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More fun than a barrel of monkeys

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The Happy Monkey Club (HMC) is inviting the public to join them in taking a walk at FortWhyte Alive (1961 McCreary Rd.) on Oct. 17 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Those interested will meet in the Whyte Ridge Community Centre parking lot off of Cloverwood Rd. behind the community centre.

According to the HMC website, "Happy Monkey Club is a community of like-minded women who share the common goal of leading a positive, happy and balanced life while giving back to their community."

Carol Ploen-Hosegood created the club a few years ago, but the idea for a social women’s club planted itself in her mind when she met up with some friends from university at a reunion.

"We’re coming from different walks of life and from similar stages of life, and we have such a good time together as a group. So why do we wait every five years to do this?"

Thus, the HMC was born. Ploen-Hosegood said the HMC aspires to engage in activities that incorporate their five pillars: be positive, eat healthy, live active, have fun, and give back.

"We do events that reflect some or all of those pillars, and we invite women to join us," Ploen-Hosegood said.

Charleswood resident Rosalie Magne discovered HMC while browsing a women’s group’s website.

Magne enjoys the diverse range of activities the HMC offers, from leisure to education.

"There’s some events that are just for fun, like our outings, and a lot of seminars for healthy eating and habits," Magne explained.

Ploen-Hosegood explained that she created the club because she recognized a need for women to take some time for themselves, away from their usual roles as mothers, wives, and general caretakers.

"As we get a little bit older and as kids get older, you start to think, ‘Wow, what am I doing for myself? I’ve been raising kids, I’ve been working full-time, and I kind of forgot how to have fun,’" she said. "Our long-term goal is to have little HMC communities all over the place where people are getting together and taking in some of these activities."

"It’s an opportunity to meet other people in Winnipeg, opening up your mind to what people are doing and also enriching my own personal life," Magne said about her experience so far.

For more information about the HMC, visit happymonkeyclub.com

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