Royalwood residents calling Operation Red Nose to get themselves and their cars home safely this holiday season may encounter a couple of familiar faces.
Alfred Fillion and his wife Madeleyne Nadeau-Fillion are first-time volunteers with Operation Red Nose. The husband-and-wife duo from Royalwood was recruited by Nadeau-Fillion’s sister and husband to form a Drive Team.
"It’s fun to volunteer as a family", says Nadeau-Fillion.
"My sister and I drive the escort vehicle and keep each other company. Our husbands have the navigator and designated driver roles in the client’s vehicle with the client and their passengers."
The experience has been positive for Fillion and Nadeau-Fillion.
"I have been very impressed to see many young people calling Operation Red Nose," says Nadeau-Fillion. "As a parent, it’s a good feeling to see our youth being so responsible."
Operation Red Nose services are no charge, but the Christmas-time campaign does accept donations, with proceeds going to support sports programs for Manitoba youth.
Visit www.rednosewpg.ca or call 204-794-7339 for all the Operation Red Nose campaign dates and for information about becoming a drive team or a dispatch volunteer.
To request the Red Nose designated driver service, call the hotline at 204-947-NOSE (6673) and enjoy a safe and happy festive season!
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WinnipegREALTORS® recently announced that dollar volume sales for residential properties in Winnipeg for 2012 have now exceeded $3 billion, surpassing 2011 levels.
Jackie Madden, Royalwood resident and RE/MAX realtor, says that, according to 2011 MLS statistics for 2011, a total of 75 Royalwood homes sold with an average list-price of $447,626 and an average sold-price of $443,615.
By comparison, as of Nov. 30, 2012, 61 homes had sold in Royalwood with an average list price of $441,102 and an average sold price of $437,433.
Madden notes that one home in Royalwood sold for just under $1,500,000 in 2011, while the highest residential resale property in 2012 was $850,000.
"What this tells us is that Royalwood is still going strong," Madden says. "While 2011 was a record year for sales, we have kept pace in 2012, and I would expect this trend to continue through 2013."
Royalwood residents planning to sell their homes in 2013 are advised to meet with a realtor before the market becomes more active in the spring.
"There continues to be strong interest in Royalwood homes," Madden says. "The resale value remains high and by working with a neighbourhood realtor, homeowners will have an advantage."
For more information about the Royalwood real estate market, call Jackie Madden, RE/MAX professionals at 204-771-4210, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I would like to send a special holiday greeting to all readers, and to the amazing Royalwood residents who have shared their stories over the last year.
We are a caring, dedicated community surrounded by natural beauty. Thank you everyone for your continued interest. Make sure to contact me with your feedback and story ideas.
An extra big thank you to my wonderful husband for his support.
Wishing you the best of the season and health, wealth, and happiness in 2013!
Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood.