Kelsey James

Kelsey James

Community Journalist

Kelsey James is the reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. She graduated from Red River College’s creative communications program in 2018 as a journalism major and holds a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric, writing and communications from the University of Winnipeg. A lifelong Winnipegger who grew up in southwest Winnipeg, Kelsey is thrilled to be covering the neighbourhoods she still calls “home.”

Kelsey worked in corporate communications before returning to journalism and joining the Canstar Community News team. She won the Eric and Jack Wells Excellence in Journalism award in her final year of college and is happy to be finally sharing her passion for storytelling. In her free time, Kelsey can be found binge watching Grey’s Anatomy for the hundredth time, searching for the perfect cup of coffee, counting down the days until Halloween or adventuring with her one-year-old corgi mix, Finnegan.

Story idea or pictures of your pet? Email Kelsey at kelsey.james@canstarnews.com or call her at 204-697-7150.

Recent articles of Kelsey James

Three candidates running in Daniel Mac

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Three candidates running in Daniel Mac

By Kelsey James 4 minute read Friday, Sep. 23, 2022

DANIEL MCINTYRE

Three candidates have been nominated for city councillor in the Daniel McIntyre ward. The municipal election takes place on Wed., Oct. 26.

Cindy Gilroy (incumbent) |

Friday, Sep. 23, 2022

Chambers acclaimed in St. Norbert – Seine River

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Chambers acclaimed in St. Norbert – Seine River

By Kelsey James 2 minute read Friday, Sep. 23, 2022

ST. NORBERT - SEINE RIVER

Markus Chambers will be acclaimed as city councillor St. Norbert - Seine River when the municipal election takes place on Wed., Oct. 26

Chambers has represented the St. Norbert - Seine River ward for one term. Since being elected, he has served on several standing policy committees and currently sits on the standing policy committee on infrastructure renewal and public works, and the standing policy committee on parks, community services and Protection.

Friday, Sep. 23, 2022

Candidates compete for River Heights – Fort Garry council seat

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Candidates compete for River Heights – Fort Garry council seat

By Kelsey James 4 minute read Friday, Sep. 23, 2022

RIVER HEIGHTS - FORT GARRY

Three candidates will contest the River Heights - Fort Garry ward council in the upcoming municipal election on Wed., Oct. 26.

Brant Field

Brant Field is a construction project manager who is also trained as a lawyer and has practised law in the not-for-profit sector. This is his first time running for city council, although he has previously been involved in politics through helping on campaigns.

Friday, Sep. 23, 2022

Two candidates vie for Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry city council seat

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Two candidates vie for Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry city council seat

By Kelsey James 2 minute read Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

FORT ROUGE - EAST FORT GARRY

Two candidates had registered to run for city councillor in the Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry ward by the Sept 20 nomination deadline. The municipal election takes place on Wed., Oct. 26.

Sherri Rollins (incumbent) |

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

Devi Sharma will be acclaimed in Old Kildonan ward

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Devi Sharma will be acclaimed in Old Kildonan ward

By Kelsey James 2 minute read Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

OLD KILDONAN

Incumbent Devi Sharma was the only candidate nominated to run for city council in the Old Kildonan ward, so she will be acclaimed on Oct. 26, civic election day.

Sharma has represented Old Kildonan ward for three terms. Since being first elected, she has served as the first female speaker of council, is governance committee chairperson and sits on the Lord Selkirk - West Kildonan community committee. She is also a committee member for infrastructure renewal and public works and is on the City of Winnipeg access advisory committee.

“When I first put my name forward, I was approached by many people living in the community who had known me through my volunteer service on community centre boards and through schools and the Seven Oaks Hospital board,” said Sharma, who has lived in the ward for over 30 years. “It was nice to have that community support from the onset, and my internal desire was to create a thriving and vibrant community.”

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

New youth mental health clinic aims to tackle wait times

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New youth mental health clinic aims to tackle wait times

By Kelsey James STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

RIVER HEIGHTS

A new mental health clinic for youth has opened in southwest Winnipeg amid long waits in the public system.

Psychiatric nurse and Cocoon Mental Health Clinic executive director Shea Silva, 29, began seeing clients in early July. The site, located at 205-530 Kenaston Blvd., offers mental health assessments and therapy skills for ages 12 to 25 at a rate of $150 per hour, as well as school-based supports, case management and help with health system navigation.

“At age 12 I knew I wanted to work with people with mental health issues,” said Silva, who graduated from Brandon University’s psychiatric nursing program four years ago. “I always knew that my passion was going to be working with youth in the community because I saw a real opportunity to make a difference and create some change.”

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

Psychiatric nurse and executive director Shea Silva, 29, began seeing clients at Cocoon Mental Health Clinic, located in southwest Winnipeg, in early July.

Galloping for recovery

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Galloping for recovery

By Kelsey James STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

ST. NORBERT

The Behavioural Health Foundation in St. Norbert hosted its first “fun run” thanks to the ongoing efforts of one of the organization’s former clients.

The five-kilometre run/walk took place on Sept. 18 and aimed to raise funds and awareness to support the work the Behavioural Health Foundation does for families and adults living with addictions and mental health in our community, organizer Sean Gallop said.

“The Behavioural Health Foundation saved my life,” Gallop added. “I consider them my family and I consider it my home now. It didn’t just save my life, it saved lots of other peoples’ lives too.”

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

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The five kilometre run/walk took place on Sept. 18 and aimed to raise funds and awareness to support the work the Behavioural Health Foundation does for families and adults living with addictions and mental health in our community, said organizer Sean Gallop, 51.

Aviation museum welcomes new aircraft

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Aviation museum welcomes new aircraft

By Kelsey James 2 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada (2088 Wellington Ave.) unveiled its newest addition on Sept. 7 — a Lockheed L-10A Electra, CF-TCC .

The aircraft, which has been added to the museum’s permanent collection of 100 historic aircraft and more than 70,000 artifacts and archival records, was donated by Air Canada in celebration of its 85th anniversary. The Lockheed L-10A Electra was one of the first craft in Air Canada’s fleet, when it was previously known as Trans-Canada Air Lines.

“We’re very pleased that CF-TCC has landed at the Royal Aviation Museum and is now part of our permanent collection. This aircraft has ties to Winnipeg dating back to 1937 and to our museum in particular,” said museum president and chief executive officer Terry Slobodian in a news release. “Our museum was previously located in the original TCA hangar here in Winnipeg. The Lockheed Electra is a perfect picture of the early days of commercial air travel in Canada. We are grateful to Air Canada for their long-standing support of our museum and for entrusting us with this spectacular piece of aviation history.”

The Lockheed Electra is most well-known for being the aircraft flown by Amelia Earhart during her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937.

Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

The Lockheed L-10A Electra has been added to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada’s collection of 100 historic aircrafts and more than 70,000 artifacts and archival records.

A whole lotta pull tabs

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A whole lotta pull tabs

By Kelsey James 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

BY KELSEY JAMES

STAFF REPORTER

OAK BLUFF

SANFORD

Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

Photo by Kelsey James

Thirteen-year-old Mitchell Steele, pictured here with his grandfather, Ed Jones, started saving his family’s drink tabs after seeing a sign advertising Trailblazers Life Choice’s Tabs for Wheelchairs drive, which annually raises funds to present a new wheelchair to a Manitoban in need.

Luxury living coming to the heart of Tuxedo

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Luxury living coming to the heart of Tuxedo

By Kelsey James 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

TUXEDO

A new apartment building being built in the heart of Tuxedo will offer Winnipeg’s latest luxury living experience.

IG Mackenzie Real Property Fund, along with Dynasty McCOR Development Inc. and architect Raymond Wan, will be transforming the former Shell Canada station in the Tuxedo Park Shopping Centre at 2025 Corydon Ave. into a 13-storey, 84-unit luxury rental apartment tower called Atelier Living.

“We’ve built all over Winnipeg, but none of them compare to the scale and scope of this project. This is one-of-a-kind,” said Dynasty McCOR Development Inc. president Allan Borodkin, whose company is serving as development manager on the project.

Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2022

Building amenities will include a residents’ lounge, fitness centre, dog wash, outdoor patio and concierge service. The project will also have an 84-car underground parkade along with 60 outdoor stalls.

Riel House hosts historic Métis garden

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Riel House hosts historic Métis garden

By Kelsey James 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

BY KELSEY JAMES

STAFF REPORTER

ST. VITAL

The Manitoba Métis Federation, Parks Canada and Riel House National Historic Site joined forces this summer to host a student-driven historic garden filled with produce from the late 19th century.

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

Métis youth from local high schools planted more than 40 varieties of of historically significant heritage vegetables, fruits and herbs.

Pet shelters pushed to their limits

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Pet shelters pushed to their limits

By Kelsey James 4 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

BY KELSEY JAMES

STAFF REPORTER

NORWOOD FLATS

Pet shelters throughout Winnipeg are feeling the pressure as they implement intake freezes and plea for more donations and foster homes.

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2022

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Manitoba Underdogs Rescue is one of many local pet rescues that have been forced to implement an “intake freeze” on account of soaring prices, increased surrenders and a lack of foster homes.

Riverviews twins join Wesmen roster

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Riverviews twins join Wesmen roster

By Kelsey James 4 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

FORT GARRY

RIVERVIEW

Two Riverview teens have committed to playing with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen women’s soccer recruiting class of 2022.

June and Maddie Ibbitt-Gatti, twin sisters from Vincent Massey Collegiate, have played everywhere else together, so it only makes sense they continue that tradition in university.

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

Twins June (left) and Maddie Ibbitt-Gatti were offered spots on the University of Winnipeg Wesmen women’s soccer team after attending an ID camp in May.

No Stone Unturned concert returns to St. John’s Park

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No Stone Unturned concert returns to St. John’s Park

By Kelsey James 2 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

The 14th annual No Stone Unturned free concert in honour of Manitoba’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls returned to St. John’s Park (1201 Main St.) on Aug. 13 from 1 to 11 p.m.

The concert, which includes performances from local musicians and artists, was founded by Point Douglas MLA Bernadette Smith in response to the disappearance of her sister, Claudette Osborne Tyo, who has been missing from Winnipeg since July 25, 2008.

“This year marks 14 years since my sister, Claudette, went missing,” Smith said in a news release. “Our family will never stop searching for her, for answers and for justice — nor will all families whose loved ones have gone missing or murdered.”

The yearly event aims to bring awareness of Manitoba’s missing and murdered while providing supports for victims’ families through community sharing, food, music and ceremony. Saturday’s event showcased several Manitoba talents, including C-Weed; Black Hawk Band; Ivy Venin; No Stone Unturned concert founder, musician and event host, Hector Menow; Kristen McKay; and Indian City, whose founding member, Vince Fontaine, passed away unexpectedly in January 2022.

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

The yearly No Stone Unturned free concert event aims to bring awareness of Manitoba’s missing and murdered while providing supports for victims’ families through community sharing, food, music and ceremony.

St. Norbert Arts Centre hosts third annual GerryFest

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St. Norbert Arts Centre hosts third annual GerryFest

By Kelsey James 1 minute read Friday, Aug. 26, 2022

The St. Norbert Arts Centre hosted GerryFest 2022: Letters of Love to the Community from Aug. 12 to 14. The festival, now in its third year, honours the life and work of the late local musician, artist, playwright and activist Gerry Atwell.

GerryFest is a fundraiser event for the Gerry Atwell Memorial Mentorship Fund, inspired by Gerry’s lifelong commitment to mentoring emerging artists of diverse backgrounds, the Atwell family and the St. Norbert Arts Centre. All funds raised at the yearly event go to the mentorship program, which provides support for professional artists to work with talented emerging artists from underrepresented communities.

For more information about GerryFest and the centre, visit www.snac.mb.ca |

Friday, Aug. 26, 2022

The St. Norbert Arts Centre hosted GerryFest 2022: Letters of Love to the Community from Aug. 12 to 14. The festival, now in its third year, honours the life and work of the late local musician, artist, playwright and activist Gerry Atwell.

Community coalition creates vision for North End

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Community coalition creates vision for North End

By Kelsey James 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022

NORTH END

A coalition of community-based organizations has a vision for the North End.

Indigenous Vision for the North End (509 Selkirk Ave.) operates as a program of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre to create safe spaces in which residents of the North End can meet, connect, grow and support leadership development and capacity building while promoting the participation of Indigenous community members.

Indigenous Vision for the North End community facilitator Shelley Anderson, 25, says the organization focuses primarily on promoting community volunteerism and engagement.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022

Indigenous Vision for the North End (509 Selkirk Ave.) operates as a program of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre to create safe spaces in which residents of the North End can meet, connect, grow and support leadership development and capacity building while promoting the participation of Indigenous community members.

Legacy group breaks ground on memorial at former River Heights residential school

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Legacy group breaks ground on memorial at former River Heights residential school

By Kelsey James 4 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

RIVER HEIGHTS

The crowd fell silent as the shovels entered the earth. It was a triumphant moment, but also a bittersweet one, as noted by David Monias, vice-chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak: “When I look at this, I don’t like to be grim, but it reminds me of the unmarked graves.”

On the morning of Aug. 4, construction began on a commemorative monument and gathering place that will honour survivors of the Assiniboia Residential School, a longtime dream of the late residential school survivor and First Nations leader, Elder Ted Fontaine.

Assiniboia Residential School survivor Elder Betty Ross, 75, opened the groundbreaking ceremony with a prayer. Ross, along with Indigenous leaders, former students, politicians, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and inter-generational survivors, helped unveil the details of the $1.3-million project at the former Assiniboia Residential School site at 621 Academy Rd.

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

Residents save tree through vaccination

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Residents save tree through vaccination

By Kelsey James 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

BY KELSEY JAMES

STAFF REPORTER

RIVERVIEW

LORD ROBERTS

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

Photo by Kelsey James

Riverview resident Beverly Suek, 76, said inoculating is a process of inserting a formula into the roots which then spreads throughout the tree and prevents it from getting disease.

New mural brightens up West End street

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New mural brightens up West End street

By Kelsey James 2 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

A new mural has appeared on a West End building thanks to the efforts of sustainable supply store and recycling company Cascades, Take Pride Winnipeg and two local artists.

The mural, which stands 15 inches tall and 80 inches wide (not including the spillover), is located on the Cascades building at 680 Wall St. The image’s bright colours capture a prairie sunset, sprawling green fields and scaling rocks with waves of water while a soaring heron takes centre stage.

Local artists and muralists Mandy van Leeuwen, 42, and Michel Saint Hilaire, 50, collaborated on the project, which is nearing completion.

“Cascades wanted to give back to the community because they recognized themselves as an industrial eyesore in the neighbourhood,” van Leeuwen said. “When these opportunities come up where we can partner with other companies and organizations, we join together to beautify the street through culture, art and new life.”

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022

A new West End mural, which stands 15 inches tall and 80 inches wide, is located on the Cascades building at 680 Wall St. Local artists and muralists Mandy van Leeuwen, 42, and Michel Saint Hilaire, 50, collaborated on the project, which is nearing completion.

Making a difference

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Making a difference

By Kelsey James 3 minute read Friday, Aug. 12, 2022

SOUTH POINTE

FORT RICHMOND

A Fort Richmond Collegiate graduate has won a 2022 Global Citizenship Award.

South Pointe resident Divya Sharma was honoured for her work on media portrayal of foreign countries. In December, Sharma travelled to Punjab, India where she created a “day in the life” video outlining her home country’s society and the disproportionately negative view the Western world has on many countries around the globe.

Friday, Aug. 12, 2022

SOUTH POINTE

FORT RICHMOND

A Fort Richmond Collegiate graduate has won a 2022 Global Citizenship Award.

South Pointe resident Divya Sharma was honoured for her work on media portrayal of foreign countries. In December, Sharma travelled to Punjab, India where she created a “day in the life” video outlining her home country’s society and the disproportionately negative view the Western world has on many countries around the globe.

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market announces new director

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St. Norbert Farmers’ Market announces new director

By Kelsey James 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

ST. NORBERT-SEINE RIVER

The St. Norbert Farmers’ Market has selected its new executive director.

Danielle Mondor, 40, will lead the market into its 34th summer season, the organization announced on July 9. Mondor will be following in the footsteps of Marilyn Firth, who spent 14 years overseeing the market’s weekly operations until she announced she would be leaving the position in a July 6 Facebook post.

“I’ve very familiar with the deep and diverse history of the market, and that’s what attracted me to wanting to become executive director,” said Mondor, who was offered the job at the end of June and started a few weeks ago. “I’m working with a great team to continue the same services, supports and promotion for the market under direction of the board.”

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Danielle Mondor, 40, will lead the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market into its 34th summer season, the organization announced on July 9.

Mobile overdose prevention RV to hit streets

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Mobile overdose prevention RV to hit streets

By Kelsey James 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

BY KELSEY JAMES

STAFF REPORTER

CENTENNIAL

A Winnipeg resource centre will be hitting the streets this summer in a new mobile overdose prevention site.

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

Photo by Kelsey James
Sunshine House staff have been looking to create a mobile overdose prevention site for approximately six years, according to executive director Levi Foy.

‘Master plan’ outlined for Osborne Village

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‘Master plan’ outlined for Osborne Village

By Kelsey James 3 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

BY KELSEY JAMES

STAFF REPORTER

OSBORNE VILLAGE

Osborne Village is in the process of getting a facelift thanks to a three-tiered “master plan.”

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022

The Osborne Village “master plan” initiative received nearly $30,000 in funding through the City of Winnipeg’s community incentive grant program, said Osborne Village BIZ executive director Lindsay Somers.

Dream playhouse donated to Fort Richmond children’s centre

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Dream playhouse donated to Fort Richmond children’s centre

By Kelsey James 1 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

A dream playhouse valued at $13,000 has been donated to Epiphany Children’s Centre (200 Dalhousie Dr.).

Realty Executives First Choice partnered with Verne Reiner Architects, Cornerstone Kitchens and Lowe’s and Rona to design and build the playhouse, which was raffled off on June 11 in support of local children’s charity The Dream Factory.

The playhouse, which was featured at the Manitoba Home and Garden Show and The Dream Factory’s annual auction, was purchased by a doctor in the community and donated to Epiphany Children’s Centre. The structure was transported from Lowe’s and reconstructed at its new home on July 6. |

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

The $13,000 playhouse, which was featured at the Manitoba Home and Garden Show and The Dream Factory’s annual auction, was donated to Epiphany Children’s Centre (200 Dalhousie Dr.).