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Giving thanks for living in Canada

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Most people in Canada celebrate Thanksgiving once a year.

For young Royalwood residents Quoc and Kim Le, who are brother and sister, every week is their opportunity to be thankful and to give to their community through their volunteer work at Siloam Mission — a Christian humanitarian agency offering programs and services at no charge to those experiencing homelessness.

 Kim arrived in Canada from Vietnam in 2004, and started volunteering at Siloam Mission in high school. The experience was so rewarding for her, that she continued through university, and now volunteers for a minimum of one four-hour shift per week. Kim’s brother Quoc, a high school student, joined her as a Siloam volunteer when he came to Canada last November.

 "We are lucky to be living in Canada; we have been given a great blessing; and our way of being thankful is to give back to our community and encourage others to do the same", say the Le siblings.

 At Siloam Mission, the Les assist with preparing and serving meals for more than 300 people, and also sort donated clothing. The Les will be volunteering at Siloam Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner and upcoming 25th anniversary celebration on Nov. 20.

 "We were taught by our parents in Vietnam to have compassion, and we believe that we are all connected by community. We must be part of our community, and one way to do that is to alleviate the hardship faced by people in need", says Kim.

 To become a volunteer with Siloam Mission, and for more information about the 25th Anniversary Gala, call 204-956-4344, or visit

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  Denis DePape, volunteer vice president, invites all Royalwood residents to attend Save Our Seine’s annual general meeting on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at theMorrow Gospel Church, located on St. Anne’s Road at the foot of the Shorehill Bridge.

 At the event, Royalwood residents will learn more about what Save Our Seine has been doing to protect, preserve, enhance and contribute to enjoyment of the Seine River Greenway.

 "Water levels on the urban Seine River have been very low since mid July", says DePape, "the duration and lowness of the levels is unprecedented. Save Our Seine is also very concerned about this situation and its impacts on the Seine River ecosystem".

 As a result, low water levels on the Seine will be a featured topic at the AGM.  Royalwood resident Marc St. Laurent and DePape will make a presentation and lead discussion on what contributes to Seine River water levels, the impact of the low levels and the challenges of avoiding such situations in future years.

 There is no cost to attend the AGM. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, visit

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 In June, Royalwood residents received information regarding the Shorehill Drive Park Enhancements at Shorehill and Eastoak Drive from Coun. Dan Vandal (St. Boniface).

 According to the City, plans are to tender the development work for this site shortly. On-site work is slated to start this fall with the goal of completing the project in the summer of 2013.

The exact trail route through the park is to be determined on site with the City Naturalist.

 The modifications made to the plan subsequent to the open house meeting in April 2012 remain in place, and no further meetings are scheduled. Royalwood residents can contact Vandal’s office for updated information by calling 204.986.5206 or by e-mail at

Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood.

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