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October 11, 2010

PREMIER BEGINS MISSION TO ISRAEL BY CELEBRATING PEACE, YOUTH INNOVATION



TEL AVIV, Israel - Premier Greg Selinger joined Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and representatives of the Jewish National Fund and the Manitoba-Israel Shared Values Roundtable here today in dedicating the Park for Peace while providing $40,000 in support for an innovative youth leadership program.
 
“This park, which was supported by the generosity of private benefactors from Israel and Manitoba, is evidence of the good things that can happen when we work together,” the premier said on the first day of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg mission to Israel. “We celebrate this day by investing in the youth of Tel Aviv/Jaffa who are making a real difference in their community.”
 
The Park for Peace is a joint project of the Manitoba-Israel Shared Values Roundtable, the Jewish National Fund - Canada and the Tel Aviv Foundation.
 
The purpose of the project is to provide a playground where Arab, Jewish, and Christian children from Tele Aviv/Jaffa can play together, the premier said.  It is adjacent to the Arab-Jewish Community Centre in Jaffa.
 
At the announcement, the premier announced support for the youth leadership program at the community centre.
 
This program allows 30 promising high-school students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Tel Aviv/Jaffa to work together on community development projects while learning important leadership skills.
 
In addition, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet conducted a workshop for young dancers at the community centre.
 
Tomorrow, the premier tomorrow will tour Better Place, a company that is focused on developing networks and services that will support the expanded use of electric automobiles.
 
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