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Greetings from HGI

The school had a very productive 2017-2018 school year and we are happily preparing for 2018-2019. The registrations and orientation tours have occurred for families in our neighborhood (Whyte Ridge, Bridgwater Trails, Bridgwater Lakes and Bridgwater Center) and we will be excited to meet any families new to our community. We planned an introductory information session and a tour of our school for any newcomers on August 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the school. As always, please continue to check our website https://www.pembinatrails.ca/schools/henrygizatt/Pages/Default.aspx for updates, calendar, photos of events and other information (e.g. school supplies).

One of our most exciting news items is that HGI is now in partnership with “The Bee Project”. Two hives will be placed on the roof of HGI before the summer holiday. The Bee Project staff look after the hives, connect us with a video feed so we can watch the activity and provide us with the honey from “our hives” to sell to community members. HGI students have researched a great deal about honey bees and are concerned with the impact climate change and the declining bee population will have to sustainability. Although we initially thought our honey bees would be a bonus for the HGI gardens, we have learned that bees do not fly “down” quickly. They will fly from their hive on the roof and maintain altitude with a very slow descent. Which means the HGI bees will be collecting pollen further afield than the HGI gardens.

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Run At the Ridge 2017

15Th Annual Run at the Ridge – Saturday, May 5th 2018

With all due respect to the groundhog, the first Robin we see, or the first dandelion we pull out of our lawn, the REAL first day of Spring occurs with the Whyte Ridge Spring tradition of the “Run at the Ridge” 2018 marks the 15th annual “Run at the Ridge”.

This year’s Run at the Ridge is on Saturday May 5th, 2018, with the 2K race starting at 8:30 AM and the 5K race at 9:15 AM. It’s a terrific morning to spend with your entire family. Everybody from babies in strollers, toddlers, pre-schoolers, moms and dads, uncles and aunts, and even grandparents are welcome to participate. You can get pushed in a stroller, pulled in a wagon, walk, run, stroll, skip or jump ………whatever pace you are most comfortable with.  We had a fantastic turnout last year with 1403 participants lacing up their running shoes!  We are the third largest road race in Manitoba!

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This article has been prepared for the Sou’Wester community newsletter by Danielle Da Silva. Read the story on the website.

Rollyn and Rocelynd Tabios.Rollyn and Rocelynd Tabios are the president and secretary of Whyte Ridge Community Centre’s new junior board. The junior board is organizing a coffeehouse event on Jan. 12 featuring performances from local artists.

Youth in Whyte Ridge are taking a lead role in crafting the community they want to see.

In October, the Whyte Ridge Community Centre (170 Fleetwood Rd.) launched a junior board in an effort to get more young people involved in the programming and operations of the small club.

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I am starting to build our Annual Canadian Cancer Society’s Volunteer Door to Door team and I’m hoping to have your help in the fight against cancer. Please consider being a part of it this April 2018.

Last April, our Manitoba Team was over 1500 volunteers strong, although we know you would be a perfect addition and much appreciated.

In April 2017 $525,000 was raised during the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Door to Door canvass in Manitoba.

These funds help to support the Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope transportation program, Peer Support Service, Research and many other support services for those facing cancer and their loved ones.

With the amazing support of so many volunteers across the province .93 cents of every dollar raised through this campaign, is dedicated to Manitoba cancer initiatives that support all Manitobans through the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Henry G. Izatt Middle School continues focus on the school team’s four pillars of Humanity, Growth, Innovation and Sustainability. As the 2017-18 school year is underway, students, parents and staff are engaged in inquiry or passion projects in many areas.

HGI’s community garden (photo attached) has been an excellent addition to the school as a growing example of authentic learning and involvement. The harvest was a good one. Many of us learned about kohlrabi. One of the five pumpkins has been harvested and seeds removed and dried in preparation to be planted next year.

Our Student Action Voice Engagement (S.A.V.E.) group held a retreat at the Richardson Field Station on October 27, 2017. Following this workshop, the students chose involvement in community or global projects that are already underway or initiate new projects. The students will be applying the principles they gained through participation in WeDay. The school partnership with Riverwood Square continues with a number of activities underway encouraging the growing relationship between the students and the seniors. A focus on creativity and the arts will be visible this year. With partners from Riverwood and the school, a knitting project has begun.

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No experience needed- All supplies provided
Come create your very own Live Green Wreath or Centrepiece!
Open to all ages.
Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

December 17th @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Doors Open 12:30 pm
170 Fleetwood Rd, Winnipeg MB

 

Canteen will be open (Cash Only)

Buy tickets Online at: http://www.partilife.ca/events/

I’m not sure about you, but I was not ready for winter to start so soon this year.  I’m sure the kids are excited to get out and play in the snow, and the adults are already tired of shoveling, but it’s here, and I think it’s here to stay.  With everything that has happened in the world over the past few months though, this isn’t so bad.

I am very excited to let you know that our Community Centre has started an initiative to get our youth more involved in the things that happen at our club.  We have started a Jr. Board.  This is for the kids in and around Whyte Ridge between 12 & 17 years of age.  We want our Jr. Board to help our adult board come up with ideas to get not only the youth in our community involved, but people of all ages.  We always hear the saying that our kids are the future.  Well, our kids are here now, and they have fresh ideas that we don’t think of.  I encourage your kids to get involved with the Jr. Board.  Learning to work with other kids their age, and being put into leadership roles will give them life skills that will help in their future endeavours.   For more information, please email wrccjrb@gmail.com or president@whyteridge.ca

All the best this winter!

Curtis Rossow
President

It was an incredibly hot but beautiful Sunday with great fun had by all!  I would like to give a special Thank You to all of the volunteers who helped plan and organize this event, Erin, Curtis, Doug, Adam, Jasnoor, Lexee, Arpita, Evelyn, Danica, Aymee, along with the generosity of our sponsors.  It is with each and everyone of one of you support whether monetary or time that helps make these events possible.

THANK YOU!!!

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On June 24, three hearty WRCC volunteers planted 10 new saplings donated by the City to help facilitate naturalization of the north end of our site. Many thanks to our summer student Adam who braved the rain to help out.

With the new City summer staff just coming on board people are forgetting not to mow this area, so we created a little natural fence to help remind them. Over the summer we expect the neighbouring mature willow to start growing into the edges of this area and we have plans to redistribute some of the existing smaller trees planted a few years ago to help fill in the space. This work is part of a larger master plan designed by our current site development director Nick Barnes. The plan includes the refurbished soccer pitches we now enjoy, the trail system, butterfly garden, informational signs, benches, naturalized prairie on the east side of the property and the many trees that have already been planted with more to come. For more information on future naturalization plans for our community center or any other site development plans, please contact Nick Barnes at sitedev@whyteridge.ca.

Congrats to the Whyte Ridge U18 boys soccer team for winning the Fargo Tri Cities Storm Soccer Tournament. They finished undefeated, beating US Premier teams doing so.

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