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Week in Review - August 14, 2015

Posted on August 14, 2015 by Greg Clark

It was another busy week of meetings and advocacy. First and foremost I want to reiterate what an honour it is to be an MLA. It gives me the opportunity to stand up for Albertans and to help shape the future of this great province. Alberta was built by people who tirelessly gave back to their communities and to be considered even a small part of that really is a privilege.

This week had a focus on education. I was invited by the Calgary Board of Education to spend the afternoon mentoring a group of teachers who took time out of their summer holiday to help design new teaching strategies for high needs kids. Some of the ideas discussed were truly revolutionary, simple and cost-effective and I’m hopeful will have a positive impact in the classroom. I look forward to keeping in touch and hearing how things go through the school year.

Later in the week I met with charter school representatives to discuss their role and impact in Alberta’s education system. There’s no question in my mind that charter schools fill a role in giving parents and students choice in education. We discussed the opportunities to share the learnings from charter schools with other boards across the province.

I had the opportunity to make the first of what will be regular visits to seniors’ residences around Calgary-Elbow this week. I 10747_10152779865758815_9108192742589742004_n.jpgstarted at my favourite, Chartwell Royal Park near Mount Royal University. It’s my favourite because my Grade 3 teacher Mrs. Gregory lives there, and I’m always looking for an opportunity for a visit with the best teacher I ever had!

I raised several important issues this week, including my concerns about electricity pricing in Alberta, the floodway buyout program and a better plan for minimum wage.

The last event of the week was attending the John Howard Society’s summer BBQ to thank staff and volunteers, and to raise awareness about the diverse programs they offer. I’m a big believer in their approach to crime prevention and it was great to be able to show my support.

After work today I’m heading over to Calgary-Foothills to door knock for Alberta Party candidate Mark Taylor. You can learn more about his campaign at www.VoteMarkTaylor.ca.

Have a safe Alberta weekend everyone.

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