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Volunteers make club programs possible

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Our community has three community centres that are run together as the combined Valour Community Club — Isaac Brock, Clifton and Orioles.

Community centres are essential to community development and strengthen the bonds in neighbourhoods. Opportunities are created at these centres for neighbours to meet one another and they are places where people can gather for recreation, to use social services, and to celebrate occasions.

While attending Family Fun Night at the Isaac Brock site of Valour C.C., I talked with board members Liz Jackimec and Jolene Schnerch about volunteering as well as upcoming events.

Community centres rely on dedicated volunteer board members and program volunteers. These people work diligently to support community-led activities and are always brainstorming on their next project.

There is a core group of volunteers involved in different aspects of Valour C.C., however, Liz and Jolene both stressed the need for additional volunteers. I would like to help with their request and put a call out for volunteers.

Valour C.C. needs volunteers for Family Fun Nights, which run on the last Friday of every month. These nights are completely organized and run by parents and help is needed with the planning and supervision of activities. Activities include arts and crafts, and time in the gym to burn off energy before bedtime.

Volunteers are also needed for the annual Spring Carnival taking place on June 4. Help will be needed to run the games and canteen. A silent auction, with proceeds going to the club, is part of the carnival and items are requested for individual prizes and baskets.

The annual general meeting of Valour C.C. will take place at 1 p.m., June 7 at the Isaac Brock site located at 715 Telfer St. N. The public is welcome to attend and this meeting will provide a great opportunity to learn more about the three centres and how you can become more involved.

It has been said that neighbours who know each other take pride in looking out for the safety of people and properties in the neighbourhood. One of the first couple of things I noticed when I moved to this area is how friendly people are and the large assortment of activities at Valour C.C.

Please call 204-775-3869 for information on volunteering and 204-783-7340 for information on the annual general meeting.

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Registration for mini soccer for ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 8 is still open. You may register in person at the Isaac Brock location, 715 Telfer St. N.

Christina Hiebert is a community correspondent for the West End. You can contact her at christina.hiebert@gmail.com

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