On Fri., July 19, I attended a once-in-a-lifetime — well actually twice-in-a-lifetime, and still counting — event at the Jonathan Toews Community Centre.
For the second time in four years, I joined the St. Vital community and others in welcoming home our very own NHL hockey superstar, Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks and two-time Stanley Cup Champion. There I stood beside a world-class athlete and a true leader who spoke humbly of the community centre that played such a big role in his becoming a professional hockey player.
Families throughout Winnipeg’s south end have had a dream of building a new sports and recreation field house as part of the Jonathan Toews Community Centre. Earlier this year, I joined colleagues to announce that the provincial government is contributing $5 million toward making this dream a reality.
The new field house will provide space for a variety of activities including volleyball, all-season baseball, basketball, track and indoor soccer, not to mention all the space available for fitness and aerobics.
We all have dreams for the future, which may keep us in our home communities or take us around the world. Community centres and public libraries can play tremendous roles in helping us get there. I learned to skate on the outdoor rink at Greendell Park Community Centre and borrowed some of my first good reads from St. Vital Library.
While you and your family are out and about this summer, check out some of the programs offered at our local community centres and public libraries. You never know where they will lead you!
Programming highlights for the summer and fall include, but are not limited to:
• Jonathan Toews Community Centre will be offering yoga, zumba and pilates classes. Check out their website at:
• Greendell Park Community Centre will be offering dance/baton/pom pom, magic club, senior’s badminton, taekwondo, tiny tots and youth sports. Congratulations to the Greendell Falcons as they head out to "The Gathering Dublin" in August. Also, a special congrats to the Greendell Baton Club for their success in the Canadian Championships held in Moncton, N.B. earlier this summer. Check out their website at greendell.ca
• Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre is offering the exciting sport of pickle-ball for seniors on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Check out their website at: norberry-glenlee.ca
• Louis Riel Public Library is offering Baby Rhyme Time for newborns to 24 month-olds, Time for 2’s for two-to three-year-olds and Story Time for three-to five-year-olds. Check out their website at: Winnipeg.ca/library.
Feel free to call my constituency office at 204-253-5162, email me at:
Christine.Melnick@yourmanitoba.ca or stop by the office at 4-1549 St. Mary’s Rd.