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HANDBAGS OF HOPE is encouraging women to get involved by donating a gently loved handbag that you fill with useful items for women affected by hardship in our city. Our mission is to INSPIRE HOPE and EMPOWER WOMEN.

You can drop your FILLED purses at the following locations:
• Shooters Golf Course, 2731 Main Street
November 7th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
• East End Community Centre, 517 Pandora Ave East
November 14th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
• Sturgeon Heights CC, 210 Rita Street
November 28th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
• Whyte Ridge Community Centre, 170 Fleetwood Road
December 3rd, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Calabria Market and Lake Life, now Maggie Grace, will NOT be drop off locations this year. Additional drop-offs can be made at 43 Camrose Bay. Please contact Purses of Hope Winnipeg on Facebook to make arrangements.

Suggested Items: Socks, Warm Mitts, Gloves, Hat, Shampoo/Conditioner, Sanitary Napkins/Tampax, Deodorant Kleenex, Soap, Brush/Comb, Granola Bar, Hard Candy, Gum, Tea, Soup packages, Bus Tickets, small denomination Gift Cards, maybe a piece of pre-loved jewellery, and if you would like to add a note of good cheer, we would love to pass it along.

Please visit PURSES OF HOPE Winnipeg on Facebook for more information.

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Sunday November 24, 2019 from 3-5 pm @ WRCC

To raise awareness and promote healthy aging.

  •  Live music featuring Leo Gosselin (leogosselin.com)
  •  20 min. presentation on healthy aging & healthy communities by Dr. Verena Menec
  •  Coffee, tea & refreshments!

People are living longer than ever and, for the first time  in history, there are now more older adults in Canada than  children. How can people stay as healthy as possible for as   long as possible? And how can we make communities more  age-friendly to that people can stay healthy?

Verena Menec, PhD —Professor, Department of  Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Her research focuses on factors related to healthy aging,  and how to make communities more age-friendly.

presented by Sexton Group Ltd.

Winnipeg, MB – KidSport Winnipeg and Desiree Scott, 2016 & 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Pro Soccer Player with The Utah Royals and member of the Canadian Women’s National Team and Canada West Hall of Fame announced the fourth annual KidSport soccer camp taking place on Saturday November 23 and Sunday November 24, 2019 at the Garden City Community Center.

“We have taken a little break but I’m so excited that we are back for the 4th camp,” said Scott. “My camps for KidSport have always been an important event for me and one I really enjoy putting on, so I’m pumped we are able to bring it back this year! As always, I want all the participants who come out to enjoy themselves while getting to experience a fun day of soccer specific drills and hopefully gaining a little more motivation to go after their goals. Teaming up with KidSport Winnipeg and giving back is so very important to me and I look forward to being back on the pitch with the kids doing what we love!”

Desiree Scott

Scott, along with some of Manitoba’s top players and coaches will take kids through soccer specific speed and agility training, fundamental drills and ball familiarity exercises. Along with the technical side of the game, the camp is also about having as much fun as possible while learning other important skills such as teamwork, leadership, dedication, self-confidence and how hard work pays off.

The camp is for girls aged 8-18 years old. Registration is open to the public. Community-sponsored girls who have been funded by KidSport Winnipeg to play soccer in 2019 will also be in attendance. “Desiree Scott is a true, homegrown Winnipeg soccer super-star. As a KidSport kid herself as a youngster, Desiree understands better than most, the role KidSport plays in helping to get kids off the sidelines and into the game,” said Rick McGregor, KidSport Winnipeg chair. “With her soccer camp, she pays it forward, showing young girls who attend her camp, the hard work, dedication, perseverance and teamwork required to succeed in both sports and life. Desiree is a true inspiration to Winnipeg’s youth and her dedication and desire to give back to the community, with her infectious personality and energy at her camp inspires a new generation of future stars. KidSport Winnipeg is extremely proud to have both Desiree and the Sexton Group on our team!”

Information about the camp and registration can be found at kidsportcanada.ca/winnipeg or https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/4th-desiree-scott-soccer-camp-presented-by-sexton-group-ltd-registration49904334207?fbclid=IwAR1FioFLc3cPG13GX4apiooqY8Y6z2v11TVRx9bXJa9yI3thy4gKmfZ1q04


KidSport is a national charity administered in Manitoba by Sport Manitoba which provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.  KidSport believes that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports.

Sport Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization and the lead planning, programming, and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre and the Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.

For more information please contact:

Christine Hoenisch – KidSport Manitoba
W: 204.925.5922  C: 204.296.2826

Janelle Bohunicky – KidSport Manitoba

It feels odd to be writing this in October when we are all settled into our fall and nearly winter routines.

A personal accident kept us away from getting this done earlier, but we do not want the calendar to flip to 2020 without letting you know about the success of the 2019 Whyte Ridge Mini Soccer season.

2019 Whyte Ridge Mini Soccer saw over 300 players aged 3 to 8 years old playing soccer in Scurfield Park and Don Smith Park in May and June.  They were coached by 76 volunteer family members and friends who in turn were led by 4 committed conveners.

We are so thankful for all of the people who gave their time and energy so our children can have the experience of playing soccer once or twice a week.

A special thank you goes to all coaches and parents who jumped in to help from the sidelines. Mini soccer would not exist without your dedication. We smile when thinking about how engaged you are with your players.


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Last fall – I biked and walked through Scurfield park and worked with the Parks department to conduct an assessment. I’ve been to Scurfield park many times, as I used to live on Bessboro many years ago. I must say, I don’t think any upgrades have occurred in the park for a few decades!  This spring I approved the hiring of a consultant to do an assessment on the conditions and provide recommendations to upgrade the:

  • Pathways
  • Retaining walls
  • Lighting
  • Bench locations

Last year some pathway work was done, this year more is occurring just off Columbia Drive.  The retaining walls are collapsing, the asphalt is in very poor condition, and the light poles are leaning terribly. The front entrance ‘Whyte Ridge’ sign also needs upgrading. The consultant will have a report ready shortly proposing ideas / which pathways may be asphalt or gravel, where additional benches can go, and more.  I will be presenting this report at the Whyte Ridge Community Center’s fall board meeting (September 9th ) and will advertise so people can provide additional input.

I’ve worked on upgrading many parks in the south end of Winnipeg over the years (Kings Park, Kirkbridge Park, La Barriere Park, and others). I am focusing the ward Park’s budget now on Scurfield Park and look forward to some major work to start next spring!  If you have any questions or comments, please email me jlukes@winnipeg.ca

Kind regards,

Janice Lukes

City Councillor, Waverley West Ward  www.JaniceLukes.ca

I’m not sure why I’m always so shocked when Summer seems to fly by, but once again, it’s hard to believe how quickly time flies.  I wanted to take a moment in this issue to recognize a couple of your hardworking board members. First of all, your Director at Large, Chris Magura.  Chris spearheaded the project for the new outdoor calisthenics equipment, and after all the hard work he put into it, we believe it turned out excellent.  If you haven’t seen it, please get out to the club and not only take a look, but get a good workout while you’re there. Thank you to Chris for taking this on and making it happen.  Next, I would like to thank one of your long time board members, Robyn McCarthy. Robyn has been on the board a couple different times in various positions. President, Special Events, and most recently, Secretary.  Over the years, Robyn gained a lot of knowledge about the Centre, and what it takes to get things done, but like every board member, eventually you have to take a step away and get back to your busy personal life. Robyn has given everything she has to the Community Centre, and like all of your board members, she worked hard to make it the best club it can be.  She will be missed, but you never know, maybe she’ll be back one day. Obviously with her absence, we will need to fill the position of Secretary at the club, so if you’re so inclined to get off the sidelines, and get involved with the Community Centre, we’d be happy to have you. Even if it’s not as Secretary, we’d love to have you out to help us all make this Club the best it can be. Please visit https://whyteridge.ca/wp-cc/members/volunteers/wrcc-director-jobs/ for the list of open positions.

Thank you again to Chris and Robyn, and thank you to all of your board members for their hard work and dedication.


Thank you,

Curtis Rossow – President 

Your first invitation to check in with Pembina Active Living (55+) came in the spring of 2019.

Garden Club Tea Party

Garden Club Tea Party

PAL (55+) is persistent; so no procrastination with your second invitation which incidentally includes new programs and events, acknowledging our 10th Anniversary. PAL (55+) makes a commitment to each PAL (55+) member, a commitment to provide choices of opportunities that promote socializing, learning, maintaining the health you have, and smiling.

If you missed the Annual Membership Picnic on August 20th at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, there is the opportunity to learn about ‘all things PAL’ at the Open House on September 5th from 9:30-4 at Grace Christian Church, 50 Barnes St. (behind Superstore on Pembina Hwy). There will be class demonstrations, lots of information, and the opportunity to become a member for $20-single, $30-couple.


Accessible Fitness Park
The Grand Opening of the Whyte Ridge Accessible Fitness Park was on Saturday July 27. This beautiful, one-of-a-kind facility is the result of over 2 years of planning, emailing and organising. Cameras rolled as Global News covered the ribbon cutting ceremony . There were people from the community, board members, calisthenics athletes and dignitaries including our own Janice Lukes, and our former councillor Marty Morantz who provided the funding. Terry Duguid of the Federal Liberal party even dropped by. He lives in Whyte Ridge and supports the club by providing funding for students each summer. Janice brought Sargent Sundae treats for everyone and it was an exciting and fun event. Global News Link – https://globalnews.ca/news/5693402/whyte-ridge-community-centre-accessible-fitness-park/
The facility is wheelchair accessible owing to its rubber safety surface and has many features that assist with access to the equipment, including pull up bars at many levels, rails to help reach the highest bars, benches, easy entry parallel bars, grade level entry and of course the rubber safety surface – a huge upgrade from wood chips. There is even a bench to rest on or watch from. Most of the funding for the project was provided by the City of Winnipeg through the Land Dedication Reserve Fund – a grant system designed to encourage the construction of facilities for sports, recreation, gardens, green spaces and the enjoyment of the outdoors. Check out some of the pictures of the demonstration put on by Nino and his crew of calisthenics athletes.


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Traditional non-contact shotokan karate. Taught by Effered Munoz 2nd degree black belt in the Japan Karate Association. With 30 yrs of training.

Pre-Registration on August 19 between 5 pm to 7 pm at Whyte Ridge Community Centre.
Classes to begin September 9.


  • $140 Ages 4-7 yrs. Includes uniform.
  • $99 for ages 8 yrs to adult. Train for 3 months and includes uniform.

For more information please contact Effered Munoz – efferedmunoz@hotmail.com


The Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) exists to help young Canadians pursue entrepreneurship – specifically visible minority youth (women, people living with disabilities, newcomers, Indigenous). YEP mentors and trains youth to improve their entrepreneurial skills and develop their business idea. We also act as a connector between networks and entrepreneurs to improve their access to a successful business venture.

The program is delivered over three weeks from 9 am – 12 pm each day. The first two weeks are spent in a classroom with an experienced mentor where they develop their business idea. The third week is dedicated to networking and connecting with entrepreneur support agencies and small businesses.

We are looking for youth ages 18 – 29 who are interested in developing their entrepreneurial skills and working on their entrepreneurship goals. The program is completely FREE to participate in. More information about the program itself and the application form can be found at www.ywinnipeg.ca/yep . We are now accepting applications for October 7th, November 4th  and January 6th.

 For any other questions, please contact Sanjana Vijayann at sanjana.vijayann@ymanitoba.ca or call 204-989 5864.

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