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Health, fitness centre will be world-class

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Happy autumn! As summer wanes, we find ourselves putting away our summer clothing and perhaps trying to fit into our fall wardrobe.  

If you are like me, the first thing you do is check that your favourite outfit has not somehow shrunk in the wash. Upon confirming that the barbecue season has indeed taken its toll, we realize it is time to once again dust off the gym bag and get out the exercise clothing. The goal is to literally get a bit of breathing room as the holiday season approaches.

What is especially exciting this year, though, is the announcement that our community is working to open a beautiful new $43.7-million fitness facility in 2017 that will be located east of Concordia Hospital with road access from both Concordia Avenue and Molson Street.    

We have needed and wanted a facility like this for a long time. In a 2005 survey of our community, I asked the question, "Are you in favour of a Wellness Institute attached to Concordia Hospital, similar to that at Seven Oaks Hospital?"

There was overwhelming support for this type of facility in Northeast Winnipeg.

The Concordia Health & Fitness Centre will be all about encouraging illness prevention, inspiring healthy lifestyles, and providing rehabilitation support and care.

I know Concordia Health & Fitness Centre will be a world-class facility. The current plans call for indoor and outdoor running tracks, fitness and therapy pools, cardiovascular and group exercise studios, and a weight room. It will have courses to help encourage people to improve their health by quitting smoking, improving nutrition and learning the role fitness plays in good health.  

I am very proud of Concordia’s continuing community outreach, expansion and evolution. Having worked at Concordia Hospital as an ICU and post-surgical recovery nurse, and as a longtime board member of the Concordia Foundation, I have had the opportunity to work alongside many extremely dedicated community board members at the foundation, at Concordia Hospital and at Concordia Wellness Projects Inc. (CWPI).

David Olfert, the chair of CWPI, and his team have worked long and hard to get this project to where it is today. The community owes him and his team a huge thank-you. It is also time for us to make sure that we get behind them and do all we can to help raise the approximately $15 million that will have to come from the community to make this project become a reality.

Many hands make big things happen, so I urge you to check out www.concordiaFIT.ca to see what the proposed fitness centre will look like and how you might be able to help. If you can volunteer, raise funds or donate, I urge you to contact them through the website or call the Concordia Foundation at 204-661-7156.  

If you know someone who is doing good work in our community, I would love to hear from you. Email me at bonniemitchelson@mts.net.

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