Katlyn Streilein

Katlyn Streilein

Community Journalist

Katlyn Streilein is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review.

She’s a recent graduate of Red River College’s creative communications program,and before that she studied rhetoric and communications at the University of Winnipeg.

A lifelong Winnipegger and recent North End transplant, she’s known to stop at every roadside attraction — to the dismay of her passengers — and can often be found on a last-minute visit to a local historic site, park or concert.

She loves to sit and read until her legs fall asleep, write until the words swim on the page and take photos until she runs out of film. Since 2019, Katlyn has been documenting the abandoned furniture of the city’s streets, back alleys and boulevards as part of an ongoing photo project called Couches of Winnipeg.

She can be reached by phone at 204-697-7132 or by email at katlyn.streilein@canstarnews.com

Recent articles of Katlyn Streilein

Schnitzels, spaetzle and song

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Schnitzels, spaetzle and song

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

ST. BONIFACE

Folkorama brought four generations together under one roof during back-to-back sold-out shows at the German pavilion on Aug. 3.

Chantal Thibert, a 25-year-old pavilion co-ordinator was joined at Holy Cross Gym on Dubuc Street by her baby daughter — a new face among the buzzing crowd of teens, adults, and omas and opas.

“It’s so great to be able to bring my baby into this,” Thibert said, in an energized clip after her first performance of the night. “Being back, seeing your Foklorama family — we’ve missed each other. You can chat on the phone, but it’s not the same.”

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

Theresia “Rezi” Dux, who has been with the German pavilion since it began, engaged the crowd with a yodelling set on Aug. 3.

Used bookstore to close after 23 years

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Used bookstore to close after 23 years

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

EAST KILDONAN

NORTH KILDONAN

The owners of Dog-Eared Books at 1157 Henderson Hwy. know when it’s time to turn the page.

After 23 years in business, Dog-Eared Books will close on Aug. 24. Co-owners Anne Ens and Linda Durham have decided to give their full attention to spending time with, and caring for, family.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

Linda Durham (left) and Anne Ens, the co-owners of Dog-Eared Books (1157 Henderson Hwy.), are closing shop on Aug. 24.

Wolves unleash wrath on the diamond

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Wolves unleash wrath on the diamond

By Katlyn Streilein STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

The Winnipeg South Minor Baseball Association’s three AAA boys’ teams — 18U, 15U and 13U — swept the city championships this season for just the second time in the association’s history.

The last time it happened was in 2003. City champions are crowned after playoffs involving teams from Winnipeg’s five baseball assocations.

Lori Vassart, vice-president of high performance for WSMBA, attributes the trifecta of wins to solid coaching and hard work.

“To go into the city championship and do so well, I think, was expected at the team level,” Vassart said. “But to step back and see that all three teams were able to accomplish that, I don’t think anybody would have expected that.”

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

The 15U AAA South Winnipeg Wolves, pictured here, finished the regular season with a 19-12 record.

Twirling past the competition

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Twirling past the competition

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

KATLYN STREILEIN

STAFF REPORTER

EAST KILDONAN

WINDSOR PARK

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

Caitlyn De Jong, 20, was recently awarded the Spirit of Twirling Award at a national competition in Moncton, N.B.

Play explores mental health, stigma

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Play explores mental health, stigma

By Katlyn Streilein STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

GARDEN CITY

For four evenings in August, the Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre (771 Jefferson Ave.) will host Next to Normal — a contemplative, intimate and electric musical presented by Recycled Talent Productions.

Next to Normal focuses on a modern-day woman named Diana and her mental health journey as she navigates grief, depression and bipolar disorder. The plot follows Diana as she seeks support through the healthcare system.

Shae-Lynn Papiz, the show’s director, explained that Diana’s grief and other battles take shape throughout the story. Figments of Diana’s imagination are brought to life in dance by the ensemble cast, Papiz said.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Recycled Talent Productions will host four showings of the musical Next to Normal from Aug. 9 to 12 at the Seven Oaks Performing Arts Centre.

Ukrainian kids enjoying dog day camps

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Ukrainian kids enjoying dog day camps

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 29, 2022

ST. JAMES-ASSINIBOIA

NORTH KILDONAN

It wasn’t a juried competition or an arena of onlookers that brought a group of well-trained hounds out for a morning of sprints and pets on July 27.

St. James resident Christine Gilles rallied her whippets, and a group of fellow dog aficionados, to join her in hosting an event for newcomer Ukrainian children at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church’s U-Win summer day camp in North Kildonan.

Friday, Jul. 29, 2022

Elmwood pet shop shutters after 37 years

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Elmwood pet shop shutters after 37 years

By Katlyn Streilein STAFF REPORTER 4 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

ELMWOOD

EAST KILDONAN

It is the ending of the age of aquariums.

Ken Currie, the owner and shopkeeper of Kildonan Pets (301 Bowman Ave.), is retiring after decades of finding success in selling freshwater fish and fish accessories.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Ken Currie, 68, is retiring after nearly four decades of owning and operating Kildonan Pets in Elmwood. The store is slated to close for good at the end of July.

West End tests turf alternative

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West End tests turf alternative

By Katlyn Streilein 4 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

WEST END

Keep off the grass alternative.

The West End BIZ has partnered with the City of Winnipeg and Native Plant Solutions to plant native grasses in lieu of classic turf along a newly renovated stretch of Wall Street.

“Because the street was being redone, we decided we would give it a shot,” said Joe Kornelsen, executive director of the West End BIZ.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

The City of Winnipeg, the West End BIZ, and Native Plant Solutions have partnered on a pilot project to replace the traditional sod along one stretch of Wall Street with a native grass alternative.

West End church marks milestone with renovation, rededication

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West End church marks milestone with renovation, rededication

By Katlyn Streilein STAFF REPORTER 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

WEST END

Those travelling down Portage Avenue through the West End may notice a new building capping off a tree-lined street.

On July 21, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, at 485 Ingersoll St., hosted a rededication ceremony to honour a milestone and the community’s hard work to transform the church into a milky-white neo-gothic landmark.

The church, built in 1949, recently welcomed a new exterior — namely, its immense ornate façade — thanks to the skill and support of its members.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

James Lajeras, minister of the gospel for Iglesia Ni Cristo, has been with the church for about two years. The church operates in 161 countries and is celebrating its 108th anniversary this year.

Tight-knit A’s vie for provincial title

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Tight-knit A’s vie for provincial title

By Katlyn Streilein STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

HEADINGLEY

ST. JAMES-ASSINIBOIA

The St. James A’s must give the performances of their careers if they’re to unseat the Elmwood Giants as this year’s league Manitoba Junior Baseball League champs.

Two recent back-to-back wins against the Elmwood Giants on June 5 could be the confidence boost the A’s need to snatch the title. Elmwood has won the last four championships.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Brandon Dauphinais, the St. James A’s 22-year-old pitcher, uses his 84 mph fastball to knock the opposing teams’ batters off balance. Dauphinais says his team’s energy and positive attitude have set them apart this season.

West End, Corydon host concert series

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West End, Corydon host concert series

Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

WEST END

CORYDON

Summertime in west Winnipeg is sizzling with a lineup of free outdoor musical performances.

The West End BIZ and Corydon Avenue BIZ are each hosting public concert series featuring genres for all sensibilities.

Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

The West End BIZ has partnered with Folklorama and Curbside Concerts Canada to bring musical performances to Central Park on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon throughout July and August.

Acomi opens a second location in Fort Rouge

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Acomi opens a second location in Fort Rouge

Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

FORT ROUGE

African Communities of Manitoba Inc., a non-profit group that provides resources and programs to individuals of all ages, recently launched its second hub at a new, central location.

On July 10, Acomi welcomed the public to 301 Nassau St. N. to view the modern, tech-forward facility.

“In the past 10 years, our population and community has grown, so we needed a bigger space,” said Chuks Ojidoh, the director of community programs for Acomi. “We also needed to be more accessible to people who live in different areas of the city.”

Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

(From left) Rami Saad, project manager for African Communities of Manitoba Inc.; Dorothy Lynnette Harmon, youth engagement co-ordinator; Chuks Ojidoh, director of community programs; and Titi Tijani, president, are just a few of the team members running the non-profit’s new community resource centre at 301 Nassau St. N.

Dream team welcomes local apparel company onboard

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Dream team welcomes local apparel company onboard

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

ST. JAMES-ASSINIBOIA

A gym and barbershop in Silver Heights has found the final puzzle piece in its goal of being a one-stop shop where clients can leave feeling and looking their best.

Dream Bootcamp and Dream Barbers, which operate under one roof at 2179 Portage Ave., recently welcomed The Collab Shop to the team.

The Collab Shop’s co-owners Robert Berboso, 27, and Rodney Francisco, 39, look forward to bringing their limited-edition, local, and vintage apparel to a wider audience.

Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

Mark Antonio (right) co-owns the Dream Barbershop, a Silver Heights business that shares a building with Dream Bootcamp, a gym owned by his business partner and fellow West End native Lendyll Soriano. The Dream Barbershop and Dream Bootcamp recently welcomed a pop-up version of the Exchange District store, The Collab Shop, under its roof.

Nachtigall repping Team Toba on Canada Games pitch

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Nachtigall repping Team Toba on Canada Games pitch

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

WEST ST. PAUL

ST. VITAL

A West St. Paul athlete has beaten the odds to earn a spot on the national soccer stage this summer.

In August, Sydney Nachtigall, 18, will represent Team Manitoba at the Canada Summer Games in Ontario’s Niagara region.

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

Sydney Nachtigall, 16, will represent Team Manitoba in soccer at the Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ont. in August.

New historical novel depicts prairie life

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New historical novel depicts prairie life

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

WESTWOOD

Though Westwood resident Terry Dann has seen more of the world than most, it was the stories close to home that inspired him to write his debut book Land Title: A Novel of the Prairies.

Dann, a 77-year-old retiree who worked as a school teacher in Saudi Arabia, immigrated to Canada from England in 1965. He first landed in Toronto. Before long, his employer, a mining company, sent him to work in Wabowden, Man., roughly 650 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

“I came here not knowing anything about Canada — nothing,” Dann said.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

Terry Dann, 77, immigrated to Canada from England in 1965. Shortly after arriving in Canada, he worked in the mining industry in northern Manitoba.

St. James through the ages

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St. James through the ages

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

ST. JAMES-ASSINIBOIA

WESTWOOD

The in-person Heritage Day festivities will once again animate the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia with its live cultural and musical performances.

On Sat., July 16 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy the museum grounds and all of its offerings at 3180 Portage Ave. free of charge. The event is geared to visitors of all ages.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

(From left) Bonita Hunter, Yosan Niguss, Justin Villenueve, Emily McIvor and Justin Neudorf are the team powering the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia this summer. The museum will host its Heritage Day event on Sat., July 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can expect tours, live music and activities.

The way nature intended

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The way nature intended

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

RIVER HEIGHTS

ST. VITAL

TRANSCONA

Several species of native flowers are in bloom this time of year. The harebell, featuring delicate bell-shaped purple flowers. The gaillardia flower, with its crimson centre and mustard yellow petals. And the black-eyed Susan, a prairie favourite.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

Nicole Webster, project coordinator for the Winnipeg Wildflower Project (left), and Kelly Leask, the project’s founder, weed a patch of native plants at Kiwanis Park in Transcona on July 5. Webster and Leask maintain this garden and several others across Winnipeg. They recently broke ground on a similar site on Wellington Crescent.

Representing Manitoba from coast to coast

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Representing Manitoba from coast to coast

By Katlyn Streilein STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

BRIDGWATER

FORT GARRY

A Bridgwater youth’s outstanding performance at a recent provincial pentathlon meet can’t be chalked up to beginner’s luck — though he is new to the sport.

Brady Fay, 16, delivered a combined score that smashed the provincial record for his age category.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

Brady Fay will represent Manitoba at two national football competitions this summer: a flag football tournament in Charlottetown, P.E.I., and a tackle football event in Kelowna, B.C.

Righting a wrong

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Righting a wrong

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

A Hebrew phrase comes to mind when Ran Ukashi, executive director of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, thinks of the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery — the final resting place for about 11,000 members of the Jewish community.

“Chesed shel emet,” which translates to charity of true, loving-kindness.

The phrase means to do a kindness for someone they can never pay back. Tending to a loved one’s grave is one example, an emotional act many members of the Winnipeg’s Jewish community do at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

“It’s a very holy place. It’s a very sacred place,” Ukashi said of the more-than-a-century old cemetery.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

(From left) David Bohn, Michael Sandell, Scott Bohn and Brett Findlater of Larsen’s Memorials spent an afternoon lifting headstones back into place at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery in the wake of an act of vandalism.

St. James wading pool receives facelift

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St. James wading pool receives facelift

Katlyn Streilein 1 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

ST. JAMES-ASSINIBOIA

The wading pool at St. Charles Park (3624 Ness Ave.) has reopened following a $380,000 upgrade.

The upgrades include spray pad accents and rubberized surfacing to the pool and deck, as well as a new asphalt pathway from the parking lot, seating and landscaping.

The renovation project was funded through the city’s capital budget.

Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2022

Community members cooled off at the St. Charles Park wading pool (3624 Ness Ave.) during the muggy afternoon of July 6.

An album for all seasons

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An album for all seasons

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

OAK BLUFF

A good tune is never out of season.

Oak Bluff-based singer, songwriter and musician Barbara Joy recently released her third full-length album, and some of the songs are a perfect fit for muggy summer days, teaming with life.

Iced Tea the fifth song on Joy’s new album Seasons conjures a scene: sitting in a lawn chair on a hot humid day and sipping a cool drink, with stray cats skulking through the yard and crickets chirping in the background.

Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

Oak Bluff resident Barbara Joy recently released her third full-length album, Seasons.

Inspiration meets motivation

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Inspiration meets motivation

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

WEST END

Think globally, act locally.

That’s the modus operandi behind the Outstanding Take Actions Project awards hosted by Manitoba Council for International Cooperation.

One of this year’s finalists, Anne Gonzales, understood this way of thinking and ran with it to keep children and youth warm all prairie winter long.

Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

Anne Gonzales (third from right) was a finalist at this year’s Manitoba Council for International Cooperation’s Take Action Projects competition.

A proper celebration

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A proper celebration

By Katlyn Streilein 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

ST. JAMES-ASSINIBOIA

Though the pandemic halted most in-person celebrations for sunny St. James’ 100th anniversary last year, area groups and residents are making up for the delay (the municipality of St. James was founded in 1921).

Artist and interior designer Jen Mosienko is charging ahead with a new mural honouring the neighbourhood’s centennial. The mural, located at 1741 Portage Ave., spotlights the history, culture and attractions that make St. James unique.

“This has always been one of my favourite areas in the city to paint,” Mosienko said. “My very first mural was in St. James, and I live in St. James. So, it’s a pretty special opportunity to be able to do this one.”

Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

(From left) Mural artists Morgan Biggs and Jen Mosienko, and Kristi Meek, president and executive director of the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce, are seen with a new artwork honouring the 100th anniversary of St. James.

Plan approved for vacant 112-acre site near U of M

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Plan approved for vacant 112-acre site near U of M

By Katlyn Streilein STAFF REPORTER 4 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

All three members of city council’s Assiniboia community committee met in person on June 27 to deliberate on a slate of issues that were almost entirely development-related proposals.

But first, the councillors heard several reports, including a plan approval for two new portable, modular classrooms on the grounds of South Pointe School (615 Kirkbridge Dr.). Each of the classrooms will measure 958 square foot.

The new rooms are meant to address the influx of students enrolled at the school. The rooms are temporary, as their conditional use permit expires after five years.

Next, a second plan approval report was heard for a one-storey Bank of Montreal branch at 749 Sterling Lyon Pkwy. The bank will occupy a portion of what is now a 23,150-square-foot vacant lot located within the Seasons commercial site. The proposal for the bank includes a drive-thru, as well as eight trees and 99 shrubs.

Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

On June 24, the Assiniboia community council greenlighted a plan for a 112-acre multi-use development at 230 University Cres. The development will unfold in phases over the next 40 to 50 years.