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Bronx Park CC wood shop unveiled

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Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan), Bronx Park Community Club president Jos Gatien, and wood shop co-ordinator Michaelene Ness are shown at the unveiling of the club's wood shop on Aug. 20.

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Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan), Bronx Park Community Club president Jos Gatien, and wood shop co-ordinator Michaelene Ness are shown at the unveiling of the club's wood shop on Aug. 20. Photo Store

One project’s completion will spur on the completion of countless other endeavours.

The new wood shop at Bronx Park Community Centre (720 Henderson Hwy.) was unveiled on Aug. 20, and is the only facility of its kind in a community centre in the city. The space the shop occupies was set aside for that purpose when the new facility opened in 2009, and club president Jos Gatien was thrilled to see it finally close to opening. The first classes are slated for mid-September.

"Part of it is relief that we’re done. We pushed the rock up the hill," Gatien, who has served as president since 2010, said. "Now we get to have fun."

The initial programming at the shop will be run and partially taught by longtime East Kildonan and current East St. Paul resident Michaelene Ness, who served in the same role when the wood shop was at the East End Culture and Leisure Centre on Larsen Avenue.

"There’s such a need for something like this in our community," Ness said. "A lot of people will have woodworking tools in their garage, but who wants to work in the garage when it’s 40 below?"

At this point, there will be 10-week "introduction to woodworking" courses presented in both co-ed and women’s classes, drop-in times on Wednesdays (noon to 4 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and a mandatory 90-minute safety class for those who want to participate in the drop-in times. Drop-in sessions will cost $8 per visit while the introductory classes are $120 for the session. The safety class, meanwhile, costs $20.

Ness explained the shop is looking for volunteer supervisors as well as course instructors.

Those interested can contact facilitymanager@bronxpark.ca for more information.

Ness also hopes to add classes in specialties like cabinetmaking and scroll saw.

The wood shop was outfitted with all the equipment that was previously used at the East End site, though Ness said the mitre saw will need to be replaced.

Construction of the shop cost just over $156,000, with $40,000 coming from a General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres capital grant and the remainder from the City of Winnipeg. The primary improvements to the room included installing a dust-collection system, electrical upgrades, and a sprinkler system. Bronx Park covered additional consulting fees.

For more information on programming, check out the Fall 2014 newsletter on the community centre website at www.bronxpark.ca

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