A message from the board

by | June 1, 2021

President

This past year has certainly made many of us feel more appreciative of the green space available in our communities. As more people come out of their homes and backyards to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, a sense of community can be felt. These are the reasons why I decided to become more involved with the Community Centre and to take on the role of President.  I would like to thank Past-President Curtis Rossow for working so hard for our Centre.  He spent many years leading dedicated volunteers and working to improve the Community Centre for everyone.  Chris Magura has left his role as Director at Large and is now the Vice-President.  I would also like to thank all the previous Board members who continue to serve our community as well as welcome two new members, Sandeep Singh and Jim Dear, as well as the return of Nick Barnes to our Board.

I would also like to congratulate all the recent high school and university graduates.  I have seen many signs up around our neighbourhood announcing your achievements and want to wish you good luck in your future endeavours.

Thank you,
Kimberley O’Hara
Whyte Ridge Community Centre – President

Fundraising News

Greetings Whyte Ridge and Linden Ridge! My name is Sandeep Singh, and I have joined the Community Centre Board as Fundraising Director. I was born, raised, and have called this vibrant city home for the past 30 years. Being a longtime resident of Whyte Ridge, I have graduated from the University of Manitoba, worked in law enforcement, and currently work as a Real Estate Agent.

The Whyte Ridge Community Centre has gone many years without a Fundraising Director. My mission is to create new proposals designed to secure endowments from potential donors that will help our local community meet its goals. I have an outgoing and jovial personality and remain confident that the Board can improve the local programs, events, and amenities the Community Centre offers.

If you are a business or individual looking to collaborate and become more engaged with Whyte Ridge, my contact information is below. I welcome and encourage residents to reach out and share ideas that continue to keep Whyte Ridge and Linden Ridge fantastic places to live!

Sandeep Singh
Fundraising Director
Fundraising@whyteridge.ca
204-430-8611

Diversity – Just What the Doctor Ordered

Are you feeling cooped up in your COVID bubble? Are you looking for something new and interesting to partake in? Or do you have a special skill related to your culture – music, dance, or simply some knowledge to share with others about the beauty of your culture?
If you can relate to any of these things then Whyte Ridge Community Centre would like to invite you to a virtual celebration of cultural diversity. Please consider participating either as a spectator or as a volunteer to talk about your culture, or play a piece of traditional music, or perform a piece of dance. You might just be amazed and inspired by not only the variety of cultures found right here in our community but the genuine interest and appreciation that others show when you share a piece of your culture with them. Look for an upcoming announcement in our electronic newsletter and Facebook in the upcoming months.
Spotlight on Diversity – For those of you who may not yet know her, Whyte Ridge Community Centre would like to introduce you to Shahin Shooshtari, our Director of Diversity. Shahin has served on the Whyte Ridge board of directors for the last 2 years. She is a professor in Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.  Her program of research is focused on the health and wellbeing of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and seeks to link areas of community health, ageing and disability. Shahin has a passion for diversity and inclusivity in all its forms and has put on several cultural and educational events at the WRCC, both in-person and online. Please look for upcoming events from Shahin that tap into and share our community’s cultural, ethnic, ability, and demographic diversity.

Basketball News

As more folks use the basketball courts, please make sure to follow public health orders.  On the way out of the court, make sure to put the trash into the available garbage bins. The Community Centre is happy to see the court used, but would also like those using it to keep safe and help keep the court clean.

This has been a tough year for our basketball program as we’ve had many optimistic starts and disappointing stops to both our Winter and Spring sessions.  One positive that came out of this pandemic was being forced to think of new ways to provide basketball programming in a safe environment.  This spring, the WMBA developed a 3 vs 3 outdoor basketball program that was set to begin the weekend of the latest shutdown.  Although we didn’t get to see how this would work, the framework is in place for next year and hopefully will be offered again.

Although I have no firm timeframe for my retirement from the Whyte Ridge Community Centre Board, I would like to start looking for my replacement.  If you have a young son or daughter who will be starting basketball, volunteering as a coach/convener is a great way to get involved. If you are interested, please contact me (John Mathieson, basketball@whyteridge.ca) and we can work together for the fall season.

Soccer News

Our Soccer Director, Kerry Skibinsky, and our Mini Soccer Directors, Rachael Fecyk-Lamb and Karthi Pariyasamy are hanging up their cleats after many years of service to the Whyte Ridge Community Soccer Program.  We would like to thank them for their contributions as this program would not have been possible without them.  We are now looking for one, two or more individuals who would be interested in these positions or sharing these positions starting in January 2022.  Unfortunately, if we are unable to find volunteers, our soccer program is at risk of not taking place next spring. Please consider volunteering in one of these capacities for this fantastic program!  Contact soccer@whyteridge.ca if you have any questions or are interested.