Supporting well-being with wellness grants


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This article was published 16/02/2021 (834 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

In the 2021 budget, the City of Winnipeg created a new COVID-19 grant program called the Winnipeg Wellness Fund.

Each of the City of Winnipeg’s 15 wards have $40,000 to grant to groups and individuals in the community to create programs for mental and physical well-being.

Many Winnipeggers young and old are struggling to keep happy and healthy amid the isolation, disruption, and uncertainty of the pandemic. Thank you to councillors John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry) and Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry) for envisioning and championing the creation of this unique program.

File photo by Simon Fuller A retirement boot camp, which will be held at Norwood Community Centre, pictured in this file photo, is one of the initiatives being supported by a City of Winnipeg grant program called the Winnipeg Wellness Fund.

Here are just a few of the many worthy projects the St. Boniface ward is supporting:

• Norwood Community Centre – Funds will be used to create a retirement boot camp to promote engagement and participation, learning, health and well-being for our retirees in the neighbourhood.

• Winnipeg Rowing Club – Fund will support a community based Socially Distant Bingo the rowing club is running on social media platforms. It intends to purchase prizes from local businesses and have some funds for promotions.

• St Boniface Streetlinks – The adaptive arts program provides opportunity for up to 30 people to participate in expressive arts. The making of art – painting on canvas, drawing and sketching, crafting drums and ceremonial rattles, working with clay – reduces the stress and anxiety associated with living in a highly restrictive environment, unable to engage in external recreation, for members of the community in various stages of recovery. This supports the ongoing work of Morberg House and St Boniface Streetlinks to help their clients become healthy, self-reliant and productive members of society.

• General Vanier School – The school will create virtual activity nights for families to replace events that would normally take place at school. Some of the activities offered may include cooking, paint night, dance, yoga, craft making, or making healthy snacks.

These are just a few of the many deserving, community led projects building positivity and wellness in our neighbourhoods.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and activists for making a difference, it’s always a pleasure to be able to support those efforts.

Matt Allard

Matt Allard
St. Boniface ward report

Matt Allard is the city councillor for St. Boniface.

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