There is growing support for the Town of Ste. Anne as voting day draws near in the Kraft Hockeyville competition for the grand prize.
Mayor Yvan St. Vincent is busy sending out emails of appreciation to as many people as possible.
“It's been very heartwarming to see all the support we've got from our neighboring communities and throughout the province, and even in some cases, around the world,” he says. “We're very appreciative of that.”
Recently, Steinbach Mayor Earl Funk talked about reasons why we need to make time this weekend to vote for Ste. Anne, saying that the Ste. Anne Arena is used by many people throughout the province, and we should all do our part to help the community win the $250,000 grand prize along with hosting an NHL game.
“And that's exactly what we're going to need to be successful, support from all our neighbors,” says St. Vincent.
La Broquerie Deputy Reeve Laurent Tetrault says he will be voting for Ste. Anne and notes that he has also heard from many residents who are also committed to helping the neighbouring community to win the grand prize.
St. Vincent has been engaged in sports throughout his life and says he sees the value having recreational opportunities in the community.
“It was critical to my growing up, frankly,” he says. “Just the community connections and the community relations you can build, and just the sense of community that all those recreation opportunities offer is immeasurable. Which is why it's a tricky thing because it costs a lot of money to maintain recreation opportunities but it's also vital to the community to offer them.
"If it wouldn't be for a lot of those recreational opportunities I had when I was young, who knows... because some of the trouble you could find … So, I think it's important that we offer that to all residents of all ages, all genders, etcetera, so that there are opportunities for them in the community to participate in.”