Irving, Texas. November 1, 2016 Irving ISD surprised longtime supporters of district athletics, Joy and Ralph Elllis, by renaming the Irving Schools Stadium in their honor. A special ceremony was held prior to kickoff of the MacArthur High School homecoming football game on October 28.
“I met so many fantastic women in town and it made all the difference in the world, having that support network,” she said.”The first time I went to the grocery store and bumped into someone I knew was amazing. It made me feel like Leduc was home.”Starting next month, Gardiner will be taking the concept of Leduc Mommy Mingle to the next level with a program called Mommy Connections, a six week series of seminars followed by social time for mothers with babies under one year old.Gardiner’s hope is that new mothers in Leduc will learn about services available in the community while learning from each other.Mommy Connections was started in Edmonton by Carol McBee, a mother who realized she knew a lot of women who had no one to turn to for advice and support after giving birth.McBee was aware of the Leduc Mommy Mingle group, and approached Gardiner who has a background in marketing and communications about starting a Leduc program.Gardiner leapt at the chance to develop a program for mothers that would be a bit more structured than Mommy Mingle.”We have to make our own support networks now because a lot of us have moved here,” she said. At the Leduc Alliance Church.The first half of each meeting will feature a talk by a local expert or entrepreneur on different aspects of parenting.Gardiner has lined up several interesting speakers, including an expert in baby massage, the co founder of Little Tree Hugger, a Beaumont based online store specializing in eco friendly baby products, and a local pharmacist.Gardiner hopes that by introducing women to local businesses, they will feel more confident in their community.”It’s nice to walk into a pharmacy and see a friendly face that you know and trust to ask questions,” she said.The second half of each meeting will be a social time.
The Municipal Act’s Public Votes sections(Part 3, Division 16) is where we find the procedures and regulations that make it possible for Yukoners to participate in their own governance and to hold their municipal government responsible and accountable. We must keep in mind that, according to the legislation’s principles, participation is not merely desirable, it is not a matter of “wouldn’t it be nice”, it is fundamental to good local government. The Public Votes sections enable Yukoners to hold their municipal governments responsible and accountable in ways not possible for Canadians in any provincial jurisdiction.