Wellness grants support Transcona residents
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This article was published 09/02/2021 (840 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
As we continue to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we as a community have looked at alternative ways of staying connected with our friends and loved ones.
In this month’s column, I would like to talk about the one-time COVID-19 wellness grant fund made available as part of Winnipeg’s Budget 2021.
The Winnipeg Wellness Grant was a one-time initiative funded by the federal government’s Safe Restart agreement, and the mayor’s budget team allocated up to $40,000 per electoral ward to support community activities and initiatives that reduce the emotional, physical and spiritual stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and allow residents to connect with one another in a safe way.
Although I would have liked to see this grant geared towards long-lasting capital projects, these funds were welcomed by our community and the grant was fully subscribed to by our various community organizations, community centres, schools, not-for-profits, and local businesses.
The Transcona Council for Seniors was a successful recipient. The funding will allow it the ability to upgrade IT equipment to provide remote programming for seniors to allow them to use programs such as Zoom.
Another successful recipient, Arthur Day Middle School, will be able to purchase a new stationary bike and free weights, as well as 10 drums to assist with the creation of a drumming group. This group will develop the ability to drum and sing traditional Cree and Ojibwa songs.
Park City West and Valley Gardens Community Centres both received grants to assist with the operation of their outdoor skating rinks. South Transcona Community Centre will be able to purchase a much-needed piece of equipment to help maintain its rink.
The Transcona BIZ also received funding to help with the operation of the Centennial Square rink in the heart of downtown Transcona.
River East Transcona Immigrant Services also received funding to support the development of family activity kits that include items to help promote literacy, numeracy and art experiences for newcomers to Canada.
Finally, the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association and Innovative Martial Arts also received funding to assist with online training led by student-athletes from our local post-secondary institutions and online fitness and kickboxing classes for kids and adults, respectively.
As always, I’m proud to represent Transcona at City Hall, and I hope you will find my articles informative.
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Shawn Nason is the city councillor for Transcona ward.