News & Announcements
Planning for Retirement as a Community: Melita & Area Senior Housing Survey
In August, the Melita & Area Elderly Persons’ Housing Corp. mailed out a survey form to all community members. Everyone is encouraged to fill this out and submit it to any of the following locations: Municipality of Two Borders’ Melita & Pierson Offices; Town of Melita Office; and the Melita Lodge. The survey only has 15 questions and may take about 3 minutes to fill-out. It will be much appreciated if forms are submitted by Sept. 30. If you need a copy of the survey, you may contact the Melita Lodge at 204 – 5223493.
Results from the survey will be used by the board to plan a new community development to address future retirement needs in and around the region. For more info, you may contact: Bill Holden (204-5226524), Wayne Serruys (204-5223617), or Betty Minshull (204-6342282).
REAP Follow-up Session on Sept. 20, Tuesday
There will be a follow-up session to the Regional Economic Analysis Process (REAP) report presentation held last June. Everyone who attended the June session is encouraged to attend the follow-up discussions on September 20, Tuesday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the Basement of the Legion Hall. To reserve a seat, kindly call Iris Vercaigne, Town of Melita’s Economic Development Officer, at 204-522-3413 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The evening will start with a recap of the REAP presentation highlights followed by a discussion on possible growth areas the region could explore. Based on the report, examples of possible plans the region could look into are: developing a population attraction strategy; increasing post secondary training opportunities; and providing entrepreneurial support for the young working age population who may have lost jobs due to the decline in the oil industry.
Priority areas identified during the June session will also be discussed and potential action steps will be determined. Priority areas were: new business and industrial opportunities; healthcare; local business opportunities; and the economic development committee. Results from the discussion this evening may be part of an Action Plan to help address issues such as population decline and an ageing population.
The Regional Economic Analysis Process report presentation at the Legion Hall was held last June 7, 2016. The evening had a good turnout of 29 people brought together by a common concern: the region’s sustainability and economic well-being. Everyone contributed their ideas specially the presenters from the Province of Manitoba: Ruth Mealy and Jill Falloon, Rural Economic Development Specialists. Council members from the Municipality of Two Borders and the Town of Melita were also present.
Municipal Waste Management donates proceeds from BBQ in Melita
Shown on photo (L-R): Mayor William Holden; Mr. Shawn Samels, Sales Manager for Municipal Waste Management; and Councillor Albert Morris
On Thursday, August 18, 2016, Mr. Shawn Samels, Sales Manager for Municipal Waste Management (MWM), donated the amount of $768.00 to go toward the Town of Melita’s Central Park Playground Project. The donation was raised from the BBQ in Melita lunch organized by MWM last June 23, 2016. Councillor Albert Morris received the donation on behalf of the Town of Melita.
The Central Park Playground Project is scheduled to commence in 2017. The project aims to improve the existing play space by adding play structures to the area. The MWM donation is a good starting point for the project. The Town of Melita would like to thank MWM for this generous contribution and to all the community members who supported the barbeque.
MWM has been in business for more than 20 years providing comprehensive waste and recyclables management services to numerous communities in Southern Manitoba. MWM started servicing the Town of Melita last December 2015.
Commemorative street name for Dr. Aquilino Dizon, Jr.
Shown on the photo are: Mayor Bill Holden, Councillor Jocelyn Skelton, Dr. Aquilino Dizon, Jr., Richard Bugg, and Garry VanSteelandt
Earlier today, a commemorative street sign was erected in honour of Dr. Aquilino Dizon, Jr. for all the years of service as the Town of Melita’s family physician since 1973. Summit Street from the Main Street corner to Townsend’s corner will also be known as Dr. Dizon Drive. This location was chosen for the commemorative naming because the Melita and Area Hospital is along this street. Residents can continue using Summit Street on their addresses.
Thank you for joining the 149th Canada Day Celebration
Families, residents, and visitors from Melita & Area communities joined this year’s celebration starting from the free public swim and BBQ fundraising at the Melita Aquatic Centre in the morning and followed by the kids’ activities organized by the Antler River Historical Society at the Museum in the afternoon. Early evening, River Park was bustling with outdoor activities from Antler River Recreation District; t-shirt crafting from Valleyview Co-op and Bayer; glitter tattoos from Banana Days Committee; free hot dog roast, sharing of the community cake; and the live entertainment from King’s Gambit. The day was capped by the spectacular fireworks put on by the Melita and Area Fire Deprtment. Many thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers for helping bring everyone together as a community. Join us again next year for more festivities to celebrate the 150th Canada Day.
Special thanks to the following: Antler River Recreation District, Antler River Historical Society, Banana Days Committee, Bayer, Cargill Limited, Irene Mason, King’s Gambit, Grade 4 Melita School class, Melita & Area Fire Department, Melita & Area Lions Club, Melita Aquatic Centre, Melita Bakery, Melita Big Way Foods, Municipality of Two Borders, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #127 – Melita, Souris Valley Processors, Sunrise Credit Union, Valleyview Consumers Co-op Ltd., Town Tire & Auto, and to all our volunteers.
Ground breaking of new pole shed structure
Local council members joined local community leader to mark the ground breaking of Melita & Area Pole Shed –the newest public space addition in the Town of Melita.
Mayor Bill Holden talks about the impact this development will have on the community. “The construction of a new public space on a prime location, next to our major tourist attraction, was an opportunity to improve the functionality of the area. It makes a positive impression and adds to the overall attractiveness of the place. We hope the community will take advantage of this new structure and utilize it during townwide festivals, as well as public and private events.” Read more
Financial Aid for Health Care Studies Now Available
The Melita and Area Health Committee is now offering Financial Aid for Health Care Studies. This is open to those in need of funds for upgrading/training educational costs or those interested in entering the human health care field. Check the poster below to view the application requirements and deadline.
Public Water System Annual Reports
The Town of Melita as well as the SWRWC conduct annual water quality reports Click here to read more