Local students awarded Kiwanis scholarships


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A handful of northeast Winnipeg students have been rewarded for giving back to their community.

On June 16, the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan president Mario Colonnelli presented scholarships to graduating students who have been active in local Kiwanis Key Clubs during their high school years. Miles Macdonell Collegiate’s Pyper Motuz and Taylor Keen and River East Collegiate’s Cynthia Serda are recipients of 2022 Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan Scholarships.

Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan president Mario Colonnelli (left) presents River East Collegiate Key Club president Meaghan K. Rohleder with the Mel Osborne Youth Scholarship on June 16.

Additionally, Meaghan K. Rohleder, president of River East’s Key Club, was awarded the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan Mel Osborne Youth Scholarship, which is presented to a student with a long history of involvement with Kiwanis. Before becoming involved with River East’s Key Club, she was active with Builders and Kids clubs. Last year, her sister Sarah Rohleder, who was co-president of the River East club, won the same award.

Glen Mitchell, secretary for the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan, noted that on May 25, the organization held its first student appreciation event since 2019. Students from both River East and Miles Mac presented the work they had been doing throughout the year, and chatted with club members.

“Both clubs were involved with garbage cleanup around their schools and both went out and dug out fire hydrants in the winter,” Mitchell noted. “Both raised money for Ukraine refugees and other funds for different organizations. They collected books for Westview School after the fire there. Each member from Miles Mac was challenged to pick up a bag of trash for Earth Day. They raised money for a pizza lunch for health care workers. It’s interesting what they think of.”

This September will mark 75 years that the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan has been active.

When you look back, we were involved in all kinds of things. But we had 40 or 50 members,” said club president Lawrie McCaffrey, adding that now the club has only five active members. “Our focus is still with those two Key clubs, they’re what’s keeping us active at this stage.”

“ Our focus is still with those two Key clubs, they’re what’s keeping us active at this stage.

While the club intends to mark its anniversary, plans are still being discussed.

“If somebody has some interesting tidbits or wants to contribute to some celebrations, they can contact Glen or myself,” McCaffrey said.

Sheldon Birnie

Sheldon Birnie
Community Journalist

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 sheldon.birnie@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7112

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