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East St. Paul Celebrates its 100th Birthday

Posted: November 16, 2015

A centennial quilt made by "The Material Girls" of the East St. Paul 55+ Club was unveiled with many of those participating in that project present. 
On Nov. 3, 1915, the R.M of East St. Paul came into existence by an Act of the Manitoba Legislature. The RM of East St. Paul and West St. Paul were created after the R.M. of St. Paul expressed a desire to divide into two communities, using the Red River as a boundary.  
To celebrate this milestone, a special meeting of East St. Paul Council took place on Nov. 3, 2015, with the Council Chambers filled to capacity. 

"It is an honour for your Council to preside over the commemoration of the first 100 years of a community we all love," East St. Paul Mayor Shelley Hart said. "As we kick off our year of celebrations, we hope past and present residents gather together to remember our strong history while creating a bright future for the next generation to enjoy."

Master of Ceremonies Peter Martin shared a short presentation of the history of East St. Paul.  To commemorate the historical significance of the date, all members of the current East St. Paul Council signed an official proclamation declaring the official centennial year of celebrations.  

A highlight of the evening followed when the Centennial quilt project was officially unveiled.  This quilt has been a project many years in the making undertaken by "The Material Girls" of the East St. Paul 55+ club, most of who were in attendance for the unveiling. 

Wrapping up the evening was an overview of some key Centennial events including: the Centennial book project, the community's legacy project - a Centennial Plaza, and the ability to access East St. Paul Community Event Grants for Centennial events hosted by East St. Paul organizations and/or resident groups.  

Following the formal program, all those in attendance shared cake, coffee and fellowship.  It was a fitting party for our 100 year old community. 

Mayor Hart also introduced dignitaries and special guests in attendance.  These included: St. Paul M.L.A. Ron Schuler, West St. Paul Mayor Bruce Henley, Coun. Cheryl Christian (West St. Paul), River East Collegiate principal Diana Posthumus, East St. Paul Chamber of Commerce president Johnathan Fahr and East St. Paul Chamber of Commerce vice-president Corey Desjarlais. 

Newly-elected Kildonan St. Paul M.P., the Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk was unable to attend but sent greetings as did River East Transcona School Chair Colleen Carswell and Trustee Michael West.

Special invitations were sent to former East St. Paul Council members and many attended the event including, George Mulder, Dick Mulder, Tom Hallett, Lawrence Morris, and Doreen Negrich.  Don Melnyk was unable to attend but sent his greetings.  

Centennial committee representatives in attendance included Suzanne Ward, Peter Martin, Wendy Galagan, Lorna Wenger, Randy Loeb and Nancy Plustwa.  

If you would like to watch a short video which captures some of the highlights of the evening click here.
Throughout 2016, many gatherings and events will take place to celebrate all that East St. Paul has to offer. We invite you to keep up to date on these activities as they are posted on the East St. Paul Centennial website, located at www.esp100.ca.


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