There is a gem hidden in north Winnipeg which very few people know about. It’s a fairly new phenomenon, only a year old. It came here from Toronto, but now it is spreading all over North America like wildfire.
I’m talking about MoMondays.
Motivational Monday, or MoMonday for short, is an event at which people get together to hear motivational speeches by interesting people with a story to tell. While some of the speakers are professionals, many are not — in fact, I was privileged to speak at the latest MoMonday, on Jan. 6. I had an incredibly good time because you meet the nicest people at MoMondays, and you will never find a kinder, more receptive, more engaged group of listeners than a MoMondays audience.
In our uniquely Winnipeg format, as developed by host Stephanie Staples of Your Life, Unlimited, the evening starts with half-an-hour of music by a local musician. Then we hear four or five 10-minute speeches. I was privileged to share the stage with Tim Hague Sr., winner of the Canadian edition of The Amazing Race; with Ingrid Reid, who told of losing over 100 pounds; and with Theo Heineman, who dropped everything to spend a year as a volunteer on the Mercy Ships.
Our musician was Dan Deurbrouck, who was such a pleasure to listen to, and I even got to go up and harmonize with him as we all sang A Horse with No Name.
Yes, we were all dripping with ’70s nostalgia! His rendition of Streets of London had me in tears, but then he cheered us all up with a rousing round of The Cat Came Back.
The venue for MoMondays Winnipeg is Sam’s Place, at 159 Henderson Hwy. It’s a combination bookstore, restaurant and drop-in centre, and it seats about 80 people — so MoMondays are always, always sold out. The next event is scheduled for Feb. 17, and tickets are available at momondays.com/winnipeg/
You won’t be sorry!
Hadass Eviatar is a community correspondent for West Kildonan. Check out her blog at: http://hadasseviatar.com/blog/