minister Indira Naidoo-Harris, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, and Regional Councillor Karl Kiefer. 
 
Many thanks to those who braved the weather to join us at our open house, and wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!
 
Out in the community & beyond!
 
Celebrating Romanian Great Union Day at Queen’s Park with the Romanian Flag Raising.
 
 
Hosting special guests, Sean Sullivan and sons, at the Legislative Dining Room in Queen’s Park.  Thanks for visiting!
 
 
Great discussion on the Basic Income Pilot with the Waterloo Region Employment and Income Support Community Advisory Committee.
 
 
With morning host Craig Norris, dropping off donations to the CBC KW’s Sounds of the Season food drive.
 
 
Watching my favourite Christmas movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, on the big screen at the Princess Cinema.  Many thanks to John Rochetta at the Beat Goes On for sponsoring The Food Bank of Waterloo Region’s night at the movies!
 
In other news
 
Need to strengthen your Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant application?
 
OTF will hold full-day information sessions in communities across the province between January 10 and February 10 in 2017.
 
The Kitchener-Waterloo: Seed Grants Information & Support Forum will be taking place on January 12, 2017.  Register here!
 
 
Nominate a Leading Woman or Girl! Do you know a girl or woman in our community who is a positive role model or works to bring positive change to Kitchener-Centre? 

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Award, offered through the Ontario Women’s Directorate.  For more information of assistance, please contact my office or follow the instructions here.
 
 
 
Applications for the 2017/2018 Seniors Community Grant Program are new open!
 
The Seniors Community Grant (SCG) Program grant provides funding to groups or individuals representing both incorporated and unincorporated not-for-profit community seniors groups for projects that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for seniors across the province.
 
The application deadline is March 3, 2017 at 5:00pm. Apply here.
 
 
Programs to Reduce Electricity
Costs for Consumers:
 

Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)
  • This program provides up to $50 in monthly credits directly on the bills of eligible low-income electricity consumers, and up to $75 for those with unique electricity requirements.

Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • This program provides a one-time grant towards your electricity or natural gas bill if you are temporarily unable to make ends meet in an emergency situation.
saveONenergy Home Assistance Program
 
  • The saveONenergy Programs are offered by local distribution companies. These programs provide financial incentives for electricity-saving measures like LED light bulbs, ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fans, baseboard programmable thermostats, clotheslines, and advanced power bars.
 
Community Resources
 
Bridges to Belonging’s Mission: Through meaningful relationships, we support you to build on your unique abilities, to create the life you want in the community.
 
 
KW Counselling Services Mission: Inspired by our belief in the power of relationships, we reach out with our partners to support all families, individuals and communities to discover together the positive changes that lead to fulfilled and productive lives.
 
 
 
 
 
Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre
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Kitchener, ON N2G 1W6
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