Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller

Community Journalist

Simon Fuller is a community journalist for the Free Press Community Review.

Canstar’s senior reporter, he joined the team in June 2009 to write for The Sou’wester, which was then the new paper in the Canstar Community News family.

In June 2012, Fuller crossed the Red River to write for The Lance, and has spent the best part of the last decade getting to know the people and places that make southeast Winnipeg such a diverse, eclectic and culturally enriching place to live.

A patriotic Brit and supporter of Southampton Football Club, he hopes to see England win a soccer world cup in his lifetime. Twenty years after immigrating to Winnipeg, Fuller — a graduate of the University of North London and Red River College’s creative communications program — now prefers coffee and doughnuts to tea and crumpets.

His journalism journey started with an internship at the Winnipeg Free Press in January 2008, which was soon followed by a nine-month stint as a general assignment reporter at the Winnipeg Sun.  

Despite his allergies, he’s the proud father of his girlfriend’s four cats.

Email him at simon.fuller@canstarnews.com

Call him at 204-697-7111.

Recent articles of Simon Fuller

Good Neighbours to hold weeklong open house

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Good Neighbours to hold weeklong open house

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 4 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

EAST KILDONAN

THE MAPLES

Local older adults will soon have the chance to check out what happens at the Good Neighbours Active Living Centre.

Organizers at Good Neighbours, which is based at Bronx Park Community Centre (720 Henderson Hwy.), are preparing to hold a week-long open house to give community members the opportunity to try out the centre’s programs to see if they’re a good fit.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

Good Neighbours Active Living Centre volunteers and food preparers Anna (left) and Linda are pictured at recent event held to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee. The non-profit will hold a week-long open house from Aug. 15 to 19 to give community members the opportunity to try out the centre’s programs to see if they’re a good fit.

Manitoba-made short film to premiere Aug. 22

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Manitoba-made short film to premiere Aug. 22

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

WINDSOR PARK

FORT ROUGE

Sometimes, the best things come to those who wait.

That could certainly be said about Karen Tusa’s new short film, Five True Friends, which will be premiered at Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.) on Mon., Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

Karen Tusa’s film Five True Friends will be premiered at Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.) on Aug. 22. Tusa is pictured here in the front row wearing the red scarf with members of the production’s cast and crew at the Red Top Drive-Inn in Norwood during filming last year.

Dinosaurs, outer space and eggs

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Dinosaurs, outer space and eggs

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 2 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

ST. BONIFACE

An upcoming concert featuring St. Boniface-based musician James Culleton should be a lot of fun. It has to be. It’s in the title.

Earlier this year, the folk and roots artist released an 11-track album called Superfun, which — in part — was dedicated to, and inspired by, the creativity and fun associated with being a kid.

In 2021, Culleton — who is also a visual artist, muralist, entrepreneur and furniture designer — wrote a number of new songs for children and assembled a team of musicians to create the album.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

James Culleton is pictured here shooting a video for his song Zoom Zoom, which was shot near the Manitoba legislature this winter. The St. Boniface resident will perform at a show called Superfun Sunday with the James Culleton Superfun Band at Blue Note Park (220 Main St.) on Aug. 28.

It’s Folklorama time

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It’s Folklorama time

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

ST. BONIFACE

Folklorama is very much a family affair for the Marions.

Kathy Marion, and her two daughters, Alexie and Janica, are this year’s ambassadors at this year’s Pavillon canadien-français.

The pavilion is currently open during the second week of Folklorama and is located at Centre culturel franco-manitobain (340 Provencher Blvd.). It’s set to run until Sat., Aug. 13.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

Ambassadors at this year’s Folklorama event are pictured at a recent kickoff event. The annual festival returns to in-person programming this year after a pandemic-induced hiatus.

Saving the day with curiosity and perseverance

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Saving the day with curiosity and perseverance

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

RIVER PARK SOUTH

RIVER HEIGHTS

A River Park South woman with a lifelong love of writing has released her first children’s picture book.

Abiola Regan has written and self-published a children’s book called Mobo Saves the Day. The book is illustrated by Toronto-based artist Catherine Cachia.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Abiola Regan has written and self-published a children’s book called Mobo Saves the Day.

All the fun of the fair

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All the fun of the fair

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

ST. VITAL

The St. Vital Agricultural Society’s flagship event is back.

After a pandemic-induced hiatus, the society’s Annual Display and Fair returns to an in-person format for the first time since 2019.

The upcoming event will be held on Fri., Aug. 5 and Sat., Aug. 6 at the St. Vital Centennial Arena, at 580 St. Anne’s Rd. The theme of this year’s display and fair is Year of the Garden.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Karen Fontaine and Debbie Innes are looking forward to the St. Vital Agricultural Society’s first in-person annual display and fair event since 2019.

Flag bearer Vermette raising hope for Team Manitoba

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Flag bearer Vermette raising hope for Team Manitoba

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

ST. VITAL

ST. BONIFACE

While lots of Winnipeggers are enjoying vacation time on the beach right now, two young south Winnipeg athletes will be all business when they step onto the sand at the upcoming 2022 Canada Summer Games.

Erika Vermette, 21, and Valeria Gonzalez, 18, will be representing Team Manitoba in the women’s beach volleyball tournament at the games, which will be held in Niagara, Ont., from Aug. 6 to 21. The team’s head coach is Chloe Reimer-McCaughan. The last time the games was held was in 2017 in Winnipeg.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Team Manitoba mission staff and athletes are pictured on July 26. From left: Drew Todd (chef de mission), Noelle Merkel (Team Manitoba), Valeria Gonzalez, Erika Vermette, Kelly Babb (assistant chef de mission), Pete Conway (assistant chef de mission).

A passion for helping pets and people

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A passion for helping pets and people

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 4 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

SOUTH ST. VITAL

Anneliese Gasmen’s passion for helping animals continues to grow, as do her outreach efforts in the community.

During her recent Grade 10 year at Balmoral Hall School, the south St. Vital resident undertook a passion project that enables students to focus on an area of interest that might eventually empower them to pursue a specific career goal.

“Students then created a significant outcome and product guided by an essential question in association to their project,” said Gasmen, 16, in a recent email interview, noting the project ran from November 2021 to May 2022, although she’s decided to extend the fundraising component of it throughout the summer — she’s selling metal tags she created that are designed for pets and their owners to be attached to a collar or keychain.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Anneliese Gasmen is pictured with her dog, Tanner. The 16-year-old spent most of the last academic year working on a passion project in support of a charitable organization called Community Veterinary Outreach.

Free electronics recycling drive July 28

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Free electronics recycling drive July 28

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

ST. VITAL

Jordan Dearsley is making it easier for Winnipeggers to recycle their electronic waste.

The 18-year-old West St. Paul resident will hold a free electronics recycling drive in the parking lot of Glenwood Community Centre (27 Overton St.) on Thurs., July 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Dearsley said it’s important to help give individuals a convenient way to keep their used electronics of the landfill, while also raising awareness about the issue and what can and can’t be recycled.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Jordan Dearsley, pictured here, is set to hold a free electronics recycling drive in the parking lot of Glenwood Community Centre (27 Overton St.) on July 28.

Left high and dry

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Left high and dry

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 5 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

ST. BONIFACE

Some residents of a south St. Boniface neighbourhood are upset an outdoor seasonal swimming pool in the community is currently closed on weekends.

Happyland Pool, owned and operated by the City of Winnipeg, is located at 520 Marion St. between the neighbourhoods of Dufresne to the north and Archwood to the south.

According to the city’s website, the pool opened for the season on June 30 and is scheduled to close on Sept. 2. It’s open from 12:30 to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2022

Chantalle Dandeneau said she understands that COVID-19 restrictions made things difficult, but now things have eased up she feels there’s an inequity at Happyland Pool compared to other pools in the area.

Short film Stay to premiere at GIFF on July 23

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Short film Stay to premiere at GIFF on July 23

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 2 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

NORWOOD FLATS

ST. BONIFACE

ST. VITAL

The curtain will soon be raised on Elena Sturk-Lussier’s short film Stay, which will be officially premiered at this year’s Gimli International Film Festival.

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022

The gifts of the jungle

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The gifts of the jungle

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

ST. VITAL

Dalip Shekhawat’s latest adventure took place in the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

From June 5 to 9, the St. Vital resident completed the most recent edition of the Jungle Ultra event — an ultra-marathon that was held in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.

Considered one of the toughest races of its kind in the world, the five-day, five-stage event totals 230 kilometres. Because of its location, competitors have to contend with very high humidity and temperatures, and some rain, Shekhawat said.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

St. Vital resident Dalip Shekhawat recently completed the most recent edition of the Jungle Ultra event — an ultra-marathon that was held in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.

Nation’s best fiddlers tuning up to take a bow

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Nation’s best fiddlers tuning up to take a bow

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

BY SIMON FULLER

STAFF REPORTER

ISLAND LAKES

NORWOOD

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

The 2022 Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship will be held in Winnipeg on Aug. 26 and Aug. 27. The committee chair of this year’s event is Patti Kusturok, seen here in this file photo, who knows a thing or two about the championship. The Island Lakes resident won the event three times in a row from 1994 to 1996.

A tale of two principals

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A tale of two principals

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

NORWOOD

WINDSOR PARK

Two longtime educators in southeast Winnipeg have retired.

When schools closed their doors for the summer on June 30, Charlene Smallwood, principal of Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, and Karen Haluschak, principal at Windsor Park Collegiate, both officially called time on their careers with Louis Riel School Division.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

Charlene Smallwood (right), the principal of Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, and Karen Haluschak, the principal of Windsor Park Collegiate, have both recently retired from their positions.

Bockstael releases debut novel

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Bockstael releases debut novel

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

BY SIMON FULLER

After a career spent entertaining audiences on the stage and screen, St. Boniface native Robert Bockstael has now also turned his hand to another creative pursuit — writing his first novel.

Published by Pender Lake Press, Willow’s Run is about protagonist Alcima (The Willow) Willoughby, an Olympic volleyball player on the run from her sadistic husband in a multi-million dollar RV she stole from him.

Willoughby is in withdrawal from pain medication and battling a crippling injury. She almost makes it across the country; running on empty, on the outskirts of a half-forgotten tourist town, she’s forced to make a hard moral choice — a choice that turns her world upside down.

Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2022

School swap has emotions running high in LRSD

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School swap has emotions running high in LRSD

By Simon Fuller SIMON FULLER 4 minute read Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

SOUTHEAST WINNIPEG

A number of local parents have shared their concerns about a proposed school building swap in Louis Riel School Division.

On June 7, the division’s board of trustees voted five-to-three to approve a swap between nearby Windsor Park Collegiate (1015 Cottonwood Rd.) and Collège Béliveau (296 Speers Rd.), which will be in place for the 2024-25 school year.

The proposed swap is among a number of changes approved by the board, which also include catchment area changes affecting feeder schools, in an effort to accommodate the continued growth and demand of French immersion programming in the division.

Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2022

Louis Riel School Division trustees recently voted to approve a school building swap between Windsor Park Collegiate (pictured here) and Collège Béliveau, effective at the start of the 2024-25 school year.
Louis Riel School Division trustees recently voted to approve a school building swap between Windsor Park Collegiate (pictured here) and Collège Béliveau, effective at the start of the 2024-25 school year.

Baring her soul with a fiery passion

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Baring her soul with a fiery passion

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

SOUTHDALE

As the title of her latest book might suggest, Angela Taylor continues to blaze a trail.

Taylor is the founder and chief executive officer of Inspire Community Outreach, a Fort Rouge-based, non-profit social services agency that provides family centred education and programming designed to meet the needs of individuals living with mental health issues and neurological or cognitive differences.

The Southdale resident’s book is titled Forever on Fire: A Love Letter to Never Fitting In and is self-published by FriesenPress. In the book, the longtime mental health advocate draws on her own experiences and trauma and explores, in her words, what it means to be wired differently and what it means to be what experts describe as neurodiverse.

Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

Angela Taylor’s latest book is titled Forever on Fire: A Love Letter to Never Fitting In. In the book, the longtime mental health advocate draws on her own experiences and trauma and explores, in her words, what it means to be wired differently and what it means to be what experts describe as neurodiverse.

Keeping things current

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Keeping things current

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

FORT ROUGE

WEST END

ST. VITAL

Sometimes, the best things come to those who wait.

Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2022

Monica Derksen is the the founder and festival director of CURRENT Winnipeg, which is scheduled to be held at The Forks from Aug. 12 to 14.

Old St. Vital BIZ has new leader

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Old St. Vital BIZ has new leader

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

ST. VITAL

ST. BONIFACE

WINDSOR PARK

Kevin Wenham is relishing his latest challenge.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

Kevin Wenham (right) and his father, Brian, pictured at the Old St. Vital Business Improvement Zone’s offices on St. Mary’s Road.

Dakota cleans up at provincial track meet

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Dakota cleans up at provincial track meet

Simon Fuller 4 minute read Friday, Jun. 17, 2022

SIMON FULLER

STAFF REPORTER

ST. VITAL

There’s nothing like going for gold and giving it your all.

Friday, Jun. 17, 2022

Dakota Collegiate took home the aggregate championship banner for varsity boys at the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association’s provincial track and field meet that was held from June 9 to 11. Pictured, from left: Chisom Njelita, Tyrell Davis, Chinonso Njelita and Adam Grieman, who won gold in the varsity boys 4-by-100 metre relay.

Vincent Massey, St. Paul’s win provincial soccer championships

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Vincent Massey, St. Paul’s win provincial soccer championships

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

SOUTH WINNIPEG

South Winnipeg teams featured heavily at the business end of the recent provincial high school AAAA varsity soccer championships.

On June 4, Vincent Massey Collegiate (Winnipeg) beat Collège Jeanne-Sauvé 6-0 in the girls’ championship game, while St. Paul’s High School beat Collège Louis-Riel 2-1 in the boys’ championship game.

In the third place games, Kelvin High School beat Balmoral Hall School in the girls’ game, and West Kildonan Collegiate beat J.H. Bruns Collegiate in the boys’ game.

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

Vincent Massey Collegiate (Winnipeg) are the new provincial high school AAAA varsity girls’ soccer champions. Back row, from left: Megan Maxfield (coach), Paige Scaletta, Chloe Froese, Nalani Sharpe, Dannon Arnold, Signy McKim, Mariam Hashmi, Rachel Garrett, Madalynn Ibbitt-Gatti, Abigail Smith, and Jennifer Davis-Persaud (coach). Front row, from left: Gwen Ostermann, Cristina Audino, Noor Hashmi, Madelyn Tisdale, Bianca Moroz, Alexia Candeias, Kylie Skibinski, Lynea Lukas, and Juniper Ibbitt-Gatti. Not pictured: Taryn Cabak.

Donate art for a good cause

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Donate art for a good cause

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 4 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

ST. VITAL

RIVERVIEW

It might just be time to clean out the closet and find some unwanted art to donate to a good cause.

That’s because Art from the Attic is set to return as an in-person event this year, and the fundraiser also has a new location.

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022

Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg members are seen developing the plan for this year’s Art from the Attic fundraiser.

Finding greener solutions

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Finding greener solutions

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Friday, Jun. 10, 2022

SIMON FULLER

STAFF REPORTER

NORTH KILDONAN

When it comes to one new local business, it can be easy being green.

Friday, Jun. 10, 2022

Myles Ras, the co-owner of Greener Shingles Winnipeg, is pictured recently spraying existing asphalt shingles with a 90 per cent bio-based oil that replaces lost oils in the shingles and rejuvenates them. The company, which Ras co-owns with Jim Huntrods, was launched this spring.

Bike and Circuses event to be held June 8 to 12

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Bike and Circuses event to be held June 8 to 12

By Simon Fuller STAFF REPORTER 3 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2022

ST. BONIFACE

Green Kids first public theatre show promises to be a wondrous affair.

Bike and Circuses will be held June 8 to 12. Billed as an outdoor theatre spectacular, audiences are invited “to enjoy a circus of wonders in the great outdoors on the bike trails of Whittier Park in St. Boniface,” a news release states.

Green Kids is a live theatre company dedicated to environmental education through performance with a mission to educate children, teachers and families on environmental issues and inspire them to take positive action towards protecting the environment.

Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2022

Green Kids Inc.’s Bike and Circuses event will be held June 8 to 12. One of the featured performers is Anaïs Bossé (pictured).