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Hi, West End! I’m your new correspondent

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I look forward to meeting you.

My name is Christina Hiebert and I’m a brand new resident of the West End. I am also going to be a West End community correspondent for the Metro.

I began writing for the Canstar Community papers in 2012 as the Riverbend and Rivergrove community correspondent for The Times.

My family recently moved to the Minto area and I am excited to continue in my role. There are a number of things about this older, well-established neighbourhood that appeal to me. The charming post-war homes are full of character and the large mature trees that create archways over the side streets are beautiful.

I have heard glowing descriptions of a strong sense of community from people I know from the area. I have been here less than two months and I’ve already caught a glimpse of this. I am looking forward to the warmer months, when I can sit on my front steps, which apparently many do, and chat with people walking by.

I have a little bit of history with my new neighbourhood. When I was 12 years old, I joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Cadet Corps, which parades at Minto Armouries. I completed one year then transferred to sea cadets for the remainder of my youth so that I could learn to sail. My one year at Minto Armouries holds memories and experiences that have helped shape who I am today. I will definitely be stepping back into the armouries to bring you stories.

I am amazed by the programs that are offered at community centres in the area. The schools appear to work together with the centres to create an enriching environment for children and youth. I am very impressed, to say the least. I am sure there will be many stories to come out of community centres and schools.

The news that I write is positive, uplifting, and grassroots. It is about us and our community. I want to talk to school and community groups who are passionate about what they do. I want to meet young people who are changing the world, whether through local or a global initiatives. I want to tell the story of someone who has overcome adversity.

Do you know a local sports star or someone who excels at dance and dreams big?

Every story is important and nothing is too small. I look forward to meeting you!

Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for Riverbend and Rivergrove. You can contact her at christina.hiebert@gmail.com

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