Riel MLA Affirms The Work of Dakota CC in the Manitoba Legislature

On May 17, 2017  Dakota CC's hard-working volunteers, community members, board & staff were honored at a session of the Manitoba Legislature through a Private Members Statement delivered to the House by Riel MLA Rochelle Squires.

This affirmation of Dakota Community Centre and the 30 years of dedication to the health & wellness of our community received a standing ovation by all members of the House.   

In the gallery representing Dakota CC were Erin Homewood, Finance Manager, Bob Saelens, Facilities Manager, Randy Anderson, Program Director and Michele Augert, Chief Executive Officer.  Board Chairman Tom Thiessen was also on hand to represent the DCC's board and volunteers. 

(Left to Right) Bob Saelens, Erin Homewood, Michele Augert,
​Rochelle Squires, Randy Anderson, and Tom Thiessen

"This statement truly honours the compassion and commitment of the people, past and present, who have contributed to the past and future success of Dakota Community Centre and, to celebrate the role Dakota CC has played in our community for the past 30 years, said Michele Augert DCC's CEO. "I’m extremely proud to be associated with this great organization and it's people!

“The Centre was incorporated on January 29, 1987 and construction of the facility began that spring, said Michele Augert DCC's CEO.   "Dakota has since evolved and grown to become a community meeting place that promotes health and wellness and a sense of belonging.”

“Dakota offers a wide range of sports, recreational, and community services that serve a diverse and growing population.  Dedicated staff, board members, and an enthusiastic core of volunteers work together to make this a place that binds the community together,“ said Squires as she introduced her statement to the Speaker.

“Dakota is a place where pre-schoolers can attend nursery school, young people can participate in a wide variety of sport and recreation, social gatherings are held, and older adults stay healthy, active, and strengthen their social bonds,” added Augert.

Dakota is an exciting place to be as we expand to better serve our community.  We are in the final stages of building the new Fieldhouse, a 60,000 square foot multiuse facility scheduled to open this fall.

“The success of the Dakota Community Centre is proof that great things can happen when everyone works together to build heathy, engaged, and inclusive communities,” Squires concluded.  

To read the Hon. Rochelle Squires full Private Members Statement click HERE.

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