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EBOLA CAMPAIGN GAINS RECOGNITION AT THE MANITOBA LEGISLATURE Featured

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On Thursday, December 4, 2014, the Sierra Leone Nationals Association of Manitoba (SALNAM) was formally recognized in the Legislative Chamber of the province of Manitoba, Canada, for their role in creating awareness about the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, and for their efforts to solicit funds and related material help, to help in the fight against the spread of this deadly disease. Also recognized was Dr. Jim Strong, a virologist, for his active role in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Amidst deafening applause and a standing ovation by Members of the Legislature; the Honourable Christine Melnick, in a Member Statement, described SALNAM as a heroic organization that is playing a pivotal role in Winnipeg, in bringing the Ebola issue to the attention of the people of Manitoba. She called on the government to take further steps to help save the lives of those who are dying from this terrible outbreak.

She informed Members of the Legislature about a cheque for $10,000.00 that SALNAM had presented to the Canadian Red Cross at SALNAM's fundraiser on November 21, meant to provide funds to support the fight against the spread of the Ebola epidemic. She also informed the Honourable Members about donations, including the over 3 million N95 respirator masks worth $ 3.4 million, that the Manitoba government has provided since the beginning of the SALNAM Ebola Campaign in August.

She observed that "we as a government are making a difference by saving lives." She also referred to the hardwork of individuals like Dr. Jim Strong, and organizations like SALNAM. She described SALNAM members as dedicated community people, and commended the organization for mobilising the community to help in the fight against the spread of the Ebola disease.

Following the ceremony in the Chamber, the Honourable Christine Melnick and the Honourable Matt Wiebe joined SALNAM members in attendance at the Rotunda of the Legislative Building for brief discussions about the general state of the Campaign. During the discussions, both Honourable Members noted that the Sierra Leone Community is a strong and a vibrant community. Mr. Wiebe also mentioned that, this is the second time that the Legislature has recognized SALNAM for their good community work on behalf of their members. "Keep doing the good work SALNAM, and you should be proud of yourselves for all your achievements", he continued.

All attendees are members of the SALNAM Ebola Campaign Committee (SECC) and they included: Allieu Sesay (SALNAM president), Abu Bakarr Kamara (vice president), Ismail Yumkella (Chair, SALNAM Ebola Campaign Committee), Fredo Ali Kamara, Simeon Ganda, Zainab Kanu, and Margaret Mafinda. The president of the African Communities of Manitoba (ACOMI), Andre Doumbe, was also present.

Dr. Strong works for Canada's Virology Laboratory in Winnipeg. He is also a professor at the University of Manitoba, and a consultant for the W.H.O. He recently returned from Sierra Leone, and he was the keynote speaker at the SALNAM Ebola fundraiser held on November 21.
About $9,800.00 was collected at this fundraising dinner.

SALNAM and the Sierra Leone Community would like to express their profound gratitude to the Honourable Christine Melnick for organizing this event. SALNAM would also like to register their appreciation, once again, to the government of Manitoba for the generous donations towards the fight against ebola.

Below is a scanned copy of the Recognition Certificate. You will also find a Letter from Manitoba's Minister of Health, Sharon Blady, indicating the amount and cost of respirator masks being shipped to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The minister also acknowledged SALNAM for their advocacy work and for bringing this pressing issue into the hearts of Manitobans:

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