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Southdale CC busy all day long

From sunrise to sunset, there’s usually something happening at Southdale Community Centre. The centre, which is located at 254 Lakewood Blvd., offers a selection of different sports and programs for individuals of all age groups, and it also plays host to the Southdale Seniors (formerly the Seine River Seniors). Popular programs include hockey and ringette, although these sports are now part of centralized registration systems through the St. Boniface Minor Hockey Association, and the Bonivital Ringette Association, respectively. “Other popular sports that we offer are baseball, softball, soccer and mini-soccer, and we also host karate, and taekwondo,” said Tamara Bauknecht, the centre’s general manager. The centre also offers a number of other diverse programs, such as yoga, skating, summer day camps, and bingo to name a few: “Learn-to-skate is a big program, as is indoor soccer.” According to the centre’s website, one of its biggest recent programming additions is the introduction of a number of types of exercise programs for seniors, which include chair yoga, a walk ‘n’ weights session, strength training, meditation, and line dancing, and the Southdale Seniors take part in a number of different regular activities including bridge, a walking group, brunch, creative writing, and board games. “I’d like to say the role of the community centre is to be a meeting place, whether it’s to enjoy time on the ice, or go to a family gathering,” Bauknecht, who was previously Southdale’s president and a board member and longtime volunteer before that, said. “It’s also interesting how many remain connected to their childhood, as many people who grew up in the community come back here to have their wedding socials or baby showers,” she added, noting that a grant from the City constitutes a significant portion of the centre’s funding, followed by ice and facility rentals. “It’s really important to use that, we keep up to date with our user groups to find out what programs people want, and keep up with the demands of the local population, such as seniors, for example.” Bauknecht said the catchment area for the centre continues to grow and become more diverse, not least because of the development of Sage Creek. “There are lots of baby boomers, and families with young children, as well as new Canadians arriving, which is making the needs of the population more diverse,” she said. “Also, there is a lot of daytime ice being used by academies and adult male groups, who are using the ice at lunchtime and after work, which means we’re very busy during the day, which is great.” Bauknecht said there are currently nine board positions at the centre.

From sunrise to sunset, there’s usually something happening at Southdale Community Centre.

The centre, which is located at 254 Lakewood Blvd., offers a selection of different sports and programs for individuals of all age groups, and it also plays host to the Southdale Seniors (formerly the Seine River Seniors).

Popular programs include hockey and ringette, although these sports are now part of centralized registration systems through the St. Boniface Minor Hockey Association, and the Bonivital Ringette Association, respectively.

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From sunrise to sunset, there’s usually something happening at Southdale Community Centre. 
The centre, which is located at 254 Lakewood Blvd., offers a selection of different sports and programs for individuals of all age groups, and it also plays host to the Southdale Seniors (formerly the Seine River Seniors). 
Popular programs include hockey and ringette, although these sports are now part of centralized registration systems through the St. Boniface Minor Hockey Association, and the Bonivital Ringette Association, respectively. 
"Other popular sports that we offer are baseball, softball, soccer and mini-soccer, and we also host karate, and taekwondo," said Tamara Bauknecht, the centre’s general manager.
The centre also offers a number of other diverse programs, such as yoga, skating, summer day camps, and bingo to name a few: "Learn-to-skate is a big program, as is indoor soccer."
According to the centre’s website, one of its biggest recent programming additions is the introduction of a number of types of exercise programs for seniors, which include chair yoga, a walk ‘n’ weights session, strength training, meditation, and line dancing, and the Southdale Seniors take part in a number of different regular activities including bridge, a walking group, brunch, creative writing, and board games.  
"I’d like to say the role of the community centre is to be a meeting place, whether it’s to enjoy time on the ice, or go to a family gathering," Bauknecht, who was previously Southdale’s president and a board member and longtime volunteer before that, said.
"It’s also interesting how many remain connected to their childhood, as many people who grew up in the community come back here to have their wedding socials or baby showers," she added, noting that a grant from the City constitutes a significant portion of the centre’s funding, followed by ice and facility rentals.   
 "It’s really important to use that, we keep up to date with our user groups to find out what programs people want, and keep up with the demands of the local population, such as seniors, for example."
Bauknecht said the catchment area for the centre continues to grow and become more diverse, not least because of the development of Sage Creek.
"There are lots of baby boomers, and families with young children, as well as new Canadians arriving, which is making the needs of the population more diverse," she said.
"Also, there is a lot of daytime ice being used by academies and adult male groups, who are using the ice at lunchtime and after work, which means we’re very busy during the day, which is great."
Bauknecht said there are currently nine board positions at the centre. 

From sunrise to sunset, there’s usually something happening at Southdale Community Centre. 

Tamara Bauknecht, the general manager at Southdale Community Centre, is pictured in front of one of the centre's popular rinks.

SIMON FULLER

Tamara Bauknecht, the general manager at Southdale Community Centre, is pictured in front of one of the centre's popular rinks.

The centre, which is located at 254 Lakewood Blvd., offers a selection of different sports and programs for individuals of all age groups, and it also plays host to the Southdale Seniors (formerly the Seine River Seniors). 

Popular programs include hockey and ringette, although these sports are now part of centralized registration systems through the St. Boniface Minor Hockey Association, and the Bonivital Ringette Association, respectively. 

"Other popular sports that we offer are baseball, softball, soccer and mini-soccer, and we also host karate, and taekwondo," said Tamara Bauknecht, the centre’s general manager.

The centre also offers a number of other diverse programs, such as yoga, skating, summer day camps, and bingo to name a few.

"Learn-to-skate is a big program, as is indoor soccer," Baunknecht added.

According to the centre’s website, one of its biggest recent programming additions is the introduction of a number of types of exercise programs for seniors, which include chair yoga, a walk ‘n’ weights session, strength training, meditation, and line dancing, and the Southdale Seniors take part in a number of different regular activities including bridge, a walking group, brunch, creative writing, and board games. 

 "I’d like to say the role of the community centre is to be a meeting place, whether it’s to enjoy time on the ice, or go to a family gathering," said Bauknecht, who was previously Southdale’s president, a board member and longtime volunteer before that.

"It’s also interesting how many remain connected to their childhood, as many people who grew up in the community come back here to have their wedding socials or baby showers," she added, noting that a grant from the City constitutes a significant portion of the centre’s funding, followed by ice and facility rentals. "It’s really important to use that, we keep up to date with our user groups to find out what programs people want, and keep up with the demands of the local population, such as seniors, for example."

Bauknecht said the catchment area for the centre continues to grow and become more diverse, not least because of the development of Sage Creek.

"There are lots of baby boomers, and families with young children, as well as new Canadians arriving, which is making the needs of the population more diverse," she said. "Also, there is a lot of daytime ice being used by academies and adult male groups, who are using the ice at lunchtime and after work, which means we’re very busy during the day, which is great."

Bauknecht said there are currently nine board positions at the centre. 

Simon Fuller

Simon Fuller
Community journalist — The Lance

Simon Fuller is the community journalist for The Lance. Email him at simon.fuller@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7111

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