2860 Pembina Highway, Unit 24
Sarah Guillemard has been a proud resident of Fort Richmond for more than 31 years, having attended Ryerson Elementary, Acadia Junior High, Fort Richmond Collegiate and the University of Manitoba. This is the community where she grew up, and also where she has chosen to raise her own family.
Sarah has been a strong advocate in this community for over ten years, and her tireless efforts as a volunteer have benefitted families and children, newcomers and the wider community in Fort Richmond.
When the issue of overcrowding developed at Ecole St. Avila School, Sarah took the lead in working with the Pembina Trails School Division and the parents to find a solution that met the needs of all stakeholders. She encourages parents to become active participants in decisions that impact their children's educational experience. In 2010, Sarah received the Parent Council Recognition Award, presented by the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils for "outstanding achievements and dedication in promoting meaningful parental involvement to improve the education and well being of children in Manitoba."
Sarah is also known as ‘Coach Sarah’ to many youth soccer players in Fort Richmond, as she has dedicated her time for several years to bringing out the best in each player and supporting players’ growth and development.
Sarah spent 18 months living in the Czech Republic with her husband and young family. She returned to Fort Richmond with an appreciation for some of the challenges faced by newcomers in a new country. This understanding led Sarah to help teach English conversation classes for newcomers to Canada at her church in downtown Winnipeg.
Sarah contributed to two important environmental projects in South Winnipeg, helping to redevelop land with bioswales that clean runoff water before it enters our river systems. The projects are now used as educational tools on water stewardship for the next generation. Again, Sarah demonstrated her ability to work effectively with various community groups to achieve results that benefit everyone.
Sarah's style of leadership is collaborative, open and effective. She recognizes that there are many stakeholders that need to be heard before solutions can be found, and she takes the time to really listen.
Sarah is the representative that Fort Richmond needs-an advocate who is approachable, who listens and then takes action.