Red River Community Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary during the last weekend of August.
I had the pleasure of attending with my wife Ellen. We spoke with many people at the event about the amazing impact this community centre along north Main Street has had on the Kildonan constituency.
RRCC began as a movement of parents to create a place for children and families in the area to meet, gather and play. This group of community volunteers dedicated nights and weekends to raise funds and to oversee the construction and operation of the facility.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Scott Brooks, who works in maintenance at the centre, and who with his wife Lisa has spent many years working on various projects at the community centre. The facility offers a variety of sports programs and encourages children to be engaged in sport throughout their lives.
Scott and I spoke about his plans for the future of the community centre. Red River recently purchased a tractor for use in the maintenance of its three outdoor rinks and is making plans to build a larger garage for storage and maintenance of its outdoor equipment. It’s also upgrading the outdoor lighting around the complex to allow community groups to continue to use the outdoor areas longer into the evenings.
One important fact he reminded me of is that without continued funding from various levels of government and fundraising from the community, including from businesses and private individuals, all these important improvements would not have been possible.
I am dedicated to continuing to work with Red River Community Centre and to support its management, staff and volunteers in their efforts to build a strong community. I look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries for this facility in the Kildonan constituency in the coming years.