Transcona Scouts Hall needs a renovation
A local community space is in dire need of some community support.
In 2018, the Transcona Scout Hall replaced its aging roof. The following year, the City of Winnipeg, which owns the space at 110 Winona St., inspected the building, discovering asbestos insulation throughout the hall.
“That wasn’t surprising,” said Ian Martens, president of the Transcona Scout Hall Association and a Hawkeye with the local Beavers club, who is spearheading a campaign to raise funds to remediate and renovate the hall, which was built in the 1950s. “The challenge was we weren’t able to use the building until we got rid of it.”
Plans started coming together in early 2020 to fix the problem, Martens said, but then the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in those plans. Now, though, remediation has been completed and the Transcona Scout Hall Association, which was founded in hopes of providing a sustainable source of income for the hall, is asking for donations to help complete the renovation, so the hall can be used by Scout troups and the community at large.
“The building, now, is a shell,” Martens said, adding the Scouts have recently been meeting in the Transcona Legion and Transcona Memorial United Church. “We’re hoping to complete the work this summer, now that our programs have wrapped up. It’s been quite the project so far.”
Asbestos remediation on the building cost $26,000, Martens said, of which a third has been raised to date. He estimated total cost of the project will land between $60,000 and $80,000. Martens hopes that between individual and corporate donations and grants, the funds can be raised before programming resumes in the fall.
“We’re planning to have a donor wall outside the hall, next to the playground,” Martens noted, adding donations can be made at the Beaver, Cub, Scout and Baden Powell levels, between $250 and $5,000. Lapel pins and other items are also being considered as ‘thank you’ tokens for all who contribute to the cause. “We know this is the second time in five years that we have asked for help, but we expect this will be the last major renovation that needs to be done for some time.”
Martens, who grew up in North Kildonan as a member of the First John de Graff Scouts, is hopeful the connections that the First Transcona Scouts have in the community will provide an impetus for folks to contribute to the campaign.
“The Transcona group is multi-generational, and you don’t see that everywhere,” he said. “That speaks to community of Transcona. Some people in the group have three generations of connections.”
For more information, or to contribute, visit facebook.com/SaveTheTransconaScoutsHall or contact Martens email@example.com
Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org Call him at 204-697-7112