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Celebration brings back a flood of memories

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Celebrating 20 years since the Rural Municipality of Headingley seceded from the city of Winnipeg rekindled some fond memories for many.


Longtime Headingley resident Mary Fetterley thoroughly enjoyed the celebration, held June 16 at the Headingley Community Centre.


"I liked hearing about the start again", Fetterley said.


Reeve Wilf Taillieu was on hand at the dinner to recount the early political battle that culminated in the formation of the Rural Municipality of Headingley. As he explained, some of the behind-the-scenes negotiations that took place, Fetterley was surprised.


"I heard stories that I’ve never heard before", she said.


Terry Turner, whose family settled in Headingley more than 100 years ago, came back for the celebration. "I came back to see my old time friends," he said.


Verna McGuckin and her mother-in-law enjoyed the dinner at the hall.


"It was great to visit with many people that we haven’t seen for a while. It was especially nice seeing a number of past and present councillors, volunteers and Wilf (Taillieu) receive the special recognition that they deserve," McGuckin said.


Joan Spice concurred with that sentiment and added "it was wonderful to witness Wilf Taillieu receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for his lifetime of dedication to our community".


Jill Ruth first lived in Headingley in 1964. She regaled listeners at the gala dinner at The Gates on June 14 with tales of party line phones.


"You called the local operator who placed your call for you. I recall the telephone operator telling me it was too late to call and he told me you should be in bed young lady!" she recalled.


As Ruth spoke about the impact of a growing community, she noted the amazing volunteers that have always been there to help the community get the job done.


"No matter what role (in the community) I’ve played, the one common denominator I have encountered is the amazing determination of a Headingleyite!"


For newcomer, Krista Johnson: "It was amazing to hear about all the events that have brought Headingley to what it is today. I had no idea that Headingley had such an interesting and unique history. It was a wonderful experience to be in the same room as the founders of Headingley and all those who have helped keep this a beautiful and independent community."


Valerie Chatain-White is a community correspondent for Headingley. You can contact her at valeriecw@mymts.net.

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