Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Not just home — Transcona is family

  • Print

Is it true that kids who grew up in Transcona tend to stay within the community as adults.

I know this is true of my family (three generations now) and of many others I know, too. While I don’t have the statistical facts to back this statement up it’s been a popular topic of conversation on several occasions.

This time around, out of playful curiosity more than truth-seeking, I wanted to explore the phenomenon.

Jon Chudyk, a residential HVAC mechanic, says the rumour doesn’t surprise him. He also happens to be one of those kids who chose not to leave.

"By staying in Transcona it kept me close to friends and family," Chudyk said. "Sure social media and telephones can keep you in touch with people but there’s something nice about being able to quickly zip over to my friend’s or parent’s for a visit rather than enduring a long car ride across the city."

Brandi White, an insurance broker for Wyatt Dowling Insurance and mother of two, grew up in Transcona but now resides in Windsor Park. She says she now regrets the decision.

"It was a (family) compromise," White explained. "Having lived in both places I haven’t seen the values of community in Windsor Park that I have seen in Transcona. It may be because I still feel strongly connected to Transcona and don’t feel like I’m part of this one. I feel disconnected from it."

Chudyk feels that Transcona differs from other communities, too.

"Transcona has a small-town feel and this tends to make people treat each other less like strangers and more like good friends," Chudyk said. "It’s the-little-feel-good-things. It’s that wave to the neighbour, helping somebody out with their seasonal yard maintenance or pushing a stuck car out of the snow. It all builds community."

White relates to Chudyk’s sentiment about the community’s small town feel.

"I can’t walk down many streets in Transcona without being able to point out someone’s house or their parents’ house," said White. "I can tie all my best memories to Transcona. I still call my parents’ house home."

In writing this I realized that to Transconians the community of Transcona isn’t just home — it is family.

Adam Petrash is a community correspondent for Transcona. He can be contacted at aetpetrash@gmail.com.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Fall Arts Guide

We preview what’s new and what’s coming up in Winnipeg’s new arts season

View our Fall Arts Guide

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

Do you think Canada Post should be responsible for clearing snow away from its community mailboxes?

View Results