Bye-bye old sign and welcome NEW Sign

Recently, you may have noticed something new in front of the Whyte Ridge Community Centre at 170 Fleetwood Road. It is our new digital sign; replacing the old sign that has become such a familiar sight since 2007.

While it was great to have the old sign, it was difficult to change (especially in poor weather) and very limited in the message it could display. The new sign has an updated look with our new web page address and a full color LED display measuring 2 feet by 8 feet! The new sign will open a world of possibilities for communicating community events and news as well as advertising to help raise much needed funds for the community centre.
The new sign was entirely funded by the City of Winnipeg’s Land Dedication Grant. A big thank you to Councillor Marty Morantz for his assistance in procuring the funding. This sign is just the beginning of a whole host of big changes we hope to see at our community centre over the coming years including the construction of a gymnasium and expanded community centre, outdoor exercise equipment and further additions to the beautiful natural prairie, interpretive trail and butterfly garden which have already added so much to our facility. If you like the sound of these proposed changes, please get involved and volunteer your time to help make these plans a reality! For more information about volunteering, please visit our web site at http://whyteridge.ca/wp-cc/members/volunteers/.

Our Whyte Ridge: Story of Williams Syndrome

Have you seen this girl? You may have seen her in the neighbourhood, or maybe while sitting in your car at a red light, while she smiles, waves, or blows kisses to you.

She seems so friendly and says Hi to everyone. You know something is not quite right, but may not be comfortable asking the parents, “What is your daughter’s disability?” Please ask us! We are always spreading knowledge and awareness of her condition. Evanjeline is 10 years old and has Williams Syndrome. What is that? We didn’t know either. Google it!

Williams Syndrome is a rare genetic condition that occurs in about 1 in 10,000 births. That puts the number of Williams Syndrome population for all of Manitoba at only 100 people.  Rare indeed!

It is caused by a series of deleted genes on chromosome 7 and occurs equally in all genders and every culture. It is characterized by medical, physical, learning and social issues including cardiovascular disease, low tone, developmental delays, learning disabilities and an inability to read social cues. By contrast, it also often results in striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music. Many Williams people have similar facial characteristics. A small face with a narrow chin, wide mouth, full lips, puffiness around the eyes, sunken nasal bridge, and small, widely spaced teeth.

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Just SLOW DOWN

With the warm temperature finally returning upon us, children will be spending more and more time outside. Therefore, Whyte Ridge Community Center wants to remind all drivers to slow down in the areas where kids may be present. Driving at speed limit can be too fast, as it is hard to notice the little ones that could suddenly appear from nowhere.

Let’s not put the life of children at risk! Drive carefully as if your own children were playing.

Thank you on behalf of all parents.

Our Whyte Ridge: local musician finds his way to help community

When my family moved to Whyte Ridge 3 years ago, everything was new to me – new area, new neighbours, and a new school for the kids. I used to take a bus to work from where we lived before, so the commute to work was also new to me. At 7 am in the morning the bus is usually pretty empty. The passengers are either still sleepy, or busy looking into their devices without paying much attention to people around them. All of them, except one fellow. He looked quite different from others. He smiled to everyone on the bus, and had a small talk with people sitting next to him. I quickly found that he was a musician. So on one of the mornings, I sat next to him and had a chat.

His name is Steven, and I am sure quite a few passengers of the 7 am route 181 to Downtown bus know him too. Since music is my passion, we often chat about his music life and the things he likes doing. One day, after pushing our bus out of deep snow, Steven told me something that I decided to share with you.

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Our Whyte Ridge: Spring Break with Whyte Ridge School

The students of 3CT are hoping Spring Break will be warm this year. They have come up with some fun activities happening around the city. “When we researched we found stuff we never knew about!” Said Cameron and Jadon. The Children’s Museum is another place that was very interesting. Elsa and Finley are very excited to try the Run! Jump! Fly! Event happening there. Anisha wants to try out the clay creation at Shelmerdine Garden. If you’re up for some laughs, join Sameeha at the Festival of Fools at The Forks. Dress up as pilots and create some paper airplanes to TheAviation Museum! A lot of our students will be there! Continue reading “Our Whyte Ridge: Spring Break with Whyte Ridge School” »