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Saying Thank You to Pat Wege on her retirement as Executive Director of the Manitoba Child Care Association

Tuesday May 22, I had the opportunity to speak in the Manitoba Legislature to recognize Pat Wege for her contributions over many years to promoting child care and early childhood education in our province.  My comments are below. 
Mr. Gerrard: Madam Speaker, I want to congratulate Pat Wege on many, many successful years as the executive director of the Manitoba Child   Care Association. Your contributions and achievements are many. You have been very strong in keeping governments of all stripes to account. You've always been pointing out that Manitoba should be doing more in terms of child care and improving the quality and how important this is to children and families here in Manitoba.
      It is good to see that there has been some increase in funding, largely due to the federal government, in the last couple of years. But there is still a long way to go, and even as we continue the journey forward, it is the steps that Pat Wege has taken over the last number of years that are–continue to push this forward.
      So thank you, Pat, merci, miigwech, for all your good work.


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