Cindy Murdoch

Cindy Murdoch

Transcona community correspondent

Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

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Remembering a Canadian hero

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Remembering a Canadian hero

Cindy Murdoch 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

Terrance Stanley Fox, better known as Terry Fox, was born in Winnipeg on July 28, 1958. He lived in Transcona as a young child, and his family moved to British Columbia when he was eight years old.

At the age of 18, Terry, who had been an enthusiastic athlete in high school, was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer that resulted in his right leg being amputated above the knee.

Touched by the struggles of the young cancer patients he met in hospital, Terry wanted to do something to help bring attention to, and raise money for, cancer research.

Terry set out to run across Canada, and on April 12, 1980 he marked the beginning of his journey by dipping his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean in St. John’s, N.L. He named his journey the Marathon of Hope.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg and spent the first eight years of his life growing up in Transcona.

The mystery of déjà vu

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The mystery of déjà vu

Cindy Murdoch 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

Have you ever had the uncanny sensation that you have already experienced what is currently happening? Identified as an experience of déjà vu, the feeling that a certain situation has happened before is said to be quite common and experienced by as many as two-thirds of all individuals.

Déjà vu can be defined as the illusion of remembering scenes and events, when experienced for the very first time. Déjà vu is a French phrase that translates to “already seen.”

Déjà vu occurs without warning and is a brief experience, lasting only a matter of seconds. Having experienced the phenomena a number of times myself, the strange feeling always stops me in my tracks and leaves me wondering how this could be happening.

Although the actual cause of déjà vu cannot be confirmed, there are said to be many different theories as to the origin of this experience.

Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

Have you ever had the uncanny sensation that you have already experienced what is currently happening? Identified as an experience of déjà vu, the feeling that a certain situation has happened before is said to be quite common and experienced by as many as two-thirds of all individuals.

Déjà vu can be defined as the illusion of remembering scenes and events, when experienced for the very first time. Déjà vu is a French phrase that translates to “already seen.”

Déjà vu occurs without warning and is a brief experience, lasting only a matter of seconds. Having experienced the phenomena a number of times myself, the strange feeling always stops me in my tracks and leaves me wondering how this could be happening.

Although the actual cause of déjà vu cannot be confirmed, there are said to be many different theories as to the origin of this experience.

May is Pet Cancer Awareness month

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May is Pet Cancer Awareness month

Cindy Murdoch 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 18, 2022

Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation is the first and only registered charity in Canada dedicated to helping guardians and their families who are dealing with pet cancer.

The foundation was launched in memory of Kali, a seven-year-old golden retriever who was diagnosed with a blood-borne cancer in 2003. Kali’s family was devastated by the news and struggled to find information about her type of cancer as well as the care and treatment options that were available.

The stress of having an ill pet can be overwhelming. Given their own experience, Kali’s family created Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation to help educate and support other pet owners dealing with the same situation.

The vision of Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation is that no one faces pet cancer alone and its mission is to provide the resources and emotional supports needed to navigate pet cancer.

Wednesday, May. 18, 2022

Kati, pictured above, recently passed away from cancer. May is Pet Cancer Awareness month.

The origin of April Fool’s Day

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The origin of April Fool’s Day

Cindy Murdoch 3 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022

April Fool’s Day has been celebrated for centuries in different cultures all around the world. Taking place April 1, April Fool’s Day is usually marked by individuals playing practical jokes on others and then shouting “April fool” to reveal the prank.

In anticipation of being duped, come people emain on high alert throughout the day, while others look forward to successfully executing the best pranka. In addition to jokes played on us by family and friends, radio and television stations, as well as newspapers, have also been known to participate in well-planned and elaborate April Fool’s Day hoaxes.

One of the earliest references to playing practical jokes on April 1, dates back to 1561 when a Flemish writer by the name of Eduard de Dene published a poem about a man who sent his servant on absurd errands all day long, supposedly to help prepare for a wedding feast.

Although the exact origin of April Fool’s Day remains a mystery, there are a number of interesting speculations that date back hundreds of years.

Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022

Opinion can be divided on April Fool’s Day. Some view it as lighthearted, harmless fun but others can take it too far.

Daydreaming can be good for mental health

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Daydreaming can be good for mental health

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022

 

Daydreams are a series of pleasant thoughts about something you would prefer to be doing at the time or something you would like to do in the future. Daydreaming allows your mind time to drift away to something pleasurable and can be described as a fantasy a person has while awake.What I find myself daydreaming about most is travel. Although I would love to escape the cold this winter we are still not feeling comfortable booking a trip, given the current COVID-19 pandemic. A few of our friends have recently gone on vacation, however, so for the time being we are living vicariously through photos they have sent us and sharing memories of our previous travels.Like many others, I was quite upset about not being able to take a winter vacation last year, given the travel restrictions that were in place. I also lost my desire to plan any future vacations, given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus. However, as time has passed, I have missed travelling so much that I have caught myself frequently daydreaming about sandy beaches and European architecture. At one point, I began to wonder if daydreaming about travel was only going to make me miss it even more and perhaps affect my emotional well-being.Researching the topic, I was happy to learn that daydreaming has benefits and is actually considered good for a person’s overall mental health. Daydreaming is said to be similar to a state of low-level hypnosis and can lessen an individual’s level of stress and anxiety. Daydreaming can increase creativity as your thoughts travel through different parts of your brain, collecting pieces of information. While your mind wanders, solutions or better ways of doing things will sometimes also become quite clear. In addition, daydreaming can also improve a persons working memory, which is your mind’s ability to store and recall information.                                                                                                        Although daydreaming can distract people from what is going on around them, it is OK to allow your mind some time to wander so that it can come back to focus with renewed strength and energy.Thinking for pleasure can also lead to increased happiness. Hope and the anticipation of a positive outcome affect happiness, and are both a consequence of daydreaming.                                                          Finally, if your daydreams focus on planning or the steps involved in achieving a goal, studies have shown they can actually help individuals to better prepare for the future. Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca 

Daydreams are a series of pleasant thoughts about something you would prefer to be doing at the time or something you would like to do in the future. Daydreaming allows your mind time to drift away to something pleasurable and can be described as a fantasy a person has while awake.

What I find myself daydreaming about most is travel. Although I would love to escape the cold this winter we are still not feeling comfortable booking a trip, given the current COVID-19 pandemic. A few of our friends have recently gone on vacation, however, so for the time being we are living vicariously through photos they have sent us and sharing memories of our previous travels.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022

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A little daydreaming can actually help your mind focus when you return to tasks at hand.

Paleo Platery offers healthy food choices

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Paleo Platery offers healthy food choices

Cindy Murdoch 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022

Transcona residents Pamela and Conrad Doerksen recently celebrated a successful first year as new business owners. Pamela, an educator by profession, made the decision last year to trade in the classroom for the kitchen. In December, 2020, Pamela and Conrad opened Paleo Platery after realizing a need for food products tailored to individuals with food allergies and food sensitivities.  In 2017 Pamela was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Uneasy about all of the possible side effects of recommended medications, Pamela started a search for alternatives.  The answer came in the form of a change in diet, which became the starting point for the creation of Paleo Platery.A paleo diet consists of whole foods similar to what our early ancestors used to eat. Food products offered at Paleo Platery are free of gluten, grains, dairy, seed oils, soy and corn. The menu items also do not contain refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, eggs, legumes or nuts. All products are prepared in a commercial kitchen in order to avoid cross -contamination.Paleo Platery offers a variety of foods, including Individual meals, breakfast items and desserts. All products are sold frozen and are ready to heat and serve.Although there are other food items on the market catering to people on restricted diets, Pamela said that no other products eliminate all of the ingredients that Paleo Platery does. Pamela has spent a significant amount of time researching ingredients that can be used as substitutes in order to make food that tastes comparable to what people are used to eating. For example, zucchini noodles replace lasagne noodles and sweet potatoes become the base for enchilada tortillas. Pamela has found that a combination of local and imported ingredients work best.Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.caTranscona residents Pamela and Conrad Doerksen recently celebrated a successful first year as new business owners. Pamela, an educator by profession, made the decision last year to trade in the classroom for the kitchen. 

In December, 2020, Pamela and Conrad opened Paleo Platery after realizing a need for food products tailored to individuals with food allergies and food sensitivities.  

In 2017 Pamela was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Uneasy about all of the possible side effects of recommended medications, Pamela started a search for alternatives.  The answer came in the form of a change in diet, which became the starting point for the creation of Paleo Platery.

A paleo diet consists of whole foods similar to what our early ancestors used to eat. Food products offered at Paleo Platery are free of gluten, grains, dairy, seed oils, soy and corn. The menu items also do not contain refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, eggs, legumes or nuts. All products are prepared in a commercial kitchen in order to avoid cross -contamination.

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022

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Pamela and Conrad Doerksen are the owners of Paleo Platery, which offers food made for those on restricted diets.

God winks in mysterious ways

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God winks in mysterious ways

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

Have you ever had something happen in your life that seemed to be a coincidence, but was beyond belief? I have, but until recently, never knew that there was a term used to describe such an experience. A “godwink” can be defined as an event or personal experience, often identified as a coincidence so astonishing that it is seen as a sign of divine intervention, especially when perceived as an answer to a wish or a prayer. I was first introduced to the term when watching a Hallmark Christmas movie on television. Squire Rushnell, an American author, inspirational speaker and television producer is credited with coining the term over 20 years ago. Rushnell believed that when God ‘winks’ at you he is changing your life for the better by sending signs of hope and encouragement. Those who don’t believe in God can replace the reference to reflect their own personal beliefs. Godwink moments can present themselves in the form of small messages or major events, at any time in a person’s life. A number of years ago, my partner and I were out in Transcona when we came upon a house for sale. We looked at the home and thought it would be perfect for us. Unfortunately, we did not act quickly enough and it sold. A year or so later, I picked up the Real Estate News on a whim and was shocked to see the same home back on the market. We immediately made an offer and the house became ours. When I was a young woman, a friend of mine was given the gift of a St. Christopher’s medallion by her boyfriend, Fred. Fred believed the medallion would keep Dana safe. Dana and Fred subsequently married and Dana never took off the medallion. Unfortunately, after more than 30 years, the necklace was lost and that same week Fred received a terminal health diagnosis. Dana searched everywhere, and requested the help of others to find her necklace. It was never found and thought to be lost forever. The week prior to Fred’s death, he purchased Dana another St. Christopher’s medallion. Two years passed before Dana made the difficult decision to sell her family home. Before leaving for the last time, she did one final sweep of the basement floor and noticed something glistening in the pan full of dust and debris, reach in and pulled out her long-lost necklace, which she took as a sign of reassurance that it was OK to move on.  Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

Have you ever had something happen in your life that seemed to be a coincidence, but was beyond belief?

 I have, but until recently, never knew that there was a term used to describe such an experience. A “godwink” can be defined as an event or personal experience, often identified as a coincidence so astonishing that it is seen as a sign of divine intervention, especially when perceived as an answer to a wish or a prayer. 

I was first introduced to the term when watching a Hallmark Christmas movie on television. Squire Rushnell, an American author, inspirational speaker and television producer is credited with coining the term over 20 years ago. Rushnell believed that when God ‘winks’ at you he is changing your life for the better by sending signs of hope and encouragement. Those who don’t believe in God can replace the reference to reflect their own personal beliefs. Godwink moments can present themselves in the form of small messages or major events, at any time in a person’s life. 

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

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Hallmark’s Godwink Christmas movies prompted correspondent Cindy Murdoch to ponder the notion of ‘godwinks’.

Habitat to build its largest development yet

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Habitat to build its largest development yet

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization that is planning to build the largest housing development in the charity’s history in Transcona.  With the use of volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity works with people from all walks of life to build safe, decent and affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families. The homes can be purchased with no money down and will have an interest-free mortgage.On Oct. 29, Habitat for Humanity broke ground in the 900 block of Pandora Avenue West in a ceremony celebrating its plan to build 55 new townhomes. The development will consist of 11 buildings with five townhomes in each and is expected to take three years to complete. The previous landowners sold the property to Habitat as they felt it would be better utilized for a community of families than commercial buildings.Michelle Pereira, Habitat for Humanity’s vice-president of marketing, communications and philanthropy reported that the Habitat townhomes will have zero greenhouse gas emissions and will be highly energy efficient. The homes will be powered by Manitoba-made renewable energy and will not use oil or gas.  Habitat for Humanity partners with families who do not qualify for traditional mortgages and are ready for the responsibility of home ownership. Family selection is based on three principles: need, ability to pay and willingness to partner with Habitat.There are a number of eligibility criteria that must be met by families interested in owning a home. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and their present housing must either be too expensive, too small, substandard or unsafe.  Families must also contribute “sweat equity” of 500 hours by either assisting with home building or by helping in one of their ReStores. Preference is given to families with young children.Families can review all of the eligibility criteria on the Habitat for Humanity website and can sign up to receive email updates about upcoming intake sessions for the home ownership program.  Those who wish to help support Habitat for Humanity may do so in a number of different ways. Donations of new and gently used home furnishings, appliances and renovation materials can be made at any of the ReStores and curb side pickup is available. All donations to the ReStore qualify for tax receipts based on the estimated resale value in the store. Financial donations can be made via the Habitat website.  Individuals can also volunteer their time working in one of the ReStores or on a build site. Applications for volunteer builders will start again next spring.For further information on Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitat.mb.caCindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit housing organization that is planning to build the largest housing development in the charity’s history in Transcona.  

With the use of volunteers and community partners, Habitat for Humanity works with people from all walks of life to build safe, decent and affordable housing for purchase by low-income working families. The homes can be purchased with no money down and will have an interest-free mortgage.

On Oct. 29, Habitat for Humanity broke ground in the 900 block of Pandora Avenue West in a ceremony celebrating its plan to build 55 new townhomes. The development will consist of 11 buildings with five townhomes in each and is expected to take three years to complete. 

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

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Habitat for Humanity broke ground Oct. 29 on a project that will build 55 townhomes on Pandora Avenue West.

What’s behind black cat superstitions?

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What’s behind black cat superstitions?

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021

In addition to a pillow case full of candy, my childhood memories of Halloween include all things scary, creepy and spooky.It was only as an adult that I began to wonder about the association between black cats and Halloween and why black cats were also said to bring about bad luck. With Halloween fast approaching and images of ghosts, witches and black cats all around us, I decided to seek out the answers.It was said that the superstitions originated in Europe and date back thousands of years. In support of this claim, I came upon a story dating back to the Middle Ages that offered an explanation. On a moonless night, a father and son were walking in the woods when a black cat crossed their path. They pelted the cat with rocks until the animal fled into the home of a woman, who was accused of being a witch.  The next day, the father and son saw the woman and said she was limping and appeared bruised. Their assumption was that the witch had been able to turn herself into a black cat at night in order to prowl the streets incognito, wreaking havoc and avoiding detection.This belief is said to have spread and, to this day, black cats continue to be associated with witches and are a symbol of Halloween, a holiday that revolves around things dark and mystical. Being a cat lover myself, I was pleased to read that not all cultures believe in such superstitions and actually view black cats in a positive light. In Scotland, if a strange black cat crosses your path, it is believed to bring prosperity, while in Japan, black cats are said to bring good luck. In Ancient Egypt, black cats were divine beings, treasuring and openly worshipped.A black cat was once seen as an ideal wedding gift in parts of the United Kingdom, as they were believed to bring good luck and happiness to the bride. According to folklore, anyone who owns a black cat in Asia or the U.K is expected to be lucky in life, while in France, something magical was about to happen for anyone who encountered a black cat.Logically speaking and all superstitions aside, there can be no inherent evil associated with the colour of a cat’s fur and it is unfortunate that black cats have been given a bad rap!Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

In addition to a pillow case full of candy, my childhood memories of Halloween include all things scary, creepy and spooky.

It was only as an adult that I began to wonder about the association between black cats and Halloween and why black cats were also said to bring about bad luck. With Halloween fast approaching and images of ghosts, witches and black cats all around us, I decided to seek out the answers.

It was said that the superstitions originated in Europe and date back thousands of years. In support of this claim, I came upon a story dating back to the Middle Ages that offered an explanation. 

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021

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Sonia Babyak’s black cat, Lucy, is a treasured member of her family but they don’t mind having fun with Halloween superstitions, either.

What are we celebrating today?

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What are we celebrating today?

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Saturday, Sep. 25, 2021

I was shopping at a local second-hand shop one day last month when I overheard the manager telling a customer that Aug. 17 was National Thrift Store Day.  I came to wonder about the existence of other national days, as a few months prior I had heard an advertisement on the radio for National Hamburger Day. While researching such days I found out about the national day calendar.   Although national days dedicated to a variety of things, causes and initiatives have existed for decades, the national day calendar was created in 2013 by Mario Anderson, an American, as a way for the world to celebrate each and every day.The national calendar is a source for the listing of unusual or fun days to be enjoyed by all. It does not include actual national holidays and is not run by a federal agency.Anderson created the calendar while looking for information on National Popcorn Day and was unable to find any. The calendar currently tracks just under 1,500 national days, national weeks and national months, with each day having multiple holidays. For a day to be placed on its registry of national days, there must be unanimous agreement from the committee Anderson formed to determine whether a day was a truly ‘national day’.  In looking at the calendar, some of the days may seem rather ridiculous or trivial while others were quite meaningful. Earlier this month, for example, was Kids Take over The Kitchen Day and Talk Like A Pirate Day. Up and coming days include National Elephant Appreciation Day, National Ghost Hunters Day and Day of Forgiveness.   I have to say that the uniqueness of the Calendar piqued my interest. The more I read, the more I wanted to know about other days.
Even though the designations can be celebrated by all, they are most often used by organizations and small businesses as an opportunity to promote their services or products.  Although it was possible for individuals to submit an application for something they wish to commemorate, the committee is only accepting applications currently from businesses or organizations, due to a back log in requests. Anyone considering some ideas for future national days should keep in mind that the registry does not honour individuals, birthdays or anniversaries.  With the power of social media, national days are becoming a popular topic of conversation, resulting in the national day calendar having a growing number of followers. Take a moment to check out the calendar and turn an ordinary day into something special and fun for you and your family.For more information please see nationaldaycalendar.comCindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

I was shopping at a local second-hand shop one day last month when I overheard the manager telling a customer that Aug. 17 was National Thrift Store Day.  

I came to wonder about the existence of other national days, as a few months prior I had heard an advertisement on the radio for National Hamburger Day. While researching such days I found out about the national day calendar.   

Although national days dedicated to a variety of things, causes and initiatives have existed for decades, the national day calendar was created in 2013 by Mario Anderson, an American, as a way for the world to celebrate each and every day.

Saturday, Sep. 25, 2021

I was shopping at a local second-hand shop one day last month when I overheard the manager telling a customer that Aug. 17 was National Thrift Store Day.  I came to wonder about the existence of other national days, as a few months prior I had heard an advertisement on the radio for National Hamburger Day. While researching such days I found out about the national day calendar.   Although national days dedicated to a variety of things, causes and initiatives have existed for decades, the national day calendar was created in 2013 by Mario Anderson, an American, as a way for the world to celebrate each and every day.The national calendar is a source for the listing of unusual or fun days to be enjoyed by all. It does not include actual national holidays and is not run by a federal agency.Anderson created the calendar while looking for information on National Popcorn Day and was unable to find any. The calendar currently tracks just under 1,500 national days, national weeks and national months, with each day having multiple holidays. For a day to be placed on its registry of national days, there must be unanimous agreement from the committee Anderson formed to determine whether a day was a truly ‘national day’.  In looking at the calendar, some of the days may seem rather ridiculous or trivial while others were quite meaningful. Earlier this month, for example, was Kids Take over The Kitchen Day and Talk Like A Pirate Day. Up and coming days include National Elephant Appreciation Day, National Ghost Hunters Day and Day of Forgiveness.   I have to say that the uniqueness of the Calendar piqued my interest. The more I read, the more I wanted to know about other days.
Even though the designations can be celebrated by all, they are most often used by organizations and small businesses as an opportunity to promote their services or products.  Although it was possible for individuals to submit an application for something they wish to commemorate, the committee is only accepting applications currently from businesses or organizations, due to a back log in requests. Anyone considering some ideas for future national days should keep in mind that the registry does not honour individuals, birthdays or anniversaries.  With the power of social media, national days are becoming a popular topic of conversation, resulting in the national day calendar having a growing number of followers. Take a moment to check out the calendar and turn an ordinary day into something special and fun for you and your family.For more information please see nationaldaycalendar.comCindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

I was shopping at a local second-hand shop one day last month when I overheard the manager telling a customer that Aug. 17 was National Thrift Store Day.  

I came to wonder about the existence of other national days, as a few months prior I had heard an advertisement on the radio for National Hamburger Day. While researching such days I found out about the national day calendar.   

Although national days dedicated to a variety of things, causes and initiatives have existed for decades, the national day calendar was created in 2013 by Mario Anderson, an American, as a way for the world to celebrate each and every day.

Help support the Animal Food Bank

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Help support the Animal Food Bank

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2021

During times of financial stress, it can become difficult for some to adequately provide for their beloved family pets.  The Animal Food Bank is a registered non-profit organization that aims to help low-income families in order to prevent their animals from having to go into a shelter or pet rescue.  Nicole Wilks, founder of the Animal Food Bank Foundation, was born and raised in Transcona. She started the foundation in 2019 while living in Kelowna and launched the program in Winnipeg in February 2020.According to Nicole, the Animal Food Bank supplies food to over 300 cats and 100 dogs per month. Requests for support are usually filled in the order they are received, with over 3,000 pounds of food given to pets each month.The Animal Food Bank is currently in desperate need of food, especially for cats. Treats and pet supplies such as leashes, beds and toys are also welcome.  The Pet Valu store located at 1750 Plessis Rd. is the only drop-off location for the Animal Food Bank in Transcona. Lorraine, the store owner, says she is proud to be able to support the program and assist pets in need.On March 31, the Animal Food Bank launched the AFB Pet Club, offering a monthly membership for fee of $4.99. All revenue generated from the membership fees goes directly to the operation of the foundation. For the price of the membership, AFB Pet Club provides its members with access to exclusive deals, coupons and products.In addition to becoming a Pet Club member or donating directly on the website, there are a number of other ways in which to support the Animal Food Bank. Those wanting to help can either stop by Pet Valu or call the store and purchase a gift card for the food bank to use. People can also purchase food and leave it in the donation bin at the store. Any new or partially used bag that you may have at home can also be dropped off directly at the store.The Animal Food Bank primarily provides support to cats and dogs, but it also assists other pets, such as turtles, bunnies, hamsters and fish.Nicole also wanted to share that the foundation offers more to families than simply assisting them with food. The Animal Food Bank also provides pet owners with access to help with interview skills, resume writing, pet nutrition and animal first aid, as the goal of the program is to one day eliminate the need for such a food bank. For more information on the Animal Food Bank please refer to animalfoodbank.org.  Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

During times of financial stress, it can become difficult for some to adequately provide for their beloved family pets.  

The Animal Food Bank is a registered non-profit organization that aims to help low-income families in order to prevent their animals from having to go into a shelter or pet rescue.  

Nicole Wilks, founder of the Animal Food Bank Foundation, was born and raised in Transcona. She started the foundation in 2019 while living in Kelowna and launched the program in Winnipeg in February 2020.

Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2021

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Pet Valu on Plessis Road is the only drop-off location for the Animal Food Bank in Transcona.

Preparing for retirement

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Preparing for retirement

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 30, 2021

Every August I usually take a few weeks of vacation from work. This summer, however, things will be different. For the first time since I was a teenager, I will have the entire summer off. I retired three weeks ago after having worked full time as a social worker for the past 34 years. I chose my retirement date four-and-a-half years ago, and at that point, a countdown of days began. What I looked forward to the most, in anticipation of my retirement, was having more time to do things I enjoy and that are important to me. I have never second-guessed my decision.  It is still somewhat surreal that I am actually retired, as the years have gone by so fast. I began my career at a young age and now here I am, joining the club of fellow retirees and starting a new chapter in my life.Of the co-workers who retired before me, a few expressed being worried about not having enough to keep them busy, while others said that they were concerned about their finances. For some, the thought of not having daily interactions with people was causing them some anxiety. ‘Experts’ say that being prepared can take away the stress of retirement and allow you to better enjoy the freedom that not working has to offer.Although many people love the thought of being able to retire, there are a number of things to consider before making such a big decision, and planning ahead is key.  In order to avoid becoming bored, it is important to give some thought to how you plan to spend your days. Many of us have things that we have always wanted to do but could never seem to find the time. With retirement comes the opportunity to do more of the hobbies that you enjoy, try a new activity or engage in some type of volunteer work.Preparing for retirement should include financial planning in order to reduce any financial worries. Putting money aside for your retirement and paying off your debts may not seem important when you are younger, but you will be glad you did when the time comes. Consulting with a financial adviser may also be helpful. Social isolation can be a very real consequence of not working. In order to avoid feelings of loneliness, it is necessary to make an effort to maintain contact with others.  Remaining connected and having things to look forward to are very important for a person’s overall emotional well-being. Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

Every August I usually take a few weeks of vacation from work. This summer, however, things will be different. For the first time since I was a teenager, I will have the entire summer off. I retired three weeks ago after having worked full time as a social worker for the past 34 years. 

I chose my retirement date four-and-a-half years ago, and at that point, a countdown of days began. What I looked forward to the most, in anticipation of my retirement, was having more time to do things I enjoy and that are important to me. I have never second-guessed my decision.  

It is still somewhat surreal that I am actually retired, as the years have gone by so fast. I began my career at a young age and now here I am, joining the club of fellow retirees and starting a new chapter in my life.

Wednesday, Jun. 30, 2021

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Transcona correspondent Cindy Murdoch retired three weeks ago and offers some simple tips for those who may be thinking ahead to this new chapter in life.

Perks of being a pet owner

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Perks of being a pet owner

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2021

After a long day at work, I look forward to coming home to spend time with our cats.  Often greeting me at the door, they welcome me home and instantly bring me joy.  For animal lovers such as myself, it is nice to know that there are many benefits to owning a pet in addition to the enjoyment that they bring us.  Research has identified that pet ownership can have emotional as well as health benefits to individuals and families. Whether your pet has fur, feathers or scales, the advantages of owning a pet can be similar.  Pets provide us with unconditional love and taking care of an animal can give an individual a sense of purpose and self-worth. Having your pet depend on you creates a feeling of being needed and wanted. Several times throughout the day my cats will initiate a cuddle and can be heard meowing, as if they’re attempting to tell me something. I find myself responding as if talking to a young child. Interactions such as these are a testament to the fact that owning a pet can bring pleasure and happiness.   Pets provide their owners with companionship and can actually help reduce depression. For those individuals who live alone, the benefits of sharing your home with a pet can have a significant impact in preventing loneliness.  Playing with a pet is enjoyable as the antics of our animals frequently bring smiles to our face or make us laugh. Playing with animals can also elevate a person’s levels of serotonin and dopamine which can help us relax.  Having a pet can also increase opportunities for socialization. When walking a dog or spending time at a dog park you will be able to meet other pet owners and have the opportunity to engage in conversation. Connecting with other animal lovers while shopping for pet supplies or taking an obedience class is also an option.  Touching or stroking an animal can relax people when they are feeling anxious or stressed and can actually help to lower one’s blood pressure. Even watching fish in an aquarium can reduce muscle tension and lower your pulse rate.  Taking care of a pet as well as playing with them also results in increased movement, while taking a dog for a walk provides us with exercise, too. As we all know, the health benefits of being physically active are numerous.Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

After a long day at work, I look forward to coming home to spend time with our cats.  Often greeting me at the door, they welcome me home and instantly bring me joy.  

For animal lovers such as myself, it is nice to know that there are many benefits to owning a pet in addition to the enjoyment that they bring us.  

Research has identified that pet ownership can have emotional as well as health benefits to individuals and families. Whether your pet has fur, feathers or scales, the advantages of owning a pet can be similar.  

Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2021

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Correspondent Cindy Murdoch loves spending time with her cats.

The joy of planning your next vacation

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The joy of planning your next vacation

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Monday, May. 3, 2021

I could never have imagined there being a time where restrictions would be imposed on world-wide travel.     Like many other people, our travel plans for this year had to be cancelled, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not being able to take a winter vacation was very disappointing as escaping the snow is something that I look forward to doing every year.  I do enjoy researching different travel destinations in my spare time but knowing that travel would not possible any time soon, I lost interest in doing so. In talking with family and friends, it became clear that others felt the same way I did.  However, as the months passed, I once again started daydreaming about going on vacation, although I did not know when that would be. With the vaccine roll out underway all around the world, I became hopeful that a winter getaway might again be possible in 2022.Once I began researching vacation hot spots again, I found myself feeling energized and was enjoying the process.  It was shortly thereafter that I stumbled upon an article on the psychology of travel that I not only found very interesting, but which also helped provide a rationale for how I was feeling. The article explained how to gain the benefit of travel even when you cannot actually head out on a road trip or board a plane.    Although it may seem contrary to what one might think, I was pleased to read that now is a great time to start planning your next vacation. The reason for this is that it is not just the trip itself that makes one happy.  Studies show that the anticipation as well as the planning of a vacation, can increase happiness and create a sense of purpose.  Years ago, planning a vacation began with driving to a travel agency to pick up some brochures on places of interest and then going home to read through the information.   The internet has not only made trip planning easier, but it also has made it more fun, making it possible to tune into live nature webcams all around the world. Explore.org brings the experience to life and a smile to your face. Not only can you see images of a beautiful Hawaiian beach - you can actually hear the waves. Although I was looking at a computer screen in my bedroom, it actually felt like I was sitting on a balcony overlooking the ocean, enjoying the view. Simply amazing!Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

I could never have imagined there being a time where restrictions would be imposed on world-wide travel.     

Like many other people, our travel plans for this year had to be cancelled, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not being able to take a winter vacation was very disappointing as escaping the snow is something that I look forward to doing every year.  

I do enjoy researching different travel destinations in my spare time but knowing that travel would not possible any time soon, I lost interest in doing so. In talking with family and friends, it became clear that others felt the same way I did.  

Monday, May. 3, 2021

I could never have imagined there being a time where restrictions would be imposed on world-wide travel.     Like many other people, our travel plans for this year had to be cancelled, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not being able to take a winter vacation was very disappointing as escaping the snow is something that I look forward to doing every year.  I do enjoy researching different travel destinations in my spare time but knowing that travel would not possible any time soon, I lost interest in doing so. In talking with family and friends, it became clear that others felt the same way I did.  However, as the months passed, I once again started daydreaming about going on vacation, although I did not know when that would be. With the vaccine roll out underway all around the world, I became hopeful that a winter getaway might again be possible in 2022.Once I began researching vacation hot spots again, I found myself feeling energized and was enjoying the process.  It was shortly thereafter that I stumbled upon an article on the psychology of travel that I not only found very interesting, but which also helped provide a rationale for how I was feeling. The article explained how to gain the benefit of travel even when you cannot actually head out on a road trip or board a plane.    Although it may seem contrary to what one might think, I was pleased to read that now is a great time to start planning your next vacation. The reason for this is that it is not just the trip itself that makes one happy.  Studies show that the anticipation as well as the planning of a vacation, can increase happiness and create a sense of purpose.  Years ago, planning a vacation began with driving to a travel agency to pick up some brochures on places of interest and then going home to read through the information.   The internet has not only made trip planning easier, but it also has made it more fun, making it possible to tune into live nature webcams all around the world. Explore.org brings the experience to life and a smile to your face. Not only can you see images of a beautiful Hawaiian beach - you can actually hear the waves. Although I was looking at a computer screen in my bedroom, it actually felt like I was sitting on a balcony overlooking the ocean, enjoying the view. Simply amazing!Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

I could never have imagined there being a time where restrictions would be imposed on world-wide travel.     

Like many other people, our travel plans for this year had to be cancelled, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not being able to take a winter vacation was very disappointing as escaping the snow is something that I look forward to doing every year.  

I do enjoy researching different travel destinations in my spare time but knowing that travel would not possible any time soon, I lost interest in doing so. In talking with family and friends, it became clear that others felt the same way I did.  

Omis Hamper and Pantry needs donations

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Omis Hamper and Pantry needs donations

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Friday, Apr. 2, 2021

Omis Hamper and Pantry Inc. is a new, Transcona based business that makes hampers to help low-income families celebrate birthdays and holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Omis is a non-profit organization and a registered charity that began operation in January, 2021.  Founder and director Nicole Thiessen said creating a business to help low-income parents celebrate special occasions had been a dream of hers for over 20 years. The concept was based on Nicole’s personal situation and her desire to help others. She spoke openly about the fact that she used to be a low-income mom and said she knows how difficult it can be to provide for special occasions. “Everyone deserves a celebration,” Nicole said.The mission statement of their organization states that Omis Hamper and Pantry Inc. enables love, kindness and compassion and that every person is equally valued. Nicole has a team of volunteers who review all the referrals they receive to determine eligibility for a hamper, taking into consideration income as well as the number of children in a home.Volunteer co-ordinator Tracy Allen Settee plays a vital role in the business, organizing volunteers and assisting with many other duties. Omis currently has seven volunteers but is looking to increase that number.  Because the hampers it produces are made for a variety of occasions, Omis welcomes goods appropriate for babies and children as well as adults. In addition to food, they are in need of formula, diapers, new toys and clothing. Second-hand items can also be donated as long as they are in excellent condition. To assist families with celebrating birthdays for children, donations of specific items such as cakes mixes, candles and party decorations are needed. Every birthday hamper includes a toothbrush and toothpaste so donations of these items are also required. For Christmas hampers, new and unopened gift items appropriate for children and adults of all ages are also welcome. We must not forget our furry family members at Christmas time, so food and gifts for pets are also appreciated.Omis Hamper and Pantry has storage facilities and is set up to accept donations of perishable as well as frozen goods, with the greatest need being chickens and turkeys.  For large donations, Omis will provide tax receipts for individuals as well as businesses. Should you wish to donate items, refer a family or volunteer your time, Omis Hamper and Pantry Inc. can be contacted by telephone at 431-335-7473 or via e-mail at director@omispantry.orgCindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

Omis Hamper and Pantry Inc. is a new, Transcona based business that makes hampers to help low-income families celebrate birthdays and holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Omis is a non-profit organization and a registered charity that began operation in January, 2021.  

Founder and director Nicole Thiessen said creating a business to help low-income parents celebrate special occasions had been a dream of hers for over 20 years. 

Friday, Apr. 2, 2021

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Omis Hamper and Pantry puts together hampers to help low-income Manitobans celebrate holidays and family birthdays.

Nachelle’s Cakes is the cat’s meow

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Nachelle’s Cakes is the cat’s meow

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Saturday, Mar. 6, 2021

At 4 a.m., when most people are still sleeping, Leslie St-Amant and her husband George are up bakingLeslie and George own and operate Nachelle’s Cakes, a local family business that has been selling baked goods since Oct. 4, 2010.  The couple are residents of Transcona and have a fully licensed shop on their property at 1218 Kildare Ave East.Nachelle’s Cakes offer a variety of baked goods including cupcakes, cookies, cannoli and cream and fruit horns. They also have assorted squares and dainties, chocolate covered Oreos and strawberries.  Everything is baked fresh to order.Excited to share news of their new partnership, Leslie explained that Nachelle’s Cakes supplies all of the baked goods for Annie’s Attic. Located at 1560 Main St, the newly opened Annie’s Attic is a thrift store and cat café. All of the pastries are fresh from the oven and delivered to the store daily.Annie’s Attic is a non-profit organization and a branch of D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre that functions as a cat adoption centre. Funds raised from sales at the thrift store go directly to D’Arcy’s ARC and help with the care of rescued cats and dogs.    Since the store’s opening on Jan. 21, Annie’s Attic has adopted out a number of lovable cats in need of a new home.Annie’s Attic is such a “cool idea” said Leslie. When they were approached to partner with D’Arcy’s ARC, Leslie and George jumped at the idea.  “It is a labour of love, and the fact that we can help the animals is all the more reason for us to be involved,” she said. Nachelle’s Cakes also sponsors the cat café, with a portion of its sales going to support the animals’ care. Leslie and George also sell helium balloons at their store and all the proceeds go to D’Arcy’s ARC.Orders from Nachelle’s Cakes are available for pick up at Annie’s Attic. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. to Sat.If more convenient, local residents can pick up their baked goods in Transcona.  Staff from Annie’s Attic welcomes visitors to stop by to enjoy a tasty treat from Nachelle’s Cakes, check out the second-hand treasures and spend time with the adorable cats.  For more information on Nachelle’s Cakes, visit www.nachellescakes.com. Orders can be made via e-mail or by calling 204-254-5113.  Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

At 4 a.m., when most people are still sleeping, Leslie St-Amant and her husband George are up baking

Leslie and George own and operate Nachelle’s Cakes, a local family business that has been selling baked goods since Oct. 4, 2010.  The couple are residents of Transcona and have a fully licensed shop on their property at 1218 Kildare Ave East.

Nachelle’s Cakes offer a variety of baked goods including cupcakes, cookies, cannoli and cream and fruit horns. They also have assorted squares and dainties, chocolate covered Oreos and strawberries.  

Saturday, Mar. 6, 2021

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Leslie St-Amant and her granddaughter Leah, pictured at Annie’s Attic.

Transcona community help Dal’s

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Transcona community help Dal’s

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has impacted many small businesses and local restaurants. Some have had to close while others are struggling to keep their doors open. With a desire to help, Roger, a Manitoba farmer, reached out to a local radio station for assistance. Residing just outside of Winnipeg, Roger and his wife have always enjoyed coming into the city to dine. This past December, Roger contacted QX104 FM, saying he wanted to donate $5,000 in support of local restaurants to support Winnipeg restaurants. His kind gesture became the impetus for QX’s Help Save Your Favourite Local Restaurant contest.   QX104 morning show hosts Randy Parker and Brody Jackson asked their listeners to decide which establishments should receive the funds. Listeners were asked to submit names of favourite restaurants that they felt could use the support. The five restaurants with the most nominations would then share the donation. The top five restaurants were announced  on Jan. 4 and Transcona’s Dal’s Restaurant & Lounge was one of the winners, earning $1,000.Giorgo Kodalonis and his father Pano, are the owners of Dal’s and have been in business for 25 years. Giorgo said he listens to QX104 and, although he was aware of the contest, he was taken off guard when he started to receive texts from friends and customers saying Dal’s was one of the winners.“It was overwhelming to hear the news that our restaurant had been chosen,” he said, thanking customers for their loyalty.  Roger and his wife personally delivered the donation to Giorgo and his family, along with QX104 staff. Located at 122-701 Regent Ave. W., Dal’s is geared toward families and well-known for its pizza, ribs, fried chicken and Pano’s famous salad dressing. With a rating of four out of five stars on Trip Advisor, Dal’s has been a community favourite for many years.Dal’s is currently open for pickup and delivery from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and is closed on Sundays. It also offers catering services.  Giorgo wanted to say thanks to Roger and his family for their generosity and to share his appreciation for the staff at QX104 FM. He said he’s very fortunate that he and his family can do what they enjoy and wanted to send out an a big thank you to the community of Transcona for its continued support. Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

Over the past several months, COVID-19 has impacted many small businesses and local restaurants. Some have had to close while others are struggling to keep their doors open. With a desire to help, Roger, a Manitoba farmer, reached out to a local radio station for assistance. 

Residing just outside of Winnipeg, Roger and his wife have always enjoyed coming into the city to dine. This past December, Roger contacted QX104 FM, saying he wanted to donate $5,000 in support of local restaurants to support Winnipeg restaurants. His kind gesture became the impetus for QX’s Help Save Your Favourite Local Restaurant contest.   

QX104 morning show hosts Randy Parker and Brody Jackson asked their listeners to decide which establishments should receive the funds. Listeners were asked to submit names of favourite restaurants that they felt could use the support. The five restaurants with the most nominations would then share the donation.

Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

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Dal’s Family Restaurant was one of the top five vote-getters in QX104 FM’s recent Help Save Your Favourite Local Restaurant contest.

New Dynacare Laboratory open in Transcona

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New Dynacare Laboratory open in Transcona

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Friday, Jan. 8, 2021

 

I first heard of plans to open a second Dynacare laboratory in Transcona several months ago. The new, so=called “super site,” would be the fifth location of its type in Winnipeg.  A building was secured and the new Dynacare Laboratory and Health Services Centre at 3-1581 Regent Ave. West, first opened its doors for business on Nov. 6, 2020.  Keeping in mind the importance of convenience for Transcona residents, the proposed site of the new laboratory was given careful consideration. Mark Bernhardt, spokesperson for Dynacare, shared that the new Crossroads location was chosen because it is on a major bus route and was within a few kilometres of the other laboratory in Transcona. The need for additional medical services in Transcona was deemed necessary given the lengthy wait times at the only laboratory in the area, at 701 Regent Ave. W. According to Mark, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated the need. Although this location remains open, the new super site has its benefits.  It offers extended hours and is open six days a week: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. to Fri.; and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. With the safety of everyone in mind, the newly designed and modern super site has plexiglass shields between the seats in the waiting room.In order to increase efficiency, the new laboratory was also designed to accommodate more people at once, helping reduce wait times. In addition to doing lab work including bloodwork, urinalysis and specimen testing, the site can also do electrocardiograms, if requested by a medical professional. The super site also has access to a variety of national testing services, such as genetic testing.  (Testing for COVID-19 is not available at either location.)It is also possible to check in online at all Dynacare locations and wait at home while your spot in line is saved. Although you will not be given an appointment, an estimated time for your arrival will appear on the map.  Given the benefits of the super site model, Dynacare plans to open another location in the south end of Winnipeg later this year. The new Crossroads supersite offers “improved customer service”, according to Mark, who, as a representative of Dynacare, wanted to encourage Transcona residents to attend the new location as the need arises.   Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca 

I first heard of plans to open a second Dynacare laboratory in Transcona several months ago. The new, so-called “super site,” would be the fifth location of its type in Winnipeg.  

A building was secured and the new Dynacare Laboratory and Health Services Centre at 3-1581 Regent Ave. West, first opened its doors for business on Nov. 6, 2020.  

Friday, Jan. 8, 2021

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Transcona’s new Dynacare super site opened on Nov. 6.

The joy of trimming the tree for Christmas

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The joy of trimming the tree for Christmas

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

The idea of decorating a tree for Christmas is reported to have originated in Germany and dates back to the 16th century. Fruit and nuts are said to have been some of the first items to adorn trees at Christmas. Over time, the tradition of hanging items on a tree for the season was brought indoors. As the custom became more popular and years passed, the items used to decorate trees expanded to include candles, wafers and roses made of coloured paper. Pastries, cut into shapes of angels, flowers, hearts and stars were also used as ornaments. By the late 1800s, glass balls were all the rage.Getting together with family and friends to trim the Christmas tree is a tradition loved by many. Over the centuries, ornaments chosen to decorate trees have continued to evolve and it is not unusual for families to have more than one Christmas tree in their home, decorated in different themes.     Hand-made decorations, items purchased to celebrate special occasions or ornaments passed down through the generations can have great sentimental value and, as time passes, become cherished family heirlooms. Treasured ornaments or decorations can bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye, as they bring back thoughts of loved ones or a special time in one’s life.  Personally, I have a few ornaments that I purchased while travelling many years ago and the fond memories that come to mind make my time away seem like just yesterday.  I also have Christmas decorations that belonged to my grandparents. Whenever I look at these ornaments I am filled with nostalgia. Memories of my childhood and the time spent with my family bring joy to my heart. As special as these ornaments are to me, I can feel my excitement building as I unpack the box and take time to find the perfect place on the tree for each and every one. The emotions that such small items can evoke give people the gift of going back in time, adding to the magic of Christmas.Perhaps this holiday season you can consider the idea of giving the gift of an ornament to that special someone and create a memory, for Christmases yet to come. Stay safe and have a merry Christmas!Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

The idea of decorating a tree for Christmas is reported to have originated in Germany and dates back to the 16th century. Fruit and nuts are said to have been some of the first items to adorn trees at Christmas. Over time, the tradition of hanging items on a tree for the season was brought indoors. 

As the custom became more popular and years passed, the items used to decorate trees expanded to include candles, wafers and roses made of coloured paper. Pastries, cut into shapes of angels, flowers, hearts and stars were also used as ornaments. By the late 1800s, glass balls were all the rage.

Getting together with family and friends to trim the Christmas tree is a tradition loved by many. Over the centuries, ornaments chosen to decorate trees have continued to evolve and it is not unusual for families to have more than one Christmas tree in their home, decorated in different themes.     

Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

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For many people and many families, decorating the Christmas tree is a magical and nostalgic affair.

Honouring Transcona’s fallen soldiers

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Honouring Transcona’s fallen soldiers

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

The wearing of red poppies and assemblies in the school gymnasium are part of my childhood memories of Remembrance Day celebrations.Remembrance Day is recognized by Canadians as the day on which those who fought and died in both world wars, as well as other conflicts, are remembered. It was first observed in 1919 and was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War. The guns of the first world war ceased firing at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.  This year, with the health concerns of COVID-19, school assemblies in honour of Canada’s fallen did not take place as they had in previous years. Believing that “we can’t stop remembering”, Peter Martin, veteran and events co-ordinator of Transcona Branch No. 7 of the Royal Canadian Legion, has been working on an initiative to ensure that youth today continue to learn about the true meaning of Remembrance Day.  Peter has offered to do virtual presentations for Grade 6 students at schools in the Transcona area. “I really love to connect with the youth,” Peter said, adding that he did not want the pandemic to stop him from doing so this year. Peter’s initiative was met with positive feedback and several schools in the area scheduled sessions.Registered as a speaker with the Ottawa Memory Project, Peter also connects with various community organizations. Over the last 15 years, Peter has presented to Girl Guide, Brownie and Scout troops as well as various senior’s groups. Peter’s mission to acknowledge the sacrifices made by Transcona veterans goes beyond public speaking.  Wanting to recognize and honour the Transcona soldiers who died in battle and were unable to return home, Peter designed a plaque listing the names of the 122 fallen soldiers who died and were buried in Europe. The plaque was erected at the Field of Honour in the Transcona Cemetery,the burial site for 325 veterans who chose to be buried there. A plan is in place for the information on the plaque to be permanently mounted on interpretive display stands and placed at each entrance to the field.Peter was also involved in planning and fundraising for the construction of a wooden bridge linking the current Field of Honour with the expanded Field of Honour. The bridge was named the Transcona Fallen Soldiers Bridge of Remembrance. Donations of time and funds from community residents helped to make the above tributes possible, Peter said. Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

The wearing of red poppies and assemblies in the school gymnasium are part of my childhood memories of Remembrance Day celebrations.

Remembrance Day is recognized by Canadians as the day on which those who fought and died in both world wars, as well as other conflicts, are remembered. It was first observed in 1919 and was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War. The guns of the first world war ceased firing at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.  

This year, with the health concerns of COVID-19, school assemblies in honour of Canada’s fallen did not take place as they had in previous years. 

Friday, Nov. 13, 2020

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Peter Martin salutes the fallen soldiers of Transcona whose names are recorded on a commemrative plaque at the Field of Honour in Transcona Cemetery.

Halloween fundraising for research

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Halloween fundraising for research

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

 

This Halloween, a giant spider, ghoul and a three-headed dog will greet you as you come upon a home at 1137 Devonshire Ave. W. in Transcona.  The purpose of the Halloween display goes beyond bringing smiles to those who stop to admire the decorations. Homeowners Anna Siedler and her husband Jason have transformed their yard into Willow’s Web as a way to raise funds for research for a rare genetic disorder called NGLY1 deficiency.Anna and Jason’s daughter, Willow, was diagnosed with this condition two weeks prior to her second birthday. NGLY1 deficiency an inherited condition and is caused by a rare mutation in the NGLY1 gene that results in significant health issues and brings on many different symptoms.  Anna Siedler explained that the name Willow’s Web was chosen to represent all of the individuals, including researchers from all around the world, who are working together, like a web, to find a cure.  Currently, there are only five individuals in Canada, including Willow, who have been diagnosed with NGLY1 deficiency. According to Anna, one of the most recognizable symptoms that help doctors diagnose the condition is the inability to produce tears when crying.  Now five years of age, Willow suffers from a developmental delay and seizure disorder.  She is non-verbal and unable to walk.  When asked why they decided to include Halloween in their fundraising efforts, Anna explained that having a child with a rare disease is scary. “And when you think of scary,you think of Halloween,” she said. It was this connection that became the inspiration for Willow’s Web which they created to bring some joy to others as part of their goal to raise funds for research.Placed among the Halloween decorations, onlookers will notice a lock box available for those who choose to donate. “Every little bit helps” said Anna, who is appreciative of all the donations they have already received. For everyone’s safety, the lock box is sanitized frequently and emptied on a regular basis.  Excited about the possibility of improving her daughter’s quality of life and finding a cure, Anna said that research for a type of gene therapy is underway and will be reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the near future.The Halloween display has become an annual tradition since Willow’s diagnosis. It will be set up until the end of the month, so take a moment to stop by. Throughout the year, donations can  be made online at www.gracescience.org/willows-web Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca 

This Halloween, a giant spider, ghoul and a three-headed dog will greet you as you come upon a home at 1137 Devonshire Dr. W. in Transcona.  

The purpose of the Halloween display goes beyond bringing smiles to those who stop to admire the decorations. Homeowners Anna Siedler and her husband Jason have transformed their yard into Willow’s Web as a way to raise funds for research for a rare genetic disorder called NGLY1 deficiency.

Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

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Willow Siedler poses with Willow's Web, a Halloween display outside her family's home that symbolizes the web of people and organizations working to cure the rare genetic disorder she lives with.

Say goodbye to your regrets

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Say goodbye to your regrets

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Friday, Sep. 18, 2020

During the past few months, in the midst of a pandemic, I have noticed that this time has been a period of reflection for many. If you have ever said to yourself, “I wish I…” or “If only…,” then you are not alone.Considered quite common, feelings of regret occur when we reflect on the past and have difficulty accepting what we see as our mistakes or missed opportunities. To feel regret is to remember with a feeling of loss or sadness. Regrets about education, career, romance and parenting are said to be the most common and many of the choices that people turn out to regret involve living lives expected of them by others instead of being true to themselves.  According to the research, people feel regret more often over things they did not do as compared to things they’ve done.   Regrets can be big or small and, if left unresolved, can lead to anxiety, depression or health problems. As a way to overcome your feelings of regret, don’t dwell on what you see as being a wrong decision and instead, look ahead to the future. Keep in mind the words of renowned scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who was quoted as saying:“When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us”.  It is important to acknowledge your feelings and forgive yourself. You made past decisions for various reasons and it is not possible to go back and do things differently. One should also realize that things could always be worse, so try to find the silver lining in the choices that you have made. Look for lessons to be learned and translate those to other situations, as you move forward. As agonizing as regret can be, it can also be productive.Simply stated, feelings of regret stem from the assumption that we chose wrong. The truth of the matter is that there is no way to know for a fact that your life would have been better if you had taken another path. One must not forget that every road comes with its share of bumps and curves.In order to avoid future regret, be honest with yourself about what you want and the goals that you have. Look for the next opportunity that comes your way and don’t be afraid to take a chance and try something new.  Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

During the past few months, in the midst of a pandemic, I have noticed that this time has been a period of reflection for many. 

If you have ever said to yourself, “I wish I…” or “If only…,” then you are not alone.

Considered quite common, feelings of regret occur when we reflect on the past and have difficulty accepting what we see as our mistakes or missed opportunities. To feel regret is to remember with a feeling of loss or sadness. 

Friday, Sep. 18, 2020

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What’s done is done, so don’t waste time stewing over choices you made years ago. Set new goals and plan for the future instead.

Why not build your own time capsule?

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Why not build your own time capsule?

Cindy Murdoch 5 minute read Friday, Aug. 21, 2020

A time capsule can be any container that holds a selection of items that were chosen to represent a moment in time. The objects as well as all of the information contained inside are hidden away, for future generations to open. There appears to be some debate about when time capsules were used for the first time. In the United States, the oldest known time capsule is said to date back to 1795 and was placed to mark the construction of the Massachusetts State House.  The box was opened in 2015 and was found to contain amazing artifacts including coins dating back to the 1600s and a copper medal with an image of George Washington. Most impressive was a silver plaque reported to have been made by world-renowned American silversmith Paul Revere.In Canada, the oldest known time capsule  was placed in Harbor Grace, N.L. To commemorate the building of a new courthouse, a special ceremony was held on July 26, 1830, as coins and newspapers were deposited into a carved hollow in the cornerstone of the building.Intended to be a deliberate method of communication to help future archeologists, anthropologists or historians, creating a time capsule can also be a special activity for your family.  Time capsules can be made for yourself or as a gift idea for your children or grandchildren. Determining who you want to open the time capsule may help you decide what items to put inside and when you want the capsule to be opened. When considering what to place in your time capsule, think of items that are important to you as well as things that represent the current state of the world. Photographs, newspapers and currency from the present year are common choices. Additional suggestions for a family time capsule include personal mementos, art projects, favourite toys as well as letters that can pass on information, wishes and messages of importance. Options for choosing when you want the time capsule to be opened include a certain date or at a specified time in someone’s life, such as a birthday, marriage, birth of a child or retirement.Although some people choose to bury their time capsules, it is difficult task to protect the items from damage due to the elements. Recommended alternatives include placing the objects in a hidden location inside a home or storing them in a sealed container to be displayed. If you decide to create your own time capsule, enjoy the process and the sharing of memories!  Cindy Murdoch is a community correspondent for Transcona. She can be contacted at reflections8@shaw.ca

A time capsule can be any container that holds a selection of items that were chosen to represent a moment in time. The objects as well as all of the information contained inside are hidden away, for future generations to open.

There appears to be some debate about when time capsules were used for the first time. In the United States, the oldest known time capsule is said to date back to 1795 and was placed to mark the construction of the Massachusetts State House. The box was opened in 2015 and was found to contain amazing artifacts including coins dating back to the 1600s and a copper medal with an image of George Washington. Most impressive was a silver plaque reported to have been made by world-renowned American silversmith Paul Revere.

In Canada, the oldest known time capsule  was placed in Harbor Grace, N.L. To commemorate the building of a new courthouse, a special ceremony was held on July 26, 1830, as coins and newspapers were deposited into a carved hollow in the cornerstone of the building.

Friday, Aug. 21, 2020

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Correspondent Cindy Murdoch’s personal time capsule might contain a copy of The Herald and a letter to a family member..

Step back in time at Transcona Museum

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Step back in time at Transcona Museum

Cindy Murdoch 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

Last month I provided some suggestions of things to do this summer during your staycation.

When it came time for my own vacation, I decided to follow my own advice and visited a local museum. Although I have lived in Transcona for over 20 years, I had never taken time to check out the Transcona Museum, which is only a five-minute drive from my home.

Located at 141 Regent Ave. West, the Transcona Museum opened its doors in its current location, on Oct. 15, 1968 and occupies the only municipally designated heritage building in Transcona. The entrance fee to the museum is by donation.

The Transcona Museum is home to an extensive collection of artifacts and archival items that tell the story of Transcona’s history. With over 50,000 items in its collection, the museum annually rotates the items it has on display. Although the variety of artifacts is impressive, museum curator Alanna Horejda said the museum is currently looking for items used by women who worked at the Transcona Shops.       

Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

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Alanna Horejda is curator at the Transcona Historical Museum, and says the museum is currently looking for items used and worn by women working at the Transcona Shops.