A Folklorama fairy tale has led to a lasting family tradition and a prominent volunteer role for Royalwood resident Jessica Pedersen.
"My parents met at Folklorama when it first started," Pedersen says. "My mother was the pavilion’s Danish princess and met my father, and that was the beginning of their love story. They are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this year."
Pedersen began performing Scandinavian folk dances at Folklorama at an early age. She has been involved ever since, culminating in her role as pavilion co-ordinator for the first time this year. Her brother and sister have been volunteers as well.
"I think it’s been close to 20 years for me, and I won’t ever stop being a part of Folklorama," Pedersen says. "I love meeting new people, and seeing their reaction when they leave the show."
Pedersen is responsible for a volunteer committee representing every aspect of the pavilion — from entertainment and food to media. She estimates the pavilion co-ordinator role requires more than 100 volunteer hours, including monthly meetings for a year, plus being on-site at the pavilion from 4 to 12 p.m. every day.
"The volunteers are wonderful, and we have a strong base supporting the pavilion, which makes a huge difference," Pedersen says. "We are always in need of more volunteers, and you do not need to be of Scandinavian heritage".
A large complement of Pedersen’s family will be on hand this year to take part in the latest chapter of this Folklorama fairy tale.
The Scandinavian pavilion operates during Week Two of the festival, from Aug. 12 to 18, and is located at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin St.
To volunteer, contact Jessica Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Folklorama, visit www.folklorama.ca, or call 204-943-1956.
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Construction has begun on Royalwood Estates condominiums, located at 1290 Warde Ave. near Southside Drive in Royalwood.
Built by A & S Homes, there will be a total of 80 units in the complex. Construction of Phase 1 is on schedule and buyers are expected to take possession early next year. Phase 2 will be completed later in 2013.
Each condo will offer a fireplace, double-attached garage, plus a deck and patio and will be similar to the Royalwood Square condominiums on Shorehill Drive.
"The Royalwood Square condominiums sold out quicker than any development we have done with A&S Homes. We expect the same response for Royalwood Estates. More than 10 % of the units have already been sold", says Chris Dudeck, a realtor with Coldwell Banker National Preferred.
"Families are drawn to the beauty of Royalwood and want to be part of a great community," Dudeck adds.
For more information about Royalwood Estates, contact Dudeck at 204-985-4300, or visit www.royalwoodestates.ca.
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Summertime in Royalwood is made all the more enjoyable by the many residents who pick up debris in the Bois-des-Esprits, on walking trails, along boulevards, and near ponds.
Readers have shared that these efforts help make our neighbourhood a great place to live, work, and play.
A big thank-you goes out to everyone involved. Hope you are having a great summer.
Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood. You can contact her at email@example.com.