Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce Kristi Meek Performs An Essential Role
Neighbours of Kirkfield Westwood, September, 2021

Kristi Meek has been the President and Executive Director of the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce (ACC) for about three years now and loves her job.

ACC is a not-for-profit organization that works within and with the business community to build a healthy economy that benefits West Winnipeg. It promotes entrepreneurship and is dedicated to working together with businesses and residents. ACC is a great resource for community information and activity.

Even when Kristi was a young girl, she knew she wanted to help people. She thought of becoming a teacher or something similar; and would often play school with her three siblings.
COVID-19 Updates
Finishing The Fight Against COVID-19: Businesses In Harderst-hit Sectors Will Need Our Help Through 2022 Says Canadian Chamber Of Commerce
Canadian Chamber of Commerce, August 16, 2021

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Parliamentary Affairs and SME Policy, Alla Drigola Birk, today issued the following statement about the need to help the hardest-hit businesses, who will still struggle for the next two years.

“Lockdown restrictions have not impacted all businesses in the same way. Just as workers and Canadians are living different realities in this pandemic, so too are our various sectors. Businesses are getting back on their feet at different rates, which is why the next government must not approach recovery as a black and white scenario.

Small business owners have piled on massive debts to make it through a series of devastating lockdowns. Their sacrifices have brought us a long way in our efforts to beat the pandemic. Now that the hope of more normal lives is finally in sight, we need to make sure we take care of them. We can’t let them down 10 feet from shore.
Empower Women 2021 Awards
Government of Manitoba, August 6, 2021

On March 8, 2020 the Government of Manitoba announced the Empower 20/20 awards to recognize Manitoba women who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of gender equality. Less than a week later, the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Manitoba. With this pandemic evolving and the focus of community and business leaders in Manitoba working hard to manage the pandemic with in their communities, the government halted the award process and committed to re-announce the awards at a later date.

The Empower Awards are being relaunched and will now recognize exceptional contributions to the pandemic response. It will be awarded to two deserving Manitoba women, one adult and one youth (age up to 24).
MCC Launches Buy Local MB Campaign
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, August 20, 2021

Manitobans are legendary at rallying and supporting each other when it's needed most, and as we move towards a post-pandemic world, local businesses need us more than ever.

That's why MCC has launched a special province-wide campaign, Buy Local MB! We're proud to champion Manitoba's business community -- restauranteurs, retailers, producers and manufacturers, suppliers, artisans, service providers, and more. Their goal is to encourage all Manitobans to celebrate them too, and to urge you to pause and reflect before you make a purchase for your home or your own business, today and for tomorrow.
In The News
Kelvin Goertzen Selected As Premier Designate
Government of Manitoba, August 31, 2021

Following the resignation of Premier Brian Pallister, the government caucus has chosen Deputy Premier and Minister of Legislative and Public Affairs Kelvin Goertzen as the next premier of Manitoba.

Goertzen was first elected in 2003 as the member of the legislative assembly for Steinbach and served in a number of roles both as a critic in opposition and as the government house leader, minster of Health, Seniors and Active Living and Education and Training, and most recently as minister of Legislative and Public Affairs as well as deputy premier.

Goertzen was sworn in as Manitoba's 23rd premier on September 1, 2021.
New Stat Holiday National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This year, for the first time, September 30th will be observed as a statutory holiday to commemorate the horrific legacy of residential schools in Canada. The new stat holiday is called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is meant to be a day for Canadians to spread awareness of and reflect on the tragedies experienced by Indigenous people as a result of the country's former residential school system.

September 30th is a statutory holiday and will operate the same way as other statutory holidays in the country: a paid day off for those who work in federally regulated jobs. Federal offices, as well as banks will be closed on this day.