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  • Thanks to ‘knight in shining armour’ for offering to help out

    02/26/2015 2:00 PM

    I attended the Feb. 11 performance of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

    When I came back to my car in the wind and cold, I found the snow plows had been out, and our cars were surrounded by heaps of snow.

    I had to move snow with my foot just to open the driver’s door.

    (I think the plows tried to work around us, but why not plow that area after midnight, when all the theatre people have left?)

    Needless to say, I was concerned I would not be able to drive out of my parking space. I started the car, and just then a car pulled up and a driver came out to ask if I needed help.

    He stood in the cold watching me try to drive out. I did manage to get out after the second attempt.

    With the worry of not being able to get out, I didn’t think to ask his name, only to thank him very much.

    It is people like this man who make Winnipeg a good place to live.

    Thank you for being my knight in shining armour.


    — Arlene Van Ruiten


  • Deed took the sting out of stressful day

    02/25/2015 10:32 AM

    OUR family was in the process of admitting my husband into the palliative care unit at St. Boniface Hospital.

    In the overwhelming moments of arrival, the keys to my vehicle — parked two blocks away from the hospital — had fallen out of a pocket of our son’s parka.

    We did not realize this for two hours, until it was time to rush to the airport for our daughter’s flight.

    After a failed 20-minute search, our daughter grabbed a cab to catch the plane — without her luggage, which was stored in the vehicle.

    My son and I also took a cab to retrieve the spare keys from home, hoping to get back before we reached our time limit and the car was ticketed and possibly towed.

    We returned in our son’s truck with the spare keys, and I unlocked the driver’s side door to find the lost key on the floor with a simple note in a Canadian Tire money slip saying, "I found your key in the back lane."

    No contact information was provided. My daughter’s luggage and a small amount of money, and other items, were all in their places.

    I would like to thank the person responsible this generous act of kindness with the greatest of gratitude.

    Not only would it have been outstanding on a regular day, but the stresses of this particular day were melted away due to this generosity at a time our family was struggling to catch our breaths.

    Our family will be retelling this story for years to come, where a very sad day had a warm, heartfelt ending. Thank you for that.


    — Darlene Van Ruiten


  • Great care at Grace

    02/13/2015 2:00 PM

    I recently attended Grace Hospital as an outpatient for a daytime procedure.

    I am writing to make public my appreciation for the first-class care I received from Dr. Robinson and the nursing staff.

    Many times, criticism is expressed of the hospital and staff. This patient was treated promptly and with care and consideration, and I want to commend the hospital and staff.

    We are indeed fortunate to live in a country where we can receive this kind of care. Thank you.

    — Alexander Watkinson


  • Such a nice gesture

    02/12/2015 2:00 PM

    WE were out for lunch when our waitress told us our meal had been paid for by two young men. We had been talking to them while waiting for a seat.

    It was such a nice gesture, and these two 80-year-olds appreciated it so much. It made our day.

    Thanks, Brett and Kirk. We’ll pay it forward.

    — Sheila Bradley and Doreen Amos



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